Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Authors

The International Journal of Industrial Arbitration is a complementary knowledge resource base of the Chartered Institute of Industrial Administrators and Arbitrators and its affiliate Southrock International Academy. As a research and practice based tool, the journal is directed towards the advancement of the practice of industrial arbitration and how it’s deployment can be used to create or stabilize industrial harmony. In this vein, industrial arbitration deals with core issues of contractual obligations, rights and privileges of parties to businesses or related concerns that significantly impacts on a wide majority of persons and their socio-economic opportunities and capabilities.

The businesses and concerns to be arbitrated upon may be local or international and are governed by legislations, conventions or rules- both domestic and international; for which applicable laws must be consented to, by the parties’ ab initio. Thus, industrial arbitration therefore implies the effective resolution of industrial disputes arising from interrelationships between stakeholders, by the use of skilled professional arbitrator(s), who, after the evaluation of the claims and concerns of the parties make awards or give directions. Where compliance is not accorded, the successful party could proceed to enforce same using the courts and other judicial, administrative or law enforcement agencies.

In view of the foregoing preamble, the journal seeks to specifically invite research articles from related concerns and issues bordering on industrial arbitration, including fundamentals of negotiations, contractual obligations, specific performance, multi-party contracts, projects duration, payments, consent, forum, etc.

Organization of the draft article
The draft article for publishing can be organized as follows:

1. Language and composition of the paper:
The language of the journal is English and where other unfamiliar language maxims (such as Latin) are used, their English meaning are required in brackets as an explanation at the article’s endnote immediately following the maxim.

2. Length of article:
All articles contributed to the journal should not exceed 25 pages (Times New Roman, 12 Font), excluding provisions for tables, figures, references, and appendices. Authors are to present draft articles in double spaced lines, with endnotes and references. Paper edge margin should be 1 inch on all sides of A4 paper. Authors are required to exhibit clearly defined thought patterns using concise language.

3. Article title page and font sizes:
The article’s title page should be composed of:
(i) the title of the article in a concise and direct form – 14 font size
(ii) the name(s) of the Author(s) – 12 font
(iii) email address of the corresponding author -11 font
(iv) the author(s) affiliations(s) and addresses – 11 font
(v) abstract -11 font
(vi) keywords- 11 font
(vii) body of the article- 12 font
(viii) References and endnotes-11 fonts

4. Abstract
Author(s) are to provide an abstract of not more than 200 words, without abbreviations or unspecified references.

5. Keywords
Authors are required to provide not more than 10 keywords whose literal and applied meanings are central to the discussions of the article. These keywords shall be used for journal indexing.

6. Acknowledgement

Where author(s) desire, an acknowledgment section could be used to express their appreciations, if any. This should be stated before the references and endnotes.

7. Article subdivision and in-text citations
The article should be divided into clearly defined and numbered as follows: 1, 2. (1.1, 1.1.1,1.1.2), 1.2, etc. Kindly note that the abstract is not to be numbered. The in-text citation shall be stated by the use of superscript placed at the word or phrase referred to (i.e. ‘… arbitral award10 for the parties’). This in-text superscript citation could be placed in a boxed brackets or left plane, i.e. [10] or 10

8. Tables and figures
Where applicable, tables and figures could be used within the article where mention is made of such in the body of the work. Such tables should be well centralized.

9. References and notes
The references in the body of the text are required to be stated as endnotes of the article at the end of the text. Further, information in the text may also be expatiated in the endnote where it is not appropriate to do so in the text.
Authors are to ensure that all cited references for materials relied on or views expatiated on are available in the reference list according to the numbering order in the text. Also note that unpublished findings or personal communications should not be referenced, although such findings can be discussed in the body of the work.
Author(s) are required to adopt the latest edition of APA style in referencing of the ideas and context of their resources. This information is available at

10. Conclusion and recommendations
Where applicable, authors are free to draw conclusions from their findings and also make a concise list of recommendations in line with the content of their work.

11. Referencing style
The following referencing style of various sources of information has been adopted for use by the journal:
Reference to a journal publication:
Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton, R. A. (2000). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51-59.

Reference to a book
Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style. (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan, (Chap.4).

Reference to a chapter in a book
Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (1994). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281-304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.

Reference to materials from internet websites
Smith, Joe (1999), One of Volvo’s core values. (Online) Available: (visited 1st June, 2021)