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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 in consideration to be published in another journal.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format and does not have more than 10 000 words (including references list, tables and figures).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • All articles have an abstract, keywords and JEL Classification code.

Author Guidelines

Page layout and general format:
Paper size A4, 2,5cm left, right, bottom and top margins. Manuscripts should be submitted in Word file using font Times New Roman, size 11, regular, justified and single line spacing. The document should not have more than 10 000 words (including references, tables and figures). The text must be written in British English and in the third person.

Manuscript preparation:

1.The first page of the manuscript is the title and authors page and should include: the title of the paper in capital letters, with size 15, bold and left align. The title should be concise and informative. This page should include also the name(s), email(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s). The name of the corresponding author should be provided.

2.The second page should not include any reference to the author(s) names. It starts the main manuscript and should include the title of the paper in capital letters, the abstract, the keywords and the JEL classification code(s).

Abstract: The abstract should briefly present the purpose of the study, the main objective(s) and major conclusions. It should have between 100 to 200 words and should not contain any undefined abbreviations, numerical results and references. Preferentially, the abstract should be a single paragraph. Use size 11, regular and justified.

Keywords: Must be provided a maximum of 6 keywords separated by coma (,).

JEL Classification Code(s): An appropriate JEL Classification code must be provided with a minimum of 3 digits (e.g., Q21). This classification system is prepared and published by the Journal of Economic Literature. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.aeaweb.org/econlit/jelCodes.php?view=jel.

3.The third page starts with the main body of the manuscript. All sections must be numbered using Arabic numeral. Desirably, the structure of the paper should include the following elements: Introduction, Literature review, Methodology, Results and Conclusion. However, the proposed structure is not mandatory. Other structures are acceptable depending on the specific paper. However, all papers must contain an Introduction and a Conclusion sections.

Plain Text Body: For plain text body, use size 11, regular, justified.
Titles – numbered using Arabic numeral, size 11, bold, capital letters, left aligned;
Subtitles (1
st level) - numbered using Arabic numeral (ex. 2.1), size 11, bold, low case, left aligned;
Subtitles (2
nd level) – numbered using Arabic numeral (ex. 2.1.1), size 11, italic, low case, left aligned.

Abbreviations: Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

Footnotes and Endnotes: Footnotes should be avoided, but if essential they should not contain any figures or tables and should be in size 8, regular, left aligned. Footnotes to the text are numbered consecutively. Website links to references should be in the references list and not as footnotes. Endnotes cannot be used.

Acknowledgements: Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, and others, should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.

Tables and Figures: All tables and figures should be incorporated in the text. They should be numbered using Arabic numerals and have a concise title explaining its contents. The title should be placed above the table or figure, using size 9, bold and centred. The source and year of the information given in tables and figures should be included beneath its body, centred, size 8, regular (e.g., Source: Own Elaboration). For tables contents use size 8. Please avoid shadings in table cells and vertical rules. Figures must be in JPEG format (image).

Citations and References in Text: Every reference cited in the text should be included in the reference list (and vice-versa). In the first moment a study is referred, the names of all authors should be provided. Then, the usage of et al. in long authors list (3 or more authors) must be adopted. Inside the text, references must be included using the “author, date” system (e.g., Cooper and Rein (2006) describe… ). After expressing other author(s) idea, indicate the author(s)’s name(s) and publication year in parentheses and in chronological ascending order (e.g., … as demonstrated in previous research (Cunha & Cintra, 2005; Flores et al., 2007). Text extracts must be within quotation marks (“”), followed by the author(s)’s name(s), publication year, and quotation pages in parentheses (e.g., cooperation can be defined “as a mechanism of (…)” (Martin & Roves, 2004: 32))

4.The reference list must be placed at the end of the manuscript, with the title REFERENCES, and ordered in alphabetical order of the first author of each work. It should follow the APA style and only include works that are cited in the text. Use size 11, regular, justified align. Examples of specific formats:

Scientific Article: Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kuhk, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225-229. doi: 10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

Scientific Article online: Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. Retrieved from http://ojs.lib.swin,eduau/index.php/ejap

Book: Shotton, M. A. (1989). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency. London, England: Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapter: Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 17-43). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Dissertation: Adams, R. J. (1973). Building a foundation for evaluation of instruction in higher education and continuing education (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd/

Conference paper: Katz, I., Gabayan, K., & Aghajan, H. (2007). A multi-touch surface using multiple cameras. In J. Blanc-Talon, W. Philips, D. Popescu, & P. Scheunders (Eds.), Lecture Notes in Computer Science: Vol. 4678. Advanced Concepts for intelligent Vision Systems (pp. 97-108). Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag. doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-74607-2-9.



