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Following publication, the author’s rights will be protected under a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license.

Open Access Policy for Users

The Sunland Tribune is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author for non-commercial purposes. Nonetheless, reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein requires credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the license. This open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative's (BOAI) definition of open access.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted or by written agreement requires appropriate credit to the original publication source with a link to both the article and the Creative Commons License.

Editorial Policies

Manuscripts cannot have been previously published or be currently submitted elsewhere for publication while in review for Sunland Tribune, although manuscripts may have been deposited on a preprint server. Manuscripts that are derived from papers presented at conferences can be submitted unless they have been published as part of the conference proceedings in a peer-reviewed journal. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and should not be submitted by anyone on their behalf. The submitting author takes responsibility for the article during submission and peer review. Submission of a manuscript to The Sunland Tribune implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content, and that any human-subjects research that is reported in the manuscript has been performed with the approval of an appropriate institutional review board.

Peer-Review Process

The peer-review process is designed to ensure that The Sunland Tribune publishes outstanding scholarship. One of the Editors will manage the manuscript. The manuscript's managing Editor will collect reviews and recommendations from at least three reviewers including at least one Associate Editor with respect to four possible outcomes: 1) accept without revision, 2) accept after revision without further external review, 3) neither accept nor reject until author(s) make revisions and resubmit, 4) reject. The reviews will be “single blind” but not “double blind” (i.e., reviewers will know the identity of the authors, but not vice versa, unless the reviewer self-identifies in the review). The manuscript’s managing Editor will make the decision on outcome and advise the author through the bepress system. The ultimate responsibility for all decisions lies with the two Editors, to whom any appeals should be addressed.

Guest editorials, reviews of books and other educational materials, and commentaries and replies will normally be reviewed by only one or both of the Editors.

Guidelines for Preparing Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted in English (American or British). Authors should submit manuscripts as a Microsoft Word file, which the bepress system will convert into a PDF document. Alternatively, authors may submit a high-quality PDF document.

Title and Abstract

  1. Do not include title, author(s) and abstract on the uploaded text; i.e., begin the document with the introduction. The bepress system will produce a title page and abstract page from information you supply in boxes when you submit the manuscript.
  2. Avoid long titles. We prefer titles (including subtitle) with fewer than 90 characters (including punctuation and spaces) and will object to titles longer than 120 characters.
  3. Use a colon (rather than a dash) to separate title from the subtitle, if you have one.
  4. Prepare an informative, 100–250-word abstract. All papers, including book reviews, editorials and commentaries, must have abstracts. The bepress system displays the abstract in a prominent, preview position. Some readers read only abstracts and do not download the PDF unless they need the details. It is important that the abstract be substantive; it must include sufficient information that the reader learns the method and findings of the study. Abstracts that are merely teases, previews or promises will not be accepted.

Main Text

  1. Do not include page numbers, headers or footers. The bepress system will add the appropriate information, including a running head that you supply during the submission process.
  2. For matters of style, consult The Chicago Manual of Style.
  3. Use the following style formats:
    1. Page size: 8.5 × 11 inches.
    2. Margins (left, right, top, and bottom): 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including tables and figures.
    3. Line spacing: single space, except to set off block quotations, equations and special remarks. Do not insert extra line space between paragraphs.
    4. Layout: single column, right-justified if possible.
    5. Fonts
      1. Main body: 12-point New Times Roman.
      2. Footnotes: 10-point New Times Roman.

    Headings: Left-justified

    1. 1st-order: 16-point Arial, bold. 12-point line space before and after. No punctuation at end.
    2. 2nd-order: 14-point Arial, bold, italics. 6-point line space before and after (except none when following a 1st-order heading). No punctuation at end.
    3. 3rd-order: 12-point, New Times Roman, bold, ending with a period, in line with the start of the paragraph.


    1. First paragraph after heading: no indent.
    2. Subsequent paragraphs: 2-em (0.3 in.).
    3. Block quotations: block indent 0.5 inch from left margin (only).
  4. Use the following document structure:
    1. Introduction
    2. Subsequent sections
    3. Acknowledgments
    4. References
    5. Appendices (if any). (For long appendices, use the supplemental content feature on the left-side navigation column.)
  5. In the Introduction, orient the reader with respect to the intellectual context of the paper, including up-to-date literature citations.
  6. Use footnotes for citation.  Number the footnotes consecutively through the document.
  7. Use a brief closing statement to acknowledge significant contributions by professional associates (including students where appropriate), permission to publish by employer, financial support, and reviewers. For Acknowledgment heading, use 14-point, bold, Arial.
  8. Use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize, rather than underlining it. Similarly, use italics rather than underlining for unusual foreign terms, and titles of books, journals, and movies.

