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Author Guidelines

NOTE:  All manuscripts must be submitted only through this journal website.

Original Articles:

Submission of a manuscript to this journal represents a certification on the part of the author(s) that it is an original work, and that neither this manuscript nor a version of it has been published elsewhere (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic dissertation), and is not currently submitted for considered for publication elsewhere (i.e. journal, book, or book chapter).

Manuscript style:

Manuscripts should be written and formatted in APA-6th ed. style (i.e. references by name and date, 1” margins, 12pt font); however, there is a formatting exception: all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points. An abstract (of 200 words or less) should be provided. The abstract should briefly describe the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results, and what the authors conclude from the results. If applicable, it should have the following subsections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion.  A list of 3 to 6 Keywords should be included below the abstract, separated by a single blank line.

The author is responsible for preparing manuscript copy which is clearly written in acceptable, scholarly English, and which contains no errors of spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Neither the Editor nor the Publisher is responsible for correcting errors of spelling and grammar. The author is responsible for typing the manuscript in the journal's style and meeting the requirements for publication.  Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to enlist the aid of a native English-speaking colleague to go over the manuscript for correct usage and clarity prior to submission.

Title Page:

The title page should include the title, authors in correct order, affiliations for each author, and corresponding author contact information details (address, telephone number, and e-mail address)  for contact during manuscript review.  There should also be a line included indicating a mailing and email address of the corresponding author to be used for publication (labeled as “Correspondence Information For Publication”).  This is an open access journal with articles searchable on the internet; mailing and email addresses for publication should be considered carefully.  Additional authors require a substantial contribution to: (a) conception and design or analysis and interpretation of the data and (b) the writing of the article or critical revision. The names of the authors with their primary academic degree (do not include self designated degrees such as CPA, CLU, BCIA), and the name of any academic, institutional or private practice affiliation should be entered.

Human Participants or Animal Subjects Research:

Authors of manuscripts reporting research studies on human participants or animal subjects must confirm and state in the methods section that the reported study was approved by their local Internal Review Board (IRB) or other appropriate ethics committee; as well as the inclusion of an informed consent process. In countries were institutional review boards are not available, the authors must include a statement that the research was conducted in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki (World Medical Association, 1996). For manuscripts describing clinical or case studies, only inclusion of informed consent process is necessary.

URL addresses for references and doi numbers:

All journal references with doi numbers (typically any article 2001 or newer) should include the doi number, formatted as a URL address.  This can be accomplish easily by simply adding in front of the doi number with no space (i.e.  To find the doi # for a reference, go to the CrossRef site at (simply enter first author name and title) to search for doi.

Citations and Reference list:

References and citations, should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed.  Citations in the text should be by author and date (Smith, 1983) and include an alphabetical list at the end of the article. Reference list to be in correct APA format, with journal names spelled out, and hanging indent; however, entries are single spaced with one blank line between entries, and URLs included.  Examples:

Journal:   Sherlin, L. H., Arns, M., Lubar, J., Heinrich, H., Kerson, C., Strehl, U., & Sterman, M. B. (2011). Neurofeedback and basic learning theory: Implications for research and practice, Journal of Neurotherapy, 15(4), 292-304.

Book:  Millman, M. (1980). Such a pretty face . New York, NY: W. W. Norton.

Contribution to a Book:  Hartley, J. T., & Walsh, D. A. (1980). Contemporary issues in adult development of learning. In L. W. Poon (ed.). Ageing in the 1980s (pp. 239–252). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Grant Support and/or Financial Interest:

Any grant support or other support should be listed in the author notes section at the end of the manuscript.  At the time of submission, authors of research articles will disclose any financial interest they may have in a company whose product figures predominantly in the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competitive product.  Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review.  If the paper is selected for publication, the editor will discuss with the author(s) the manner of communicating such information to the readers.  Authors of reviews and editorials are expected to have no financial interest in a company or its competitor that makes a product discussed in that review or editorial.


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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal or book chapter for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, and for all references with doi #s, URLs for the references have been provided, as per Author Guidelines. Most specifically, ALL doi #s must be formatted as required:
  4. The text uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. For manuscripts submitted to the Research Papers section, it is stated in the methods section that the reported study was approved by their local Internal Review Board (IRB) or other appropriate ethics committee.
  6. An abstract is included and is 200 words or less.



Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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