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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 under consideration at another journal (if needed, you may provide an explanation in Comments to the Editor). JSS does not consider for publication any work that has been published in other languages.
  • The file to be submitted is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, PDF, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is fully anonymized and adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements for submitted manuscripts (as outlined in the Author Guidelines). Please ensure that you have removed any personal information from the file properties before submitting it.
  • The text is double-spaced, uses a 12-point font, employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the appropriate points within the text rather than at the end of the document.
  • I am aware of and agree with the publication of my article being licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License -NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Author Guidelines

Please see the JSS Reference Style Sheet.

Submitted manuscripts:

Anonymity: all identifying details must be removed for blind review. This includes references to the author’s prior publications. Please remember to remove identifying document metadata. 

Language: all accepted papers will be published in English, but submissions can be received in languages other than English. For details, please see our Language Policy.

Length: 10,000 words maximum, including references and footnotes.

Abstract: 250 words, in English (regardless of the language of submission).

Keywords: from 5 to 10, in English (regardless of the language of submission).

Font: 12-point Times New Roman, all text (including footnotes) double-spaced.

Notes: please use footnotes and not endnotes. Footnotes should include bibliographical references and may also include explanatory notes. A single footnote cannot be longer than 400 words. 

Bolding: only the title of the article should be in bold. Section headings should be in regular font and numbered sequentially.

Quotations: all quotations longer than 100 words should be presented as a freestanding block quote.

Bibliography: all papers must include a bibliography of all (and only) the work cited in the paper. 

Accepted manuscripts:

Once accepted, it is the author’s responsibility to make sure that their paper follows the rules and conventions of British English and that the references and bibliography conform to the JSS style guidelines

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