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Get familiar with the journal’s instructions for authors

Be prepared, speed up your submission, and make sure nothing is forgotten by understanding a journal’s individual requirements

The instructions for authors (IFAs) are an individual set of requirements for a journal that help guide potential authors to construct their article in the correct way, and prepare it for submission.

The IFAs tell you exactly what the journal’s editorial board will expect to see, and also include details of specific processes to follow to ensure there are no problems during production should your article be accepted.

Familiarizing yourself with the instructions for authors (IFAs) is an important part of writing your paper and preparing to submit.

Read the journal’s aims and scope when choosing a journal, and the instructions for authors once you’ve selected your target journal and are writing your paper and preparing it for submission.

What information is included in the instructions for authors?

The instructions for authors include all the essential information you’ll need to know before you submit your article, such as:

  • General guidelines, such as which online submission system you need to use, and which languages the journal publishes in
  • Word count
  • Formatting and if article templates can be used
  • Style guides
  • Specific policies relating to the journal, such as clinical trial registry or ethics compliance
  • Open access options
By following these guidelines you’ll know your article is in exactly the right format for submission, and includes everything the editorial board would like to see.

How to find the instructions for authors on Taylor & Francis Online

The instructions for authors are found on the journal’s home page on Taylor & Francis Online.

On mobile devices, click the white arrow to expand the drop-down menu.

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It’s important that you also read the journal’s aims and scope, to make sure that the journal is the right fit for your article.

Please also read through the Taylor & Francis Group editorial policies before submitting your article, to make sure you correctly follow all the requirements.

Read more information and guidance on preparing for, and making your submission.

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