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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 double-spaced; uses Times New Roman 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.
  • I acknowledge that authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons - Attribution International 4.0 licence.
  • I acknowlege that there is no fee to publish my submission.

Author Guidelines

Preparing your paper:

Article structure 

  • Include a structured abstract of 250 words.
  • Suggested headings:
    • introduction
    • background / literature review
    • method / methodology
    • results
    • discussion
    • conclusion
  • Provide between 4 and 6 keywords. Key-words should help to make your research discoverable.
  • A typical paper accepted in this journal will be up to 3,000-5000 words (excluding title page, abstract, references, tables, and figures).  Longer manuscripts may be considered at the discretion of the Editorial Board.
  • Be submitted in Microsoft Word format. 
  • Checked for spelling and grammar.

Style Guide:

  • Ensure that references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text. References to other publications must be in APA 7th style and carefully checked for completeness, accuracy and consistency.
  • Writing should be concise, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings.
  • Submit all figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots, and photographic images) in electronic form. All figures should be of high quality, legible and numbered consecutively. Graphics may be supplied in colour to facilitate their appearance on the online database.
    • Figures created in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, Illustrator should be supplied in their original formats.
  • Ensure that if tables are included they are clearly labelled in the body text.
  • Note if permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources 
  • Demonstrate transparency related to research funding.  Authors must declare all sources of external research funding in their article and a statement to this effect should appear in the Acknowledgements section. Authors should describe the role of the funder or financial sponsor in the entire research process, from study design to submission.

Formatting and templates

  • Times New Roman font, font size 12 and double spacing.  
  • An optional template for those new to publishing is available to download here

To ensure a double blind peer review, on a separate title page include the following :

  • Title of paper: There is no prescribed length to the title. It should be concise, informative and contain identifiable keywords.
  • Shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. 
  • Name of all authors (one author designated as the corresponding author)
  • E-mail addresses 
  • Full postal address 
  • Position title
  • ORCID and Bio for each author


Submissions should be entirely original. References to and the use of the work and/or words of others must be appropriately cited or quoted. If any of the statements include work and/or words that have been previously published, these should be referenced accordingly. Authors should use accepted academic referencing conventions in their submission.


  • All papers, where appropriate should provide a statement of author responsibilities ("CRediT"). Such statements could be particularly useful for doctoral students preparing a "dissertations by publication", and their submission constitutes a part of that planned dissertation.

These guidelines are also available in PDF format to download.

Publication by Editorial Board

To maintain impatiality, any submissions by the Editor-in-Chief or the Editorial Board will be reviewed and edited by an independent reviewer and editor. The author of a submission is unable to be a reviewer, editor or any other role in the publication process.

Publication Errors and Inaccuracies

It is the responsibility of the author/s to bring to the attention of the Editor-in-Chief as soon as they become aware of any significant errors or inaccuracies in the manuscripts published by the journal.

Publication Decision

The final decision to publish will be made by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief will be advised by the Editorial Board and guided by the review process. The Editor-in-Chief is bound by legal requirements, such as copyright laws and plagiarism. 

Race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors will not influence the decision to publish. Any viewpoints, opinions or speech that incites discrimination or hate will not be tolerated and submissions of this kind will not be accepted for publication.

Review Guidelines

WIL in Practice uses a double-blind peer review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. For information on the review process, please see Review Guidelines

Post Publication

Authors may deposit their manuscript in an institutional or other repository of their choice without embargo. This policy applies to the following versions:

  • Submitted version
  • Accepted version (Author Accepted Manuscript)
  • Published version (Version of Record)

Book Review

A review of texts or books relevant to experiential learning or pedagogy.

Case Study

Case studies might describe the implementation of practices within an organisation, implementation experiences, observations and maybe  a hypothetical case study for use as a teaching or practice exercise.

Conceptual Paper

Papers not based on research but will develop hypotheses. This type of paper will cover theoretical or philosophical discussions and comparative studies of others' work and thinking.

General Review

Those papers that provide an overview or historical examination of a concept, technique or phenomenon. These papers are likely to be more descriptive or instructional ("how to" papers).

Literature Review

This type of paper will annotate and/or critique the literature in a particular subject area. The aim of this type of paper is to cover the key literature to the development of a topic and explore different views.

Research Paper

Papers that report on relevant research related to the focus and interests of WIL practitioners. The research might involve the construction or testing of a model or framework, action research, testing of data, market research or surveys, empirical, scientific or clinical research.

Technical paper

Describes and evaluates technical products, processes or services.


Content is dependent on the author's opinion and interpretation. This might include journalistic pieces.

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  • process your submission;
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