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Author Guidelines

We invite authors from any discipline, department, or office in academe to submit original, unpublished writing on any aspect of contemplative practices and perspectives in higher education. We accept submissions at any time; even if a call for papers for a special themed issue is active, we still welcome submissions for regular issues.

  • Follow APA citation format.
  • Suggested word count is 7,500 words for articles; 3,000 words for reflections; and 1,000-1,500 words for book reviews (although longer reviews may be admissible if several works are being reviewed).
  • Submission files should be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format: .doc or .docx is recommended. Please do not submit .pdf files.
  • We encourage you to provide DOIs or URLs for your references.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Page Format & Document Settings 

  • Manuscripts should be double-spaced.
  • Times New Roman 12-point type is recommended.
  • Please use italics for emphasis, rather than boldface, all caps, or underlining (except for linked URLs).
  • New paragraphs should be indented using the tab key, except for the first paragraph in any section, which is aligned left.
  • Section headings (first level) should be bold, 14-point type. Headings for second-level sections (sub-sections within first-level sections) should be italicized, 12-point type.
  • Submission files should be in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format: .doc or .docx is recommended. Please do not submit .pdf files.
Punctuation & Spelling

  • Please use standards of American English.
  • Use only one space after periods and other terminating punctuation.
  • Place a comma before “and” in a list:  “red, white, and blue.”
  • Periods and commas should be placed inside quotation marks; semicolons and colons should be placed outside quotation marks.
  • Use unspaced em-dashes (—). Please do not use double dashes (–) or place space around your em-dashes. MS Word should automatically create em-dashes.


  • Use only double quotation marks (except for quotes within a quote, which use single marks).
  • Quotations more than four lines or 40 words long should be treated as block quotations and indented with no quotation marks; note the source at the end of the quotation, following the closing punctuation.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  4. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal sign a publishing agreement after their paper has been accepted. Through the agreement, authors transfer copyright to CMind, the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, the publisher of JOCI. Authors may enter into additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of their work (e.g., to publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are also permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website), with acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal and retaining the formatting as published in JOCI.


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