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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 in LibreOffice file format.
  • The submission file has been proof read and is deemed ready for review
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission is anonymised as to ensure blind review

Author Guidelines

Making sure that your contribution fits to the aims and scope of the  Journal of Awareness-Based Systems Change 

  • Review the criteria under "About the Journal", especially in relation to the journal's section policies (Original Articles & "In the Making"). If in doubt, whether your article is in scope with JASC please approach a member of the Editorial Team via mail.
  • Full paper submissions of Original Articles can be made within the stated deadline for the respective issues.
  • If you intent to publish an "In the Making" contribution, please first send an abstract to the Editor-In-Chief.

Preparing your Text

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Word or in Libre Office
  • The length of your text should not exceed 7500 words (including references) - in the case of Original Articles and not exceed 4500 words (including references) in the case of "In the Making". 
  • Make sure your texts are fully proof read by a native speaker – articles with obvious mistakes and/or grammatical errors will be returned and will not proceed to peer review.
  • Use a normal, plain font (e.g., 12-point Times Roman, Calibri, arial) for text.
  • Please ensure your heading levels are clear, and the sections clearly defined. Please use no more than three levels of displayed headings.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.
  • Footnotes can be used to give additional information. They should not include the citation of a reference included in the reference list. They should also not contain any figures or tables. Footnotes to the text should be numbered consecutively. Always use footnotes instead of endnotes.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Do not use field functions, this includes the use of Hyperlinks.
  • Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar.
  • Prepare a separate abstract of 150 to 250 words, which should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references. The abstract will be uploaded separately during the submission process.
  • Prepare a list with 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing

Using Tables

  • Use the table function to make tables.
  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.
  • Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. 
  • In order to ensure for accessibility each table must include a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption.

Including Artwork

  • You can incorporate Illustrations, pictures and graphs in your papers. When using MS Word you can include your Illustrations in the intended section of your article. Additionally, please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]"). Please make sure that the artwork is saved under the same heading as indicated in the placeholder.
  • All Artwork must be supplied separately in the highest quality using standard file formats for pictures (e.g. TIFF, JPEG) during the process of submission
  • In order to ensure for accessibility all Artwork must be submitted with descriptive captions
  • Ensure you adhere to copyright guidelines when using images that are not your own and, where necessary, obtain permission to reproduce from the publisher or artist/author.

Citation style and Reference List

  • References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA-Style citation, 7th edition).
  • The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list.
  • Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. Order multi-author publications of the same first author alphabetically with respect to second, third, etc. author. Publications of exactly the same author(s) must be ordered chronologically.
  • Make sure that self-Citations in the original article are replaced by the place holder “Author & year” to ensure anyonymity for double blind peer review.
  • Prepare a separate file containing all references in the above mentioned citation stlye including any replaced self citations.
  • During the upload process you will be asked to insert all your references in a separate upload window, which is used for cross-referencing purposes.
    • Journal article: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Article title. Journal Name, no.(issue no.), page range. DOI or URL
    • Book: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Book title (edition). Publisher.
    • Chapter in book: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Chapter title. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Book title (pp. xxx–xxx). Publisher.
    • Website: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year, Month date). Title of work/page or section. Site Name/Source. URL
    • Conference paper: Contributor, A. A., Contributor, B. B., & Contributor, C. C. (date). Title of contribution [Type of contribution]. Conference name, location. DOI or URL

Preparing your text for double anonymous review

  • Make sure that your text file does not include any of the authors names. Authors names will be added separately in the process of uploading your files.
  • In case of self-citation make sure you have deleted the names from the text, footnotes and references. Instead of the name and title replace them with "Author" and year.
  • Make sure to remove all personal information from the file properties by taking the following steps:
    • Microsoft Word for Windows:
      • Go to File
      • Select Info
      • Click on Check for Issues
      • Click on Inspect Document
      • In the Document Inspector dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the type of hidden content that you want inspected.
      • Click Remove All
      • Click Close
      • Save the document
    • Microsoft Word for MacOS:
      • Go to Tools
      • Click Protect Document
      • Select Remove personal information for this file on save
      • Click OK and save the file

