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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.
  • Article not published or submitted elsewhere.
  • There is no conflict of interest.
  • 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


  • Important: Please carefully check your assignment instructions, or with your lecturer, any specific referencing requirements.

  • Begin your reference list on a new page and title it References, then centre the title on the page.

  • Double-space your reference list and have a hanging indent

    • Left align the first line of each reference with subsequent lines indented to the right to a width by    
      5 -7 spaces or 1.25 cm.



  • All of the references in the reference list must also be cited in the text.

  • All references cited in text must also be included in the reference list (unpublished items, such as personal
    correspondence, are an exception).

  • List the references in alphabetical order by author surname/family name according to the first listed author. (Note: the order of the authors on a document is important do not rearrange them)

  • Where there are two articles with the same authors and date, order the references alphabetically by article title and add a letter suffix to the year of publication (e.g. 2003a, 2003b...).

  • Provide organisation names in full, unless they are obviously recognisable as abbreviations (e.g. APA for American Psychological Association).

  • Do not add full stops to URLs (e.g. http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/)

  • In an article, chapter or book title capitalize only the first word of the title and of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns. (Note: book titles should be italicised)

  • In a periodical, journal, or serial title, give the title in full, in upper and lower case letters. The title should be italicised (e.g. Harvard Business Review)

  • APA requires use of an en dash between pagination numbers. An en dash is longer and thinner than a hyphen. Type in an en dash, or if an en dashis unavailable on the keyboard, use a single hyphen. In either case there is no space before or after. We recommend consulting your faculty staff to determine their requirements.

  • Check the reference details against the actual source - you are indicating that you have read that source when you cite it.

  • Be consistent with your referencing style across the document.



List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section.


Examples of basic reference formats:



  • Journal Article:
    Hughes, G., Desantis, A., & Waszak, F. (2013). Mechanisms of intentional binding and sensory attenuation: The role of temporal prediction, temporal control, identity prediction, and motor prediction. Psychological Bulletin, 139,133–151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028566

  • Authored Book:
    Rogers, T. T., & McClelland, J. L. (2004). Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed processing approach.Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

  • Chapter in an Edited Book:
    Gill, M. J., & Sypher, B. D. (2009). Workplace incivility and organizational trust. In P. Lutgen-Sandvik & B. D. Sypher (Eds.), Destructive organizational communication: Processes, consequences, and constructive ways of organizing(pp. 53–73). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.