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Below, authors will find a quick submission checklist for ease of reference. Please note, papers that do not comply with these minimum requirements will be returned.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor).

  • The submission file is in Microsoft® Word document format.

  • The text complies with content and format as outlined below.

  • All illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate point.

  • When submitting research articles and discussions for review procedure, the instructions for ensuring blind review have been followed.

  • Citations, attributions and usage permissions are properly acknowledged.

  • Citations and bibliographical references follow the Harvard referencing system.

Submission Qualifications

Applications will be accepted from both established and emerging researchers of human studies and social sciences with particular emphasis on the new fields of research concerning civilization, society and the environment.

Content

Inter Faculty publishes original articles concerning the different aspects of human and social sciences. The topics may present an interdisciplinary approach to human and social sciences and are not subject to restriction as to the theoretical framework used.

Contributions are accepted in the following categories: Scholarly Articles; Discussions; Commentaries; Research Forums (i.e. proceedings and reports of conferences, study groups, workshops, special seminars, etc.); Fieldwork and Research Notes; Book Reviews; Readers’ Forum (i.e. discussion threads, comments in response to papers, etc.).

Language

The language of the journal is essentially English, but contributions in other languages, dependent on relevance to the research discussion, will be taken into consideration.

Procedure

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. They should be submitted electronically to the Editorial Board at:
interfaculty@hass.tsukuba.ac.jp

Authors may apply by sending either the full paper or simply a detailed abstract and bibliography for consideration. In either case authors should give their full name and full affiliation taking care to respect the guidelines for blind peer review in the case of Scholarly Articles or Discussions. If the proposed paper is accepted by the Editorial Board authors will be sent the Full Guidelines for Authors and specifications for manuscript upload.

Full papers are initially screened by the Editorial Board, if accepted they are then sent to selected reviewers for either simple open review or double-blind peer review accordingly. The review process takes approximately eight to ten weeks. Authors will be notified of the reviewers’ decision and comments, and be given a timeline for publication.

 Format

Detailed guidelines will be given after acceptance of the proposed paper.

Please send an MS Word version file. PDF and zipped files will not be accepted. If special language fonts are required, please provide them together with the Word version of the manuscript.

a) Margins (based on Din A4) are: 3.0 cm for left and right sides, 3.0 cm for the top and 3.0 cm for the bottom.

b) The text should be single-spaced in Times New Roman: 12 pt for author name and affiliation, 12 pt for main body of the text, including headings; 9 pt for endnotes, 9 pt for acknowledgements; 14 pt for title of paper. Title and headings in boldface.

c) Title: the title should not exceed two lines and should not contain punctuation other than a colon (:) and/or a question mark (?). In the case of papers in a language other than English, the title should also be given in English.

d) Abstract: Irrespective of the language of the article, the required abstract should be given in both English and Japanese. The abstract should be of between 200 and 500 words for research articles and discussions, and of about 100 words for all other entry categories. The abstract should be in: Times New Roman 12 pt, italics, for English; and MS Mincho (MS明朝) for Japanese.

e) Keywords: The required abstract should be followed by four to six keywords, also in both English and Japanese, obligatory. Keywords are primarily used in conjunction with the journal cross-referencing search facility and external index registers.

f) Abstract and Keywords are accessed from the Table of Contents screen for readers to refer to before they download the full paper. They may not, therefore, contain bibliographical references or endnotes.

g) Referencing: The Harvard referencing convention is a requirement. Details will be given in the Full Guidelines for Authors.

 Further Remarks

For Research Articles and Discussions, to ensure anonymity during the double-blind review process, the manuscript should have a cover page giving: title; name of author and full affiliation; total number of pages. Please ensure name and affiliation of the author do not appear in, nor can be inferred from, the main body of the text and references. Papers that do not comply will be returned.

Authors and artists are responsible for the content of their work, including proper citation, attribution and usage permissions.

All manuscripts are screened by iThenticate.

Authors should closely scrutinize their work for typographical and grammatical errors. If the language of the article is not the author’s first language please ensure that the manuscript is proof-read by a competent person before first submission.

 

Terms of Agreement

Authors who publish with this journal are required to adhere to the Duties of Authors (see Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement) and agree to the following terms and conditions:

1. Authors confirm that they are the authors of the submitting article which will be published in the online journal Inter Faculty, published by the Institute for Comparative Research in Human and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan. The author’s name will be evident in the article published in the Inter Faculty journal. All decisions regarding layout and distribution of the work are in the hands of the editor.

2. Authors guarantee that the work is their own original creation and does not infringe any statutory or common-law copyright or any proprietary right of any third party. In case of claims by third parties, authors commit themselves to defend the interests of the publisher, and shall cover any potential costs.

3. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

4. 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 the Inter Faculty journal.

5. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g. in institutional repositories or on their website) as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.