Author guidelines

We ask authors to read these guidelines before submitting their paper .

Author responsibilities

There are also some responsibilities that sit with you as the author. Our expectation is that you will:

● Respond swiftly to any queries during the publication process.

● Be accountable for all aspects of your work. This includes investigating and resolving any questions about accuracy or research integrity.

● Read about our research ethics for authorship. These state that you must:

o Include anyone who has made a substantial and meaningful contribution to the submission (anyone else involved in the paper should be listed in the acknowledgements).

o Exclude anyone who hasn’t contributed to the paper, or who has chosen not to be associated with the research.

The submission processes

All manuscripts should be submitted through our editorial system by the corresponding author.

An author account is required as you submit. If this is your first time submitting to ICECH please choose the Register option in the editorial system. If you already have an ICECH login, you are welcome to reuse the existing username and password here.

The Create an account

Authors should first create an account to use the online submission system. Clicking the option Register in the Log in / Register option located on the conference banner will bring you to a page where you can input your user information, especially an email which will be used as the user ID to login. 

After creating your account, you will immediately receive an email at your email address. Please follow the instructions in the email to activate the account and change the password.

After that you can use the registered email as the login ID with your new password to login to the system. After successful login, you can start submitting your abstract/paper and changing your account information.

Please note, the next time you log into the system, you will be asked for your username. This will be the email address you entered when you set up your account.

All the steps should be carried out using the online submission system available at the conference website. The submission process consists of the following steps:

Extended Abstract and Full Paper Submission

To submit the abstract/full paper, please Login into the system. Under the author’s view, you will be able to submit all documents related to a paper by the function Add paper. You will also be able to edit the existing submissions before the deadlines using the Edit option next to each paper. You can always come back to the author’s view by clicking on the Submission -> Submission Here.

The submission form must be completed once for each paper, making sure to include the title and the details of the contacting author. The submission form also includes a list of topics related to the conference which you can choose from. Make sure that you correctly indicate the field of your submission among the conference topics.

In order to select the files of Abstract and Full paper you want to upload, please use the Upload icon next to each item and then browse the local disk to choose the relevant file.

Authors should name the file by your last name and first name initials (in Latin characters e.g., SmithJ for John Smith) in order to facilitate the reviewing process.

Please note that the file should not exceed the size of 1MB for abstract and 5MB for full paper and that ONLY DOC and DOCX file types are accepted. Once you have ensured all the details are correct, please press the Save button.

You will receive an automated email from the ICECH editor, confirming your successful submission. It will provide you with a manuscript number (a paper ID), which will be used in all future correspondence about your submission.

Each submission is checked by the editors. If they think it might be suitable for the publication, they will send it to reviewers for double-blind peer review. Once these reviewers have provided their feedback, the editors may decide to accept your manuscript, request minor or major revisions, or decline your work.

If you need to revise your work, the revised paper will be considered by the same or another reviewers.

Papers presented in ICECH will be published after peer-review in a selected journal series. Authors are encouraged to follow strictly the publication ethics for scientific publishing.

Manuscript requirements

Before you submit your manuscript, it’s important you read and follow the guidelines below.

Format: Both extended abstract and full paper files should be provided in Microsoft Word format.

Length/ word count: Articles should be up to a minimum of 5,000 words and maximum of 7,500 words in length. This includes all text, for example, the structured abstract, references, all text in tables, and figures and appendices.

Title: A concisely worded title should be provided.

Author details: Please list the names of all contributing authors in the order in which you’d like them to be published. The information needs to be supplied including:

● Author email address (institutional preferred).

● Author name: We will reproduce it exactly, so any middle names and/or initials they want featured must be included.

● Author affiliation: This should be where they were based when the research for the paper was conducted.

Structured abstract: All submissions must include a structured abstract, following the format outlined below.

These four sub-headings and their accompanying explanations must always be included:

● Purpose

● Design/methodology/approach

● Findings

The following three sub-headings are optional and can be included, if applicable:

● Research limitations/implications

● Practical implications

● Social implications

The maximum length of your abstract should be 250 words in total, including keywords.

Keywords: Your submission should include up to 6 appropriate and short keywords that capture the principal topics of the paper. You need to use commas between keywords.

Article classification: During the submission process, you will be asked to select a type for your paper; the options are listed below. If you don’t see an exact match, please choose the best fit:

● Research Article

● Review Article

Research paper: Reports on any type of research undertaken by the author(s), including:

● The construction or testing of a model or framework

● Action research

● Testing of data, market research or surveys

● Empirical, scientific, or clinical research

● Papers with a practical focus

Literature review: This category should only be used if the main purpose of the paper is to annotate and/or critique the literature in a particular field. It could be a selective bibliography providing advice on information sources, or the paper may aim to cover the main contributors to the development of a topic and explore their different views.

Headings: Headings must be concise, with a clear indication of the required hierarchy.

The preferred format is for first level headings to be in capital and bold, and subsequent sub-headings to be in lowercase and bold.

Notes/endnotes: Notes or endnotes should only be used if necessary. They should be identified in the text by consecutive numbers enclosed in square brackets. These numbers should then be listed, and explained, at the end of the article.

Figures: All figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, webpages/screenshots, and photographic images) should be submitted electronically. Both colour and black and white files are accepted.

There are a few other important points to note:

● All figures should be supplied at the highest resolution/quality possible with numbers and text clearly legible.

● Acceptable formats are .ai, .eps, .jpeg, .bmp, and .tif.

● Electronic figures created in other applications should be supplied in their original formats and should also be either copied and pasted into a blank MS Word document or submitted as a PDF file.

● All figures should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and have clear captions.

● All photographs should be numbered as Plate 1, 2, 3, etc. and have clear captions.

Tables: Give each table a brief title. Ensure that any superscripts or asterisks are shown next to the relevant items and have explanations displayed as footnotes to the table, figure, or plate.

References: References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This means in text citations should follow the author date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998). The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper.

A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below:

Journal article

Abdullah, F., Ward, R., & Ahmed, E. (2016). Investigating the influence of the most commonly used external variables of TAM on students’ Perceived Ease of Use (PEOU) and Perceived Usefulness (PU) of e-portfolios. Computers in human behavior, 63, 75-90.

Book edition

Hair Jr, J. F., Sarstedt, M., Ringle, C. M., & Gudergan, S. P. (2017). Advanced issues in partial least squares structural equation modeling. saGe publications.

Spelling and grammar: ICECH follows rules for UK grammar and spelling. Authors are advised to minimise the use of acronyms and localised expressions. Following writing practices in the social sciences, ICECH recommends the use of gender terminology that recognises social categories (women, men, girls, boys etc.), authors may also use gender neutral terminology where appropriate (e.g., they).

Copyright: All accepted articles must fill the copyright form in the ICECH system and then returned to us electronically.

Publication form: All accepted articles must fill the publication form in the ICECH system and then returned to us electronically.

In case there is any problem with the submission process, you can send your paper to the email

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