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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, 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

Excursions publishes content with citations and bibliography in Harvard format, in addition to having some of its own particular style guidelines. Please ensure that you check your document against Harvard guidelines first and this supplementary checklist second before submitting. Papers which do not adhere to these guidelines will be rejected. We do realize that many of the items on this list are exceedingly basic and that most of you will have done these things automatically; your efforts, for which we are grateful, do not go unnoticed. Experience has taught us nonetheless that it helps to have a gentle reminder.

Document Format Please ensure that your document: has been spell-checked and grammar-checked; follows the conventions of British spelling (i.e. colour vs. color, capitalise vs capitalize etc); has 1-inch margins on all sides; is in Times New Roman 12 pt font with the exception of the title, which should be in 14 pt font; is double-spaced; includes page numbers on the top right of each page (with the exception of page 1); includes a header on the top right of each page (with the exception of page 1) which lists the author’s full name & title of the document (a partial title is acceptable in cases where the title especially long); and is left-justified.

Titles Please ensure that: the document title in 14 pt Times New Roman font and is centered; neither the document title nor subtitles are underlined (make them bold only); there two lines only between the title and the opening quote, and between the opening quote and the beginning of the article; if there is no epigraph, there two lines only between the title and the first line of the article; if the title is longer than one line only, the title is single-spaced and the line break is at an appropriate place, so that there is not a hanging conjunction or preposition at the end of the top line.

Paragraphs Please ensure that: all paragraphs are indented; there are no extra spaces between paragraphs, unless before a subheading paragraphs; and are of a reasonable length

Citations Please ensure that: all citations are consistently and correctly formatted according to Harvard standards block quotes; are double-indented on both sides any opening quotes (if there are any); and are single-spaced.

Endnotes Please ensure that: endnotes are single-spaced endnotes have full stops, and are in Times New Roman 10 pt font (*this is equivalent to Times New Roman 12 pt font in “Endnote Reference” style); the beginnings of sentences in the endnotes are consistently spaced (i.e. with one space between the numeral); the beginning of the endnotes are not indented; and please ensure there are only two spaces between numeral and the beginning of endnote.

Please ensure that: every reference that’s cited in the document is actually listed in the bibliography; the bibliography is in alphabetical order; all words in all titles and bibliographies are appropriately capitalized; the entries in the bibliography are double-spaced; there is a page break between the end of the text and the beginning of the bibliography; the title of the bibliography is centered; and the bibliographic entries do not have full stops.

Copyright Notice Please ensure that there is a copyright notice inserted five hard returns after the last bibliographic entry. Copyright notice should be centred, Times New Roman 10 pt font (e.g. Copyright © Author First Name Last Name Year). If the five hard returns will put the copyright notice on a page by itself, then please include the copyright notice on the bottom line of the bibliography page rather than putting it on a page by itself.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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