Author Guidelines

Regular articles are full-length original empirical investigations, consisting of introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion, conclusions.  Original work must provide references and an explanation on research findings that contain new and significant findings.

Generally, these are expected to be between 6 and 12 journal pages (excluding the abstract, references, tables and/or figures), a maximum of 80 references, and an abstract of 100–200 words.

Articles must be in English and they must be competently written and argued in clear and concise grammatical English.  Contributors are strongly advised to have the manuscript checked by a colleague with ample experience in writing English manuscripts or a competent English language editor.

Linguistically hopeless manuscripts will be rejected straightaway (e.g., when the language is so poor that one cannot be sure of what the authors really mean). This process, taken by authors before submission, will greatly facilitate reviewing, and thus publication if the content is acceptable.

Empirical research is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.

Key characteristics to look for:

  • Specific research questions to be answered.
  • Definition of the population, behavior, or phenomena being studied.
  • Description of the process used to study this population or phenomena, including selection criteria, controls, and testing instruments (such as surveys).

For a more complete guidelines and template, please download IMHA 2018 Manuscript Guidelines and Template.