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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.
  • 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.
  • Your document file follows our Submission Instructions (ie., Author Guidelines)?
  • 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.
  • Have been added the Data Availability Statement.

Author Guidelines

Submission of an original manuscript, which entails that the work described has not been published before; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors.

  • Submissions should be made through this Website.
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Title Page

The title page should include:

  • The name(s) of the author(s)
  • A title
  • The affiliation(s) of the author(s)
  • The e-mail address of the corresponding author


Please provide an abstract of 150 to 300 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Please provide 4 to 6 keywords that can be used for indexing purposes.

Text Formatting

Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word.

  • Up to a maximum length of 8000 Words.
  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g.: 12-point Times Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables.
  • Save your file in docx format (Word 2007 or higher) or doc format (older Word versions).


Please use Microsoft Word’s heading levels to create sections and subsections.


Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.


Footnotes can be used to provide additional information, which may include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. Footnotes should not consist solely of a reference citation, and they should never include the bibliographical details of a reference. Footnotes should not contain any figures or tables.

Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively; those to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data).

Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.


Acknowledgment of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section on the title page. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.



Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. Some examples:

  • Negotiation research spans many disciplines (Thompson 1990).
  • This result was later contradicted by Becker and Seligman (1996).
  • This effect has been widely studied (Abbott 1991; Barakat et al. 1995; Kelso and Smith 1998; Medvec et al. 1999).
  • et al. being Latin, should appear in italics.

Reference List

The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.

The references/bibliography norm adopted at NOvation is APA style - American Psychology Association. See, for example

Journal names and book titles should always be italicized.


  • Tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order.
  • For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.
  • Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body.

English Language Editing

For editors and reviewers to accurately assess the work presented in your manuscript you must ensure that the English language is of sufficient quality to be clearly understood.

If your manuscript is accepted it will be checked by our copy editors for spelling style before publication.

We may accept pieces in other languages (French, Spanish and Portuguese) providing that the author ensures that, after peer reviewing acceptance, English translation will be assured for the final version.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors

  • This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record.
  • Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.

Data Policy

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. Consent for submission was explicitly received from all authors and the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute/organization where the work was performed, before the work was submitted. In terms of data policy, our 'Data Availability Statement' encourages authors to make the sources worked on explicit, both intrinsically to the writing of the scientific article and explicitly in an attached statement – considering the specificity of the areas of social sciences and humanities. Therefore, we encourage all authors to provide a 'Data Availability Statement', identifying the research data used in the article, stating their sources, and, if applicable, referring to 'datasets' available on the web and/or in institutional repositories (interview material, primary sources outside institutional archives).

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