Manuscript Subscription Guidelines
1. Manuscripts should be submitted
electronically in rich text format (RTF),
rich text format (.rtf);
General correspondence may be directed to the Editor's Office.
Authors who cannot submit their manuscripts electronically may submit four paper copies and also send a simultaneous e-mail to the Managing Editor that includes on one page the title of the article, the author(s), and the abstract. In addition to addresses and phone numbers, authors should supply e-mail addresses and fax numbers, if available, for potential use by the editorial office and later by the production office.
Manuscripts will be reviewed by editors and referees in the authorís field. Manuscripts should be checked for content and style (correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; accuracy and consistency in the citation of figures, tables, and references; stylistic uniformity of entries in the References section; etc.), as the typesetter is instructed to follow (accepted) manuscripts as presented. Page proofs are sent to the designated author for proofreading and checking. Typographical errors are corrected; authorsí alterations are not allowed.
2. Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the American Psychological Association will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication. The Editor-in-Chief will supply the necessary forms for this transfer. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.
3. Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced in 12-point type with generous margins on all sides, and should be in APA style as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th. ed.).
4. A title page is to be provided and should include the title of the article, authorís name (with degree), authorís affiliation, and suggested running head. The affiliation should consist of the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the authorís name. The suggested running head should be fewer than 50 characters (including spaces) and should consist of the article title or an abbreviated version thereof. For office purposes, the title page should include the complete mailing address and telephone number of the one author designated to review proofs.
5. An abstract is to be provided, preferably no longer than 120 words.
6. A list of 3Ė5 keywords should be provided directly below the abstract. Keywords should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.
7. Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals. The captions for illustrations should be on a separate page. Photographs should be large, glossy prints, showing high contrast. For line art, either original drawings or good-quality laser prints are acceptable. Identify figures on the back with authorís name and number of the illustration. Electronic artwork submitted on disk should be in TIFF or EPS format (1200 dpi for line art and 300 dpi for half tones and gray-scale art). Artwork should be on a separate disk from the text, and a hardcopy must accompany the disk. Original color figures can be printed in color at the editor's discretion and provided the author agrees to pay half of the associated production costs; an estimate of these costs is available from the APA production office on request. Color art should be in the CMYK color space. Artwork should be on a disk separate from the text, and hard copy must accompany the disk.
8. Tables should be numbered and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be on a separate page. Center the title above the table, and type explanatory footnotes (indicated by superscript lowercase letters) below the table.
9. After a manuscript has been accepted for publication and after all revisions have been incorporated, manuscripts should be submitted to the Editorís Office as hard copy accompanied by electronic files on disk. Label the disk with identifying informationókind of computer used, software and version number, disk format and file name of article, as well as abbreviated journal name, authors' last names, and (if room) paper title. Package the disk in a disk mailer or protective cardboard. The disk must be the one from which the accompanying manuscript (finalized version) was printed out. The Editorís Office cannot accept a disk without its accompanying, matching hard-copy manuscript disks.
10. The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors, and order forms with the current price schedule are sent with proofs.