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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 word length of manuscripts does not exceed 5000 words (visual essays will be accepted at 3500 words with between 5 and 10 images embedded)
  • 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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


JACE follows the APA6 Style Guide and is to be used as the referencing system throughout

A guide can be found here:

 Spelling and language use

Articles submitted to JACE are to be written in English and spelling should conform to Australian spelling following the latest edition of the Macquarie Dictionary


· Spell out at first mention in the text with the abbreviation in parentheses to indicate subsequent references.

· Use full punctuation in Latin abbreviations (e.g., / i.e., /etc.,).


Do not use casual contractions (aren’t; don’t; won’t; wouldn’t; I’m; we’ll; shan’t) unless they appear in cited quotations or transcriptions.

Capitalisation/Heading levels

Use sentence case for the title and all section headings (only capitalise the first letter and proper nouns): Title of the article: with subtitle.

Book/Journal/Film, etc., titles should be written in italics.

Journal articles, blog posts, etc., should be in sentence case and within single quote marks: ‘Journal article: with a subtitle’.


Three-dot ellipses should begin after a space and there should be a space after the last dot.

When a sentence ends in an ellipsis, do not add a full stop or a space and a full stop.


Figure files should be supplied as separate files. Please do not embed figures into the text. Instead include a short explanatory note in UPPERCASE of where the figure is to be placed within the text e.g. PICTURE OF THE CAR GOES HERE

Please provide the highest quality figure format possible.


Footnotes may be used as a point of clarification or to provide further information on an aspect of the main text. Footnotes should not be used for referencing purposes.

Full stops

Full stops should be followed by one space only.


Use in compound nouns (self-confidence; 21-year-old) and adjectives (student-centred teaching; day-to-day basis).

Do not hyphenate adverbs ending in ‘ly’ (‘politically affiliated trade unions’ not ‘politically- affiliated trade unions’).

Lists and bullet points/numbered items

Bullet and number lists can be used.
Bulleted lists should be preceded by a colon or full stop.


Spell out number one to nine (except for measurements) in words, then use 10, 1000, 10,000, 3 million, etc., only use a comma for numbers 10,000 and over.


· Spelling or punctuation within a quotation should not be changed; it must be the same as it appears in the original source.

· Quotes of 40 words and over should be indented.

· Words, punctuation, or italicisation not present in the original quote should be enclosed in square parentheses or noted in the relevant citation as ‘(emphasis added)’.

· All quotations must be accompanied by a reference citation (except for interview transcriptions), including a page number.


Tables should not be embedded in the main text. Place all tables with captions after the References section of the main paper or upload the tables in separate Microsoft Word document(s).

Tables should be numbered in the order in which they are first cited in the text


· Terminology must not be used that may be discriminatory or that may denigrate people on the basis of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, disability, religion or nationality. However, these terms can be the subject of an article in the publication.

· Gender neutral terms are preferred. It is also acceptable to use ‘they/their’ or ‘s/he’ to avoid using gender specific pronoun when referring to a generic person. Gender neutral pronouns such as ‘zie’ may also be used.

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