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Author Guidelines


While papers published in the JRCD will generally be of an applied nature (particularly as illustrated in the case study and policy analysis sections), contributions to the regular paper section that are of a theoretical, conceptual, or definitional nature, are also encouraged. Specific style details include:

* Plain, clear English or French appropriate for a mixed audience
* Well placed within the context of the existing literature
* Methodologically sound and clearly described
* Simple, yet appropriate graphic presentation
* Length for regular articles is to be between 5,000 and 8,000 words
* Length for case studies and policy evaluations is to be between 3,000 and 5,000 words


Referencing Guidelines:

References are to be cited in the text with parentheses using the author/date style (e.g., Jones, 1999; Smith, 1993, 2004). Page numbers for specific points or direct quotations must be given. The Reference list is to be placed at the end of the article, following acknowledgments if included, and must be typed in alphabetical order of authors. Follow the format for in-text citations and references specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 5th edition. Footnotes should be avoided. However, if they cannot be avoided, they should be indicated in the text by symbols.

The following examples are general guidelines only and are not comprehensive. Many references involve other document types and/or details that are not covered by these examples. Therefore, the APA publication manual should be consulted during the preparation of any reference list.

For journal articles: Mellor, J. W. (1988). Food policy, food aid and structural adjustment programmes: The context of agricultural development. Food Policy, 13(1), 10-17. [Italicize the journal title and the volume number.]

For books: McDougall, G. H. G., & Munro, H. (1994). Scaling and attitude measurement in travel and tourism research. In J. R. B. Ritchie and C. Goeldner (Eds.), Travel tourism and hospitality research: A handbook for managers and researchers, New York: Wiley. [Italicize the book title.]

For reports, presentations, and electronic media: See the APA publication manual.


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.

  1. 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.
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); with figures and tables placed within the text, rather than at the end.
  5. The text meets this journal's formatting requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines found in About the Journal. If the journal section is peer reviewed, author identification has been removed, and "Author" and year have been used in the bibliography and footnotes, instead of authors' names, titles, etc. The author's name has been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  6. All identifiers have been removed from the manuscript. This includes removing names from the title page, referencing that could identify the author(s), and in the file properties. For the latter, go to File, Properties, Summary and remove the author and source computer.

Copyright Notice

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