The TPJ  Guide for Contributors

 

PROPOSALS

Prospective contributors are encouraged to discuss or send outlines or drafts to the Editors before making a formal submission. Such proposals, drafts or outlines (in .pdf or Word - .doc or .docx files) need not to comply with the instructions listed below for final submissions. Such proposals should be sent to:

Dr. Maurizio Sabini

Editor-in-Chief, THE PLAN Journal

msabini@theplanjournal.com

 

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions, whether without a previous submission of proposal or encouraged by a preliminary approval of their proposal or draft format, must be made in Word (.doc or .docx) file format. Submissions must be made through the dedicated portal on the TPJ  web-site.

It is assumed that a submitted article is unpublished and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Once a manuscript is accepted, the author will be asked to assign copyright to the Publisher “CUBE srl.” (Permission to reproduce is not normally withheld.) Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material (including illustrations) for which they do not hold copyright. In case of doubt, they should discuss this with the Editors.

 

Length, style and format

The submissions will comprise the following items, in the order as shown below, included in one single Word file (.doc or .docx):

 

1. Title and eventual sub-title

 

2. Author’s name

 

3. Keywords - Three to five pertinent keywords specific to the article, yet reasonably common within the field/discipline/area of inquiry, and appropriate for searching the article on-line.

 

4. Abstract – (inserted below the title, authors and affiliations). The abstract will range, between 100 and 200 words - The abstract should be an objective representation of the article: it must not contain results or conclusions that are not presented and substantiated in the main text.

 

5. Text  (including Endnotes and an eventual List of References) – Manuscripts, in a not-justified text but simply aligned to the left, are expected to range between 4,000 and 7,000 words. We recommend that the text is divided into sections, with no more than three levels of hierarchy (see below on section headings). The text will include the title (and eventually a sub-title) and the author’s full name. The text must be in English.

 

6. Captions for figures and/or tables

 

7. A brief biography, clearly indicating the author’s current affiliation/s, of no more than 80 words. This will include also a preferred corresponding contact information for publication (e.g. email and/or phone number, etc.)

 

If applicable, also figures and/or tables and/or diagrams must be submitted in separate files (see below for more information). Illustrations are not to be inserted into the text.

 

If not otherwise indicated in these Guidelines, the TPJ  follows the guidelines of the The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (The Chicago University Press: Chicago, 2010). Authors are required to adhere to those guidelines.

 

It is recommended that authors who are not English native speakers have their manuscripts reviewed by a professional editor of translator for language. Our Editorial Office may advise prospective contributors regarding language editing and/or translation. Language editing and/or translation are at the author’s own expense. The TPJ  reserves the right to approve such editing and/or translation, which do not automatically guarantee publication.

 

For more information please address questions to:

Elisabetta Madrigali

Editor, THE PLAN Journal

elisabetta.madrigali@theplanjournal.com

 

Section Headings

The section headings will be typed on separate lines, aligned to the left, and will follow the format below:

 

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FIRST LEVEL OF HEADING

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.

 

Second level of sub-heading

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.

 

Third level of sub-heading

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.

 

Block Quotes

Block quotes (normally, for quotes of four or more lines) need to be indented, without change of font size and in normal (roman) style, with a line space above and below, as per following example.

 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.

 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec,vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.10

 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.

 

Notes

We ask authors to use “endnotes,” at the end of the text (not “footnotes,” that is at the bottom of the digital page). Notes should be numbered in order of appearance, in the text (including citations in tables and legends). Note numbers are set as superior (superscript) Arabic numbers, e.g., 5 or 5,6, or 5–8, NOT in Roman numerals (e.g. v or v,vi, or v–viii). See below more regarding “Citation Style for Notes and References.”

 

Acknowledgments

All sources of funding of the study should be disclosed. Grants received in support of research work pertinent to the article should be clearly indicated. Eventual funds for covering the costs to publish in open access should also be acknowledged.

 

Multiple Authors

For research articles with several authors, a short paragraph specifying their individual contributions must be provided. Authorship must be limited to those who have contributed substantially to the work reported.

 

Illustrations: Figures, Tables and Diagrams

Figures, tables and diagrams are not required, though encouraged. They should not exceed ten in total number, although exceptions may be allowed at the discretion of the editors. These materials must be submitted in separate files (as .jpg or .tiff) at good resolution (MIN 300 dpi, with a base of 13 cm or 5", for halftones or MIN 1200 dpi, with a base of 13 cm or 5" width, for line artwork).

The TPJ  reserves the right to make the final decision as to what images (and their layout) will illustrate an article.

All figures and tables should be cited in the main text as (Fig. 1), (Table 1), etc. and underlined, as shown below.

 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. (Fig. 1) Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec (Table 1), vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.

 

Figure 1 . This is a figure, Diagrams follow the same formatting. If there are multiple panels, they should be listed as: (a) Description of what is contained in the first panel; (b) Description of what is contained in the second panel. Figures should be placed in the main text near to the first time they are cited.

 

Table 1. Tables should be placed in the main text near to the first time they are cited.


  Title 1 Title 2 Title 3

  entry 1 data data

  entry 2 data data 1

  1 Tables may have a footer.

 

Conflicts of Interest

Authors must identify and declare any personal circumstances or interest that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of reported research results. If there is no conflict of interest, please state “The authors declare no conflict of interest.”

 

Permissions

Obtaining all necessary permissions or releases to reproduce, within the article, any third-party material (including, but not limited to, text, tables, photographs and line drawings, or excerpts thereof) will be the responsibility of the authors. The TPJ  is not liable for obtaining any of such permissions.

 

Citation Style for Notes and References

As mentioned above, the TPJ  follows the guidelines of the The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS).

Notes must be numbered in order of appearance in the text (including citations in tables and legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript.

References are listed after the Notes and they appear per author’s last name alphabetical order.

Note reference numbers in text are set as superior (superscript) numbers, and placed before the punctuation; for example 1, 1–3 or 1,3.

 

Please check: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html.

 

Note:  the TPJ  follows the “(1) notes and bibliography” documentation system.

 

Last updated: January 9, 2017

 

 

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