Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format. For non-text submissions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. DOIs should be provided where possible.
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (Research Papers or Case Studies), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
- Does the submission include all required information on the first page including category of submission and title?
- Do the title and abstract accurately summarise the contents of the article? Does the title appeal to readers?
- Are the title, abstract and keywords suitable for internet search engines to guide and attract interested readers?
- Is it relevant to the field of creative teaching and learning, or arts, crafts, media or design education? Does the article have relevance to education or pedagogy as well as to arts, crafts, media and design?
- Is the article up to date? Is there new knowledge or a new contribution to the field of arts, crafts, media or design education?
- Is published research in the field acknowledged? Does the article demonstrate familiarity with any similar/relevant research in previous issues of Spark?
- Is evidence provided to support and substantiate any assertions or claims made?
- If the paper is a research project report are the research questions clear, are methods appropriate, the data credible, the findings clear, and the recommendations/conclusions justified?
- If drawing on data from participants, are ethical issues such as informed consent, confidentiality and anonymity fully addressed?
- Have you obtained the necessary permissions/copyright clearance for including images, quotations from research participants etc.?
- Is the paper structured well? Is the case well-made and does the argument flow?
- Is your use of English of a publishable standard? Has it been thoroughly proofread? Please ensure your text is clearly written in standard English language appropriate to your discipline.
Is the article in the correct format for the journal, especially for citation and references? The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
- If submitting text, is the total word length (including all quotes, references and bibliographies) within the word limit for the chosen category of submission?
Authors who publish in this journal agree to the following terms:
- Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g. publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
- Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g. on their own website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.
Spark: UAL Creative Teaching and Learning Journal has made best effort to ensure accuracy of the contents of this journal, however makes no claims to the authenticity and completeness of the articles published. Authors are responsible for ensuring copyright clearance for any images, tables etc which are supplied from an outside source.