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Author Guidelines

Publication Process

The International Journal of Presencing Leadership & Coaching  is an annual peer-reviewed publication that provides a generative space to support the development and transformation of both existing Theory U-based approaches and emerging presencing approaches (EPAs). Welcoming original submissions, the IJPLC works with a double-anonymous peer-review process as follows.

The IJP is open to presencing submissions that  will undergo a multi-stage review process.

Initial Submission

The submission must not have been previously published or be considered for publication by another journal. Submissions must adhere to the following criteria to be reviewed:

  • APA-style citation, 7thedition, formatting of references
  • Submission file in MS Word format, 12pt font, Times New Roman, 1.5 line spacing with clear headings, page numbering with separate abstract with 5 keywords and 150-word bio statement.
  • The author’s name and affiliation are removed from the submission file.
  • The submission file has been proof read and ready for review. Papers that are not proof read for grammatical / obvious English errors will not proceed to the first review.
  • The submission meets the criteria under the Aims & Objectives of the IJP
  • Text length should not exceed 7500 words including references for peer-reviewed articles.

First Review 

Email your initial submission above to the Editor in chief, Olen Gunnlaugson for consideration. The Editor in chief decides whether the submitted article fits within the IJP’s aims and scope. If there is compatibility and the article is original, the article then proceeds to double-anonymous peer review.

Double-Anonymous Peer Review

Reports from the Editor in Chief/Associate editors are synthesized into an integrated document which is forwarded to the article’s author(s) for feedback and action if revisions are required for re-submission or for publication. This stage typically takes between 30-60 days. Once reviews are returned, the Chief Editor may:

  a) accept the manuscript without modification,
  b) accept the manuscript with specific changes noted,
  c) offer the author(s) the opportunity to revise and resubmit the manuscript in response to comments, or
  d) reject the manuscript.

To be considered publishable, the manuscript must be accepted by the Editor in Chief and at least one Associate reviewer.


Completed articles are formatted for publication in the journal, typically incorporating the author’s bio statement. The author(s) sign off and the final time publication date is provided.

DOIs at the Article Level

Each paper published in the International Journal of Presencing Leadership & Coaching is assigned a DOI number.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • This submission meets the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • This submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • All references have been checked for accuracy and completeness.
  • All tables and figures have been numbered and labeled.
  • Permission has been obtained to publish all photos, datasets and other material provided with this submission.

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Article 1 : Definitions

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Platform Administrator: The Université Laval Library is designated as the Platform Administrator.

Author: Anyone submitting an article to a peer-reviewed journal using the platform.

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Personal Data: Any personal and qualitative information that the Platform is authorized to collect from users in order to meet its objectives. Personal information includes last name, first name, email address and affiliation, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the Platform’s mission. Pursuant to sections 54 and 56 of the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the name of an individual is not considered sensitive personal information unless it is mentioned in conjunction with other information about them. Their use requires explicit consent.

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Article 3 : Personal data management

Any nominative and qualitative information that the Platform is authorized to collect from users to meet its objectives is stored in a Université Laval database shared by the participating journals. Journals are required to use personal information in the strict context of their Mission.

Personal data includes last name, first name, email address, affiliation, and any other information deemed relevant to the Platform’s mission.

Article 4 : Transfer of personal data

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Processing for archival, statistical, scientific, or historical research purposes should be considered as a compatible and lawful processing operation.

Article 5 : Suspension of access to personal data

Platform users have the right to have the data controller suspend access to their personal data as soon as possible in the following situations: 

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    • processing of the collected data is counter to the Information Security Policy of Université Laval;
    • processing of the collected data is contrary to applicable laws and regulations.

Suspending access to personal data renders it unavailable to users. Only those responsible for the Platform maintain access to the data for the purpose of administering the Platform.

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The Library retains personal data on Université Laval servers for as long as it is necessary for the purpose for which it was originally collected.

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