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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines
Submissions to QHC must not have been previously published, or be under consideration for publication with other journals or similar. In order to ensure the double-blind review process, be sure to remove any author information from your file before submission.

Article length and structure
Article length should be a maximum of 6000 words including title and endnotes, but excluding abstract and references. Please use the following headings: Introduction, Literature Review, Methods (including analytical method), Results, Discussion, Conclusions (including any practice implications).

Please provide a structured abstract of maximum 200 words. Abstract structure: Background, Aim, Methods, Results/ Findings, Discussion, Conclusions (including any practice implications). Please provide 4-7 keywords.


  • Language: English (either British or American English may be used, but only one of these within each article)
  • The article should be submitted as a Microsoft Word file
  • Paper size should be A4, with standard (2.5 cm or 1 inch) margin settings.
  • Use Times New Roman, font size 12 point
  • Spacing should be 1.5 throughout (including references)
  • All text and headings should be left-justified
  • Use two hard returns at the end of a paragraph, rather than indenting the first line of a new paragraph
  • Emphasis should be marked in italics, not bold
  • Titles and foreign words in the text should be in italics
  • Concepts, terms etc. should be marked with single quotation marks.
  • Short quotations within the text itself should be marked as such with “double quotation marks”
  • Quotations within quotations should be indicated by '...'. In quotations, an omitted section should be indicated by square brackets: [...].
  • Longer quotations (around 40 words or more) should be indented and presented without quotation marks, with an extra empty line before and after the quotation. These indented quotations should be in font size 10, and not be italicised.
  • Notes should be avoided if possible. If necessary, they should be indicated by superscript numbers and presented as endnotes.
  • The use of subheadings is encouraged where it will enhance clarity of presentation. Use bold for headings, italics for level 2 subheadings, and no formatting for for level 3 subheadings, i.e.:
    • Heading 1
    • Heading 2
    • Heading 3
  • Avoid using more than 3 levels of subheadings. Headings should not be numbered.

Figures and tables
Please embed figures and tables into the manuscript itself.  Please make sure you have the right to publish illustrations etc. Written confirmation needs to be provided upon submission.

For references, please use APA style, 6th edition. When available, please provide the URLs for online references, such as open access versions of the reference. When available, the DOI-number of a publication must be provided at the end of the reference. 

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