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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Full length empirical papers should normally be no more than 4,000 words, double-spaced, and must be prepared in accordance with the guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6 th ed.). Empirical manuscripts should contain the following sections: title page, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, conflict of interest, and references. If you have any acknowledgements, these should appear prior to the conflict of interest section.

Author licence agreement: When submitting the final version of the accepted article, a "licence to publish" agreement must be completed and signed. Please note that this form only needs to be signed by the first author on behalf of all authors.

Title page: The title of the paper and the names of the authors should be given in full, together with the addresses of the institutions in which the research was undertaken. Full contact details of the corresponding author should be included (email, telephone, fax, address). Authors are asked to provide a shortened running title for the paper and a list of no more than five key words.

Abstracts: Abstracts should be a concise summary (maximum 200 words) of the research and major conclusions. It should outline the aims of the study, methodology, and the main findings.

Tables and Figures: Tables and Figures can be included in the manuscript and include titles and explanatory legends where appropriate. Titles for Tables and Figures must be short but informative. Tables and Figures should not duplicate information presented in the text and their meaning should be understandable without reference to textual information. Tables and Figures should be added to the end of the paper (on separate pages) with a note within the body of the paper to indicate where it should appear e.g., "Insert Table 1 here"

Acknowledgments: Where appropriate, submitted manuscripts can include an acknowledgments section, which briefly recognises important contributions of other parties to either the empirical research (e.g, funding, analyses) or to the production of the manuscript (e.g., administrative duties, proof reading).

Conflicts of interest: Any potential conflicts of interest
must be stated. Authors of research papers are required to disclose any sponsorship or funding arrangements relating to their research. If a commercial organisation has initiated or significantly contributed to the writing of the article, the organisation must be identified.

References: e-JAP uses the APA style system for referencing. In text, references for papers with three or more authors should be fully referenced at the first citation and as the first author et al., and the year in any subsequent citations. In the reference list, journal articles should conform to the following format: (a) Authors' names (full authorship list); (b) year of publication; (c) title of paper; (d) full journal name (italics); (e) volume number; (f) page numbers; (g) doi.

Example: Miller, E., Joseph, S., & Tudway, J. (2004). Assessing the component structure of four self-report measures of impulsivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 37:349-358. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2003.09.008

For book references: (a) Authors' names; (b) year of publication; (c) title of article (italics); (d) title of book and volume number; (e) editor(s); (f) page numbers; (g) publisher's name; (h) city of publication.

Example: Gray, J. A. (1994). Framework for a taxonomy of psychiatric disorder. In: S. H. M. Van Goozen, N. E. Van De Poll, J. A. Sergeant (Eds.). Emotions: essays on emotion theory (pp. 29 – 59). Hillsdale , NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum.


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
  4. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  5. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript (on separate pages) and a note included within the body of the paper to indicate where they should appear e.g., "Insert Table 1 here"
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. To ensure a blind review, the title page should be separated from the main body of the manuscript and uploaded as a supplementary Word document. The title page should include the full name of the manuscript, the name of each author and their affiliation, email address, and brief research profile. The title page should also include 5-7 keywords, a running header and word count. The main body of the text should include the full title of the manuscript, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and references. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the references instead of author's name, paper title, etc.
  8. All authors are required to provide the contact details of two appropriate reviewers for their paper. This information should be provided in a separate Word document and uploaded as a supplementary file. Submissions not including this step will be incomplete and therefore not considered for publication with eJAP.
  9. Once a paper has been accepted, the first author (on behalf of all of the authors) will be emailed the license to publish agreement form which they will be asked to read and agree to via email.

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ISSN 1832-7931
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