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Save more time for your research: introducing format-free submission

Format-free submissionThe format used for academic articles, such as their referencing style, layout, and whether they use American or British English, varies from journal to journal. This is one reason we advise you to choose the journal you’re going to submit to before you begin writing. That way you can use the correct formatting from the start.

But what happens if you change your mind about which journal to submit to after you’ve finished writing? Or what if the journal unfortunately decides to reject your article? You may then have the time-consuming job of reformatting it to meet the requirements of a different journal.

At Taylor & Francis we understand that this can be a lot of extra work on top of the other demands of a busy research career. That’s why we’re introducing format-free submission for many of our journals.

Submitting format free

This new policy means that you can now submit work to your chosen Taylor & Francis journal without needing to worry about formatting your manuscript to meet that title’s requirements. Instead, all that we ask is that you take note of the following:

Use consistent citations. Your references can be in any scholarly citation format, so long as you use the same approach throughout the article. It is essential that you include author name(s), journal or book title, article or chapter title, year of publication, volume and issue (where appropriate) and page numbers. We recommend that you include DOI (Digital Object Identifier) numbers but they are not mandatory.

Include everything needed for peer review. There are still some minimum requirements that are essential for evaluating an article. These will usually include an abstract, author affiliation, any figures, and research-funder information. Check the Instructions for authors for more details.

Once your article is accepted for publication, we’ll do all the work of reformatting it to the journal’s particular style. At that point we may need you to send us any extra items required for publication. These could include keywords, a public interest statement, author biography, and editable source files.

Which journals have a format-free submission policy?

Format-free submission is already available for around half of the Taylor & Francis Open journals, all Cogent OA titles, and will be soon rolled out to many others. Look out for the ‘format-free submission’ logo on the Instructions for authors page for your chosen journal.