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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 authors have agreed to the submission of this article in its current format
  • 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, which is found in About the Journal (including provision of URLs where available)
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

We welcome the following types of submissions:

  1. Original research papers which examine equality and diversity in any discipline/sector from any geographical location. Papers may be position pieces, theoretically informed empirical work, theoretical pieces or systematic literature reviews (between 6000 to 8000 words plus references and a 200 word abstract and up to five key words).
  2. Case studies, including examples of equality and diversity interventions from the public and private sector, teaching, charities and other bodies (maximum length 5000 words plus references and a 150 word summary).
  3. Letters – this may include responses to previously published studies – we hope to encourage debate.
  4. Professional insight including, teaching resources (many of our readers will be engaged in teaching within higher education and the school system), community and industrial outreach and reports from conferences, training sessions etc (maximum length of 1500 words)
  5. Essays from students in the field of equality and diversity (maximum length 3000 words plus references and 150 word abstract).

Submissions will be first reviewed by a member of the editorial team who will decide on its suitability for the journal. Original papers and case studies will be subject to double blind peer review by at least two reviewers who may be academics, independent researchers or practitioners.  Following reviews submissions may be returned to authors for amendments. Potential authors are welcome to contact the editor directly to check the suitability of their material.


Author Guidelines


  • All submissions must be in electronic format as a MS Word file (illustrations in a separate file PNG, GIF or JPEG). Tables should be included in text in the MS Word file.
  • All submissions must be based on original material and must not be under consideration by any other journal or other publication.  Currently
  • Submissions can be in accepted in English (US or UK), Greek, Thai, Portugese, German, Turkish and French. All submissions must include an abstract written in English.
  • Original Papers, Case Studies and Student Essays. To facilitate the anonymity of this process  submit submit a ‘blind’ copy of the manuscript without author details. In addition, please  submit a separate version of the manuscript which includes author name, addresses, affiliations, contact information.  This document may also include author biographies. Your submission should clearly indicate the type of submission: original paper, case study or student essay. Teaching resources, reports of conferences, training sessions, community outreach and industry engagement should be submitted under the heading of professional insight. These materials will be double-blind reviewed by subject matter experts.  In order to enhance topicality for conference or other events, reports must be submitted within 90 days of the event.
  • All submissions should be accompanied by a covering letter to the editor which identifies the key contribution of the submission, the type of submission and a lay summary.
  • Submitting authors must have secured the agreement of all co-authors before submission
  • Submissions should follow Harvard referencing style
  • Submission formatting
    • The title should be in English and clearly convey the contents of the submission
    • Submissions should be double spaced using size 12 font
    • Submissions should be divided into headings, sub headings and sub-sub headings
    • Where appropriate, acknowledgements should refer to the source of funding for the research presented
    • Authors are responsible for proof reading their own submissions and for ensuring the accuracy of their submission
    • Submissions which do not follow the author guidelines will be returned to the author/s.


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