Information for Authors
Paper Submission Guidelines
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items. Please note submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
1. The submission has not been previously published.
2. The submission is not submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the BLIS Journal
3. The submission files will be in Microsoft Word format.
4. All borrowed material should be referenced according to the Harvard referencing system.
5. For use of any copyrighted material the authors must obtain permission of the copyright holder.
6. If you have used some of the previously published material please check your article by using a plagiarism prevention tool
(e.g. ithenticate.com) before submission.
BLIS Journal is an open access journal, aiming to disseminate academic work and perspectives as widely as possible to the benefit of the author and the readers. Furthermore, BLIS Journal aims to include the published research into the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum: the open access model allows easy integration of advanced research work with teaching through encouraging strong links with reading lists and e-learning systems.
Articles submitted to BLIS Journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Use this in conjunction with the points below about references, before submission i.e. always attribute clearly using either indented text or quote marks as well as making use of the preferred Harvard style of formatting. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify BLIS Journal against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure effective policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the BLIS Journal unless otherwise agreed.
Authors who publish with BLIS Journal will retain copyright and moral rights in the underlying work but will grant all users the rights to copy, store and print for non-commercial use copies of the work published with BLIS Journal. Authors can sometimes become no longer contactable (through, for example, death or retirement). If this occurs, any rights in the work will pass to the BLIS Journal which will continue to make the work available in as wide a manner as possible to achieve the aims of open access and ensuring that an author's work continues to be available. BLIS Journal holds rights in format, publication and dissemination.
Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them. Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication. BLIS Journal is unable to publish any article which has permissions pending.
The rights BLIS Journal require are:
1. Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the papers and contributions.
2. Print and electronic rights.
3. Worldwide English language rights.
4. To use the material for the life of the work (i.e. there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material e.g. a one-year licence).
When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 400 words) from another source, it is expected that:
1. Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript.
2. Permission must also be cleared for any minor adaptations of any work not created by them.
3. If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.
4. Authors must obtain any proof of consent statements
5. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.
6. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use.
7. Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.
The names and email addresses submitted to BLIS Journal will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of the journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party except with the agreement of the individual.
Papers should normally be between 3000 and 6000 words in length, however papers up to 8000 are reviewed and published. BLIS Journal has a preferred publication style, but will not enforce this upon authors. So long as the format of an article and the footnoting etc. is consistent and coherent within the article itself, it will be considered suitable for publishing.
The following style guide is preferred:
1. Abstract - should reflect on the purpose of the article, the key findings and contribution to knowledge of a particular domain. It should not exceed 300 words.
2. Keywords - are required to be succinct and reflective of the content of the article. The maximum of 6 keywords are expected.
3. Referencing system - APA referencing system is the officially adopted standard for BLIS Journal. Ensure that citations in text have corresponding reference at the end of the paper, and the reference list should be in alphabetical order.
1. You should submit 3 FILES: the article file, the abstract file and the author’s file.
2. FILE 1: The article file should NOT have any details of the author (-s). It will be used for a blind peer review.
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