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- The manuscript has not been previously submitted for consideration with Refuge. If it has been previously submitted, please explain what changes have been made and when it was first submitted (include your article ID if possible) in a separate file to the editors.
- The submission conforms with standard academic honesty practices and has been checked for plagiarism by the authors. This includes any potential instances of self-plagiarism or text recycling. Self-citations should be kept to a minimum, and citation of any of the authors’ published work must be done in the third person. Refuge reserves the right to refuse contributions that do not comply with academic honesty and standard citation practices.
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- The main text does not exceed 7, 500 words (plus references and abstract) and is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). A headings system is used to separate and classify paper sections. Headings are hierarchical and were created using styles.
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- All references in the submission are in keeping with the accessible APA Style Guide with bibliography and minimal use of footnotes (or, where applicable, the Canadian Guide to Legal Citation).
- All electronically available references (e.g. digital journal articles or government websites) include valid links (URLs) or permanent digital identifiers (DOIs). Formatting follows accessible APA style.
- Submission contain a brief abstract (100 w. max.), keywords, bibliographic statement (for all authors - in a separate file) and ORCID iD, if available.
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word or equivalent editable file format (no PDF).
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