Catalyst Publishing Guidelines

 

Following are some general guidelines for Catalyst article writing and submission.

  1. Catalyst Publishing Guidelines
    • Original research articles and professional articles should be about 8 to 12 pages in length, which includes abstract, main body of text, references, and appendices.
    • Original research articles and professional articles should contain a 150-200 word abstract of the article, and a list of up to five key words.
    • Original research articles should contain all the expected sections (refer to Original Research Article Structure for more information)
    • Book reviews should be no longer than one page.
    • Book reviews should contain all the necessary publication details (refer to Book Review Guideline for more information)
    • Manuscripts should be written in correct and standard UK or US English.
    • Manuscripts should be single-spaced.
    • Manuscripts should use Calibri font size 11.
    • Manuscripts should contain minimal formatting (bold and italics commands are acceptable).
    • Manuscripts should not contain editorial controls of any kind.

  2. Referencing Format
    • In order to maintain a consistent look for Catalyst, the APA format is mandatory. While authors may be accustomed to formats that are specific to their particular disciplines, Catalyst has greater consistency if one format is followed. This APA format provides the consistency that IP is aiming for.
    • Referencing Samples: Please refer to http://www.apastyle.org/ for questions about referencing, heading and serialisation on the APA format.

  3. Submissions Procedure
    • Manuscripts should be in MS Word format and should relate to one of the relevant disciplines described in the scope of the journal.
    • Manuscripts should adhere to the Catalyst Publishing Guidelines; failure to comply with the guidelines may result in the rejection of a submission.
    • Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission system.
    • Manuscripts should be submitted by the 28th of February for consideration in the June issue, or the 31st of August for consideration in the December issue.

  4. Review Process
    • Only original research articles and professional articles will undergo a blind review process that may take 1-2 months (depending on the response rate of individual reviewers). Book reviews may be revised in terms of language use and length. 
    • Authors will be informed of reviewers’ comments as soon as they are available.
    • Authors will be given about 1 month to revise their papers (should that be necessary) and should return the revised papers to IP by the 1st of May/November.

Original Research Article Structure

Article Structure

Title

Name of Author(s) 

Abstract

  • Briefly state, in about 150-200 words, the purpose of the research, principal results, and major conclusions
  • Avoid including references or nonstandard/uncommon abbreviations

 Keywords

  • Provide up to five relevant keywords

 Introduction & Literature Review

  • State the purpose of study
  • Analyze and synthesize current and relevant literature

Methodology and methods

  • Provide sufficient information to allow clear understanding and/or reproduction of the work
  • Describe clearly research instruments used, strategies for data collection, context and participant(s)

 Findings/Results

  • Present findings/results in a clear, concise, and understandable manner

 Discussion

  • Explore the significance of the results of the study (do not repeat the results)
  • Synthesize the discussion of the findings /results with the literature review

 Limitation and Implication

  • Explore ways in which this study could be improved in the future
  • Elaborate how the findings/results of this study contribute to current knowledge

 Conclusion

  • Restate the purpose of the study in light of the literature review
  • Highlight major findings/results and discussion

 References

  • Format references according to APA (6th)
  • Ensure all in-text citations are present in the reference list

Others

Appendices  

  • Include an appendix when necessary. If more than one, label them accordingly (Appendix A, B, etc.)

 Acknowledgement

  • List individuals or agencies who provided help during the research, when necessary

Professional Article Structure

Article Structure

Title

Name of Author(s) 

Abstract

  • Briefly state, in about 150-200 words, the purpose of the research, principal results, and major conclusions
  • Avoid including references or nonstandard/uncommon abbreviations

 Keywords

  • Provide up to five relevant keywords

 Introduction & Literature Review

  • State the purpose of study
  • Analyze and synthesize current and relevant literature

 Findings/Results

  • Present findings/results in a clear, concise, and understandable manner

 Discussion

  • Explore the significance of the results of the study (do not repeat the results)
  • Synthesize the discussion of the findings /results with the literature review

 Conclusion

  • Restate the purpose of the study in light of the literature review
  • Highlight how the findings/results may direct future research
  • Highlight major findings/results and discussion

 *For other parts such as references, acknowledgement, etc., please refer to the Original Research Article structure

Book Review Guideline

Provide bibliographic details of the book when submitting a book review, this includes the title of the book reviewed, book author(s), number of edition (if applicable), publisher, total number of pages, price, ISBN or ISSN). 

You may complete a book review by downloading and completing Catalyst’s book review form.

 

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