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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 before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

To submit a paper for consideration please send it as an email attachment to the Editor, Dr Elizabeth Bates: Elizabeth.Bates@cumbria.ac.uk

Check your manuscript against the author guidelines below carefully before submitting.  Papers that are poorly formatted and not presented in accordance with these guidelines will not be considered. 

Please note: If your paper is accepted for publication, it is assumed you agree to the article also being places in the University of Cumbria's digital repository "Insight". 

Author Guidance:

Your paper should be formatted according to the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.  You should consult the APA Manual 6th Edition or use Purdue Owl website before submitting your manuscript.  Below are some specific guidelines:

Abstract: Please provide an abstract of no more than 200 words.

The length of the main paper will vary depending on the type of paper.  Typically a quantitative research paper will not exceed 8000 words and qualitative papers would not exceed 10000 words.  A literature review would be more likely to be around 5000 words and a position piece/critical analysis would be between 3000 and 5000 words.

Ethical approval: Where relevant you should include a clear statement about ethical approval for your research from the institution. 

Presentation of the manuscript: Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document, double spaced in Times New Roman 12pt.  The first page of the submission should contain a manuscript title, the list of authors with each one's institutional affiliation.  The second page should contain only an abstract and 4 or 5 Keywords.  Headings should be in Bold.  Side headings are encouraged to improve the structure of the paper; these should be flushed left and in italics. 

Tables and Figures: where necessary tables should be presented in APA format, an example of this can be found on the Purdue Owl website.

Acknowledgements: You may wish to include a short acknowledgement section to acknowledge your supervisor or anyone who has helped you put your paper together.

References: Referencing should be in APA format, more guidance can be found as per the resources mentioned above.  Please see an example reference list below and follow the conventions used:

Felson, R. B (2002) Violence & Gender Re-examined.  American Psychological Association, Washington D. C.  

Graham-Kevan, N. (2007). Partner violence typologies.  In J. Hamel & T. L. Nicholls (Eds.) Family interventions in domestic violence (pp.145-163). New York: Springer.

Goodchild, S. (2000, November 12) Women are more violent, says study.  The Independent.  Retrieved from: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/women-are-more-violent-says-study-622388.html

Johnson, M. P. (2005) Domestic violence: It's not about gender - or is it?  Journal of Marriage and Family, 67, 1126-1130. 

Straus, M. A. & Ramirez, I. L. (2002) Gender symmetry in prevalence, severity and chronicity of physical aggression against dating partners by university students in Mexico and the USA.  Paper presented at the XV World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression, Montreal, Canada.  30 July, 2002.  

Wallaby, S. & Allen, J. (2004) Domestic Violence, sexual assault and stalking: findings from the British Crime Survey. Home Office Research Study 276. London: Home Office.



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