Submission Guidelines

Academic Article or Paper

Feature Article

Opinion Article

Other Terms and Conditions

Submit an Article

 

CAPAM invites contributions from professional educators, senior public servants and consultants from around the Commonwealth for the organisation’s quarterly publication Commonwealth Innovations Review (CIR).

Academic Article or Paper (5,000 - 8,000 words)

  • Typically involves both primary and secondary research. All research data used for the article must be verifiable upon request.
  • The author must assert that the article does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws and that all appropriate ethical standards (e.g., informed consent) were followed.
  • Submissions may include: original research papers; concept papers; article reviews; and literature reviews if they contain significantly new information and generate significantly new knowledge.

Academic articles should include:

  • a title page with the author(s) name and position(s)/title(s);
  • any institutional affiliations for the author(s);
  • current email addresses; and
  • an abstract of up to 250 words that summarizes the purpose, methods used, and key findings of the paper.

Aside from the introduction and the body of the paper, the balance of the submission may include a literature review, research methods, data collection and analysis, conclusions and references.

Feature Article (3,000 - 6,000 words)

  • Typically does not involve primary research but usually involves secondary research.
  • The author must assert that the article does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws.
  • Examples include concept papers, descriptive research, article reviews, and literature reviews.

In a feature article, the statements made by the author need to be supported and grounded by evidence from the literature or even by the results of a small-scale research project. The argument is based on findings, not on conjecture – the author explains how his/her ideas and beliefs are related to the existing body of knowledge and what is new in what he/she says.

Feature articles should include:

  • a title page with the author(s) name and position(s)/title(s).
  • any institutional affiliations for the author(s);
  • current email addresses; and
  • an abstract of up to 250 words that summarizes the purpose, methods used, and key findings of the paper.

Opinion Articles (2,000 - 4,000 words)

  • Typically do not involve primary or secondary research, although a short list of references to support the article is often helpful.
  • The author must assert that the article does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws.
  • These articles should be written in first-person narrative style.
  • The author’s personal views and conclusions should be based on the author’s subject matter expertise and experience on the topic.

Other Terms and Conditions

Exact copies of articles published elsewhere are not generally accepted. However, if the author adapts such an article to meet the criteria defined above, it fits the current theme of the CIR and the author has the copyright to any adapted material, then it can be submitted for consideration.

All articles must be submitted in English in Microsoft Word document format. Images embedded in the document must be accompanied by separate high-resolution images and vector (or editable) graphics for illustrations and/or charts.

The article must be written in a coherent academic journal style throughout and should be formatted and referenced. Note however, that any article selected for publication will be reformatted to fit the requirements of the publishing platform.

The author of the article asserts: that the work he/she is submitting is original; that any co-authors are aware of and consent to the submission; that the work meets the appropriate criteria; and that it does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws.

All submitted articles are peer reviewed for suitability, academic rigor and writing quality of the work, as well as whether the article meets the criteria as outlined above.

If the submission is deemed to be unsuitable, then it will be rejected.

If the article meets the above criteria, it will be accepted and will be subject to one of the following outcomes:

  • Publishable – the submission is accepted with no revisions or only minor revisions; or
  • Not publishable at this time – the author is advised that the article will be archived for up to one year for possible inclusion in future editions. The author may opt out.

NOTE: preference will be given to submissions from current members in good standing. To join or renew membership, please see Membership

CAPAM seeks cross-Commonwealth participation and invites authors from different backgrounds, cultures, and educational beliefs to contribute. Academic rigor and writing quality is required and cannot be compromised.

Submitted articles must not be under review or consideration by other publications (i.e. no simultaneous submissions) or have been previously published. 

Submit an Article

Please use the Submit CIR Article form to forward your submissions to CAPAM.