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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 Microsoft Word, using the article template (see below).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines below.

Author Guidelines

The executive committee of the Foundation Year Network established a pilot of an online journal for the Network in 2018. The first issue was published in December 2018 and was effectively a ‘conference papers’ journal based on presentations to the Foundation Year Network Annual Conference at University of Nottingham on 5-6 July which were written up as academic articles. The process of reviewing, editing and publication was undertaken (using the open-source, ‘Open Journal Systems’) by a small team from the executive committee:

  • Sarah Hale
  • Doug Ingram
  • Peter Watts

The executive committee decided to continue with the journal with Sarah, Doug and Peter as the editorial board (though looking to expand in due course) and it is planned to publish the second issue by the end of 2019. This issue will again draw on the annual conference (at University of Sussex, 10 and 11 July). Those making presentations are invited to write these up for publication, but we welcome other submissions at any time! Note that the (extended) deadline for submissions for the 2019 issue is 12 August 2019.  More information will be sent out in due course, but please note the following guidelines:

  • Articles should adhere to these 'author guidelines' and use the article template, https://foundationyear.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/JFYN_article_template_2019-2.docx.
  • Articles should be submitted straight to the journal website where you can self-register.
  • Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice format, or some other compatible format – but not as a pdf.
  • Please send articles in a form which you believe should be ready for publication (i.e., full script, not notes/Powerpoint slides, etc. – there will be the opportunity as usual to get Powerpoint slides (or equivalent) from the conference uploaded to the network website).
  • Articles will be edited and proofs returned to you to check in September or early October.
  • We recommend articles be in the region of 3000-5000 words, but, given the likely nature of some presentations, will consider articles shorter than 3000 words.
  • Please ensure that your article consistently follows a recognised style (Harvard, Chicago, MLA, etc.), appropriate to your discipline.
  • Articles should include a bibliography or reference list.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that necessary permissions are obtained for any images, etc., used in your article – noting copyright laws and the new GDPR.

If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with the Lead Editor: leadeditor@jfyn.co.uk.


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