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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The Journal requires authors to have obtained ethical approval from the appropriate local, regional or national review boards or committees. Of particular importance are the treatment of research participants with dignity and respect, and the obtaining of informed consent.

Authors must follow the Guidelines to reduce bias in language of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). These guidelines relate to level of specificity, labels, participation, gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities and age.

Typescripts must be typed in double spacing throughout. Titles and section headlines should be clear and brief with a maximum of three orders of heading. Lengthy quotations (exceeding 40 words) should be displayed, indented, in the text. American or British spelling may be used to the author’s preference. Indicate italic type by underlining, and use single quotation marks. Dates should be in the form 5 May, 2015.

Tables and figures should have short, descriptive titles. All comments to tables are essential and their source(s) should be typed below the tables. Column headings should clearly define the data presented.

References cited in the text should be listed alphabetically and presented in full using the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association most current edition.