Author guidelines and support

  • We welcome written articles (usually a maximum of 4000 words), or multimedia submissions. Please discuss with the editor your technical requirements prior to submitting multimedia materials.
  • Writing and multimedia submissions for CARN Praxis must be in an accessible, format, clearly explained, bearing in mind that the journal is aimed at a diverse and international readership. 
  • It is helpful for readers if you present a short abstract (approx. 100 – 200 words) and a set of 3 – 6 keywords or key phrases. This is also the case for multimedia submissions.
  • Submissions should be in English, though we would encourage and welcome those which have an abstract presented bilingually, and where possible, a link to the submission in your home language.
  • In line with the approach of the Collaborative Action Research Network, we expect that all submissions should normally be reviewed before submission by at least one ‘critical friend’, who should be named alongside the author or acknowledged clearly in the piece.
  • If you are writing about individuals or groups you must follow the usual ethical guidelines, seeking permission whenever possible and in all cases representing people fairly.
  • Articles should have a title with clear headings and subheadings; and must contain a clear introduction, indicating the scope and direction of the piece.
  • The article should relate to practice and acknowledge writers and other influences which have helped you develop your thinking and practice. This can include more deliberative pieces, exploring how you came to use action research for a particular project, why it was a good match for what you wanted to do, and what challenges it may have brought.
  • The article should have a clear structure, explanation of any terminology, use of examples and the usual referencing conventions. You may use any ‘standard’ referencing protocol, provided it is used accurately and consistently both within the body of the submission, and in the reference list at the end.
  • Illustrations, graphic material, audio, video, links and other multimedia are much appreciated as the journal is digital. Please consult the editor about preferred formats.
  • Your article must be submitted electronically as Word files (check formatting details here) attached to emails and include all appropriate electronic links to digital materials.  Queries and Submissions should be made to with the email header: CARNPraxis submission.

For all submissions: Please provide covering information with your name, title, and contact details (postal address, e-mail address and phone number) and also provide a short 2-3 line biography to accompany the submission. Please also indicate that your work has been supported by at least one critical friend, and acknowledge them by name in the submission.