The authors must declare that the submitted paper is original and free of plagiarism. In addition, the authors must assure that the submitted paper was not published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication in another journal.
The authors should warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright and will indemnify the publisher against any breach of such warranty. Moreover, they transfer the author’s rights of the submitted paper to the Research Centre for Tourism, Sustainability and Wellbeing of the University of Algarve and give their agreement to its publication and diffusion through free or commercial print, electronic means and others associated with the Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, including national and international scientific databases as well as institutional repositories.
The Editor-in-Chief may make use of a software for plagiarism detection for checking the originality of submissions received.

Using Third-Party Material in your Paper

The authors must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in the submitted paper. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If authors wish to include any content in the submitted paper that has not been created by them, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, they need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission. Failure to do so may lead to lengthy delays in the revision process.
When reproducing tables, figures or extracts from another source, it is expected that:
  1. Authors obtain the necessary written permission in advance from any third-party owners of copyright for the use in print and electronic formats of any of their text, illustrations, graphics, or other material, in their manuscript. 
  2. Author must inform the copyright holder of the original work if they have adapted significantly any material;
  3. Authors obtain any proof of consent statements;
  4. Authors must always acknowledge the source in figure captions and refer to the source in the reference list;
  5. Authors should not assume that any content which is freely available on the web is free to use.  Authors should check the website for details of the copyright holder to seek permission for re-use.

Research integrity, transparency and ethics

The publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal, such as the Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is also a direct reflection of the quality of work of the authors and the institutions that support them.

Publication ethics

The Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics is committed to meet and preserve standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We guide our action based on the following policy of ethics:

  1. All submitted papers to the Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics must be original and free of unethical practices.
  2. Unethical practices include plagiarism, data falsification, data fabrication, paper slicing, paper written by someone else for the authors, and other practices that violate the generally accepted research ethics principles.
  3. Concerns about unethical practices can be expressed by the Editor-in-Chief, guest editors, editorial board members, reviewers, authors, readers and other people who have encountered such practices.
  4. The Editor-in-chief is responsible for inspecting all alleged unethical practices.
  5. In case of an alleged unethical practice, the Editor-in-chief informs the authors of the paper, provides the necessary evidence and invites the authors to provide explanation.
  6. All submissions to the Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics are checked for presence of unethical practices with a software of plagiarism detection before being sent to the reviewers.
  7. If an unethical practice is identified during the review process, the review process is stopped until the case is clarified. The review process continues if the alleged unethical practice is not proved.
  8. If an alleged unethical practice is corroborated for a paper that has not been yet sent for review, is currently under review or has been accepted but not published yet, the paper is rejected.
  9. If an alleged unethical practice is substantiated for a paper that has already been published, the paper is retracted and a retraction notice is published in the next available volume of the journal. For completeness of the bibliographic records, the text of the retracted paper remains online, but with a watermark “Retracted”.
  10. In case of a second substantiated unethical practice, the authors will be banned from submitting a paper to the Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics for a period of five years.

Data Storage and Documentation

The Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics encourages data sharing wherever possible, unless this is prevented by ethical, privacy, or confidentiality matters. The authors publishing in the journal are therefore encouraged to make their data, scripts, and other artefacts used to generate the analyses presented in the paper available via a publicly available data repository; however, this is not mandatory. If the study includes original data, at least one author must confirm that he or she had full access to all the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Conflict of Interest

The Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics requires that all authors disclose any potential sources of conflict of interest. Any interest or relationship, financial or otherwise that might be perceived as influencing an author's objectivity is considered a potential source of conflict of interest. These must be disclosed when directly relevant or directly related to the work that the authors describe in their paper. The existence of a conflict of interest does not preclude publication. If the authors have no conflict of interest to declare, they must also state this at submission. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to review this policy with all authors and collectively to disclose with the submission all pertinent commercial and other relationships.


Authors should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation.


The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the paper and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

  1. Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
  4. Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the paper all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the paper.

Use of participant images or case details

Images and information from individual participants will only be published where the authors have obtained the individual's free prior informed consent. Authors do not need to provide a copy of the consent form to the publisher of the journal; however, in signing the author license to publish, authors are required to confirm that consent has been obtained. In addition, it is recommended to the authors that this information be included in a statement to this effect within their paper.


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