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

Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition to format your paper. 

Use a standard Letter Size word processor document, such as MS Word

Make 1 inch margins on the top, bottom, and sides

The first word in every paragraph should be indented by one half inch.

Use Times New Roman font, size 12

Double space the entire paper

Include a page header known as the “Running head” at the top of every page.

To create the running head/page header, insert page numbers justified to the right-hand side of the paper (do not put p. or pg. in front of page numbers)

Then type “TITLE OF YOUR PAPER” justified to the left using all capital letters

The running head should be no more than five words. If your title is long, the running head should be a shortened version of the title of your entire paper.

APA Paper Components

 Your paper should include four major sections:

  • Title Page

  • Abstract

  • Main Body

  • References

Title Page

This page should contain four pieces: the title of the paper, running head, the author’s name, institutional affiliation, and an author’s note. Create the page header/running head as described above.

*Please note that only on the title page, your page header/running head should include the words “Running Head” before your title in all capitals. The rest of the pages should not include this in the page header

The title of the paper should capture the main idea of the essay but should not contain abbreviations or words that serve no purpose

It should be centered on the page and typed in 12-point Times New Roman font. Do not underline, bold, or italicize the title.

Your title may take up one or two lines, but should not be more than 12 words in length.

All text on the title page should be double-spaced in the same way as the rest of your essay

Do not include any titles on the author’s name such as Dr. or Ms.

The institutional affiliation is the location where the author conducted the research


 On the following page, begin with the Running title.

On the first line of the page, center the word “Abstract” (but do not include quotation marks).

On the following line, write a summary of the key points of your research. Your abstract summary is a way to introduce readers to your research topic, the questions that will be answered, the process you took, and any findings or conclusions you drew.

This summary should not be indented, but should be double-spaced and less than 250 words.

If applicable, help researchers find your work in databases by listing keywords from your paper after your summary. To do this, indent and type Keywords: in italics.  Then list your keywords that stand out in your research.

The Body

 On the following page, begin with the Body of the paper.

 Start with the Running title

On the next line write the title (do not bold, underline, or italicize the title)

Begin with the introduction. Indent.

The introduction presents the problem and premise upon which the research was based.  It goes into more detail about this problem than the abstract.

Begin a new section with the Method. Bold and center this subtitle The Method section shows how the study was run and conducted. Be sure to describe the methods through which data was collected.

Begin a new section with the Results. Bold and center this subtitle.  The Results section summarizes the data. Use graphs and graphs to display this data.

Begin a new section with the Discussion. Bold and center this subtitle. This Discussion section is a chance to analyze and interpret your results.

Draw conclusions and support how your data led to these conclusions.

Discuss whether or not your hypothesis was confirmed or not supported by your results.

Determine the limitations of the study and next steps to improve research for future studies.

** Throughout the body, in-text citations are used and include the author’s/authors’ name(s) and the publication year. In APA format page numbers are not used in in-text citations.


 On a new page, write your references.

Begin with a running title

Center and bold the title “References” (do not include quotation marks, underline, or italicize this title)

Alphabetize and Double-space all entries

Every article/source mentioned in the paper and used in your study should be referenced and have an entry.