Guidelines for Contributors

The International Journal of Orientation & Mobility (IJOM) publishes qualitative and quantitative research articles and analyses, essays, conceptual papers, comprehensive reviews, case studies, policy analyses, and innovative practice reports and evaluations on a wide variety of issues and topics related to the Orientation & Mobility (including Guide Dog Mobility) of people who are blind or vision impaired.

Article (2,500-5000 words)

Data based research articles will contain new data derived from a sizable number of subjects that has a professional focus and/or application. Articles also include literature reviews, conceptual papers, policy analyses and essays.

Research Report (1,000-3000 words)

A succinct report that presents pilot studies, studies with fewer subjects or research in progress. A detailed discussion on the implications of the research is not required.

Practice Report (1,000-1,500 words)

Reports, evaluations and/or innovative proposals from O&M Instructors, professionals and practitioners in professional development and all areas of O&M.

Commentaries (500-1,000 words)

A forum for raising issues relating to the fields of interest of the journal, including theory, methodology, ethics, policy and practice. Authors may make general points or provide critiques of particular published papers.

Manuscript submission

All manuscripts will be considered for publication with the understanding that they are original material and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. Submissions should include the original, two paper copies and one CD copy of the manuscript. Manuscripts should be sent to:

The Editors
C/-Dr Desirée Gallimore
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
PO Box 1965
North Sydney NSW 2059 AUSTRALIA
Email: dgallimore@guidedogs.com.au

Telephone: 61 (02) 94129300
Facsimile: 61 (02) 9412 9388

Envelopes containing manuscripts should be marked “Private and Confidential – IJOM”

Manuscript: All material submitted for publication must conform to style requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, available from the APA Publications Department, P.O. Box 92984, Washington, DC. 20090-2984 USA

Abstract: All manuscripts are to include an abstract of less than 120 words, giving a brief summary of the submission.

Author(s) Identification: Include the complete title, but no list of author(s) on the first page. On subsequent pages carry only a running heading. To assure anonymity in the review process, provide on a separate typed sheet the complete title of the article, the names of the author(s), professional status/title, place of employment and email address. For the first named author or the co-author who will be receiving the correspondence, include complete return address details, email, facsimile and telephone number.

Body of Article: Manuscripts should be typed in Times New Roman, font size 12 on one side only of A4 or
21 x 29.5cm (8.5 x 11 inch) paper, upper and lower case, double spaced, with 3cm (one inch) margins on all four sides. Use subheadings at reasonable intervals to enhance readability. Number pages consecutively. Tables and figures are to be numbered and titled. Always refer in the text to Table 1 or Figure 2 and not to “Table 1 above” or “Figure 1 below”. All figures must be camera-ready (e.g. provide each figure and table on a separate page in the body of the paper).

If the article is word processed, provide a copy of the article on disk preferably using Claris Works, Claris MacWrite Pro, Microsoft Word, or WordPerfect for the Macintosh or IBM. If another program is used, please send an ASCII or RTF file (for Macintosh) or RTF file (for IBM or IBM compatible computers) and indicate the word-processing program used to format the article.
Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to reprint or adapt a table or figure, or to reprint a quotation of 100 words or more. Authors should write to original author(s) and publisher(s) to request non-exclusive world rights in all languages to use the material in the article and in future editions. Please provide copies of all permissions and credit line obtained.

Acknowledgments: Credit should be given for any type of sponsorship, donations or grants, technical assistance, and to professional colleagues who contributed to the quality of the paper, but who have not been listed as authors.

Review Process: Manuscripts will be acknowledged upon receipt. Following preliminary editorial review, articles will be sent to members of the Editorial Panel and where warranted, to consulting reviewers who have particular expertise in a subject. This journal uses the blind review system. The names of consulting reviewers will periodically be published in the journal.

The original manuscript will only be returned to the primary author if it is not accepted for publication and a stamped self-addressed envelope has been supplied. The other reviewed copies will remain the property of the International Journal of Orientation & Mobility (IJOM).

Permission to Copy: No specific permission is required to photocopy or reproduce a single copy or a complete article as it appears in the International Journal of Orientation & Mobility, if the reprint is for free distribution within an educational organisation or classroom. Permission for other reprinting or re-publication must be obtained from the Editors.