Manuscript Submission Guidelines for The Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research
- ARTICLES ARE TO BE SUBMITTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH APA, 6th EDITION. Assistance with APA formatting can be found at www.apastyle.org
- AUTHORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUBMITTING AN ARTICLE THAT CONFORMS WITH APA 6TH EDITION AND HAS BEEN CHECKED FOR SPELLING & GRAMMATICAL ERRORS. FAILURE TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT MAY RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF THE ARTICLE.
- Originality – Papers should describe the original work of the authors that has not been previously published in a refereed journal and is not currently under consideration for publication in another refereed journal.
- The author understands that the work will be submitted to a plagiarism checker program for review prior to being read by the editors.
- Do not include a title page or abstract in your submission. Begin the document with the introduction. The title page and abstract will be included by the author as part of the online submission process.
- Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
- Write your article in English.
- Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single Microsoft Word file. The system will convert your document to a PDF.
- Page size should be standard letter-size, 8.5 x 11-inches.
- All page margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1-inch, including any tables, figures, and objects/images.
- Double space all lines of text, including the reference list. Authors are responsible to include DOIs for references, when available. Please see the “Reference” section below for more information.
- Use a single column layout.
- Do not justify lines. Use the indented flush left style leaving the right margin uneven or “jagged”. For more information, please see www.apastyle.org.
- Do not use the automatic hyphenation function to break words at the ends of lines.
- Font (typeface) & Size:
- Main Body-12 pt. Times New Roman
- Footnotes-10 pt. Times New Roman
- Only include high-resolution figures or other images in your submission.
- Abstracts should begin with the most important points of the article.
- In accordance with APA, Section 2.04, the abstract should include the “four or five most important concepts, findings, or implications” resulting from your research.
- Including key words in your abstract will enhance the ability of researchers to find your article.
Levels of Heading
- In accordance with APA, Sections 3.02 and 3.03, “Levels of heading establish the hierarchy of sections via format or appearance…heading style recommended by APA consists of five possible formatting arrangements, according to the number of levels of subordination.”
- Authors are to ensure heading levels comply with APA standards and formatting. Do not number or otherwise label headings. Below are samples of formatting for five levels of heading in APA journals (copied from APA Manual, 6th edition, p. 62):
Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification
- Indent all paragraphs one-half inch. It is recommended to use the pre-set tab key in Microsoft Word as it is set for ½-inch indention.
- All text should be left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented). Right margins should not be justified, leaving the right edge uneven or “jagged”.
- Double space all lines of text, including the reference list.
Language & Grammar
- All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.
- Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined or in bold.
- Beginning November 1, 2016, the JAAER introduced a new initiative to publish high-quality, shorter articles. As a result, the JAAER will only consider articles with a maximum page length of 15 pages (including references and supplemental content – i.e. appendices, etc.).
- Authors may not submit a full-length dissertation or Master's thesis to the JAAER
Font & Text
- Standard font color for all text is black.
- We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in figures, maps, etc. Keep in mind this could be problematic if readers print the document in black & white. For this reason, please avoid the use of colors if their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.
- Ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in Review/Track Changes or set your document to "No Markup" in Review/Tracking.)
- Use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.
- Use Times New Roman throughout your document (except where special symbols are needed).
- Main Body-12 pt.
- Footnotes-10 pt.
- To the extent possible, the use of footnotes should be avoided. If footnotes are required, however, the text should be in Times New Roman 10 pt. In accordance with APA, Section 2.12, number all footnotes consecutively in the order in which they appear in the manuscript using superscript for the numerals. Footnotes should be placed at the bottom of the page where it is referenced. Do not use symbols to identify footnotes.
- Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will enhance the clarity of the manuscript and will help insure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly if printed. When proofing your document under PDF, pay particular attention to the rendering of any numerical equations, especially symbols and notations drawn from other than standard fonts.
Tables & Figures
- Table and figure headings should adhere to the requirements of APA, Section 5.08 for Tables and APA, Section 5.20 for Figures.
- Tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text.
- Large tables or figures should appear on pages by themselves. Tables or figures should not be in a separate document or file.
- AUTHORS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO PROVIDE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE REFERENCES THROUGHOUT THE MANUSCRIPT AND WITHIN THE REFERENCE LIST. FAILURE TO MEET THIS REQUIREMENT MAY RESULT IN REJECTION OF THE ARTICLE.
- The reference list must conform to APA, 6th edition, Chapter 6 – Crediting Sources. Assistance with APA formatting can be found at www.apastyle.org.
- The reference list should be double-spaced and all entries have a hanging indent. Per APA guidelines, the title “References” – which begins the Reference List – is not bold. Samples of reference lists are available in Figure 2.1 of the APA Manual, 6th edition.
- Authors are responsible to ensure all hyperlinks listed in the Reference List are valid and direct the reader to the source cited.
- Authors are responsible to ensure that all sources cited within the manuscript are included in the reference list. Likewise, citations included in the Reference List must appear within the manuscript.
Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) – the Journal of Aviation/Aerospace Education & Research supports use of the DOI system. A DOI is a unique identifier associated with basic metadata where a URL pointer provides a permanent link to the internet location. AUTHORS ARE RESPONSIBLE TO INCLUDE DOIs FOR REFERENCES, WHEN AVAILABLE.
Information regarding DOIs is available by visiting: