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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

NOTES FOR CONTRIBUTORS OF ORIGINAL UNPUBLISHED WORK: All members of NCIS and their affiliated Partner Group organizations are cordially invited to submit manuscripts to The Independent Scholar (TIS). We welcome submissions in the form of traditional essays as well as creative or artistic material on any topic that will appeal to our members. Your ms should conform to the academic standards demanded by NCIS and will be subjected to a robust peer review process. If your manuscript is not presented in the TIS house style and referenced according to APA style, you will be required to format it as such should it be accepted following perr review. Please consult the submission guidelines before submitting material, but if you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact the relevant member of the TIS Editorial Board.