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- The manuscript is original, has not been formally published in any other peer-reviewed journal or in a book or edited collection, either in whole or in part, in its present, or substantially present form, and is currently not under consideration for any such publication elsewhere. This includes publications in other languages.
- The manuscript has not been previously submitted for consideration with Refuge. If it has been previously submitted, please explain what changes have been made and when it was first submitted (include your article ID if possible) in a separate file to the editors.
- The submission conforms with standard academic honesty practices and has been checked for plagiarism by the authors. This includes any potential instances of self-plagiarism or text recycling. If re-using portions of a text to which the author(s) hold the copy-right (e.g. a research report), a reference and an comment should be included. Self-citations should be kept to a minimum, and citation of any of the authors’ published work must be done in the third person (and anonymized for review). Refuge reserves the right to refuse contributions that do not comply with academic honesty and standard citation practices.
- The submission has been fully anonymized. There is no biographical information about the author(s) in the file that contains the main text. Any references to the author(s) work(s) in the bibliography (the list of references) or in the body of the article have been anonymized. Any identifying information in the main text has also been removed (i.e. in Word under "file," "properties," and "summary," the author's field is blank).
All authors listed meet the minimum requirements for authorship according to COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics). They are 1) substantial contribution to the work and 2) accountability for the work that was done and its presentation in a publication.
No authors that have made a substantial contribution are omitted. Acknowledgements should be used to denote contributions to the work that do not meet the criteria of authorship such as, supporting the study, general mentoring, collecting data, acting as study coordinator, and other related activities.
- The main text does not exceed 7, 500 words (plus references and abstract) and is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). A headings system is used to separate and classify paper sections. Headings are hierarchical and were created using styles.
- Submission contain a brief abstract (100 w. max.), keywords, bibliographic statement (for all authors - in a separate file) and ORCID iD, if available.
- Recommended article structure: Introduction (includes overview over topic, method, structure, findings/arguments); literature review & theoretical framework; detailed methods & ethics; findings & significance; conclusion.
- All empirical papers which contain work involving human subjects or secondary data about them have been approved by either a university research ethics board (REB) or the institutional equivalent in the case of an NGO or international organization. An explanatory note must be included in the submission.
- Placement of all illustrations, figures, graphs and tables follows APA recommendations. Authors have ensured that all of these elements, including any use of colour, can be read by users who may read Refuge using a variety of modalities, such as screen readers and other assistive technologies (e.g., if using colours, make sure there is plenty of contrast - use a free contrast checker ). All of these elements are also mentioned in the text.
- Any figures submitted as image files (e.g., JPEG, GIF, PNG) are at least 72 dpi (low end; web-only resolution) but preferrably 300 dpi (suitable for printing).
- All references in the submission (in-text, in the reference list) are in keeping with the accessible APA Style Guide with bibliography and minimal use of footnotes (or, where applicable, the Canadian Guide to Legal Citation). This includes case law, legislation and international treaties.
- All electronically available references (e.g. digital journal articles or government websites) include valid links (URLs) or permanent digital identifiers (DOIs). Formatting follows accessible APA style.
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word or equivalent editable file format (no PDF).
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