Information for JALN authors, reviewers and researchers
- Find JALN in these databases
- Submit a paper for review or become a JALN reviewer
- Organize the paper for submission
- Format the paper for submission
Find JALN in these databases
EBSCO, ERIC, H.W. Wilson Company, Cabell Publishing Inc., ERA Online, Ulrichs Web, Index Copernicus
Authors, researchers and reviewers may also search the JALN database at the JALN main page or download and browse the bibliographies below.
Submit a paper for review or become a JALN reviewer
Create an account and login to http://jaln.sloanconsortium.org to apply to be a JALN reviewer or to upload a paper.
Authors who want to make use of artwork already published are required by copyright law to ask the owner of the copyright (usually the publisher) for permission to do so. Please be careful to assign proper credit; for example, in the legend of a figure "...from (reference); reproduced by permission of...." If any verbatim quotations of text amount to more than a few words, the same procedure should be followed. If authors use material from their own published work, permission must be obtained from the publisher. If an article is accepted for publication the author must provide the copyright permissions for already published material. If the author receives permissions faxed from the permission grantor, (s)he may fax or mail these permissions to us. Authors must secure permissions to reuse information from the Web. Although copyright law is not completely clear on this point, for the JALN and other Sloan-C publications the author must secure permission for anything that is reprinted.
Papers are single-spaced, usually 10-20 pages in length. All submissions should include an Introduction or Historical Background section, Summary/Conclusions, References, Acknowledgments section, if applicable, and final section About the Author(s).
References, tables, figure legends, and furnished art should be embedded in the manuscript such that the manuscript is in final form when submitted. Sloan-C will accept manuscripts with either embedded graphics or linked graphics. If the latter is submitted, please make absolutely sure that all the links referenced in the manuscript are included. All the figures should be submitted in GIF or JPEG formats with the article.
Tables and figures: Tables and figures should be used only when they can present information more effectively than in running text. Take care to insure that tables can be effectively presented within 1# margins on letter size paper. Legends should be at the bottom of each table (9 pt TNR bold).
Illustrations: Figures should be numbered in series and all legends should be included at the bottom of each figure (9 pt TNR bold). Symbols (open or closed circles, triangles, squares) and lettering must be clear when rendered in GIF or JPEG format. Please review all figures after converting to GIF or JPEG format to insure that they are readable. If the author wishes to use color figures, s/he may do so since this is an online journal and no additional costs are incurred for color. (However, please note that when the material is published in print, all color illustrations will be translated into grayscale illustrations.)
Line drawings and graphs: Original line drawings and graphs should be submitted as GIF or JPEG files.
Photographs: Photographs can be accommodated as GIF or JPEG files; authors should carefully crop images prior to saving as files. Remember that the smaller and fewer GIFs or JPEGs in the paper, the more quickly the paper can be downloaded.
Formulae and Equations: Mathematical equations should be arranged to fill the width of a single column. Subscripts and especially superscripts (i.e. exponents) should be written with care. All signs such as +, -, =, <, or > should be spaced, but the components of mathematical products should not be spaced. Do not use multiple lines unnecessarily. In order to avoid errors, it is important that all formula matter be carefully arranged with special attention paid to correctness of symbols, location of subscripts and superscripts. Note that we would prefer any complex equation to be rendered as a GIF or JPEG image.
Italic or boldface type should be included, and Greek or unusual characters should be explicitly included or explained by annotations. Simple fractional expressions may be written with a slant line or as a fraction, as desired. For example: 1/3 or ¼. It’s preferable to include uniform resource locator (URL) in references rather than in the body of the paper.
Margins: Top, Bottom, Left and Right margins are all 1”.
Header and Footer are both 0.5” from edge.
Paper Size: Letter, 8.5” wide x 11” tall, portrait orientation
Layout: Section Start: New page
Headers and Footers: Different Odd and Even
Vertical Alignment: Top
Style (see JALN style template instructions below)
sc_title- times new roman (tnr) 20, bold, all caps, flush left, 6 pt before and 6 pt after
sc_author- Times New Roman (TNR) 11, italic, flush left, 0 pt before, 3 pt after
sc_author_affiliation- TNR 11, regular, flush left, 0 pt before, 3 pt after
sc_Abstract/Keywords_Title- TNR 12, bold, all caps, flush left, 0 pt before, 3 pt after
sc_abstract/keywords_text- TNR 11, justified, 0 pt before, 3 pt after
I. sc_Principal_heading- tnr 14, bold, all caps, centered, 6 pt before and 6 pt after, auto numbered I, II, III
sc_text/normal- TNR 11, justified, single spaced, 0 pt before, 3 pt after
sc_subheading1- TNR 14, bold, flush left, 6 pt before, 3 pt after, auto numbered A, B, C
sc_subheading2- TNR 12, bold, flush left, 6 pt before, 3 pt after, auto numbered 1, 2, 3
sc_subheading3- TNR 11, bold, flush left, 6 pt before, 3 pt after, auto numbered a, b, c
sc_tablefiguretitle- TNR 9, bold, centered
JALN References- Author name Bold, TNR 11, justified, single spaced, left margin 0.1”, hanging indent 0.25”, 0 pt before, 0 pt after, auto numbered 1, 2, 3
Note on References: Use Use Chicago style for references; in the text and list of references, number references in IEEE style (sequentially in order of occurrence in the text, numbered in brackets. Citations, references, and all notes regardless of their nature (except those in tables) should be numbered in one consecutive series in the order they occur in the text, rather than in alphabetical order. Avoid repeating references by using a single reference number for all subsequent references after the original reference. Reference numbers in the text should be typed with brackets (e.g. ) and numbered sequentially in the reference list.
