Submission Formatting Guidelines for Authors

Checklist for the Manuscript Submission

Adapted from: American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (pp.  241-243).

  • Have you checked the journal’s website for instructions to authors regarding specific formatting requirements for submission?
  • Is the entire manuscript—including quotations, references, author note, content footnotes, and figure captions—double-spaced?
  • Is the manuscript neatly prepared?
  • Are the title page, abstract, references, appendices, author note, content footnotes, tables, and figures on separate pages (with only one table or figure per page)?
  • Are the figure captions on the same page as the figures?
  • Are manuscript elements ordered in sequence, with the text pages between the abstract and the references?

Title Page and Abstract

  • Is the title no more than 12 words?
  • Does the abstract range between 150 and 250 words?

Paragraphs and Headings

  • Is each paragraph longer than a single sentence but not longer than one manuscript page?
  • Do the levels of headings accurately reflect the organization of the paper?
  • Do all headings of the same level appear in the same format?

Abbreviations

  • Are unnecessary abbreviations eliminated and necessary ones explained?
  • Are abbreviations in tables and figures explained in the table notes and figure captions or legends?

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Are Greek letters and all but the most common mathematical symbols identified in the manuscript?
  • Are all non-Greek letters that are used as statistical symbols for algebraic variables in italics?

Units of Measurement

  • Are metric equivalents for all nonmetric units provided (except measurements of time, which have no metric equivalents?
  • Are all metric and nonmetric units with numeric values (except some measurements of time) abbreviated?

References

  • Are references cited both in text and in the reference list?
  • Do the text citations and reference list entries agree both in spelling and in date?
  • Are journal titles in the reference list spelled out fully?
  • Are the references (both in the parenthetical text citations and in the reference list) ordered alphabetically by the authors’ surnames?
  • Are inclusive page numbers for all articles or chapters in books provided in the reference list?
  • Are references to studies included in your meta-analysis preceded by an asterisk?

Notes and Footnotes

  • Is the departmental affiliation given for each author in the author note?
  • Does the author note include both the author’s current affiliation if it is different from the byline affiliation and a current address for correspondence?
  • Does the author note disclose special circumstances about the article (portions presented at a meeting, student paper as basis for the article, report of a longitudinal study, relationship that may be perceived as a conflict of interest?
  • In the text, are all footnotes indicated, and are footnote numbers correctly located?

Tables and Figures

  • Does every table column, including the stub column, have a heading?
  • Have all vertical table rules been omitted?
  • Are all tables referred to in text?
  • Are the elements in the figures large enough to remain legible after the figure has been reduced to the width of a journal column or page?
  • Is lettering in a figure no smaller than 8 points and no larger than 14 points?
  • Are the figures being submitted in a file format acceptable to the publisher?
  • Has the figure been prepared at a resolution sufficient to produce a high-quality image?
  • Are all figures numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals?
  • Are all figures and tables mentioned in the text and numbered in the order in which they are mentioned?

Copyright and Quotations

  • Is written permission to use previously published text, tests or portions of tests, tables, or figures enclosed with the manuscript?
  • Are page or paragraph numbers provided in text for all quotations?

Submitting the Manuscript

  • Is the manuscript blinded for peer review? (Author information removed from metadata)