Scope of Articles
HAL accepts articles for three categories - Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Creative Writing. Each category has two further sections - Advances and Contributions. Advances will publish articles that represent truly exceptional research in the category, while contributions will contain articles that, while equally deserving of publication, represent a less rigorous approach. Decisions on which category accepted articles will appear rests with the Editorial Board.
Natural Science and Social Science. Submissions should have a title page containing the title, the name(s) of the author(s) and a short abstract of no more than 100 words summarizing the article. The article should be clearly divided into sections numbered consecutively. The article should end with a list of all references and sources for data that have been used in the article.
Creative Writing. Submissions should have a title page containing the name of the author and the date of submission. A synopsis of the story in less than 100 words is also required.
HAL publishes letters; letters are short communications of research. As such, all submissions made to HAL must adhere to the 2,000 word limit; articles that exceed this limit will not be accepted for review. Please note that that the word count includes references and the abstract. Authors are encouraged to avoid the use of unexplained jargon and ensure that submissions are accessible to a general audience.
Original Work and Plagiarism
HAL is an academic journal, and, as such, only accepts original work. This means that the submission should represent work done by the authors and that it should not have appeared in any other outlet. Copyright of any work that is accepted for publication must be transferred to HAL by all author(s).
Please note that HAL has a strict policy on plagiarism. Any works used by the authors should be clearly and consistently cited. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. All works will be checked for originality, and any evidence of plagiarism will constitute grounds for immediate rejection as well as notification to the author's academic institution.
HAL uses the Harvard referencing style (also called the parenthetical citation methodology) for its submissions. There are numerous examples of this available on the internet.