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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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is 1.5 or double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and the location for all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, however the actual illustrations are provided in separate files each file named according to author and illustration.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

    Do not submit a pdf

    Do not provide information about the author's name in the main body of the paper

    Provide author information on a separate file

Author Guidelines

Submission guidelines for articles

Journal submissions must be original and unpublished work suitable for an international audience and not under review by any other publisher or journal. No payment is associated with submissions. Copyright of published works is shared by Action Learning, Action Research Association Ltd (ALARA) and the author(s). Check the Copyright guidelines for more information.

An abstract or article outline (approx 500 words) can be emailed with a view to developing a full article through a mentoring process. One of our reviewers will be invited to work with you to shape your article.

Journal articles may use either Australian/UK or USA English spelling and Harvard style referencing (or APA). See the Imperial College London Referencing Harvard Style manual ( - 286 Kb) for more information. It is preferred that footnotes not be used unless especially necessary.

Submissions should contain:

  • 1 ½ or double-spacing in all manuscripts, including references, notes, abstracts, quotations, figures and tables
  • double quotation marks within single quotation marks to set off material that in the original source was enclosed in single quotation marks. Do not use quotation marks to enclose block quotations (any quotations of 40 or more words)
  • Harvard style referencing is preferred (APA style will also be accepted)
  • maximum of 8000 words for peer reviewed articles and 3000 words for other journal items (including tables and figures)
  • an abstract of 100-150 words
  • minimal use of headings (up to 3 levels is OK)
  • any images or diagrams should only be used to add value to the article and be independent from the document as either jpgs or gifs and inserted as image files into the page where possible. If using MS Word drawing tools, please 'group' your diagrams and images and anchor them to the page, or attach at the end of the document with a note in-text as to its position in the article. If you are using photos of others you must have them give permission for the photos to be published. You should have written permission in these instances and forward such permission to the Editor
  • On a cover sheet, please include contact information including full name, affiliation, email address, small photo (.jpeg) and brief, biographical note of up to 100 words

Peer reviewed submissions

Those preferring blind peer review, must indicate so when emailing submission. All contributions for review should fit the following structure (only include those sections that are appropriate to your article):

  • Title (concise and extended as required)
  • Abstract (100-150 words)
  • Body of Article - eg. introduction, background, literature review, main argument or research
  • question, research methodology, research results, discussion, conclusions and future work (see formatting template)
  • Useful links (if referring to weblinks, include these in full)
  • Acknowledgements (up 100 words)
  • Reference list (Harvard style)
  • Appendices (use sparingly)
  • Biographical notes of authors (up to 100 words)
  • Optional small photo image of author(s) (.jpeg/.jpg - no larger than 150 pixels)

The review process can take about 6 weeks or more depending on the revisions to be made. All correspondence will be directed to the lead author unless otherwise requested. Please ensure your email address is correct.

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