Preparation of Manuscript
All manuscripts must be written in English and submitted as a Word document. The document should not contain page numbers. The document should be in 12 Point Times New Roman font with 1" margins all around, be single-spaced, and contain the following material in the prescribed order (see the example paper):
- Page 1: Title of Article and Author Contact Information. The title of the article should be centered, bold, and all caps. Author contact information should include each author's university affiliation, current position, mailing address, e-mail, and phone number (double space between authors).
- Page 2: Abstract. Start with the title "Abstract" centered, bold, initial caps. This should be followed by the abstract text (250 500 words) typed in single space. Left justify all paragraphs, with no indent, and double space between paragraphs.
- Pages 3 and following: Title and Body of Paper. Enter the title again, centered and bolded, with initial caps. Double space after the title and proceed with the body of the paper. The body of the paper should be left justified and single-spaced with no indentations at the start of each paragraph. Double space between paragraphs. Major section headings should be centered and bolded with initial caps. Subsection headings should be on a separate line and be left justified, bolded, with initial caps. Subsequent subheadings should be in bold italics on the same line as the text. All tables and figures should be included in the body of the paper.
Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should be placed within the text, not at the end of the manuscript. The headings for Tables and Figures should start with the term "Table" or "Figure" centered and bolded. Double-space after the heading. Tables should be numbered, and figures should be alphabetized (e.g., Table 1; Figure A). The descriptive title for the table or figure should be centered and bolded one space below the heading. Tables should be centered on the page and have proper labeling of column headings, and other notations. Tables should be created with the Table function of Microsoft Word (do not use the spacebar to create columns). Figures and artwork must be high quality JPEG or GIF files. The figure title should be typed on a separate line and should not be part of the image file.
Mathematical Notations: Notations should be clearly explained within the text. Equations should be centered on the page. If equations are numbered, type the number in parentheses flush with the right margin. Unusual symbols and letters should be identified. Equations that may be too wide to fit in a single column should be provided as an appendix. Authors should provide a gif or jpg image file for all equations. The image file should not contain the equation number, only the equation.
Endnotes: Do not use footnotes. Rather, the author should use endnotes. If endnotes are used, they should be placed after the reference section. The endnotes should be numbered.
Images: Images can be included in the document, but authors should also keep a separate gif or jpeg file for all images since these will be needed for final publication.
- References: Start the reference section immediately after the body of the paper with the title "References" centered and bolded. Follow the style manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) for all in-text citations and for references appearing in this section. Only works cited in the manuscript should appear in the References. All works cited in the text should appear in the References.
- Appendices: If needed, the appendix should start with the title "Appendix" centered and bolded. If there are multiple appendices, each should be lettered (e.g., Appendix A). Material appearing in an Appendix should be critical to the manuscript (e.g., a copy of a survey instrument or a diagram that would be too large to insert in the text). Extraneous material should be omitted.