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Author Guidelines

Material must be original, reflect the integrity expected of scholarly communication, and demonstrate a coherence and unity that makes the paper both understandable and interesting. Before submitting an article, please review the following suggestions.

  • Original manuscripts received in correct form serve to expedite the review process, others will be returned to author.
  • Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and the mechanical elements of arrangements, spacing, length, and consistency of usage in form and descriptions should be studied before submission.
  • All photographs submitted with manuscripts must include a copy of a signed permission form from the copyright holder.

Length
Because this is an electronic journal the length of papers may vary. The length of your paper should be appropriate to the topic and focus. Typically, submissions are between 1500 and 2500 words. The critical issue is whether the length is appropriate.

Originality
All manuscripts must be original. No manuscript will be considered which has already been published or is being considered by another magazine or journal. However, if work described in conference proceedings is substantially revised and extended, it will be considered. Submission of a manuscript represents certification by the author that the article is not being considered nor has been published elsewhere.

The format of headings, tables, figures, citations, references, and other details should follow the APA style as described in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, available from APA, 750 1st St., NE, Washington, DC 20002 USA.

NOTE: Only papers written in English (US or British) will be considered for publication. The MaTH Journal will not edit submitted manuscripts for style or language. Also, reviewers may advise non acceptance of a manuscript if there are an unacceptable number of grammatical errors.

Preview
Manuscripts sent to the Editor for review are accepted on a voluntary basis from authors. Before submitting an article, please review the following suggestions. Manuscripts received in correct form serve to expedite the processing and prompt reviewing for early publication.

Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and the mechanical elements of arrangements, spacing, length, and consistency of usage in form and descriptions should be studied before submission.

Pre-publication
No manuscript will be considered which has already been published or is being considered by another journal.

Title sheet - Do NOT include a title sheet. Manuscripts are blind reviewed so there should be no indication of the author(s) name on the pages.

Abstract - An informative, comprehensive abstract of 75 to 200 words must accompany the manuscript. This abstract should succinctly summarize the major points of the paper, and the author's summary and/or conclusions.

Tables, Figures & Graphics / Supporting Files
Any graphics that go in the article must be submitted as separate files. The highest quality master is preferred. Additionally, the graphics must also be embedded in the correct locations within the document so the copyeditors know the proper placement. 

Tables - All tables (i.e., data displayed in rows and columns) must be placed within the manuscript. Lengthy tables are discouraged as they are difficult to read online.

Figures - Any graphics that go in the article must be submitted as separate files. Figure graphics (e.g., charts, graphs, photographs, and drawings) must be in either .GIF, .PNG, or .JPG format. Filenames for figures must be clearly labeled as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc., at the bottom of the figure, left justified, numbered in sequence, and must be referenced within the text of the article.

Photographs - All photographs submitted with manuscripts must include a copy of a signed permission form from the copyright holder.

Videos - All videos must be submitted in a web-optimized format as to allow for progressive-download. The preferred formats are Windows Media, Real, or Quicktime. Videos should be identified in the text as Video 1, Video 2, etc., and video filenames should include the corresponding video numbers. Authors must provide a link to the video within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., Video 1) or a still frame from the video (i.e., a .GIF, .PNG or .JPG file). 

Audio files - Audio files must also be submitted in a web-optimized format in either Windows Media, Real, or Quicktime formats. Audio files should be identified in the text as Audio 1, Audio 2, etc., and audio filenames should include the corresponding audio numbers. Authors must provide a link to the audio within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., Audio 1) or a related graphic.

Supporting files - Supporting materials must be in format that can be read by the majority of viewers, such as PowerPoint or PDF. Proprietary supporting materials must be converted to a common file format.

Quotations
Copy all quoted material exactly as it appears in the original, indicating any omissions by three spaced periods. At the close of the quotation, give the complete source including page numbers. A block quote must be a minimum of 40 words or four lines, single spaced.

Terminology and Abbreviations
Define any words or phrases that cannot be found in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. Define or explain new or highly technical terminology. Write out the first use of a term that you expect to use subsequently in abbreviated form. Abbreviations ( i.e., e.g., etc.) are only acceptable in parenthesis, otherwise they must be spelled out, that is, for example, and so forth, respectively. Please avoid other foreign phrases and words such as via.

Citations
Citations should strictly follow American Psychological Association (APA) style guide. Examples of references cited within the texts of articles are as follows: (Williams, Allen, & Jones, 1978) or (Moore, 1990; Smith, 1991) or Terrell (1977). In citations, "et al." can only be used after all authors have been cited or referenced with the exception of six or more authors. As per APA all citations must match the reference list and vice versa. Over use of references is discouraged.

References
Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references and that all references cited in the text also appear in the Reference section. All references should be in alphabetical order by author (unnumbered) American Psychological Association (APA), 5th edition, style. Citation examples (1) book and (2) periodical:

Knowles, M.S. (1975). Self-directed learning: A guide for learners and teachers. New York: Association Press.


Raybould, B. (1995). Performance support engineering: An emerging development methodology for enabling organizational learning. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 8(1), 7-22.


Citing Electronic Media
All publications must be properly cited and referenced, even those found on the World Wide Web. The following forms for citing on-line sources are taken from the APA Publication Guidelines, 5th edition, Chapter 4, section I (pp. 268-281). Please see the APA manual for additional information on formatting electronic media.

Author, I. (date). Title of article. Name of Periodical. Retrieved [Date] from [Specify path]

Author, 1., Author, 2., & Author, I. (date). Title of full work. Retrieved [Date] from [Specify path]

Author, 1., & Author, 2. (date). Title of chapter. In [name(s) of editor(s)], Title of full work. Retrieved [Date] from [Specify path]
Elements of references to nonperiodical documents on the Internet.

Author, 1., Author, 2., & Author, I. (date). Title of web page. Retrieved [Date] from [Specify path]

When referring to a specific page of a web site, use the URL for that page, not the home page. When referring to multiple pages from a web site, provide the URL for the entry page.

The date element should indicate the year of publication or, if the source undergoes regular revision, the most recent update. Use (n.d.) if the publication date cannot be determined.

The retrieval date and URL replaces the publisher information. Provide information sufficient to retrieve the material. For example, for material that is widely available on networks, specify the method used to find the material, such as the protocol (Telnet, FTP, Internet, etc.), the directory, and the file name.

URLs
Hyperlinks to the Internet may also be included in an article. Hyperlinks must be fully qualified and typed out. Every hyperlink within the main text of the article must follow a format similar to the following: "All unmanned spaceflights are controlled from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov)." Every link must begin with "http://".

URLs for documents cited in the text should be placed in appropriate APA format in the Reference List. However, authors may want to refer readers to websites as illustrations or examples. To avoid cluttering the text with long and distracting URLs, in many cases, they should be placed in alphabetical order in a Resources section at the end of the manuscript. Include the name of each web site referred to in the article, with the URL beside it. Regardless of where there are placed, only URLs that begin with "http://" will be hotlinked in the online article. See the following example of a Resources section.

 

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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

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