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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 or Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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

1. A full article (max 6000 words).
 It is a traditional research paper presented in academic writing style. (Peer review).

2. A visual essay (max 3000 words).
In a visual essay it is of a core importance to connect the visual material with the text narration. The essay cannot be presented in the form of solely used images. The min. required amount of words for this type of work is 1500. (Peer review).

3. A commentary (max 3000 words).
The main idea of this work is to stimulate the academic discussion, both among the journal authors as well as in academic community in general. Master thesis or lectios could also be submitted here. (Possible peer review).

4. A media review (max 3000 words).
This can be a book review, a review of an exhibition, music etc. or a review on other written publications. (Possible peer review).

English or Finnish. In case of Finnish language, title, abstract, keywords and author’s information must be also duplicated in English language.

Title must be descriptive and reflect the content of article.

Author List
1. Sole author: just list your name.
2. Multiple authors: include all the authors in the list and agree with its order.

Author Information

The next information should be provided for each author who contributes to the article:
- Author name
- Author profession
- Affiliation
- Email and/or web address

Abstract should be up to 100 words. It should be written in the third person using present tense and summarizing main points of the manuscript. It is not possible to use citations, references or numbered notes in the abstract.

The author is the one who is responsible for major editorial revisions. The manuscript without a proper revision cannot be accepted. Please check APA 7th for more details about text format.

The visual materials can be presented in forms of photo, images, charts, diagrams or mind-maps.
At initial submission, you do not have to submit the high-resolution visual material, it should be of a good readable quality, but please be sure you could provide high-resolution visual images, as a separate document, with the final manuscript.
Please also consider:
        - Number all the figures in your manuscript.
        - Provide a figure caption and the name of the author (in case with photos/images).
        - The copywrite of the used images is the author’s responsibility.

Caption text should begin with the number of the figure in the text. Example: Figure 1. Caption text
When referring to the figure, you should used consistently through the text the next format. Example: Figure 1 shows; As you can see on the Figure 1; etc.

There are two types of endnote that can be used:
          1.  The ones that provide additional content and
          2.  The ones that acknowledge copyright permission status.
The maximum length of one endnote should not be longer than one paragraph.
All endnotes should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper. endnotes should be placed in order on a separate page after the reference page. In the text of the paper, endnote numbers should be superscripted and should follow the punctuation.

Bio Information

Please include a brief biography for each author, approx. 2-3 sentences.


If you have additional material that cannot be placed in the body of the article (such as experimental data or material, detailed tables, videos, series of photos), please place them at the end of the text in one or more appendixes, to which the text should refer.

File Formats
Please follow these requirements according the file names and formants when submitting your manuscript.
        1. First submission of manuscript:
        - safe file as MS Word;
        - use the following filename: (first author last name)_fs.docx. Example: Smith_fs.docx;
        - send us two types of your manuscript: a masked version (where all your name and affiliation should be substituted by XXX within the text and in reference list if you cite your previous work, the year and place of publication should be also masked) and a regular version.
        2. Illustrations in the first submitted manuscript:
        - there is no need to submit the high-resolution illustrations at this stage.
        3. Resubmission of manuscript:
        - safe file as MS Word;
        - use the following filename: (first author last name)_revised.docx. Example: Smith_revised.docx;
        - still use low-resolution images in the text.
        4. Illustrations in the resubmitted manuscript:
        - submit additionally high-resolution illustration files separately from the article, leaving low-resolution images in the text;
        - use the following filename: (first author last name)_Fig. Example: Smith_Fig.

From the year 2017 the journal started to follow APA 7th reference and citation style requirements. When preparing manuscripts for submission to Research in Arts and Education journal, authors must follow APA 7th - Referencing and citation style guideline. You can find more information about APA 7th reference and citation style requirements in English here

Plagiarism check
When submitting a manuscript to Research in Arts and Education journal, authors should be prepared that their work will be checked for plagiarism.

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