Guidelines for Submissions
The Journal welcomes submissions. Submissions may be made by e-mail to the editors at [email protected] Send a note if you have questions. Our guidelines are fairly standard and generally follow those practices observed by many other journals. Our preference is for manuscripts that do not exceed about 6,000 words (approximately 5–20 pages). Articles can include case studies, professional approaches or techniques, research, or editorial positions on topics of interest to the community. Smaller articles and those that are less formal should come in as a blog. The editors will help you decide which it should be.
Journal contributors are expected to observe accepted professional procedures in correctly citing sources of facts and ideas, when appropriate. Append a reference list to the articles that includes all citations made within the paper. The Journal staff has decided to use the APA (American Psychological Association) format, a general standard for articles in the social sciences fields. See the last article in this issue by Rich Stammler for an example of APA reference formatting. Use the in-article citations and place references at the end of the article. For other in-document annotations, parenthetical comments and the like, use page end notations, where appropriate, sequentially numbered starting with the number 1.
Submissions must include:
- Name and address of author(s), including e-mail address(s)
- Indicate the software program used to create the document (example: “Produced with MS Word 97”)
- A short current biography of the author(s) (75–150 words each)
- A short abstract of the submission (75–150 words)
- Media reviews should be about one page or less in length (single spaced). Include a thumbnail graphic of the media cover, which can normally be copied off of www.Amazon.com
- Blog entries are one to two pages (single spaced).
- New Media should be approximately one page in length and indicate where the media can be purchased. Include a graphic of the author.\ and a graphic of the new media (book, DVD, or other digital creations).
- If entries cannot be e-mailed, contact one of the editors at [email protected].
Don’t be concerned with formatting, the entries will be reformatted as necessary. The rule on formatting for a submitted article—the less the better. Preferred is:
- Single or double space with the font, Bookman Old Style, 12 points.
- Do not add returns or point spacing between, before or after paragraphs. If you must add spacing, the Journal uses six points after paragraphs.
- For other spacings it is easier for Journal editors to add the required amount.
- Graphics are particularly problematic:
- Don’t lock the graphic to a particular place in the text. It may have to be shifted in the final Journal position.
- In most Word editions, a graphic that is pasted in the document defaults to (in the layout selection) “in line with text.” Change this to another option. In the same formatting window (layout) select “advanced tab” on the lower right and in the next window deselect “Move object with text” button at the bottom. This will allow the graphic to be moved freely within the document. If you have not changed the “in line with text” option this selection will not be available.
- Text below the graphic or a title for the graphic should be placed in a text box (under the insert tab). When finished entering information in the text box, select both the text box and the graphic (by shift clicking) and group them together (on the Mac this is the “command – g” selection or right clicking to bring up the group command). This will save a lot of formatting headaches.
- Other than spacing and graphics, references require the most time reformatting. Use the example of the APA formatting in the Stammler article in this issue. Close counts.
- Avoid copying embedded hyperlinks in the reference citations if copying the reference citation from on-line or other digital sources. In that instance, use the “past special” command in Word. Formatting with an embedded hyperlink in a reference can be very difficult.
- Avoid adding spaces between entries, but if you must, use six points between references and no additional returns.
The author(s) of the article retain copyright to the submission and grants the Journal the right to publish said manuscript and reprints there of; however, brief excerpts or quotations may be used by the Journal Editorial Staff in subsequent publications, without prior written permission. The Journal retains the customary editing rights of a publisher, including but not limited to the right to make changes for the sake of clarity and style, to correct grammar and spelling, and to condense or abridge said manuscript. Normally, any substantive changes or questions for clarification will be coordinated with the author for approval.
Submitting Via Email
- Electronic submission is preferred (contact the editor for other options if the file is too large to send via e-mail).
- Please use the following addresses for all e-mail correspondence:
- Author retains copyright to the submission and grants the Journal the right to publish said manuscript one time only and reprints there of; however, brief excerpts or quotations may be used by the Journal Editorial Staff in subsequent publications, without prior written permission. The Journal retains the customary editing rights of a publisher, including but not limited to the right to make changes for the sake of clarity and style, to correct grammar and spelling, and to condense or abridge said manuscript.
Book reviews can be from any professional about any book (or other media such as CD/DVD). Limit book reviews to approximately one page and, if possible, include a graphic of the item. For example, most books will have a graphic of it on Amazon.com, which can be downloaded.
The Journal Blog
This section is designed to host short articles, one- to one and one-half pages on topics of interest, cases and anything that may be of interest to the informed/professional reader. Submitting authors should always expect queries from the articles, and because the ideas may not be developed in as great a detail, that goes double for blog entries.
There is a need to have a place to introduce new creative works. So for those people who are publishing, the last section of the journal will have half-page introductions of new books, DVDs, and other media. Include a graphic of the media, if available. It will be limited to new media and limited to one entry per author per Journal issue. The idea is not to overwhelm the forum but, once again, to have a place where new ideas are exchanged and made available.