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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 or LaTeX format. If LaTeX is used, a pdf of the aricle is also submitted.
  • Articles have actively referenced, where credit is due, other examples and ideas in the literature, especially those that contrast, complement or pre-date the authors.
  • You are prepared to enter ORCIDs, email addresses and affiliations for all authors on the article as well as search keywords.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The final version of the proceedings will be uploaded by RTSRE staff as a standard LaTex format.  We appreciate that some authors are expert in LaTeX while other authors have never even heard of the acronym. Hence, we accept both Word and LaTex submissions. If you are comfortable with LaTex, please use the provided tempate, available here. A screencast showing how to get the template into Overleaf and the basics of interacting with tex is available here: If you are more comfortable with Word, this is also acceptable. While images can be embedded into the Word or LaTex document, the highest resolution versions should also be included separately. If you are using LaTeX, please upload a pdf of your article as well as the source files. Please do not spend excessive time formatting the document.... whether it is in Word or in LaTex, it will be reformatted at a later date anyway. If you simply can't iron out a formatting glitch or two, just leave it in... better to spend that hour starting your next article than chasing a glitch that can be fixed on RTSRE's end. If in further doubt email:

Articles must adequately reference the academic and practitioner literature to place the article in context. We appreciate that this will be tricky for people fairly new to the field! To help, we have made a special collection of RTSRE literature at the iSTAR abstract database: . It is equally as important to cite your own previous work to put the current article into context as well as to reference others who are undertaking similar projects as well as theories and techniques upon which your research or practice is based. Please email us if you are having problems with this!

An article should fit the following guidelines:

Peer Reviewed Article
Abstract – No more than 250 words
Main Text – No more than 6000 words (this is flexible - there are certainly longer articles in the proceedings than this, but please check with us if you would like to do a longer article... even if it is longer, it still needs to be concise).
References – No more than 50 references.

Once you have finished your article, please upload it to the OJS system. A video outlining the upload procedure is here:

Then what?

Your article will be checked by one of the editors and then send out to two anonymous reviewers. Once these reviews have been returned to the editor, you will be asked to directly respond to the comments in, and revise your manuscript in response to, the reviewers. If the editor finds the response and revision acceptable and the comments by the reviewers are relatively minor, then your article will be sent on to production. If the comments by the reviewers are sufficiently major or complex, the response and revision will be sent back to the reviewers to ascertain whether they are acceptable. No article will move on to production without agreement between the editors and reviewers that the article is acceptable. If there is a unresolvable disagreement between the editors and the reviewers on the article's acceptability, this will be addressed by the editorial board whose decision will be final.

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