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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 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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 noted within the text at the appropriate points, with the illustrations, figures, and tables and corresponding information on separate pages at the end of the document.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines
  • Provide names and contact information for 4 potential Peer Reviewers who have expertise in your area. In order to maintain a blinded peer review process, do not contact the reviewers. The journal will reach out to seek these reviews to be completed.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The following author guidelines apply to all those who submit an article to the Journal of Indigenous Social Development (JISD). At this time submissions are accepted via online registration and submission on the Journal website. Submissions will not be accepted via email.


Types of Submissions

JISD publishes three types of articles:

Research articles use a systematic methodology, which should be described in the article, to analyze a specific research question. The article structure should typically include an introduction; literature review and/or theoretical framework; method; results or findings; discussion, including policy recommendations; and references. Articles should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words, including the reference list. Longer papers will be considered under special circumstances.

Policy articles analyze or evaluate a program or policy. The author(s) may draw upon primary and/or secondary sources. The article structure should typically include an introduction; background, literature review, or theoretical framework; analysis; discussion, including policy recommendations; and references. Articles should be between 4,000 and 7,000 words, including the reference list. Longer papers will be considered under special circumstances.

Editorial articles provide a short commentary or opinion an issue or policy that may aim to interpret or explain, criticize, or persuade. Editorials must contribute to scholarly discourse. Articles that are simply intended to be inflammatory, libelous, slanderous, or derogatory will not be considered. Articles should be less than 1,500 words.


General Guidelines for Submissions

The manuscript must not be under consideration by another journal. All materials submitted to JISD must be:

  1. Unpublished
  2. Original


Submissions must include:

  1. Title Page (saved separately), see details below.
  2. Blinded manuscript
  3. Include figures, tables, and images at the end of the article. Each should start on a new page.

An email confirming receipt of the document(s) will be sent by the Managing Editor. The JISD is not obliged to publish an article submitted for consideration. Author(s) of articles not accepted for publication in an upcoming issue may or may not be invited to resubmit a revised article for a later issue.


Length of Articles

Articles are expected to be 4000 to 7000 words (20-25 double spaced pages) in length including references.


Peer Review

Once you submit your article, it will be assessed for suitability and formatting by the Operations Manager. Authors will normally be informed within three weeks if their article is rejected without review. Articles accepted for review will be sent to two reviewers. JISD uses a double-blind review process, which means that reviewers will not receive any information about the author(s) of the article.


Manuscript Preparation

General: The submission system used by JISD requires that the body of your article be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text (RTF) format without a title page, abstract, acknowledgements, headers, footers, or page numbers.

Please ensure there is no identifying information anywhere in the body of the article.

You will enter information about the article’s authors, title, short title, abstract, keywords, academic discipline area, acknowledgements, and cover letter using the Journal’s online submission system (Please see Submission of Articles above for more information)


Document format

Page size should be 8.5” x 11”. Most pages should use portrait orientation; however, landscape orientation may be used for wide tables, figures, or images.

Text: 12-point Times New Roman type.

Spacing: Double-space all text including footnotes and references.

Margins: all set to 1” or 2.5 cm.

Paragraph Alignment: Left aligned. Do not justify lines.

Language: Canada, US or UK English is acceptable provided it is used consistently throughout the article. We regret that we are not able to accept articles in other languages at this time.

Abstract: The article abstract should separate from the body of the article. The abstract should be a single paragraph in block format (i.e., no paragraph indentation). It should be between 150-250 words. The abstract will state the purpose of the study or intervention, basic procedures, major findings, and main conclusions. No abbreviations or reference citations should be included in the abstract.


Keywords: List 3 to 10 keywords for indexing purposes.


Tables, Figures, and Images:

Include figures, tables, and images at the end of the article. Each should start on a new page.

Tables are numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Tables are identified in text by the word Table and its number. Tables are double-spaced. Table titles should begin with the word Table and its number. On the next line, begin a concise, descriptive title of the table’s contents using italics with principal words capitalized.

Column heads and subheads are centered and only the first word is capitalized unless subsequent words are proper nouns. If the table is longer than one page, column heads should be repeated on subsequent pages.

Table notes are flush left, double-spaced and appear underneath the table.

Tables use horizontal rules to separate title, headings, and the body. No vertical rules are used.

Figures are number consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Figures are identified by the word Figure and its number. Each figure must have a caption that is placed outside of and below the figure. It includes the word Figure and its number followed by a period in italics. On the same line provide a concise, descriptive title. Images must be at least 150 dpi.


Article Format

Consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition (APA 7). 7th edition is preferred, but APA 6th edition will be accepted. Papers that do not align with the stated formatting guidelines will not be considered for publication. Authors are responsible for verifying the accuracy of facts, names, and reference details. Though mistakes may be identified through editorial, peer or copyedit review, this should not be relied upon to rectify inadvertent errors in the submission. All submissions must include DOI or ISSN for every reference.


Title Page Submission

  • Please submit title page in a separate document from manuscript, in a Word document
  • Title
  • Author(s): Full name(s) and title or designation
  • Where applicable, academic degree(s), affiliation(s), and/or the name of the department and institution to which the work is attributed
  • Corresponding author identified
    • Full contact information for corresponding author (if the manuscript is submitted online, this information will be entered in the author profile)
    • Statement that corresponding author will respond promptly to JISD correspondence regarding reviewer comments, copyeditor revisions and publishing agreement
  • Authorship statement
    • Authors must confirm that they have contributed to the research, analysis and development of the article and grant permission for the final version to be published
  • Original submission statement
    • Corresponding author must confirm that the manuscript is unpublished and not under consideration by another journal
    • Must be original: manuscript can be based on prior research findings but must present a new argument, analysis and conclusions
  • Names and contact information for four potential peer reviewers
    • Two university based
    • Two community based
    • Suggested reviewers may not include people that you have worked with in the last two years.
  • Authors may submit unblinded Authors and Acknowledgements sections in the Title Page of Submission or by email prior to publication.

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