Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Journal of Research in Technical Careers
This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Journal of Research in Technical Careers.
Submitting Your Manuscript
- Submit your manuscript as a single MS Word file. Tables and illustrations should appear on separate pages at the end of the paper, after all references and appendices. Indicate desired placement by adding an instruction to the editors within the body of the manuscript, such as [INSERT TABLE 2], in brackets. Each illustration or table should have a number and a brief title. For figures that cannot be supplied in MS Word, acceptable standard image formats are .pdf, .jpg, .tif, and .eps.
- Copyedit your manuscript thoroughly.
- Include the title, author names and institutions, abstract, and up to 5 keywords at the beginning of the manuscript.
- Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
- Article length, including references but excluding all figures, should not exceed 15 pages.
- Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
- All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inch, including your tables and figures.
- Single space your text.
- Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
- Font: 12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
- All citations should appear in-text and be in APA format (7th edition). References should appear on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.
- Citations should include an article's digital object identifier (DOI) whenever possible. Use the format beginning with https://doi.org/
Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification
- Indent all paragraphs.
- Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text.
- Use the hanging indent feature to format references correctly. Do NOT use a line break and tab to do so.
Language & Grammar
- All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.
- Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White is the standard guide, but other excellent guides exist as well.
Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)
Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it.
Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Times or the closest comparable font available.
The text should be set in 12pt.
Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by their fonts or by using small caps. Use the same font face for all headings and indicate the hierarchy by reducing the font size. There should be space above and below headings.
The font for the main body of text must be black and, if at all possible, in Times or closest comparable font available.
Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.
Tables and Figures
- Tables and illustrations should appear on separate pages at the end of the paper, after all references and appendices.
- Indicate desired placement for all tables and illustrations by adding an instruction to the editors within the body of the manuscript, such as [INSERT TABLE 2], in brackets.
- Each illustration or table should have a number and a brief title.
- Avoid the use of overly small type in tables.
- In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file.
- All tables and figures must fit within 1" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.
- Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.
- Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions should appear as display math. Also expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as the fractions) should be set as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
- Equations should be numbered sequentially. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, you are expected to be consistent in this.
- Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help insure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly on a printer. When proofing your document under PDF pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.
It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information, following the guidelines set forth in the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.