Instructions for Authors

IMPact encourages submissions on a wide range of topics from all colleagues across the university, including postgraduate and undergraduate students. Contributions that seek to promote new knowledge or enhance the understanding of any aspect of Higher Education and its practice are particularly welcomed. In addition to the publication of manuscripts relating to research and scholarship in the conventional sense, the journal also welcomes shorter reviews, research notices, accounts of work in progress, and so on.

Conventional manuscripts should not normally exceed 5000 words in length and be accompanied by an abstract of up to 250 words. Keywords should also be included. Authors should submit their work as a simple Word document (avoiding complex formatting) using an Arial, 12-point font (line spacing set to 1.5).  Footnotes should be avoided wherever possible. Reference lists should adopt a simple Harvard System (non-numerical) and be presented by author (surname) in alphabetical order (unless your discipline specifically requires a different citation system). Long quotations of more than 20 words should be indented from the left-hand margin with one-line space above and below and set in italics. No quotation marks are required. If any portion of the quote is omitted, indicated the omitted section by the inclusion of an ellipsis in square brackets […] in the appropriate part of the quote. For short quotes of less than 20 words embedded within the main text of the manuscript use single curved quotation marks. Double quotation marks should be used for quotation marks within another quotation.

All relevant submissions to the journal will be peer reviewed by at least two members of the Editorial Board drawn from a different area of work to the authors, with anonymous feedback provided within two months or less. Once accepted for publication, authors will be asked to cut, paste and format their manuscripts into the standardised journal template. IMPact subscribes to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Practice which can be viewed here.

All manuscripts or enquiries for IMPact should be submitted to which is monitored by the LALT team for content regularly. IMPact is an open access journal, so all contributors retain copyright over any work appearing in its volumes without restriction.  The names and email addresses appearing within the journal will be used exclusively for attribution and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other person. While the University of Lincoln makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all published information contained within its volumes (the ‘Content’), all views expressed within the journal are the views of the authors themselves and not necessarily the views of the Editorial Board.