Manuscripts should be typed in standard manuscript form as outlined in the latest edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual, e.g., double-spaced; 1-1/2 inch margins. Abbreviations should be spelled out the first time they are used. Separate pages should be used for the title page, the author(s) biographical sketch(es), the abstract with the key words, acknowledgment, references, tables and figures, typed one to a page, with legends.
The title page contains the title of the manuscript, which should be short, and the name and address of the author(s), which should appear nowhere else on the manuscript. Upon acceptance of your work, all authors and co-authors will be requested to sign a release form.
A few important notes about your manuscript:
- The abstract should never exceed 100- 150 words.
- Up to five index words should be listed on the key words page following the abstract.
- Each page should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page.
- The body of the manuscript should not exceed 14 pages (3500 words).
- Please DO NOT utilize hard returns at the end of each line in the reference section - allow the word processor to perform default word/line wrapping.
- At the beginning of each paragraph, please use a preset TABBED INDENT (vs. spaces).
- Italicize references in your reference lists and do not underline.
- Ensure that only the title page contains any reference to the author(s).
- All research studies must include a statement related to IRB approval.
- Do not include tables within the body of the text. Place each table on a separate page at the end of the document.
- Letters of consent for publication of patient photographs must accompany the manuscript if patient identification is possible. Parental consent or consent of legal guardian must be obtained to permit publication of a photograph of a minor.
- Illustrations, pictures, photos, tables, graphs, maps, schematic diagrams, charts, artwork, conceptual models or quotations must be fully identified as to author and source. If text material totaling 200 words or more is borrowed verbatim or if illustrations, tables, etc. are borrowed, written permission must be obtained from both the publisher and author. Letters granting this permission should be forwarded with the manuscript.
- ALL figures must be provided in black and white (no color).
- Ensure that all hyperlinks are current and accessible and the citations are within the last seven years.
- Letters to the editor are published at the Editor’s discretion and should follow the guidelines for manuscript preparation. A transmittal letter containing copyright assignment should accompany the letter to the editor.