Submission Guidelines

Preparation and submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be prepared in the format used by this E-journal, with tables and figures included in the text. Contributors should follow the guidelines set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) (APA). Note especially the proper style for references, both in text and in the Reference List.

Submissions of high quality papers on any issues of relevance to Catholic education are invited. Both full-length articles and shorter reports are welcomed. Research reviews should offer a creative synthesis of work in a specific field of enquiry.

Manuscripts for refereeing should conform to the guidelines specified in the Journal and are available on our website http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/ecea. In particular, all direct and indirect references to the author(s) should be scrupulously eliminated from submitted manuscripts and author(s) information included in a separate document. The Editors are happy to advise prospective authors in advance on the suitability of proposed or draft papers for publication in the eJournal of Catholic Education in Australasia. Authors should also certify that the manuscript has not been submitted for publication in any other journal.

The review process

Each manuscript submitted for publication is processed by the Editors. The manuscript is blind reviewed by two referees. Working from the referees’ reports, the Editors decide whether to publish the manuscript. The Editors may require the authors of accepted papers to make specific revisions, and may suggest to authors of rejected papers general revisions which might make them publishable.

Submissions are to be forwarded through the website, using a web-based manuscript submission, tracking and peer-review software. To upload your article, please visit: http://researchonline.nd.edu.au/ecea and select submission from the sidebar menu. You will be required to submit your details and will receive an email confirming your submission.

A template is provided for use in all submissions.

Layout Style

The following general pattern for the article must be followed in production of a final version for the Editors.


Articles should normally not exceed 6,000 words (excluding references and footnotes). Shorter articles are welcome.


An abstract of 100 words (minimum) and 300 words (maximum) must be included in the submission immediately preceding the text of the article. It must summarise rather than re-state sections of the main text. The abstract must be one paragraph, single spaced, indented quotation style.

Layout Summary

Margins 2.54cm margins all around (top, bottom, left & right) i.e. Word default
Paper A4
Justification Left alignment and disable hyphenisation
Spacing Body text: Double line spacing. Reference List: 1.5 spacing with hanging first line.
Spelling The Macquarie Dictionary's version of Standard Australian English usage is the Journal's normal standard for spelling. Quotations should follow the spelling of the quoted source.
Paragraphs Do not leave lines between paragraphs. Instead, indent the first line of each paragraph with one tab space.

As a general guide, each paragraph should discuss only one main point and be around 250 words in length.
Quotations Quotations of 40 words or more should be separated from the paragraph with one line space at the top and bottom, and indented from the left margin. No quotation marks should be used for indented quotations.

Quotations of less than 40 words should be framed by double quotation marks and kept within the paragraph text. Single marks are to be used for enclosing quotations within quotations. Closing punctuation should be shown outside the quotation marks unless it belongs to the quoted text.

Italics should not be used on quotations, except where the original quotation was already in italics.
Dates Dates in the text and in the notes should be written in full: 3 September 1939
Numbers Numbers should be written in full to ten, and should have no comma to 9999 but then should be 10,000 and so on.
Abbreviations Abbreviated forms such as USA should not use full stops between individual letters.
Font Main text—11 pt Calibri (Word default)
Underlining Underlining is used only for website URLs.
Headings Refer to APA guidelines for level of headings. No widow headings.
Tables and Figures Follow APA guidelines for formatting and labels. For notes underneath, use single spacing and double hard return before the body text.