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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.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the References have been provided.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables (with corresponding captions and titles) have been placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Moreover, they should be placed between paragraphs and not embedded in the body of the text.
  • Two manuscripts have been provided, one blinded for review.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

  • Manuscripts are 4000-6000 words and formatted according to APA 7th Edition. (It may be suitable for some arts-based submissions to be shorter in length.) Notable changes in the 7th edition: The publisher location is no longer included in the reference; The in-text citation for works with three or more authors is now shortened right from the first citation (i.e., You only include the first author's name and "et al."); DOIs are formatted the same as URLs (e.g., https://doi.org/10.1234/12345678/2021.1234567); The singular "they" or "their" is endorsed as a gender-neutral pronoun (e.g., A researcher's career depends on how often they are cited).
  • The title is no longer than 104 characters (with spaces).
  • There are no more than six authors listed in the title. A group name has been provided if more than six authors contributed substantially to the piece (for example, The Narrative Inquiry Group).
  • Preferred spelling: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary is the standard spelling reference for APA journals.
  • Manuscripts are single-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point font and use only one space after all end punctuation.
  • An Abstract of not more than 100 words and a Biography of about 100 words for each author have been incorporated in the body of the article, and not sent separately.
  • Three to five key words have been provided after the Abstract.
  • A high-quality head and shoulders color digital photograph has been sent for each author as a separate JPEG file (minimum 150 dpi).
  • All graphics have been provided in JPEG format (highest possible resolution; minimum 150 dpi).
  • Items appearing in the References have been cross-checked with the text citation for publication dates and spelling.
  • All footnotes have been converted to endnotes, if applicable.
  • A Title and Abstract have been written with search engines in mind.*
* To increase the likelihood of your submission being read and cited, it is extremely important that the abstract and title be written with an understanding of how search engines work (particularly Google). Your title needs to be clear, descriptive, and incorporate key words and phrases in your article. Your abstract also needs to include key words and phrases that a search engine and reader will be looking for.

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