Information For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review About the Journal, as well as the Author Guidelines below. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

Author Guidelines

Submission

Authors need to register an account in order to make the submissions online. Once a login is created, please use the same login for current and future submissions.

Authors should submit two files, namely "manuscript anonymous" i.e., a full manuscript with the fields of authors’ names and affiliations filled with the word “anonymous” and a separate "title page” with authors’ names, affiliation and ORCID (optional).

If the author needs to resubmit prior to the review process, use the same login and replace the uploaded file and do NOT resubmit as a new paper or create a new registration.

Manuscripts must be prepared using the article template provided which can be downloaded from the right-hand side navigation panel.

When making the submission, choose one of the following categories and follow the instructions accordingly.

  • Research Article
  • Reflections on Teaching Practice
  • Reflections on Professional Practice
  • Book Review

Articles are submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere previously and that they are not being submitted simultaneously to another journal.

If the author uses materials protected by copyright, it is the author’s responsibility to acquire any necessary permissions and they are personally responsible for the payment of any fee related to copyright that may be applicable. Authors are also responsible for obtaining any ethical clearance necessary for the publication of their article.

Length: Research articles should normally be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (or Chinese characters) in length, but not exceeding 10,000 words including appendices. Submission to the Reflection sections can be 3000 - 5000 words (or Chinese characters) or more. Book reviews can be 1,000 words or more.

Language: We consider mainly contributions in English using consistent spelling conventions either in BrE (British English) or AmE (American English), though quality papers in Chinese can also be considered. For papers in Chinese, an extended English abstract of 500 words is required.

If you feel your paper needs some revision so that it is more concise and accessible to the readers and reviewers, you could use professional copyediting service to improve the structure and expression of your paper. Some FAQs on copyediting.

Style Guides

IJCETI uses APA referencing style. For grammar and usage, Chicago Style Guide is generally followed. Manuscript and copy typesetting follow IJECETI’s own styles Key points are listed below and further details can be found on the downloadable article template.

Abstract

An abstract of less than 250 words must be submitted together with the full manuscript for research articles.

For Reflection articles, an abstract is optional. No abstract is needed for Book Reviews or other sections.

Keywords

Keywords given in the manuscript should be the ones that are important but have not appeared in the title.

Font & Size

Use the downloadable article template for submissions. Times New Roman is the standard font for IJCETI publications. For section titles, ATJH1 should be used. ATHH2 is used for sub-session titles, and so on so forth, if you need to use further sub-subsections. The ATJ body text should be used for all body texts.

Abbreviation, Acronym and Initial

Define abbreviations and acronyms the first time they appear in the main text, even they have been defined in the abstract. Avoid the use of abbreviations in the title or sections unless they are unavoidable. Symbols are treated in the same way as acronyms. They must be defined when they first occur in your text. It is recommended if these short forms are used no more than twice, perhaps you should avoid defining and using them at all.

Referencing & Footnote

APA referencing style should be abide by, and examples are given in the template. If a bibliography is needed, you can add it to the end of the references using the same layout.

IJCETI does not support the use of footnotes as a means of content clarification or locally presented references. For content clarification, you can give explanation in the main text. The only allowable use of footnotes is to acknowledge the rights permission. The use of footnotes is strictly limited to the case where the use of them is to enable the publishing of the content legally.

Trademarks

All trademarks should be denoted as trademarks, not just usual proper nouns.

Tables & Figures

The table style is not stipulated, but titles and captions are. The table style is chosen to best form your content. If coloured grids or panels are used, be mindful of possible colour distortion from screens and printers. 

Every figure presented must have a title for it. Captions are optional. To make the layout neat and allow for sufficient clarification, IJCETI recommend keeping explanation to figures in main text instead of the use of lengthy captions. 

Conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose any financial or other conflict of interest that may be deemed to influence the results or interpretation of their study. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Editors and Editorial Staff as Authors

Editorial staff or editors shall not be involved in the processing of their own academic work. Research articles authored by editorial staff/editors will be assigned to two independent reviewers. Decisions will be made by other Editorial Board Members who do not have a conflict of interest with the author on whether their submissions ought to be published or not.

Licence and Copyright

Articles are normally published under the licence of Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial and Non-Derivative 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) unless specifically requested by the author or the sponsors and approved by the publisher for meeting the requirements to publish them under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY).

IJCETI usually asks the author to transfer their copyright to the journal/publisher. Authors can utilize their work under the "fair use" provisions in copyright law, just like any other user. The publisher grants the authors certain rights per Copyright Transfer Agreement.

However, authors and/or their sponsors may request to hold the copyright provided the full APCs are paid and, in such cases, they will need to grant the publisher a non-exclusive licence to publish their works.

Article Processing Charge

In order to provide free access to readers, it is a common practice for OA journals to charge Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover the costs of copyediting, typesetting, indexing & archiving, and journal management. IJCETI is no exception.

The publisher agrees not to charge APCs till end of 2023. APCs will be charged to the articles published after 1 January 2024. However, IJCETI will provide explicit waivers and discounts to authors from low- and middle-income countries, based on the Research4Life country list. Authors from these countries will have APC costs waived (for Group A countries) or reduced by 50% (for Group B countries). For unfunded work, the journal will also offer merit-based APC waivers or discounts at the journal’s discretion.

For research with funding support, it is strongly recommended that APCs are paid to support the operation of the journal. The APC rate for 2023 is 260 British sterling pounds.