Authors’ Guidelines

Please use Times Roman 12-point type and the standard US letter page setting. The document should be double spaced throughout; place page numbers in the upper-right corner; and leave top and side margins of at least one inch.

Submit to the Journal

Submissions to Constructing Communication: A Journal are only made by email to mediationplace@gmail.com.  Authors must submit papers electronically in PDF or Word format. Care must be taken to remove the author(s) name(s) from the electronic document. Please remove all author identification from the Properties of Microsoft Word before creating the PDF. Verify under Properties in Adobe Reader that your identity has been removed.

Submissions should include a cover letter addressed to the Editor including all personal information and why your manuscript should be considered for publication must be sent as a separate file, as well as the authors’ resume/CV.

Authors whose first language is not English must have their manuscripts reviewed by an English-speaking colleague or editor to refine use of the English language (vocabulary, grammar, syntax). At the discretion of the Editor, manuscripts may be returned for English language issues before they are sent for review.

Review Process

Each paper is reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to two independent referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendation, as well as consultation between relevant Editorial Board members the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected.

Copyright

Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Always attribute clearly using either indented text or quote marks as well as making use of the preferred Harvard style of formatting. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. For ease of dissemination and to ensure proper policing of use, papers and contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.

Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written (taken to mean more than 50%) and the author has cleared any necessary permissions with the copyright owner if it has been previously copyrighted.

Permissions

Prior to article submission, authors should clear permission to use any content that has not been created by them.  Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in publication.

The rights mediationplace.org requires are:

  1. Non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the article or book chapter.
  2. Print and electronic rights.
  3. Worldwide English language rights.
  4. To use the material for the life of the work (i.e. there should be no time restrictions on the re-use of material e.g. a one-year licence).

When reproducing tables, figures or excerpts (of more than 400 words) from another source, it is expected that:

  1. Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript.  Permission must also be cleared for any minor adaptations of any work not created by them.
  2. If an author adapts significantly any material, the author must inform the copyright holder of the original work.
  3. Authors obtain any proof of consent statements
  4. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list.
  5. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use.  Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Editing and Proofreading Services

mediation place.org offers editing and proofreading services through a network of experienced authors and copy editors, to contributors who wish to improve the standard of English in their paper before submission. This is particularly useful for those whose first language is not English.

Manuscript requirements

  • Articles should be between 2,500 and 10,000 maximum words in length.
  • All files should be submitted as a Word or PDF document.
  • A title of not more than eight words should be provided.
  • An Article Title Page should be submitted alongside each individual article. This should include: Article Title, Author Details (see below), Acknowledgements, Author Biographies, Abstract (see below), Keywords (up to ten).
  • Details should be supplied on the Article Title Page including: Full name of each author, Affiliation of each author, at time research was completed, Where more than one author has contributed to the article, details of who should be contacted for correspondence, E-mail address of the corresponding author, Brief professional biography of each author.
  • Authors must supply an abstract on the Article Title Page of no more than 250 words.
  • Headings must be concise, with a clear indication of the distinction between the hierarchy of headings.
  • Notes or Endnotes should be used only if absolutely necessary and must be identified in the text by consecutive numbers, enclosed in square brackets and listed at the end of the article.
  • All Figures and Tables should be submitted in the article’s file.
  • References to other publications must be in APA Citation Style.  APA Citation Style Manuals are available and a Google search will be helpful.
  •  Authors should cite publications in the text: (e.g.,Adams, 2006) using the first named author’s name or (Adams and Brown, 2006) citing both names of two, or (Adams et al., 2006), when there are three or more authors. At the end of the paper a reference list in alphabetical order should be supplied