Submission Guidelines​

Manuscripts must be prepared in strict accordance with the 6th edition (2nd printing) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA; see Authors may find the following article from the ICA Newsletter helpful; it details the main differences between the 5th and 6th editions of the APA Publication Manual: (click for article) For more tips, refer to the APA Style sheet.

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 15 pages in length (including the abstract and all references, tables, figures, appendices, and endnotes).

1.    Page 1 must include an abstract (maximum of 120 words) and selected keywords        (at least 5 of author's own).

2.    Page 2 starts with title and main text.

3.    Standard type (12-point font, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 1.0 inch                      margins) should be used throughout.

4.    Running head and page numbers on top right corner (header) of each page.

5.    References are double-spaced; 2nd and subsequent lines should have hanging              indent of 0.5 inch (References should also start on a new page).

6.    All tables, figures, appendices and endnotes should be placed after references.

7.    Submit only 1 main document (including all tables, figures and appendices) in             WORD format (.doc) extension. NOTE: We do not accept PDF files.


 In addition, please remove all author names and institutional information from manuscripts, so as to enable blinded peer review.

Manuscripts that do not follow these requirements or that are otherwise deemed unsuitable for publication will be returned to the author(s) without review.

General Guidelines for Research Papers / Articles

All scholarly articles should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Articles and essays must be written according to the               Publication Manual of the American Psychological                 Association,     latest edition.

  • Articles should be original and should not have been             published    elsewhere. It is assumed that articles are not       currently under review with other publishers.

  • Articles should include:

(a) article title,

(b) author name/s,

(c) current position/affiliation,

(d) brief biography,

(e) email and mail addresses,

(f) a brief abstract (200-250 words), and

(g) the URL for author/s' personal web page, all in a separate page.

  • Although, there is no absolute limit on length, submitted       papers should be confined to approximately 6000 words.

  • Authors are expected to carefully proofread their work before      submission.

  • Articles that do not conform to the stated submission guideline    will be returned to author/s for revisions.

  • Authors are responsible for obtaining any necessary              permission from copyright holders for reproducing previously      published material, including charts, graphs, photos, tables, etc.

  • Scholarly articles will go through a blind peer review process        while other submissions (invited papers and commentaries)          will be reviewed by the editor.

Guidelines for Research Papers / Articles (Quantitative):

An Introduction that

· states and contextualizes the problem to be investigated

· contextualizes the research by describing the underlying             theoretical framework and reviewing previous studies

· defines the variables research questions and/or research              hypotheses

A Method Section that describes

· the participants (e.g., demographics, selection criteria, and         group assignment)

· the materials (e.g., task[s], equipment, instruments, including     a discussion of their validity and reliability, if appropriate)

· the procedures employed in the study such as treatment(s)

A Result Section that includes

·  graphs and tables that help to present and explain the results

· descriptive and inferential statistics used to analyze the data,       including the following:

a.  name of the statistic used and in the case of an uncommon          statistical procedure, a reference to a discussion of the                  procedure

b.  statistical significance of the results obtained

c.  measures of effect sizes

d.  how all necessary assumptions were met

A Discussion Section that includes

  • an interpretation of the results

  • an explanation of the results, including alternative explanations          when appropriate

  • a statement relating the results obtained in the study to original          hypotheses

  • theoretical implications

  • limitations of the study

A Conclusion that includes

  • general implications of the study

  • suggestions for further research

Appendices of instrument(s) used for the study.

Guidelines for writing Research Papers / Articles (Qualitative):

  • The author must provide a structured abstract (as a minimum: background, aims, sample, methods, and results).

  • The goals of the article should be contextually rooted and put into theoretical framework, with analysis of the present state of  knowledge.

  • The objective of the research, research questions and goals should       be clearly stated. The article should provide with fully described and justified sampling including explanation criteria.

  • The context / setting in which the study was carried out should be clearly explained. The author must express the distinctiveness of the field in which the study was carried out, and what made it             different from other contexts.

  • A comprehensive account of the research involvement should be integrated.

  • A complete description of the analytical methods applied in the research and the way tools were used for minimizing bias for the validation of the results should also be included.

  • An account of data processing e.g., technical aspects and       procedures    is considered necessary.

Explanation of results and their interpretation should also include a discussion of limitations, contextual validity of results, and an analysis of how the plan of the research echoes these limitations.

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