Submission Guidelines

Submission Preparation Checklist

  • Ensure your submission uses the Word document as a template (DOWNLOAD HERE)
  • Ensure you have an abstract (even if there is an introduction) and it is 200 words or fewer. This blog has guidance on how to structure an abstract if you are unsure. 
  • Ensure you have added at least 4 relevant keywords, for indexing purposes. Keywords help readers find your article, so are vital for discoverability.
  • Ensure your submission is within the appropriate word count limit of 4000 words or fewer, including references. 
  • Ensure you list your co-authors if any.  
  • Ensure your submission is edited according to the style guide below. 

Preparing your manuscript for submission - Style Guide

  • Writing should be concise, with clear subjects and actions in every sentence.
  • When setting the format for the title, text and headings, use the style in this template. If you need to manually format text, use the following formatting:
  • For lists, use numbers 1, 2, 3, or round bullet points.
  • Original texts’ names (e.g., books) should be in italic.
  • Images, figures, and tables should be properly cited where inserted, and included in the references. Any images, figures and tables need to be formatted in line with the text.
  • Any images need to be in jpeg, png or gif format.
  • Alternative text is required for images, tables, and figures. (See more to understand the importance of alt text)
  • Reference Style: Referencing can be done in any style as long as it is consistently followed throughout the manuscript. (Guide to popular referencing styles)

Use the downloadable Submission Template to format your submissions! 

Please ensure you use your Northumbria email address to make the submissions. Submissions from personal email addresses will not be accepted.

Word Count

Length of manuscripts submitted to NUSJ should be under 4,000 words. (Tables, footnotes, references included)

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Copyright Notice

Third-party materials

Authors are expected to ensure any third-party material used in their submission can be shared under a CC BY license. You should provide proof that the material is in the public domain or available under another compatible open license. If this is not the case you will need to provide written permission from the copyright holder allowing you to use and publish the work.

Author rights retention

Authors retain their copyright in any work submitted under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Users are allowed to copy, distribute, and transmit the work in any medium or format provided that the original authors and source are credited. To view a copy of this license, visit