Contributor Guidelines


Articles are accepted at any time of year for publication in the next available issue. If an article is received before 1st August it will be considered for our February issue, if received before 1st February it will be considered for the August issue.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript in English (using English spelling throughout) by email to the editor, Dr Elaine Cox -

Manuscript preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared following the guidance below. Manuscripts where the style has been insufficiently adhered to will be returned for amendment prior to review.

1. The manuscript should be prepared using Microsoft Word (or an application compatible with Word), accompanied by a statement that the text has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Ideally authors will submit a Microsoft Word document produced from the IJEBCM template, however any Microsoft Word document that has used Microsoft Word Styles, especially to indicate heading levels, is acceptable. Do not use more than three levels of heading.

2. The first page of the manuscript should contain: (i) title of article; (ii) name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the author(s); and (iii) mailing address, e-mail address and telephone numbers of the author (or primary author, if more than one). In addition, authors are invited to submit a short biography, not exceeding 50 words for a single author or 25 words each in the case of multiple authors - please include the short biography or biographies at the foot of the page.

3. The following standards sections should be included:
a) a title that should concisely and accurately reflect the subject matter;
b) an abstract (maximum 100 words) describing the importance of the research question, the methodology used and the contributions the article makes to theory and/or practice;
c) five keywords;
c) an introduction covering relevant background information;
b) a methodology section giving details of the way in which you conducted the research or carried out the investigation, in the case of a conceptual paper;
c) the main body of your paper (covering experimental work and results);
d) the discussions and/or conclusions;
e) and an alphabetical list of references in APA6 format.

4. All figures and tables should be original and be of a reproducible standard and included at an appropriate point in the text. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material, whether text or illustrations. Titles for figures, tables and diagrams should be positioned underneath the image.

5. Quotations from the literature and respondent quotations of more than two lines should use the Microsoft Word Style 'Quote' and be presented without quotation marks. For shorter quotations use double quotation marks within the text in the Microsoft Word Style 'Normal' or 'Paragraph'.

6. A clear writing style should be used. Authors should avoid jargon and should define technical terms and acronyms when first used. Use non-discriminatory language and plurals rather than he/she.

7. Articles should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words (max) including references (submissions exceeding this word limit will be returned for précis).


References should be in APA6 referencing style and arranged alphabetically according to the surname of first author. Book and article titles should be in sentence case, a full stop/period should follow the date in brackets and a colon used between city of publication and the publisher name.


McDermot, I. & Jago, W. (2001). The NLP coach, London: Judy Piatkus.

Journal Articles

Prochaska, J., DiClemente, C. & Norcross, J. (1992). In search of how people change: Applications to addictive behaviours. American Psychologist, 47(9), 1102-1114.


Cox, E. & Ledgerwood, G. (2003). The new profession. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring. Retrieved 24th July 2011 from

Single authors

Where more than one reference is given for a single author the publications should be listed chronologically. For text citations, use the name of the author followed by a comma, then the date, e.g. (Brown, 2009).

Two authors

For text citations, use the names of both authors and the year, e.g. (Brown & Bull, 2009). Do not use et al. for two-author references.

Three or more authors

For the first text citation please use all author names, then in following citations use the surname of the first author only, followed by et al. and the date, e.g. Brown et al., 2009.

Multiple references

If more than one reference by the same author(s) is published in the same year use a, b, etc. after the year in both text and references list, e.g. (Brown, 2009a).