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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.
    • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
    • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. The submission is de-identified, that is author information, affiliation details and references to the author’s works have been removed.
    • DOI (if assigned) or URLs (where relevant) for references have been provided.
    • The text and formatting adhere to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines including all details for in-text citations and references.
    • The submission has a high standard of written English. Please note that the submission will be returned to you after an initial review by an editor if the standard of written English is not of a suitable quality.
    • This is a new submission, not a revised version of a manuscript already under review within IRJMIS.
    • A statement about the ethics issues relevant to the research and approvals under which the data was collected and reported has been included in the Methods section. It is expected that there will be a statement for all articles that include data collected from or about humans. This requirement may not be relevant for some articles such as literature reviews.
    • Ensure when submitting your paper that you include all authors in the system. When you add your authorship details there is an option to "add author". In addition, for each author please include their ORCID which will ensure that if your paper is published it will be associated with your online profiles. Note - if you fail to include all authors at the outset you risk your paper not being published even if it is deemed worthy by the reviewers.

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th Edition, including title page (without author names), abstract, keywords, in-text citations, pagination, headings, tables, figures, and reference list. Title page, references, tables, and figures are not included in the word count. View a short overview of notable changes from APA 6 to APA 7.

Authors are encouraged to carefully review the journal's Aims & Scope and submit work that marks a new and demonstratively significant advancement to the field. Authors are encouraged to review the criteria used to evaluate manuscripts in our double-blind peer review process.

The following information will guide authors as they make a submission in the online system. You may begin your submission and return to edit it anytime until you decide to finalize the submission by clicking on the Finish Submission button. You may wish to review the visual, step-by-step guide on Submitting an Article.

IRJMIS is an open access journal. There are no fees to individual authors, and authors are allowed to self-archive their work. Read our full Statement on Open Access >

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Section. Select the Manuscript Type of the submission:

  • Research Article

Submission Requirements. Verify compliance with the Submission Preparation Checklist.

Comments for the Editor. Enter any additional comments for the Editor (optional).  You will upload a Cover Letter to the Editors (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) on the next screen.

Copyright. Agree to the journal's copyright license.

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To ensure a blind review, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors checking taking the following steps with regard to the text and the file properties: author identification has been removed from Microsoft Office documents and authors have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

Cover Letter. Upload a Cover Letter to the Editors (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) about the alignment of the submission with the journal's Aim & Scope.

Manuscript. Upload a blind Manuscript as one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) that includes a title page (without author names), abstract, main article text, and reference list. Documents must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and use 12-point Times New Roman font. Remove author(s) names, affiliation, country, and bio information, as well as all identifying information from the Microsoft Office document

Tables and Figures. Upload tables as one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf), if applicable. Upload figures as individual JPG or PNG files (300 dpi resolution). Authors should limit the total number of tables and figures to a maximum of 4 and refer to APA recommendations for table and figure use. Footnotes, endnotes, and appendicies are not allowed. 

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Title and Abstract. Enter title and 100-200 words abstract.

List of Contributors. Enter author(s) information, including name, email, country, ORCID iD (optional), institution/affiliation, and a short bio statement that describes the author(s) department, rank, and research interests. Indicate which author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence.

Keywords. Provide five to eight keywords for the submission. Authors are encouraged to include one or more Subject Terms from the ERIC Thesaurus.  

References. Cut-and-paste all references listed in the Reference List in main document to the References textbox. References must be cited in APA style, alphabetically by author and date. All references listed in the References list must appear in text, and all references cited in the text must appear in the References list.

Funding data. Add funder name and identification and grant numbers, if applicable. 


Click the “Finish Submission” button. Authors will receive an email confirmation with a Submission Acknowledgement message and link to track the submission during the review process.

Pre-Submission Language Editing for Scholarly Manuscripts

The use of language editing services prior to submission may be valuable for some authors. If authors wish to hire a professional editor prior to submission, the journal has an arrangement with Stanley, a member of the ACES Society for Editing who specializes in language editing for scholarly manuscripts. Authors may email their pre-submission manuscript to Stanley at and mention their plans to submit to the IRJMIS for a discount on editing services. The use of pre-submission language editing services is optional, and the journal follows a double-blind peer review process

Manuscript Types

Research Articles

Research Articles (4,500-8,500 words) focus on quantitative and qualitative empirical research that marks a new and demonstratively significant advancement in research on international students related to the journal's Aims & Scope

Please note: Unlike APA style, for references to journal articles IRJMIS requires volume and issue numbers. If no DOI has been assigned to an article, IRJMIS requires the URL of the cited article on the journal publisher site.

Author Guidelines can be taken in the .doc file. (Download)

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