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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


Author(s): (10 point, centred, upper and lower case, bold. Omit subscripts if all authors have the same affiliation. No title, no rank, no addresses) 

Albert A.I. Kingstona, Name I. Surnameb and Name I. Surnameb



email: corresponding author

The abstract should be one paragraph with a maximum of 300 words, bold, 8 point font, italicized. The abstract should be offset by 1.27 cm (0.5”) on both sides.  It should be two lines space below the authors.

Keywords: Maximum of 5 keywords, bold, 8 point font, italicized, one line space below the abstract.

1             FIRST ORDER HEADINGS (12 point font, bold, capital letters)

Leave 1 line before a main heading and 1 line after

Papers should be written using, 12 point font Times New Roman.

Papers to be submitted electronically in MS Word format.

The pages should be formatted as follows:

  • A4 paper size (21cm by 29.7cm)
  • Times New Roman font, size 12 point for the text.
  • Top margin: 3.17 cm (1.25”).
  • Bottom margin: 1.9 cm (0.75”).
  • Left and right margins: 2.54 cm (1”).
  • Justify text, distributing text evenly between margins.
  • Use single line spacing.

Do not number pages. No headers, No footers

1.1       Second Order Headings (12 point, bold letter)

Leave 1 line before and after a Second Order heading.

1.1.1    Third Order Headings (12 point, NOT bold letter)

Leave 1 line before and after a Third Order heading


Figures and tables should be placed as close as possible to where they are mentioned for the first time (not at the end of the paper). The tables and figures should be named on top, with one line space.

2.1       Tables

Tables should be consecutively numbered starting from Table 1 and referred to within the text, and should not be wider than 1 column.

Tables that span the entire page width are also allowed.


Table 1. Table heading, 10 point

















Source: original author, year of publication

2.2       Figures

Figures should be consecutively numbered starting from Figure 1 and should ideally be as wide as 1 column.

Figures that span the entire page width are also allowed.

 Figure 1: Figure Heading, 10 point.

 2.3       Equations

 Equations should be centered and numbered starting from 1

 References (leave two line spaces after end of article)

 References in the text should follow the Author Date system such as the APA (American Psychological Association) where the author and year of publication appear in the text and the full reference appears in a ‘References’ section at the end of the article.

 In-text citations: should follow the form (Armstrong, 1985), (Krippendorff, 2006:148), Peter and Newbury (2003). Where several references are cited together in the text they should be separated by semi-colons. Where there are three or more authors for a work, the first author’s name should be used, followed by et al.

References section: authors should appear in alphabetical order. Where more than one article by an author appears these should be placed in chronological order and the name(s) repeated and not replaced by a long dash (-). Entries should follow the following form:

For journals: Kimbell, L. (2011). Designing for service as one way of design services. International Journal of Design, 5(2), 41-52.

For books: Krippendorff, K. (2006). The semantic turn: A foundation for design. New York: Taylor Francis

For book Chapters: Saco, R.M. and Goncalves, A.P. (2010). Service design: An appraisal. In T. Lockwood (Ed.), Design thinking. New York: Allworth Press, 159-171.

For conference papers: Low, K.P.Y. (2007). Emotional design for hotel stay experiences: research on guest emotions and design opportunities. In Proceedings of the 2nd IASDR Conference on design research: Emerging trends in design research. Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

For a thesis: Pei, E. (2009). Building a common language of design representation for Industrial designers and Engineering designers. Unpublished doctoral thesis, Loughborough, University of Loughborough.

Internet Articles: Howard, G. (2007). On the origin of touchpoints. Retrieved August 10, 2012, from http://designforservice.wordpress.com/2007/11/07/on-the-orign-of-touchpoints/


 Extra material such as proofs of equations and any other related material may be appended to the end of the document.

 A1. Proof of Equation




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