Style Guide

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies.

Formatting Requirements

  • Please include an abstract and 5-10 key words.
  • Required text and reference format style is American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Please do not include footnotes or end notes.
  • All articles must be in English (commonly used words and phrases from other languages are permitted).
  • Submit final manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single Word or PDF file.
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including tables and figures.
  • Text should be 1.5 spaced, in single column layout, and left justified.
  • Font: 12 pt. Trebuchet or the closest comparable font available
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures. All visual materials are called figures and are numbered sequentially.
  • Please include bios of all authors, including credentials, current job or position, and any other information relevant to the article. Reviewers will not see this information.
  • Copyedit manuscript thoroughly before submitting.

Additional Recommendations

Indenting, Word Spacing, Line Spacing, and Justification

Paragraphs should be separated by double-spaces, with no indentations.

Long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below, and the entire section indented 5 em-spaces.

Single space after periods, colons, question marks, and exclamation points.

Avoid "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).

Language & Grammar

Authors should use standard English grammar. Elements of Style, (Strunk & White, 4th edition) is the standard guide, but other excellent guides (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press) exist as well.

Article Length

Articles are limited to 20 pages plus reference list.  Media reviews are limited to 10 pages.

Color of text

Set the font color to black for the body of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., keeping in mind that some readers may print the document in black & white printer or grayscale. For this reason, we advise using colors carefully in situations in which their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

Please eliminate all colored mark-ups and comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)

Emphasizing text

Use italics rather than underlining, bolding, all capitals, or colored font to indicate text you wish to emphasize.

Font faces

Use Trebuchet or the closest comparable font, except where special symbols are needed. If you desire a second font, for instance for headings, use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial or Computer Modern Sans Serif).

Font size

The main body of text should be set in 12pt. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 6pt.

Foreign terms

Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.


Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by their fonts or by using small caps. Use the same font face for all headings, and indicate hierarchies of headings by sequentially reducing the font size. Insert a space above and below headings.


Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.


Please do not include footnotes.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Type should be at least 6pt. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.


Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.

Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions and expressions using many different levels (e.g. fractions) should appear as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.

Equations should be numbered sequentially. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s), but must be consistent in this.

Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. When proofing your document as a PDF, pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.


It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. References should be formatted in APA 6th style. For detailed guidance on formatting in-text citations and reference lists in APA style, see the Purdue Online Writing Center. Please contact the editors at with any questions.