Preparing the manuscript
Structure: Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list). If the table/figure has been taken from a published source it should also bear the source from which it has been taken.
Word Limit: The article should preferably of a recommended length of 6000-9000 words.
Use Times New Roman font in size 12 with double-line spacing.
Margins should be at least 2.5cm (1 inch).
Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.
The authors can use the US or UK English, however, using only one consistent style throughout the manuscript is advised.
Author Details: All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Where available, please also include ORCIDs. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted.
The manuscript should have an unstructured informative abstract in about 250 words incorporating purpose, methodology, findings, limitations, implications, and originality of the research article.
Use 3 to 5 keywords to make the article discoverable. Keywords help in search engine optimization, so chose the keywords carefully.
Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
For single agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
For multiple agency grants
This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].
This is to acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research.
Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale, and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PDF, PS, JPEG, TIFF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) files are acceptable for figures that have been drawn in Word.
Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.
Please ensure that equations are editable.
Citation and Referencing Style
APA citation should be used to cite and create references. References should be placed at the end of the manuscript. The list should mention only those sources cited in the text of the manuscript. Authors are requested to follow APA (6 ed.) style developed by the American Psychological Association.
For more information in this regard, the author is requested to refer
- American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th).Washington, DC: Author.
- American Psychological Association. (2007). APA style guide to electronic references (PDF). Washington, DC: Author. Available from www.apa.org/books/
Some of the referencing keys are provided here:
Book by a single author or editor
Fair, J. D. (1999). Muscletown USA: Bob Hoffman and the manly culture of York Barbell. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.
Gallagher, G. W. (Ed.). (1989). Fighting for the Confederacy: The personal recollections of General Edward Porter Alexander. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Wood, E. W., Jr. (2006). Worshipping the myths of World War II: Reflections on America’s dedication to war. Washington, DC: Potomac Books.
Book by two or more authors
Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G., & Williams, J. M. (2003). The craft of research (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
If there are more than seven authors, list the first six authors’ names, followed by three ellipses, and then add the final author’s name. See the example in the scholarly journal article section of this handout.
Book by a corporate author
A corporate author can be an association, a committee, or any group whose members are not identified individually. When the author and the publisher are the same, use the word Author as the name of the publisher.
American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed., text rev.). Washington, DC: Author.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
Chapter in a book
Begin the citation with the information for the chapter you are using, followed by the information for the book. Notice the page numbers for the piece you are citing appear after the title of the book.
Putnam, J. W. (2009). Cooperative learning for inclusion. In P. Hick, R. Kershner, & P. T. Farrell (Eds.), Psychology for inclusive education: New directions in theory and practice (pp. 81-95). London, England: Routledge.
Article from a reference book
Begin the citation with the author for the entry you are citing. If no author is given, begin the citation with the title of the entry.
Moore, C. C., & Munroe, R. L. (2000). Cognitive anthropology. In A.E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encylopedia of psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 132-135). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Reber, A. S. (1995). Phenomenology. In The Penguin dictionary of psychology (2nd ed., p. 564). London, England: Penguin Books.
Article from an online reference book
Hajek, P. (2006). Fuzzy logic. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.), The Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (Summer 2009 ed.). Retreived from http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2009/entries/logic-fuzzy/ Accessed through Gale Virtual Reference Library, a library subscription database
Cameron, J., & Pierce, W. D. (2008). Intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation. In N. J. Salkind & K. Rasmussen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of educational psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 555-560). Retrieved from www.go.galegroup.com
Scholarly journal article with continuous pagination
English, R. (2006). Open access to federally funded research: The time is now. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 6, 249-252. doi:10.1353/pla.2006.0036
Gray, R. (2009). A model of motor inhibition for a complex skill: Baseball batting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 15, 91-105. doi:10.1037/a0015591
Kay, A. C., Gaucher, D., Peach, J. M., Laurin, K., Friesen, J., Zanna, M. P., & Spencer, S. J. (2009). Inequality, discrimination, and the power of the status quo: Direct evidence for a motivation to see the way things are as the way they should be. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 421-434. doi: 10.1037/a0015997
• Manuscript has been 'spell-checked' and 'grammar checked'
• All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text, and vice versa
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
• A competing interests statement is provided, even if the authors have no competing interests to declare
• Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed
• Referee suggestions and contact details provided, based on journal requirements
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