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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.
  • 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • In case you submit an experimental paper such as your Marble or master thesis, make sure to have approval to use your supervisor's data. In case you submit a review, just tick this box without asking your supervisor.

Author Guidelines

For the first draft, DO NOT provide any personal details, as the reviewing process will be done anonymously. We will ask you to provide this information once the paper has been accepted.

Content of manuscript
Main document file with Title page, abstract, keywords, main text and references (APA style).
Abstract: 100 – 150 words
Keywords: 3 – 5 words

Experimental paper: maximum 15 pages
Statistical analysis
Discussion and conclusion

Review paper / essay: maximum 15 pages
Core sections
Discussion and conclusion

For all manuscripts:
References: maximum 50
You can find a tutorial at:
For a good basic overview of the APA style try the following link fromMidlandsTechnicalCollege,Columbia: 

Article document layout
The layout of your article has to be in Constantia (If you don’t have constantia use this: to update Office 2003). Constantia is already installed when using Office 2007/2010.)
Only indent (use tab) at the beginning of a new paragraph, but not for the first paragraph below a new title.
The layout of your references should be in Times New Roman
Do not use tabs/italics/bold for the paragraph headers, BUT indicate the level of the header

For instance:

<L1>The title of the first paragraph<L1>
[...] This is my text, this is my text, lalala, and now we continue to the next title. This is my text.

<L2>The title of the next paragraph, which is in fact a subheading of the first level<L2>
And here starts my new text [...]

Your abstract should not be in bold

Figures and Tables
Figures have to be black and white.
Figures can be a maximum of 125mm wide, and height should not exceed 195mm.
Figures should be sent as JPG/JPEG, with a MINIMAL resolution of 300dpi/ppi.
You can send Figures as TIFF or EPS, but ensure a correct resolution when exporting by using for instance Illustrator.
If you use PowerPoint for your figures and don’t know how to do the above, don’t save your figures as jpeg, but send the PowerPoint slideshow.
For all figures and tables: ensure you use the same font (letter type) for all figures and tables. If you send the figures in JPEG the font can’t be changed anymore, and different fonts throughout the Figures will look amateuristic.
The latter goes also for Tables that are sent as jpg.

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