Manuscript Submission

The following paragraphs outline the proper manuscript layout and format for an initial submission to MWP. We accept submissions only online, at We do not accept submissions by mail or e-mail.

General Guidelines

1. Articles must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The text of articles reporting original research is usually divided into Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections. The manuscripts which are scanned by the editorial board are sent to three referees for evaluation in terms of form and content. The manuscripts that are considered, at least by two referees, issuable are put in line for publication.
2. Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text; acknowledgments; appendices (as appropriate); references; table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figure caption(s) (as a list).
3. The following formatting rules must be followed strictly.
4. Standard A4 (210mm x 297mm) portrait page set-up should be used. The left, right, top and bottom margins should be 1 in. (2.54 cm).
5. Please supply a short biographical note for each author.
6. The submitted manuscripts which are accepted are published after the "Copyright Licence Agreement" is signed by the author(s) and sent to the Main Editorial Office. This transfer agreement enables MacroWorld to protect the copyrighted material for the authors, but does not relinquish the authors' proprietary rights. The copyright transfer covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article, including reprints, photographic reproductions, microfilm or any other reproductions of similar nature and translations. Authors are responsible for obtaining from the copyright holder, the permission to reproduce any figures for which copyright exists.
7. Papers are accepted only in English. UK spellings for European articles; US spellings for North American articles. Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). This may not be sufficient if English is not your native language and substantial editing would be required. Authors who require information about language editing and copyediting services pre- and post-submission please visit Editing Services
8. Manuscripts, including tables, figures, and references, should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed. or newer) with the following exception: book, periodical, and other titles in the reference list should be italic type, not underlined. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing. (



Titles should be specific, informative, and brief. This should not exceed 60 characters, including spaces. Title should not be complete sentences. Write out abbreviations. The title is to be written in 14 pt. Times New Roman font, centred and using the bold and "Small Caps" formats. All the authors of a paper should include their full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the cover page of the manuscript. One author should be identified as the corresponding author. The affiliations of all named co-authors should be the affiliation where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the article is accepted.



Abstract of 150-250 words that states concisely the goals, methods, principal results, and conclusions of the paper. The text must be fully justified, with a 12 pt. paragraph spacing following the last line. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


The Keywords section begins with the word, "Keywords" in 12 pt. Times New Roman, bold italics, "Small Caps" font with a 6pt. spacing following. Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 6 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, 'and', 'of'). There may be up to five keywords (or short phrases) separated by commas and six spaces, in 10 pt.

Main Text

The target word count is 8000 words 20 pages in length (all text, including notes, figures, references, tables, charts, etc.). Main-body text is to written in fully (1.5 lines) justified 12 pt. Times New Roman font with a 6pt. (paragraph) line spacing following the last line of each paragraph, but a 12pt. (paragraph) line spacing following the last paragraph. Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar. Do not indent paragraphs. Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages. Use the equation editor or MathType for equations and math formulas.


- Please use our Microsoft Word template if possible.

- Include text, references, figure captions, and all tables as part of a single text file.

- For best conversion, we recommend use of Times and Symbol fonts only.

Section and sub-section headings

Section headings are numbered 1. Xxx, 2. Yyy, etc. in 12 pt. bold "Small Caps" Times New Roman font with a 6 pt. line spacing following. Subsection headings are numbered 1.1. Aaa, 1.2. Bbb, etc. in 12 pt. bold Times New Roman font with a 6 pt line spacing following. Please do not use automatically number in headings and sub-headings.


Further Subsections

Further sub-sectioning, if required, is indicated using 1.1.1. Qqq, etc. headings with 12 pt. bold Times New Roman font with a 6 pt line spacing following.

Figures and Tables

Tables capture information concisely and display it efficiently; they also provide information at any desired level of detail and precision. Including data in tables rather than text frequently makes it possible to reduce the length of the text. Prepare tables according to the specific journal's requirements; to avoid errors it is best if tables can be directly imported into the journal's publication software. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a title for each. Titles in tables should be short but self-explanatory, containing information that allows readers to understand the table's content without having to go back to the text. Be sure that each table is cited in the text. Ideally, submit your figures in TIFF or EPS format. All inserts, figures, diagrams, photographs and tables must be centre-aligned, clear and appropriate for black/white or grayscale reproduction. All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and cited in the text (as Table 1. Figure 1. etc.).  Do not allow tables or figures to exceed 35 picas (5 in) in width or 51 picas (8 in) in length. All tables and figures are numbered 1.1. Aaa, 1.2. Bbb, etc. in 10 pt. bold Times New Roman font with a 6 pt line spacing following.



All tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals. Tables should be submitted in the same format as your article (Word). Tables must be embedded into the text and not supplied separately. Each table should include a legend. The first sentence of the legend should be a brief descriptive title. Every vertical column should have a heading consisting of a title with the unit of measure in parentheses. Units should not change within a column.



Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Figure legends should be double-spaced in numerical order. No single legend should be longer than about 200 words. Nomenclature, abbreviations, symbols, and units used in a figure should match those used in the text. The figure title should be given as the first line of the legend. Any individually labeled figure parts or panels (A, B, etc.) should be specifically described by part name within the legend. Bar graphs, simple line graphs, and gels may be reduced to a smaller width. Symbols and lettering should be large enough to be legible after reduction. Avoid wide variation in type size within a single figure. In the printed version of the figure, letters should be about 7 points (2 mm) high, and not smaller than 5 points. High-resolution images can be included as supporting online material. Resolution requirements apply:


EPS: Embed the font or save the text as 'graphics'. TIFF: The resolution should be in 300 DPI.
For line-art, vector format is preferable. Otherwise, the resolution should be 1200 DPI.
All tables, figures, appendices and endnotes should be placed after the references.
All figures, tables, etc. must have a caption, centre-justified in 11 pt. Times New Roman.
Captions precede tables but follow figures.
Tables and figures must appear as close to their point of reference as satisfactory formatting of the final document permits.



If you are using Word, use either the Microsoft Equation Editor or the MathType add-on ( for equations in your paper (Insert | Object | Create New | Microsoft Equation or MathType Equation). 'Float over text' should not be selected.


Number equations consecutively with equation numbers in parentheses flush with the right margin, as in (1). First use the equation editor to create the equation. Then select the 'Equation' markup style. Press the tab key and write the equation number in parentheses. To make your equations more compact, you may use the solidus ( / ), the exp function, or appropriate exponents.

Schemes (e.g., structural chemical formulas) can have very brief legends or no legend at all. Schemes should be sequentially numbered in the same fashion as figures.



An (unnumbered) acknowledgements section may be inserted if required. Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list.



List the sources alphabetically at the end of the paper under a level-one heading called "References," as shown at the end of this document. Place entries in alphabetical order according to the last name of the first author. References The APA style (6th edition) consists of rules and conventions for formatting term papers, journal articles, books, etc., in the behavioral and social sciences. This user guide explains how to cite references in APA style (6th edition), both within the text of a paper and in a reference list, and gives examples of commonly used types of references.


Submit your manuscript

We accept submissions only online, at We do not accept submissions by mail or e-mail. New users should first create an account. Once logged on to the site, submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Online user guides and access to a helpdesk are available on this website. 

Articles may be submitted to MWP for publication at any time. Submit only one main document (including all tables, figures and appendices) in WORD format (.doc) extension. We do not accept PDF files. Save your file in Word's .docx format (Word 2007, 2010, or 2008 or 2011 for a Mac), or doc format (older Word versions).



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