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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.
  • A word processor file of the text, such as Word, must be submitted for standard papers. Note that the manuscript should be submitted as one Word-file with tables and low-resolution figures included. Make sure to always refer to all figures and tables in the text and number every figure and table. Please visit the Author's Guidelines for more information on the manuscript preparation.
  • Submit separate files of all (extra) figures (if any). If there are multiple figures, please collect the images in a .ZIP file and submit that. Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc. and refer to them in the same way in your Word-file. Each table should be provided as a separate, editable Word-file. Please visit the Author's Guidelines for more information on figures', images’ and tables' requirements.
  • 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).
  • Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Submit the paper in Word without author names and affiliations and without acknowledgements. Upload a separate title page with full author names and affiliations.
  • Please provide the names, affiliation and contact details of all the authors. Please use the following format for the affiliation: University/organization, department/faculty, country. Please do not use the place reserved for the bio of the authors to give more information.

Author Guidelines

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted to the editorial office (

To be able to use the OJS to submit a manuscript, you will need to register as a user and create a profile. Alternatively you can use your ORCID iD to register. Find more about ORCID.

Please do not forget to choose the role as author. After the profile is created and you are logged in, you can proceed with the 5-step submission process, by clicking on the “New Submission” button at the “Submissions” tab.

Please use our template when you upload your manuscript. You can download the template here. Please note: you need to have an account and be logged in to be able to download this file.


Upload Submission (a word processor file of the text, such as Word, WordPerfect.) Please upload all your supplementary files (figures files etc.) here as well. If more convenient, you may upload all pictures as a .zip file.
Enter Metadata (e.g. enter all authors names and affiliations).
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Required files

The following electronic files are required:

  • A word processor file of the text, such as Word, WordPerfect
  • Separate files of all figures and table (if any) must also be submitted in “Step 4. Uploading Supplementary Files”; If more convenient, you may upload all Supplementary files as one .zip file
  • See “Figures” for the required file formats
  • Tables should be provided as a separate, editable word file

Note that the manuscript should also be sent as one Word documents file with tables and figures included. Please also add a PDF of the same document. 

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties: 

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  • With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu. 

Color figures

It is possible to have figures printed in color. See Preparation of Manuscripts (below) for the required file formats.

Open Access

JDU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. The license means that anyone is free to share (to copy, distribute, and transmit the work), to remix (to adapt the work) under the following conditions:

  • The original authors must be given credit
  • For any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are
  • Any of these conditions can be waived if the copyright holders give permission
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights
  • The article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module.
  • Article Processing Charges
  • JDU is an open access and peer-reviewed scholarly journal. To provide open access, the journal charges publication fees for each accepted article for authors These fees cover all costs, including the peer review process, article production, publication, hosting and archiving. Exemptions apply to authors affiliated to the TU Delft have no APC.
  • Please have a look at our about page for more information, or contact

The APC is charged on acceptance of the article and should be paid within 30 days. Payment must be received in full for the article to be published. ​ 

Preparation of manuscripts

  • Articles should be between 4000 and 6500 words in length. (Excluding the references.) 
  • Manuscripts must be written in VS English. Authors whose native language is not English are advised to seek the advice of a native English speaker, before submitting their manuscripts. 
  • Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text, no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Try to avoid the use of italics and boldface. 
  • Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
    • Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long – if too long, (pointed) suggestions from editors can be made to review)
    • Abstract; should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200/250 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services
    • Keywords
    • Body of text (divided by subheadings)
    • Introduction
    • Methodology
    • Experiment/ research
    • Results
    • Conclusions
    • Acknowledgements
    • References
    • Tables (see below)
    • Figures and images

Note #1: Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.

Note #2: SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the meter, kilogram, second, etc. 


  • Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
  • Each table should be provided as a separate, editable word file. Tables should also be included in the text.
  • Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
  • Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added in parentheses.
  • Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead. 

Figures and Images

  • Number figures as Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. and refer to all of them in the text.
  • Each figure should be provided as a separate file. Figures should also be included in the text, in smaller file size if needed.
  • Color figures can be included. For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:
    • Line art should have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS, PDF or TIFF
    • Grey scales (incl. photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
    • Do not save figures as JPEG; this format may lose information in the process
    • Do not use figures taken from the Internet; the resolution will be too low for printing
    • Do not use color in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is color, you should change the settings)
    • For figures that should be printed in color, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or PDF for graphs or drawings, PNG or TIFF for images.
    • Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.
    • On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.
  • Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.
  • Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity. 


For references use APA 6 style.

In the main text:

  • Works by a single author:
    … from theory on bounded rationality (Simon, 1945)

  • Works by two authors:
    … as has been shown (Leiter & Maslach, 1998) 

  • Works by three to six authors:
    (first citation in text)… as has been shown (Leiter, King, Jones, Simon, Danell, & Maslach, 1998)
    (subsequent citations in text) … as has been shown (Leiter et al., 1998) 

  • Works by six or more authors:
    …….as has been shown (Walter et al., 1998) 

  • Specific parts of a source:
    (Stigter & Das, 1981, p. 96) 

In the reference list:

  • Journal article, two authors, accessed online:
    Sanchez, D., & King-Toler, E. (2007). Addressing disparities consultation and outreach strategies for university settings. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 59(4), 286-295. doi:10.1037/1065-9293.59.4.286 
  • Books in print:
    Frank, R. H., & Bernanke, B. (2007). Principles of macro-economics (3rd ed.). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill/Irwin. 
  • Dissertation (accessed online):
    Young, R. F. (2007). Crossing boundaries in urban ecology: Pathways to sustainable cities. (Doctoral dissertation). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database. (UMI No. 327681) 

For more information see: 


  • Footnotes are not accepted.
  • Endnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases, it is possible to incorporate the information into the text.
  • If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible. 


Author(s) hold their copyright without restrictions.

Review Policy

 When your manuscript arrives at the journal’s editorial office,

  • it will receive an initial desk assessment by one of the journal’s chief editors. They will check that it’s broadly suitable for the journal, asking questions like: Is this the right journal for this article? Does the paper cover a suitable topic according to the journal’s Aims & Scope? Has the author followed the journal’s guidelines in the Instructions for Authors? They will check that your paper conforms to the basic requirements of the journal, such as word count, language clarity, and format. Has the author included everything that’s needed for peer review? They will check that there is an abstract, author affiliation details, any figures, and research-funder information. 
  • The chief-editor will then contact a member of the editorial board who can either review your article themselves and/or invite other researchers who are experts in your field, asking them to review the paper. A minimum of two reviewers is required for every article. 

Review Timeline

JDU distinguishes itself from other journals in terms of the speed of our review process. Normally, our desk review is performed within six weeks. All submitted papers to JDU are subject to critical double-blind peer review by our editors and/or by external experts in the field. If a paper is sent out for external review, reports from our referees are sent back to the author in four to five months. To facilitate this speedy review process, we demand that authors do not take more than four months to revise their paper. If more time is taken, JDU as a rule will consider the resubmitted manuscript a new submission, which implies that the review process is started all over. If applicable, a second review round generally only takes a month or two. 

After the article has undergone full peer review and been accepted for publication, the acceptance paper will be published so it will be visible and open for citing. Since it has not been through the copyediting, typesetting, pagination and proofreading process may lead to differences between this version and the Version of Record. This final process generally takes about four months, after which the Version of Record is published in one of our issues. 

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