Please do not use footnotes. Because JALN is online, footnotes don’t show up well at the bottom of the page; instead incorporate notes as numbered references. Avoid bibliographic references to classified documents and reports or to unpublished material not generally available to the public.
References should be arranged and punctuated as follows (please note the use of italics and bold):
A. Journal articles: References to journals should include author(s), the title of the article, the journal abbreviation, volume and issue numbers, relevant page numbers, and year published.
Bourne, J.R., Brodersen, A.J., Campbell, O.J., Dawant, M.M., and Shiavi, R.G. A Model for On-Line Learning Networks in Engineering Education. Journal of Engineering Education (JEE) 85(3): 253-262 (July 1996). http://www.jee.org/1996/july/230.pdf.
B. Books: References to books should include author(s), title, volume/edition number, place of publication, publisher, relevant page ranges, and date of publication:
Kulacki, F.A., Vlachos, E., and Johnson, G., Engineering Curriculum: The Contextual Basis for Reform in the Information Age. In: Bourne, J., Brodersen, A., and Dawant, M.M. (Eds.), The Influence of Technology on Engineering Education, CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL, 17-35, 1995.
Shigley, J.E., Mechanical Engineering Design, 3rd ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 1977.
C. Online References: Online references should be supplied in the same form as other references, with the addition of a URL. For example:
Oakley, B., II. A Virtual Classroom Approach to Teaching Circuit Analysis. IEEE Transactions on Education 96: 448-453 (1996). http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=538749.
Attach and apply the Sloan-C template to your paper; please follow these instructions:
How to download and apply the Sloan-C style template (6 minute video for PCs)
How to download and apply the Sloan-C style template (6 minute video for MACs)
- Save the template file as sloanc_template.dotx or sloanc_template.dot (for earlier versions of Word). Be sure to save it as a template file rather than as a document .docx or .doc file.
JALN Style Template, then save as .dot or .dotx
- Open the document you want to format for Sloan-C submission.
- Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.
- Click Add-Ins.
- In the Manage list, select Word Add-ins, and then click Go.
- Click the Templates tab.
- Under Global templates and add-ins, select the check box next to the sloanc_template to add the styles to your document.
If the template or add-in you want does not appear in the box, click Add, switch to the folder where you saved the sloanc_template, click it, and then click OK.
[In earler than 2007 versions of Word, the process is similar: In your open document, open the Templates and Add-ins dialogue box under the Tools menu. Click on Attach and browse to find the sloanc_template.dot you saved in step 1 above. Click OK. The template is now attached to your document. Go back to Tools>Templates and Add-ins and click on Organizer. This opens the Organizer dialogue box. In the Styles Available in pull-down menu, select sloanc_template.dot (Template).]
To organize styles:
- Highlight all the styles in the Sloan-C template in the left-hand column of the dialogue box. These styles should all begin with “sc”.
- Choose the Copy option to copy these styles to the right-hand column and your Normal template. Click “Yes to All” to over write your existing styles.
- In the Styles Available in pull-down menu, switch back to your original document that you wish to format for Sloan-C. To make the process easier, you may want to delete any old styles that are associated with your paper.
- Highlight the “sc” styles you just copied into your Normal template in the right-hand column, and copy the styles into your original document using the Copy button in the dialogue box. Again, click “Yes to All” to overwrite existing styles.
- Again, highlight the “sc” styles in the normal template in the right-hand column, and use the Delete button to delete these styles from your normal template if you do not wish for all new documents to have Sloan-C styles in their style menus.
- Close the Templates and Add-ins dialogue box.
- You are now ready to apply the sc styles to your document. To do this: Highlight the to which you wish to apply formatting. Go to the Styles pull-down menu on your toolbar or to ‘Style’ under the Format menu. Select the appropriate sc style from the drop-down menu to apply the style to your highlighted text.
- Finish formatting your entire document with the appropriate styles. Please note the Page Setup and the Styles In Use are defined in the template provided. The setup and styles and their descriptions are listed on the Definitions page below as reference.
Questions: Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org; (voice) 781-583-7561.