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Word Template and Guidelines

Our tailored article template (Microsfot Word) and guidelines will help you format and structure your article, with useful general advice and Word tips.

 Article Preparation

An original article would normally consist of 5000-7000 words (excluding figures, tables, and references), although high-quality articles that exceed 7000 words will be considered. Any original research article of fewer than 4000 words will be screened out at the first stage of scrutiny.

Title, Abstract, Keywords, Addresses, Biographical Notes

Please assist us by following these guidelines:

  • Title: as short as possible, with no abbreviations or acronyms.
  • Abstract: approximately 100 words, maximum 150. And abstract is divided into five sections 1- Objective 2- Design 3- Findings 4- Policy Implications 5- Originality
  • Keywords: approximately 4-10 words or phrases. Keywords are important for online searching;
  • Address*: position, department, the name of the institution and email address for each author.
  • Biographical notes: (Optional) approximately 100 words per author, maximum 150.

* Author details should not be included in the article, and submit the Title Page containing the Authors details and Blinded Manuscript with no author details as 2 separate files.


SBR uses APA style. See http://www.apastyle.org/ to obtain information about APA style. The full guidelines are published in the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association and authors are strongly encouraged to refer to this Manual in the first instance. It is imperative to ensure that all works cited in the text are included in the References section. And all the citations are machine-readable. We also strongly encouraged the authors to use citations machines/software i.e. Endnote, Mendeley for citation purposes.

Points of Interest

Submissions will be acknowledged via email upon receipt. We strive to make an editorial decision in under 15 days, but circumstances beyond our control occasionally dictate a longer cycle. Each paper is typically reviewed by at least one reviewer and is also read by the section editor (either the Editor or an Associate Editor). The results of our decision, along with copies of the reviews, will be forwarded to the contact author as quickly as possible. If authors are invited to prepare a revision for further consideration, our letters of invitation will outline the key issues to be resolved and an assessment of the likelihood of success. Authors are normally given two to three weeks from the date of the invitation to prepare a revision. Our policy is to strive to make a final publication decision after one or two revisions (of course, further work may also be requested to resolve any remaining issues).

Changes to Authorship after Submission

If one or more authors are added after the submission that was previously not listed as authors (or also if removal is requested), then we will have to follow the COPE process (see links below), meaning that a letter signed by all original authors is required, stating the reason for the change, and stating that all authors agree on the addition (or removal) and the new authorship order.
Please upload this letter signed by all authors as a supplementary file (for editorial eyes only).

COPE flowcharts:

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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 file format.
  • Author details are not included in the article, and the Title Page containing the Authors details and Blinded Manuscript with no author details as 2 separate files.
  • All the contributing authors have working Email Ids and their affiliated organization names and addresses.
  • All the work cited in the text is included in the References section and is in APA format. All the citations are machine-readable as manually entered in-text citations are not acceptable.
  • Additionally, authors should include a statement about data availability. Information should be provided regarding how readers can access the data that supports the findings in the manuscript. (sample of data availibility statement)