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.
Manuscripts must be submitted to the editor electronically via email in Microsoft Word to
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
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.