Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for The Interactive Journal of Global Leadership and Learning

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Interactive Journal of Global Leadership and Learning.

Formatting and Content Requirements

    The IJGLL publishes manuscripts that have been written according to the APA 7th Publication Manual. The IJGLL routinely screens manuscript submission for plagiarism through TurnItIn.

    The body of your manuscript should not include a title page or abstract. When you submit electronically, the manuscript management system will prompt you to provide the following information on separate windows (all of which will be added for publication in the body of your article):

  1. Title
  2. Running head (abbreviated title)
  3. Abstract (300 words)
  4. Key words
  5. Bio (300 words)
    Begin the body of you manuscript with an APA Level 1 introduction. In general, your manuscript should be organized with the following Level 1 headings:
  1. Introduction
  2. Theoretical or Conceptual Framework
  3. Method
  4. Results
  5. Discussion
  6. References
  7. Appendix (when applicable)
    You can include as many Level 2, 3, or 4 headings as necessary in the body of your manuscript.

Other important details:

  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors
  • Write your article in English.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single Word file
  • Tables and figures should strictly follow APA 7 requirements
  • Notes under tables/figures should be formatted accordingly (i.e., generic, specific)
  • Right, top, and bottom margins should be 1.0 inches, including your tables and figures.
  • Left margin should be 1.2 inches.
  • Double space your text
  • Justify your text to the left, leaving a "ragged" right margin (per APA 7th).
  • Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures
  • Copyedit your manuscript
  • There should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space
  • NOTE: The Managing Editor reserves the right to change the location of tables or figures to ensure distribution of content within the body of a manuscript.

    Additional Recommendations

    Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification

    Indent all paragraphs.

    Do not insert extra space between paragraphs.

    Don't "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).

    Article Length

    Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length. Approximately 25-30 pages

    Colored text

    Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

    Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)

    Emphasized text

    Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.

    Font size

    The main body of text should be set in 12pt. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 6pt.

    Foreign terms

    Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.

    Main text

    The font for the main body of text must be black and, if at all possible, in Times or closest comparable font available.


    Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.

    Tables and Figures

    To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within the above mentioned margin requirements in both portrait and landscape view.


    Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.

    Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions should appear as display math. Also expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as the fractions) should be set as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.

    Equations should be numbered sequentially. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, you are expected to be consistent in this.

    Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help insure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly on her printer. When proofing your document under PDF pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.


    It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. Follow APA 7th requirements. References should appear right after the end of the document, beginning on a new page.