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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

  1. Submitted proposals to the journal should be original unpublished work and should not be under review with any other journal.
  2. The type of manuscript should be indicated in the submission. The following type of manuscripts are welcomed:
    • theoretical works
    • empirical papers
    • literature reviews
    • case analysis
    • brief reports
    • commentary
    • book reviews
  1. Author have to specify if the submission is related to a current Call for Papers of the Journal.
  1. In accordance with the double-blind review process, any element enabling the recognition of the authorship (i.e. citations) has to be deleted in the manuscript submitted. The submission has to be accompanied by a cover letter holding the following information:
    • Title should be concise (maximum 15 words) and informative, inasmuch titles are usually used in information-retrieval systems. Authors should avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.
    • Name, institutional affiliation, address of the author/s and any records relating to the article, must be clearly indicated. Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc. should be indicated as well. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.
      Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly.
    • Corresponding author must be clearly indicate. He/she will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Phone numbers (with country and area code) must be provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
    • Abstract. All manuscripts must include an abstract between 150 to 250 words, according to the APA style manual. The Journal accept manuscript only in English, but the authors can choice to insert a long abstract in their own languages if the proposal is accepted for the publication.
    • From 2 to 5 keywords must be provided. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.
  1. Title, Abstract, and Keywords reported in the cover letter have to be repeated in the front page of the manuscript
  1. References. The authors are referred to the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010). Manuscripts not strictly following the current guide to authors and the APA publication manual will not be entered into the review process. Authors will be prompted to make the necessary changes.
  1. Permissions. Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere have to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
  1. Compliance with ethical standards. To ensure objectivity and transparency in research and to ensure that accepted principles of ethical and professional conduct have been followed, authors should include information regarding sources of funding, potential conflicts of interest (financial or non-financial), informed consent if the research involved human participants, and a statement on welfare of animals if the research involved animals. The corresponding author should be prepared to collect documentation of compliance with ethical standards and send if requested during peer review or after publication. The Editors reserve the right to reject manuscripts that do not comply with the above-mentioned guidelines. The author will be held responsible for false statements or failure to fulfill the above-mentioned guidelines.


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