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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 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.

Author Guidelines

Submission, Initial Assessment and Peer Review

Imperative Syntax Journal has a fully web-based system for submission and review of manuscripts. Submissions must be prepared according to the Author Guidelines and uploaded to the Imperative Syntax Journal. Manuscripts may be returned to authors without scholarly judgment if they do not meet all submission requirements, if they are not in the correct format, or cannot be downloaded reliably.

Submissions must represent the original and independent work of the author. Each new submission is assessed by one or more editors to determine whether the submission falls within the general jurisdiction of the Imperative Syntax Journal. We will reject a manuscript without review if it contains insufficient educational content; has no clear application to education; concerned primarily with the development and development of methodologies and not particularly with the application of these methods to education; there are substantive problems with design, methodology, or data quality; the word exceeds our word limit or is not formatted properly; it was poorly presented and unclear.

Manuscripts that pass the initial assessment are assigned to subject matter experts on our Associate Editor team to oversee the review process. All papers are subject to peer review and authors can expect a decision, or explanation for delay, within one month of acceptance. If a revision is invited, the author concerned must send the revised manuscript within 2 weeks. The final decision is taken by one of the senior editors based on information obtained through a peer review process.

Decision type: Reject, Resubmit, Revision, Accept


This article requires changes before a final decision can be made. Authors are requested to modify their manuscript based on comments received from referees and editors, and to submit a new version for consideration within 2 weeks of receiving notification. A point-by-point explanation of how comments have been addressed should be included with the revised version of this article. Revisions may undergo further peer review and papers may undergo more than one round of revisions. If the authors do not revise their articles to satisfy the editors, the articles may still be rejected from publication in the Imperative Syntax Journal.

Last Acceptance

This article may be accepted for publication, subject to the conditions that need to be addressed in producing the final version of the manuscript. This may include sub-editing changes and minor amendments to ensure the paper fully meets our criteria. After a final check at the editorial office, acceptance is confirmed and the article is forwarded to the publisher for publication.

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