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Notes for intending authors

Submissions may be up to about 7500 words including abstract, tables and references, but not including appendices. An Abstract of 100-200 words and a brief biography not exceeding 50 words per author should be included in the submission.

Publication in IIER is free, that is, IIER does not require any payment of page or publication charges.

Your article should be submitted as one Microsoft Word file in .doc format or .docx format, file size not exceeding 4 MB, attached to an email addressed to IIER's Editorial team:

Please use the subject line IIER new submission: (first author's family name). Email for editor@iier.org.au is forwarded automatically to the Editorial team. Your submission should be a single file with the first author's family name included in the filename. Any covering letter information you wish to provide should be placed in the body text of the submission email. New submissions must be sent to editor@iier.org.au and not to any individual in the team (incorrectly addressed new submissions may be returned to authors for resending). Submissions made in the form of a link to a cloud site such as Microsoft's 'OneDrive for Business' or similar are not acceptable.

You will receive an acknowledgment from IIER's current duty editor for processing initial submissions within about 4 days. You are asked to read this carefully, to check that we have details recorded correctly, and sometimes we may have asked a follow-up question. Please ensure that email from IIER's editorial staff is not subjected to a spam blocker or junk email filter, because if the duty editor's acknowledgment is not delivered without restriction to the submitting author, IIER may discard the submission, as a time saving measure. After submission, continue to use the address editor@iier.org.au for further correspondence, unless otherwise instructed.

IIER's review times may vary from 2-4 weeks to about 3 months, depending upon an initial assessment by IIER editorial staff:

Include author names and contact details at the beginning of your article. The editorial team will remove authors' names and other identification from the article prior to despatch to reviewers. However, self-citations will be left intact, as reviewers may require access to these in order to conduct a proper review. The advice to reviewers includes a copy of the IIER Review Form. Authors may find it useful to consider the criteria listed in it [see Review Form] whilst preparing their submission.

Submissions to the journal are expected to be significant and original contributions to educational research. IIER is a generalist journal publishing research topics which are drawn from all sectors of education and may be based upon a wide range of contexts and research methodologies. To enable the best possible scope for this diversity, IIER may be particularly interested in topics, country contexts and research methods or perspectives that are under-represented in the international literature. It is also important to project your article as representing a significant issue in educational research, and as relevant for an international readership, in contrast to an article that relates only to a local or limited regional context, or to a highly specialised field of educational research.

Submissions should not have been published elsewhere, nor currently under consideration by another journal, though IIER does consider submissions that have been published previously in a language other than English. Authors are not required to assign copyright in their articles to IIER, but should be aware that articles published in IIER appear under the Creative Commons licence "BY ND" [see About IIER: Copyright]. It is the responsibility of authors to comply with ethics approvals and any other pre-project or pre-submission procedures as specified by their institution, organisation or government. IIER editorial staff and reviewers cannot undertake checking for compliance. Inclusion of an ethics compliance statement in a submission is optional, but if given, place in the section on methods.

As a general guide to writing and referencing, please follow the APA Style (2009 or later). In particular, note the APA advice about titles of articles, "The recommended length for a title is 10 to 12 words". Another important guide used for editorial purposes is the Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers. For spelling, please use The Macquarie Dictionary. Please use Google and Google Scholar "Advanced" searches to check that you have correctness of spelling and other details in your reference list. Include URLs (web addresses) or DOIs for journal, proceedings and book references, wherever you can. Do not attempt to anonymise or 'blind' any self citations that may be included; IIER requires that all references be available for potential inspection by reviewers.

Please use previously published IIER articles as a general guide to the style required for headings, paragraphing and other details in presentation. In order to have the best possible portability across different platforms and different versions of MS Word, please use Normal style only. Use single spacing, because almost all editorial and review work is conducted by screen reading without recourse to printing on paper. Do not use footnotes or other layout features which are difficult to convert to HTML for the web version. If using endnotes please do not use your word processor's specific system for doing this, simply indicate their locations in the text and then type in normal text at the end of the paper.

All figures and tables should be included in your Word file in their correct positions, and not in separate graphics or drawing packages. When preparing these, please note that the PDF versions of articles accepted for publication will have a B5 format with a printing area of 201 x 136 mm. Do not use landscape format for wide tables and figures; redesign to fit into portrait orientation (width 136 mm).

Queries about submissions may be directed to the IIER editorial team [editor@iier.org.au]

Special advice for authors of accepted articles

In your revision of an accepted article or in proof reading of an accepted and edited article, please give particular attention to the following requests which are concerned with production matters such as conformance with IIER's "house style"; good legibility and readability for diagrams, figures and tables; minimising the incidence of errors in citation and referencing; optimising for screen reading; improving search engine "reading" of the article; minimising the amount of time required for copy editing, etc.


APA Style (2009). American Psychological Association. http://www.apastyle.org/

APA (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition American Psychological Association.

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) (n.d.). https://publicationethics.org

Creative Commons. http://creativecommons.org

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center). https://eric.ed.gov/

Google. http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en

Google Scholar. https://scholar.google.com/

International DOI Foundation. The Digital Object Identifier System. http://www.doi.org/

The Macquarie Dictionary (2005). 4th ed. Sydney: The Macquarie Library. http://www.macquariedictionary.com.au/

NLA (National Library of Australia). Pandora Archive. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/

Style Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers (2002). 6th ed. Wiley Australia. (Previous editions were known with great respect and affection as the AGPS Manual).

Wager, E. & Kleinert, S. (2011). Responsible research publication: International standards for authors. A position statement developed at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, Singapore, July 22-24, 2010. In T. Mayer & N. Steneck (Eds), Promoting research integrity in a global environment. Imperial College Press / World Scientific Publishing, Singapore (ch 50, pp 309-16). http://publicationethics.org/files/International%20standards_authors_for%20website_11_Nov_2011.pdf

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