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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 adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Research manuscripts, theoretical and philosophical pieces must not exceed 7,000 words. Commentaries and responses related to published articles must not exceed 3,000 words. Manuscripts and the cover letter should be submitted to aporia@uottawa.ca.

Cover Letter

Papers are accepted for publication in the Journal on the understanding that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This must be stated in the cover letter, which should be sent with the manuscript. The cover letter must contain an acknowledgement that all authors have contributed significantly, and that all authors are in agreement with the content of the manuscript. When applicable, it should be stated that the protocol for the research project has been approved by a suitable and relevant Research Ethics Board. All investigations involving human subjects must include a statement that subjects provided informed consent and anonymity should be preserved. Authors should declare any financial support or relationships that may cause conflicts of interest.

Authorship Credit

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work. Authorship credits should be based on substantial contributions to:

  1. conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. final approval of the version to be published.


Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

Peer Review

Aporia uses a double-blind peer review process.

Preparation of the Manuscript

Research manuscripts, theoretical and philosophical pieces must not exceed 7,000 words. Commentaries and responses related to published articles must not exceed 3,000 words. Submissions should be prepared in word-processing software using Arial 11. The text file should be double-spaced and set with top, bottom and side margins of 2.5cm or 1 inch.


  • Manuscripts should follow Vancouver style. All manuscripts that are submitted not following Vancouver style will be returned to the author prior to peer review.
  • The journal uses UK spelling for English articles and authors should therefore follow the latest edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary.
  • All measurements must be given in metric units.
  • Abbreviations should be used sparingly and only where they alleviate the text. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation.
  • Drugs should be referred to by their generic names, rather than trade names.

Parts of the Manuscript

Manuscripts should be organised in the following order: (i) title page, (ii) abstract and key words (max of 5), (iii) text, (iv) acknowledgements, (v) references, (vi) appendices, (vii) figure legends, (viii) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) and (ix) figures. Footnotes to the text are not allowed and any such material should be incorporated into the text in parentheses.

  • Title page

    The title page should contain (i) the title of the paper, (ii) the full names of the authors, (iii) the addresses of their respective institutions and (iv) the full postal and email address, facsimile and telephone numbers of the corresponding author.

  • Abstract and key words

    All articles must have a brief abstract that states in 150 words or less the problem, the theoretical framework, the purpose, the methodology, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. The abstract should not contain abbreviations or references. A maximum of five key words should be supplied in alphabetical order below the abstract.

  • Text

    Authors should use subheadings to divide the sections of their manuscript. e.g. Introduction, Theoretical Framework, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References.

  • Acknowledgements

    The source of financial grants and other funding should be acknowledged, including a frank declaration of the authors' industrial links and affiliations. The contribution of colleagues or institutions should also be acknowledged.

  • References

    The Vancouver system of referencing should be used. In the text, references should be cited using superscript Arabic numerals in the order in which they appear. In the reference list, the references should be numbered and listed in order of appearance in the text. Cite the names of all authors when there are six or fewer; when more than seven list the first three followed by et al. Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data).

    References should be listed in the following form:

    • Journal articles

      Lupton D. Discourse and analysis: a new methodology for understanding the ideologies of health and illness. Australian Journal of Public Health 1992; 16: 145-150.

    • Books

      Dunning T. Care of People with Diabetes: A Manual of Nursing Practice. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1994.

    • Book Chapters

      Reid F. Mobility and safer handling. In: McMahon CA, Harding J (eds). Knowledge to Care:A Handbook for Care Assistants. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 1994; 53-69.

    • Electronic Material

      Center of Disease Control, Taiwanese Ministry of Health. Reported Cases of HIV/AIDS. 2001. Available from URL: http://www.cdc.gov.tw. Accessed 23 January 2002.

  • Appendices

    These should be placed at the end of the paper, numbered in Roman numerals and referred to in the text.

  • Tables

    Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text.Tables should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. A comprehensive but concise legend should be included.