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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.
  • We only publish original and unpublished articles. The authors guarantee originality and the absence of plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. They also guarantee that the manuscript does not violate the copyrights of third parties.
  • Text does not contain defamatory material, illicit, obscene, unlawful, invasive of privacy, hateful, xenophobic or ethically objectionable, threatening or contempt of Law.
  • The file will be sent in Microsoft Word, RTF or Open Office file format.
  • The length of the article is between 5,000 and 12,000 words (this estimate excludes abstract, key words, and bibliographic references). In case of reviews, the length is between 800 and 1,500 words.
  • The text complies with APA bibliographic requirements and there are no references in the bibliography that are not cited in the text.
  • The document is free of data identifying the author and co-authors to ensure anonymous evaluation of the article.

Author Guidelines

General Requirements

  • Authors should ensure the accuracy of citations, diagrams, tables, and maps.
  • Refrain from including irrelevant images or graphics in the article.
  • Keywords are very important for search engine positioning. To get better exposure for your work, please make sure your keywords are clear and precise. 

Format Requirements

  • Graphics and images must be sharp and easy to see. We cannot improve the quality of the images.
  • All images, graphics and tables must be accompanied by a title and source.
  • All images, graphics and tables must be placed where they will appear in the text.
  • Avoid the use of certain advanced Word functions, such as drawing objects and automatic tables of contents and indexes.

Bibliographic References

Bibliographic references should follow the APA (American Psychological Association) style. Within the text, they will be in abbreviated format (author, year, pp.), Leaving the complete reference for the final list. An effort will be made to reduce footnotes to the minimum necessary.

Whenever possible, include the DOI for each article in the bibliography.

References should appear at the end and look as follows:

  • Book by One Author:

Toulmin, S. E. (1958). The Uses of Argument. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Book by Several Authors:

Blanché, R. & Dubucs, J. (1970). La logique et son histoire. Paris: Armand Colin.

  • Collective Book by Editors or Coordinators:

Meerhoff, K. & Moisan, J. C. (eds.) (1997). Autour de Ramus: texte, théorie, commentaire. Québec: Nuit Blanche éditeur.

  • Journal Article:

Benoit, W. L. (1989). Attorney argumentation and Supreme Court opinions. Argumentation and Advocacy26(2), 22-38.

  • Book Chapter:

Eemeren, F. H. van & Grootendorst, R. (1993b). The history of the argumentum ad hominem since the seventeenth century. In: E. C. W. Krabbe, R. J. Dalitz & P. A. Smit (eds.), Empirical Logic and Public Debate. Essays in Honour of Else M. Barth (pp. 49-68, Ch. 4). Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi.

  • Several Works by one Author:

Walton, D. N. (1991). Begging the Question: Circular Reasoning as a Tactic of Argumentation. New York: Greenwood.

—  (1999). One-Sided ArgumentsA Dialectical Analysis of Bias. Albany: State University of New York Press.

—  (2001). Enthymemes, common knowledge, and plausible inference. Philosophy and Rhetoric34(2), 93-112.

  • Presentation at a Congress:

Boylan, M. (2009, August). Alice in Wonderland and cultural diversity. Paper presented at 19th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, Frankfurt.

  • Doctoral Thesis:

Emmett, Y. (2013). Living theory of leadership development for e-learning. (Doctoral thesis). Retrieved from Doras, DCU Online Research Access Services (

  • Article in Press:

Finley, R. (2014, March 29). Prospects still slim for major pick-up of global economy. The Irish Examiner, p. 27.

  • Blog Post:

Lupton, D. (2015, December 10). Public understanding of personal digital data. This Sociological Life. [Blog post]. Retrieved on January 5th 2016 from

  • Video:

Sekine K. (2015, April 15). Young Juvenile Youth [Video]. Retrieved from

  • Film:

Woolley, S. (Productor) & Jordan, N. (Director). (1996). Michael Collins. Ireland; Warner Bros.

The author may decide, where appropriate, to divide the REFERENCES section into several sections with citation criteria other than the general ones: e.g., include a Webography or a list of Primary Sources (ancient, medieval) whose order does not have to follow to the instructions given in previous paragraphs.

Editorial Quality

  • The peer review process is rigorous in order to ensure the quality of the content published in the journal. We except the authors to revise their texts following the suggestions of the referees. If the authors do not perform such reviews and do not submit comments back, the manuscript will be definitely rejected.
  • Some manuscripts may be of excellent quality, but be poorly written in English. This may be the case for authors whose native language is not English. In this case, we could request the authors to re-write the article completely, independent of the final punctuation the article may have obtained. We have an editorial service that can be hired by the authors to improve the writing expression of the article.

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