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Author Guidelines


All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous blind peer review, based on preliminary editor screening and anonymous refereeing by 2 referees. Based on their recommendations, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by this Journal.

Submissions should be sent via email to: and

The entire paper (title page, abstract, main text, figures, tables, references, etc.) must be send in one document in PDF format. To facilitate the blind review process, author and institutional identifying information must be removed from the text and sent in a separate file. The maximum length of the paper is 8,000 words (including all tables, appendices and references).


Abstract: No more than 300 words. The abstract must clearly specify the purpose of the paper and the objectives pursued by the author by his/her study.

Key words: from 5 to 10, defining the subject approached in the paper.

1. Introduction: The introduction shall be at most two pages in length, however not less than half a page. The text must provide answers for four questions. (1) What matter does the paper cover? (2) Why is the studied matter important? (3) How does the author intend to answer to this matter? (4) What is the relation between the paper and the already existent specialized literature? This introductory section shall be written clearly, and any confusion in communicating the four answers might result in paper rejection.

2. Literature review: This section must comprise referrals to specialized literature, compared against the paper’s subject, emphasizing the most important and relevant contributions on which the author will ground his/her argumentation. In the reviewing process there shall be taken into consideration the share of referrals to papers published in international journals recognized by the scientific community. This section must stress the fact that the author is familiar with the knowledge level in the studied area, that he/she has sufficient scientific training, allowing him/her to have a pertinent opinion over the studied issues.

3. Theoretical Background (if the case): This section presents (if the case) the used theoretical tools: models, calculation formula. Also, any potential statistic data will be referred to, as well as their source and processing manner.

4. Paper Content: In this section (or set of sections, as the case might be) the author shall present and support the results he/she intents to communicate by means of the paper.

5. Conclusions and implications: The conclusions section shall cover three elements: (1) it shall summarize the main outcomes; (2) it shall undertake the implications of such outcomes; (3) suggestions for future researches.

References: References are mandatory.

Formatting guidelines

Papers should be:

• Single spaced throughout;

• A4 size page formatting;

• 2.5cm margins on all sides;

• Title: centred, bold and times new roman 14-point font;

• Abstract: left justified, bold and times new roman 12-point font;

• Keywords: left justified, regular, italic and times new roman 12-point font;

• Main body of the paper:

1. Major headings: should be numbered sequentially, left justified and bolded;

1.1 Sub-headings: should be numbered according to the main heading, left justified, regular and in italics;

• Tables and figures: integrated within the text;

• Footnotes: at the bottom of the page should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals.

• References: must follow APA (American Psychological Association) style.


Book: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Title of the work. Place name: Publisher.

Book section: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Chapter title. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of the book (pp.xx-xx). Place name: Publisher.

Journal article: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Article title. Title of Periodical, x(x), pp-pp

Web page: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Title of the webpage. Retrieved from http://..

Published proceedings: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year). Title of the work. In A. Editor (Eds.) Title of the proceeding (pp.xx-xx). Place name: Publisher.

Doctoral dissertation: Author, A. (Year). Title of the work. Ph.D dissertation, University, Place name.

A presented paper: Author, A., & Author, B. (Year, Month). Title of the work. Paper presented at name of conference, Place name