Uploading your submission

  • First you have to create a user profile.
  • Go to Submissions and click “Make a new submission”
  • You will then be asked to read and individually acknowledge that you've completed all the requirements below before proceeding by ticking the respective boxes.
  • Next you have the optional possibility to leave Notes and/or comments for the editor.
  • Then you have to agree to the collection and storage of your data according to the journals privacy statement.
  • The next step takes you to the upload sections of your files. First upload your original article (prepared as before mentioned excluding any personal information)
  • Any Images or Artwork must be uploaded individually, also you have the opportunity to upload any other relevant research materials.
  • Next you can review details and change the names of the files (make sure that your name is not included).
  • Here you will be asked to enter the
    • title and subtitle of your article,
    • the abstract
    • the keywords
    • list of all contributors in the sequence of their appearance (first author, second author, etc.)
    • An indication of any supporting agencies and declarations of potential conflicts of interest
    • The list of references (please make sure that each entry is in a new line)
  • Once you click finish submission the article will be sent to the editorial team
  • You will receive an automated response when your article is being sent to review.

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Privacy Statement

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Peer Review Process

The Journal of Awareness Based Systems Change operates a double-anonymous peer review process

Publication Frequency

The journal publishes two times per year.

Open Acess Policy

This is an open access journal, licensed

  • under a CC BY license, 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, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author, but giving appropriate credit.

Authors are not charged any APCs (Article Processing Charges) or other publication fees.

Copyright Notice

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 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) 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 required to make sure submitted content does not infringe third-party copyright. Authors must obtain permission to reproduce any third-party material for online (and print, if applicable) publication in perpetuity. It is also the authors' responsibility to include any acknowledgements requested by copyright holders, and to mark clearly third-party material used with permission, material that has separate licensing terms, and material used under exceptions or limitations to copyright.


It is not necessary to obtain permission to reuse articles published in this journal, provided that reuse is in line with the article's Creative Commons license and attribution to the author(s) and the published article is maintained. Please note that these terms do not extend to any material that has separate licensing terms specified or any material that is identified as being the copyright of a third party. Permission to reproduce third-party material must be obtained directly from the copyright holders concerned.


This journal utilizes the PKP-PN achieving system to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. 

Take Down Policy

What the Journal of Awareness Based Systems Change will do if you believe content in this journal infringes any person's rights, or applicable EU laws.

We make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable laws.

Should you discover content in this journal that you believe to be illegal, or infringes any of your statutory rights, you may contact the Editor who will review the complaint.

On receipt of your complaint, the Editorial team will:

  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  3. For all but spurious complaints, cease access to the item that is subject to complaint
  4. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant.

When the authenticity of your complaint has been verified and the Editor has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the item will be removed from public access. If it is confirmed that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.


The content of the papers published in JASC represents the views of the author only and is his/her sole responsibility.

The Journal of Awareness Based Systems Change and editors disclaim any liability of violations of other parties' rights, or any damage incurred as a consequence to use or apply any of the contents of JASC.

In submitting a paper to JASC the author warrants that the article is original and has not been published or presented for publication elsewhere and that nothing in the article violates any right of privacy or infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any kind of any person or entity.

Journal Sponsorship

  • Presencing Institute, Inc.

Privacy and Consent Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this journal platform (Open Journal Systems – OJS) may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project (PKP) who provide this journal platform, in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here.

Registered users

Users who register with this journal, including authors and peer reviewers where applicable, consent to having the personal information being stored in JASC hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams.


Authors who make a submission to this journal consent to the personal information they supply as part of the submission being stored JASC hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors who make a submission have the responsibility to ensure that all contributors have read this Privacy and Consent policy and consent to having their personal information that is supplied as part of the submission process being stored in JASC hosting platform (OJS) and processed by the platform and journal editorial teams. Authors published in this journal are also responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported in the journal.

Website visitors

JASC hosting platform (OJS) collects anonymized usage log data, including IP addresses, pages visited, date visited, browser information, and geographical data. This information is not used to identify visitors personally and it is not used for any purpose other what is described here.

Rights of the Individual

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

All users whose details are stored in JASC OJS installation can exercise their rights of the individual, as they are detailed in the GDPR.

If you have a user account and wish to have it deleted, please email a member of the editorial team.