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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • Author is a TWU student at the time of article submission, or has graduated up to two years prior to article submission.
  • Authors need to register with the journal using their TWU email address prior to submitting or, if already registered, authors can simply log in.
  • 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF 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.
  • The author must specify the following information: lead or corresponding author, additional authors' full names; all author departmental affiliations. If a co-author is a faculty member, this must be stated along with their author affiliation.
  • If your work derives from an ongoing research (i.e., lab work) you will need the approval of all research team members, including your FACULTY MENTOR before you submit.

Author Guidelines

Authors need to register with the journal using their TWU email address prior to submitting or, if already registered, authors can simply log in.

Student authors must be current TWU students, or have graduated from TWU no more than two years before article was submitted.


To acquire original scholarly works from all the academic disciplines at TWU.  The works submitted can be diverse in research nature, academic discipline and include a wider range, such as research/ empirical studies, case studies, research reviews, meta-analysistheoretical and applied research articles 

Manuscripts should be organized as follows:

STRUCTURED ABSTRACT: (100-300 words) Abstracts can vary quite a bit, but generally, you want to provide readers with a good overview of what you are discussing. If it’s research, make sure your research question(s) are listed here, and your methods, followed by findings and conclusions. If it is not research, you’ll still want to describe what your paper is about. What will readers learn from your paper? Here’s an example.

BODY OF PAPER (1500-3000 words- not including abstract and bibliography): Consult the style manual of your discipline (Chicago, APA, etc.) for help with formatting and style. 

INTRODUCTION: Provide a concise overview of the study, including research questions, population or problem, methods. 

LITERATURE REVIEW: Explain the need for research based on prior work.  

METHODS: Clearly explain the process of gathering appropriate and sufficient information to answer research questions. The process may be qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods, but it should be replicable based on the provided information. Include mention of human subjects approval, if appropriate.

If a literature search is performed as part of your process, you must document the following:

  • Databases selected
  • Terms used for searching
  • Inclusion and exclusion criteria (how you decided what was pertinent)

Include, as an appendix, survey questions, or other information needed for replicability. 

FINDINGS: Clearly explain the process of analyzing findings, using figures and/or tables (no more than 2) to illustrate results. Additional links to data should be listed in the article, as appropriate. 

CONCLUSION: Discuss the implications of findings and suggestions for future research. Be transparent about assumptions, possible bias, and weaknesses of design or processes: no research is perfect! 

Bibliography (or Works Cited)

  1. In-text citations
  2. End of work citations
  3. Consult the style manual of your discipline (Chicago, APA, etc.) for help with formatting 

Submission Format

  • Submit as .rtf, .doc, or .docx file
  • Figures and Tables (if needed, submitted as .png files)
  • Double-spaced
  • 12 point Ariel or Times New Roman font
  • 1” margins top, bottom, and sides
  • Remove author names, emails and affiliations from the manuscript 

When submitting a manuscript, provide the following:

  • Address for correspondence
  • First and last (family) name of all authors
  • Email address for all authors
  • Institution/department name of each author

Papers will be evaluated by the TWUSJ co-editors according to the following criteria:

Originality, Impact, Relevance, and Quality.

Originality: are these new ideas? 

Impact: how significant will this be for your field? 

Relevance: are you citing the relevant literature? 

Quality:  make sure you are writing clearly! 

If your submitted work is derived from, or is the result of, an assignment, thesis, or dissertation, you are welcome to submit. However, you must include a statement about this in your manuscript, describing the circumstances. 


Questions?  Contact Adrian Shapiro at

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