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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 Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting a research article, in order to ensure a blind review remove all personal identifiers from file including author(s) name.
  • Copyright clearance has been obtained for any 3rd party content (e.g. images and diagrams) included in the submission

Author Guidelines

The submitted articles will be scanned by at least one of the Editors, depending on the topic, in order to confirm that the paper should be refereed, e.g. apparent relevance to the journal, originality, quality of English, length of the paper etc. It will then be ‘blind’ reviewed by two members of the Editorial or Review Board, who will remain anonymous. If there is disagreement, a third reviewer will be appointed. The final decision on publication of the article will be made by the Editors. Authors will receive feedback through the management system.

Submissions to be considered for the Journal must be submitted online through the Open Journal Systems management system.

All articles published in this Journal will be high quality articles that contribute to the Scope of the Journal. Contributions should be based on evidence (e.g. newly acquired data, historical records, published work). The article should have a title, name(s) of author(s), their titles and affiliations. It should have an abstract of between 200 and 250 words. It should have up to six keywords for reference purposes. The word count for research articles is between 5000 and 7000 words excluding the title, abstract, keywords and references. In exceptional circumstances up to 8000 words will be permitted. Visual illustrations are encouraged in keeping with Design and Technology education ethos and practice.

All contributions should be submitted electronically using the DATE Journal Microsoft Word Template that can be accessed and downloaded here.  All references should adhere to the guidelines published in the Publication Guidelines of the latest version of the American Psychological Association (APA). Any information relating to authorship including affiliations should be confined to a removable front page and should be free of clues such as self-citations.


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