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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.
  • The author making the submission has read, and understood, and agrees to comply with, AJIC Policies.

  • The submission fits within one or more of the AJIC Content Areas.

  • The submission fits the parameters of one of the AJIC Article Types.

  • The submission complies with the AJIC "Author Guidelines" on the Submission Guidelines page with respect to: (i) authorship; (ii) listing of authors; (iii) ORCID identifiers; (iv) protection of personal information; (v) originality; (vi) adaptations; and (vii) submission formatting and presentation.

Author Guidelines

Authorship, listing of authors
If the submission has more than one listed author: (i) all authors must have contributed substantively to the submission; and (ii) the authors must be listed in order of degree of contribution to the submission, i.e., the first-listed author is the one who contributed most.

ORCID identifiers
All authors listed in a submission are required to have, and provide, an ORCID identifier. ORCID registration can be performed here.

Protection of personal information
If the submission draws on research with human subjects, the research subjects' personal information must have been managed in accordance with applicable laws and regulations on protection of personal information, e.g., research conducted in South Africa must be comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).

Each submission to AJIC is received with the understanding that its contents are original, unpublished material; that the submission is not being considered for publication elsewhere (unless a note is provided indicating that the submission is being considered for publication elsewhere); and that the submission is not a direct copy of material submitted as part of a Master’s or PhD thesis or dissertation. Translated material that has not been published in English will be considered. The AJIC editorial team reserves the right to edit or otherwise alter contributions, both before and after internal and/or external peer review, with authors given the opportunity to review and accept/reject edits and alterations. 

Where a submission is an adapted (e.g., revised, updated, redacted) version of a previously published work, the author(s) must specify this at the time of submission.


All submissions must consist of two documents:

1. Author information document: A one-page document containing:

  • submission Title
  • corresponding author’s name, title, organisational affiliation, ORCID identifier, postal address, email address, and telephone number
  • (where appicable) names, titles, organisational affiliations and ORCID identifiers of co‐authors
  • (where appicable) Acknowledgements, including acknowledgement of any funding received for the research, and any potential conflict(s) of interest on the part of any of the authors.

2. Submission document: An anonymised (i.e., with no author information) submission containing:

  • Title
  • Abstract (not exceeding 200 words in length)
  • Keywords
  • the body of the submission (see rules below for format, footnotes, citations, spellings, tables, figures)
  • References (see guidelines below)

Format: All submission documents  should  be in 12‐point Times New Roman font,  with single line-spacing that is left- and right-justified,  in MS Word (or  compatible  open  source  format) with minimal formatting.

Footnotes: Footnotes (NOT end notes) should be used ONLY to provide supplementary information, NOT to provide full citations for sources (see citations guidelines below).

In-text citations for sources: Citations of primary and secondary sources referred to in the submission must be provided via APA-style in-text bracketed (author, year) citations, with page numbers for direct quotations, and with this same style used to cite sources mentioned in footnotes.

References section (at end of submission): All bracketed (author, year) citations in the body of the submission must have a full entry in a concluding APA-style References section arranged in alphabetical order and following APA style conventions for listing of author(s), year of publication, source title—including adherence to all of the APA conventions for punctuation, italicisation, upper-casing, lower-casing, URLs and DOIs in References sections.

African/UK English spellings: Submissions must use African/UK (NOT American) English spellings, e.g., programme NOT program; labour NOT labor; organisation NOT organization; analyse NOT analyze, etc.

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively, in decimal numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), with the numbers followed by headings.

Figures: All graphs, diagrams, drawings and photographs should be referred to as figures, should be provided in the body of the submission in high-resolution .jpeg file format, and should be numbered consecutively in decimal numerals (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), with the numbers followed by headings.

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Queries on submission procedures
Contact Dr. Chris Armstrong, AJIC Publishing Editor, 

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