International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring

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Guide for Authors

IJEBCM Guide for Authors

Publishing schedule

IJEBCM publishes three issues per year:

  • A February issue (Issue 1)
  • An August issue (Issue 2)
  • A June issue (Special Issue)

Submission, quality control and peer review procedure

Please note there are no fees or charges for authors to submit or publish with IJEBCM.

Papers for publication in the regular issues of the journal should be submitted to Submissions can be made at any time of year. If accepted for publication a submission will appear in the next available issue. If an article is received before 1st August it will be considered for the February issue, if received before 1st February it will be considered for the August issue.

Each paper submitted to our regular issues is first reviewed by the editors and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, is then sent to at least two independent referees for double-blind peer review. Editors and reviewers evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. Any manuscripts received for review are treated as confidential documents until publication date. Reviewers do not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions associated with the papers. Decisions are based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the scope of IJEBCM.

The Special Issue is normally the proceedings of the Oxford Brookes Annual Coaching & Mentoring Research Conference, held the previous January. Papers are invited from conference presenters and are reviewed and edited by members of the editorial board.

Originality, plagiarism, and research ethics

IJEBCM is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) International Standards for Authors.

Articles submitted to the journal should not have been published before in their current or substantially similar form, or be under consideration for publication with another journal. Authors should submit only entirely original works, and must appropriately cite or quote the work of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited. Please note that submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software TurnItIn Feedback Studio.

Authors submitting articles for publication must ensure that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright. Prior to article submission, authors should obtain permission to use any content that has not been created by them or where they do not entirely own the copyright.

IJEBCM takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. In the event that IJEBCM discovers or is made aware of any allegation of research misconduct or where the authorship of an article is contested the editors will, where appropriate, implement the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Core Practices by taking the actions indicated in a relevant COPE flowchart. When necessary IJEBCM will take appropriate action including, but not limited to, publishing a correction or retracting the article. If an author voluntarily wishes to issue a retraction, correction, clarification, or apology they should contact the editors.

Authors who wish to challenge a correction, retraction, or other action taken by IJEBCM should contact the editors.

Manuscript preparation

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

  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. Please use Microsoft Word Styles to indicate a clear hierarchy of sections and do not use more than three levels (major section, sub-section, and sub-sub-section) excluding the title.
  2. The first page of the manuscript should contain: (i) title of article; (ii) name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and ORCID identifiers (where applicable) 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:
    1. a title that should concisely and accurately reflect the subject matter;
    2. 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;
    3. five keywords;
    4. an introduction covering relevant background information;
    5. 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;
    6. the main body of your paper (covering experimental work and results);
    7. the discussions and/or conclusions;
    8. and an alphabetical list of references in APA6 referencing style.
  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 in British (UK) English 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).


The preferred referencing style of the journal is the 6th edition of APA. References should be 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.

  • Books:
    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.

  • 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).

Research Data

IJEBCM strongly supports the publishing of research data to enhance the academic record, allow the reuse of data, and support research integrity and the validation of research results. The DCC (Digital Curation Centre) offer extensive advice on good Research Data Management practices. Oxford Brookes University offers its institutional repository RADAR for any IJEBCM author to publish the final data set that supports an IJEBCM article where the data can be technically and reasonably accommodated.

Authors wishing to publish research data that supports their submission should notify the editor.

Open Access, Copyright, and Licensing

All authors retain copyright without restriction.

IJEBCM 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 without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.

IJEBCM applies the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence to newly published works.

Author archiving

Authors may post the final accepted version of their manuscript (also known as the Author's Accepted Manuscript) to third party repositories if they wish to do so, but as all articles are published with a Creative Commons licence the published version (also known as the Version of Record) may also be posted to third party repositories. It is the preference of IJEBCM that only the published version (Version of Record) is deposited in third party repositories.

Long term preservation

Oxford Brookes University commits to the preservation of access to the journal for the lifetime of the RADAR repository and will use the digital archiving service Arkivum for the long term preservation of the content of IJEBCM.


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