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Author Guidelines

Submission of Manuscripts


All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted to the editorial office (, through the Open Journal System at the following link:


To be able to use the OJS to submit a manuscript, you will need to register as user and create a profile. Please do not forget to choose the role as author. After the profile is created and you are logged in, you can proceed with the 5-step submission process, by clicking at the “New Submission” at the “User Home”

  1. Start
  2. Upload Submission (a word processor file of the text, such as Word, WordPerfect.)
  3. Enter Metadata (eg. enter all authors names and affiliations)
  4. Upload supplementary files (figures files etc.). If more convenient, you may upload all pictures as a .zip file
  5. Confirmation

For any questions, please contact us at


Required files 

The following electronic files are required:

- a word processor file of the text, such as Word, WordPerfect.

- Separate files of all figures (if any) must also be submitted in “Step 4. Uploading Supplementary Files”; see "Figures" for the required file formats.

- Table should be provided as a separate, editable word file.

Note that the manuscript should also be sent as one word documents file with tables and figures included. Please also add a PDF of the same document.

Colour figures
It is possible to have figures printed in colour. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.

Open Access
Journal papers will be published Open Access (OA) option.

Creative Commons License
They will be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

The article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. Within the first three years no article processing charges are required.  
See also our website for more information about this option IOS Press Open Library®


Preparation of manuscripts

Papers should be between 4000 and 8000 words in length.

Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts.

Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
    1. Introduction
    2. Methodology
    3. Experiment/ research
    4. Results
    5. Conclusions
    6. etc.
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables
  • Figure captions
  • Figures

Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.


Title page

The title page should provide the following information:

  • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)
  • Name(s) of author(s); please indicate who is the corresponding author
  • Full affiliation(s)
  • Present address of author(s), if different from affiliation
  • Complete address of corresponding author, including tel. no., fax no. and e-mail address
  • Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
  • Keywords (see list of keywords)



Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
Each table should be provided as a separate, editable word file. Tables should also be included in the text.
Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.


Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.
Each figure should be provided as a separate file. Figures should also be included in the text, in smaller file size if needed.
Colour figures can be included. For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:

  • Line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
  • Greyscales (incl. photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
  • Do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
  • Do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
  • Do not use colour in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is colour, you should change the settings)
  • For figures that should be printed in colour, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.
On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.

Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.
Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.



For reference please use APA style.


Reference Citations in Text

Works by a single author:

… from theory on bounded rationality (Simon, 1945)


Works by multiple authors:

… as has been shown (Leiter & Maslach, 1998)


Specific parts of a source:

(Stigter & Das, 1981, p. 96)


Reference list:

Journal article, two authors, accessed online:

Sanchez, D., & King-Toler, E. (2007). Addressing disparities consultation and outreach strategies for university settings. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 59(4), 286-295. doi:10.1037/1065-



Books in print:

Frank, R. H., & Bernanke, B. (2007). Principles of macro-economics (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.


Dissertation  (accessed online):

Young, R. F. (2007). Crossing boundaries in urban ecology: Pathways to sustainable cities (Doctoral dissertation).

Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 327681)

For more information see:



Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.
If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.



  1. Copyright


Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.


Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.


The corresponding author will receive a PDF proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.




Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. In STEP 2, a word processor file of the text, such as Word, WordPerfect must be submitted.  Note that the manuscript should be submitted as one word documents file with tables and figures included.

    Please visit the Author's Guideines for more information on the manuscript preparation.

  2. Please provide all authors' names, affiliation and contact details.
  3. Separate files of all figures (if any) must also be submitted in “Step 4. Uploading Supplementary Files”. Figures should also be included in the text in smaller file size.Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.

    Each table should be provided as a separate, editable word file.

    Please visit the Author's Guideines for more information on figures' and tables' requirements.

  4. Please note that your submission can always be revisited to update or add information and files

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Author(s) hold their copyright without restrictions.


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