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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 (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  • The submission conforms to the current APA style.
  • The submission includes an abstract of approximately 150-200 words and complete references.
  • The submission is typewritten, double-spaced throughout, use “Times New Roman” font (size 12), and utilizes one-inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides.
  • The submission includes suggested keywords.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript files (Microsoft Word format only) should be submitted electronically through the file management system. The submission must state that the manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted for publication and/or published elsewhere. Manuscripts must conform to the current “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.” Manuscripts must include an abstract of approximately 150-200 words and complete references. Each manuscript must be typewritten, double-spaced throughout, use “Times New Roman” font (size 12), and utilize one-inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides. Authors are responsible for receiving permission to reproduce copyrighted material before submitting their manuscript for publication.

Maximum length for submissions is as follows:

 

Empirical based/qualitative research articles (including references): 35 pages

Practice updates: 15 pages

Commentaries: 5-7 pages

Letters to editor: 2-3 pages

Teaching notes: 5-7 pages

 

Manuscripts submitted that correctly follow the submission guidelines are initially reviewed at the editorial level. Submissions found to be outside the scope of SSWJ, incomplete or incorrectly formatted, or not meeting standards of sufficient quality may be subject to desk rejection. Submissions meeting these criteria are reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers via blind review procedures. SSWJ strives to return submissions to authors within 60 days of submission.

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