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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Papers should be between 2500 and 5000 words in length. In-text citations and reference lists will not be included in the word count. Critiques and reviews do not have a specified word limit.
  • Submissions must include a title page. The title page should contain the title of the manuscript, author name(s), a brief biography of author(s), and contact details of the author(s). If there are multiple authors, please nominate one author for correspondence.
  • Each manuscript should include an abstract of 150 words maximum. This abstract should succinctly summarise the major points of the paper, and the author's arguments and conclusions.
  • The text is 1.5-spaced; uses a 12-point Palatino font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Please include the title of the article, the page number and the number of pages in total as a footer on each page.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF file format.
  • All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  • Images and figures should be submitted in a low-resolution format for the review process, but authors will be required to submit high resolution images upon acceptance of the manuscript. All tables and figures must be embedded within the manuscript file. The submitted manuscript should number and caption all figures.
  • Use as little formatting as possible in the manscript as it will be removed and revised to conform to the journal's production requirements.
  • Submissions should be written in English, and follow the Microsoft Word Australian-English dictionary.
  • The text has had the authors' names removed. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  • Authors are asked to use the UniSA Harvard Style Guide for referencing
    Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references and in-text citations.
  • Up to five keywords should be included that will assist indexers in cross-referencing the article.

Author Guidelines

TALES is published twice a year, and accepts submissions in a wide range of formats, including original papers, reports, case studies, interviews and action research. Manuscripts will be considered on the understanding that they have not been previously published and are not being considered for publication elsewhere. The receipt of all manuscripts will be acknowledged via email. Conflict of Interest: Authors are asked to declare any perceived conflicts of interest. Declarations will not influence editorial decisions, but if the article is accepted the Editor will discuss with the author options for best communicating this information to the reader. Copyright: It is expected authors will have obtained any necessary permissions to use copyrighted or previously published material. It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to TALES. This enables the journal to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate TALES to the widest possible readership. Authors may use their articles elsewhere after publication without prior permission from the publisher provided that acknowledgment is given that TALES was the original source of publication, and that the University of South Australia is notified so that records show that the article's use was properly authorised. Note: Upon publication, each author will receive a complimentary copy of the journal issue in which the article appears.

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