Literature Citations

Cite all references in footnotes using the Chicago Manual of Style.  No endnotes or bibliographies necessary.

Figures and Table

  1. Anticipate that in the published document all tables and figures will need to fit within 1.5-inch margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right), whether portrait or landscape. Large tables or figures will be on pages by themselves, but they will need to be within the 1.5-inch margins.
  2. For the review manuscript, include the tables and figures at the end. Indicate in the text the approximate location where the table or figure should appear (e.g., “Figure 1 about here,” set off by horizontal lines across the page). Include the figure caption with the figure.
  3. Every figure and table must be referenced in the text. For figures, use “Fig.” when referring to a figure in parentheses; otherwise spell it out (“Figure”).
  4. Each table must have a table number and title above the main part of the table. The table number (consecutive Arabic numerals) and title (headline capitalization) should be on successive lines and be New Times Roman, 9-point, bold. Explanatory information does not belong in the title; use notes (New Times Roman, 8-point) below the main body of the table and separated from it by a rule the full width of the table.
  5. For the body of the table use New Times Roman, 8-point font. The table should be constructed to be small so that readers can easily see the structure of the table. Use horizontal rules sparingly and, if possible, avoid vertical rules entirely. The boxy, gridded-cell appearance of tables as produced (before modification) by many word processors is not wanted. For detailed guidance, see The Chicago Manual of Style.
  6. Each figure must have a caption below the figure.
  7. Figure captions should be in New Times Roman, 10 point. They should consist of the following three parts: (1) Figure number (e.g., “Figure 1.”), bold, with Figure spelled out, and the Arabic numeral followed by a period; (2) figure title (sentence-style capitalization); (3) explanation and discussion, if important, up to 300 words.
  8. For the final manuscript, you will need to submit the figures in separate files in TIF format or EPS format with embedded fonts. The published figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Here are some tips for preparing your figures:
    1. Avoid making prescreened line art (art containing gray shading). It is nearly impossible to digitize these images accurately without creating “blotchy” patterns. If you must use gray shading: generate the image at line screens of 85 lines per inch or lower; apply gray in steps no closer than 20 percent; do not use levels of gray below 20 percent or above 70 percent.
    2. Use thick, solid lines no finer than 1 point in thickness.
    3. Use bold, solid, sans serif type for lettering. At 100 percent, no type should be smaller than 6 point.

Reference Styles

Use Chicago Manual of Style, footnotes only.


How to Submit Your Paper

New Account

To register a new account, click "Submit Article" in the sidebar. Then click on "Create Free Account" and enter your first and last name, e-mail address, and preferred password. You should receive immediately a confirmation e-mail at the address you provided (you may need to check your Junk mail); click in the link in the e-mail and proceed with your submission if ready. If you attempt to create an account at an address already in the system, you will be sent your password as a reminder. If you require assistance, contact the Journal Staff at Sunland@usf.edu

Initiating the Process

Start the manuscript submission process by pressing the "Submit Article" link on the home page. If you have a bepress account, log-in and press “Continue.” If you do not have an account, you will need to register. After you have logged in, you will see a page listing the essentials you will need to complete the process: title, a separate abstract (for articles, perspectives and book reviews, not for guest editorials and commentaries/replies); and the manuscript in Word, RTF, or PDF. After reviewing the required elements, press “Continue.” Then review the Article Submission Agreement and the Copyright Agreement, and press “Accept.” (Pressing “Decline” dead-ends the process.)

Completing the Process

Review and, if necessary, correct the information about you, the first author, and press “Continue” (if you are not the first author, you can reorder the authors after they are all entered). Follow the prompts on the next page to enter all your co-authors and end with “Continue” to reach the main upload page. Fill in the boxes for the following and then submit.

  • Title (headline capitalization)
  • Running head (a shorter version of the title, max 60 characters)
  • Key words (optional)
  • Subject (select one or more from a list)
  • Type of article (select one from list: Article, Perspective, Book Review, Comment or Reply, Editorial, other)
  • Abstract (upload or type)
  • Article (upload. If you upload a Word or RTF document, bepress will convert it to PDF and send it to you for checking.)
  • Cover letter (purpose and anticipated contribution to QL education)

A completion screen will provide you with a four-digit manuscript number for your manuscript. The system will send you an e-mail to confirm when it has converted to PDF. Please check over the PDF carefully to ensure the conversion was satisfactory and that the manuscript is ready for review. If no revisions are necessary, you do not need to notify the editor. If revisions are necessary, go to your My Account page, click on the submission title, and then use the "Revise submission" link to provide a revised version. Both you and the editor assigned to your submission will be notified when the revision has been uploaded, so there is no need to confirm with the editor.