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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 being considered by another journal (or an explanation has been provided in the Comments to the Editor).
  • You have submitted 2 documents: Manuscript and Cover Page (Cover page must include authors' names, affiliations, and acknowledgement)
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document format.
  • The length of the manuscript should not exceed 8,000 words, excluding references (about 25 pages). The Abstract should not exceed 200 words. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URLs); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All field codes from Reference Manager programs (e.g., EndNote, Mendeley, EndNote, Zotero, and Citationsy) have been removed from the document.
  • IRB approval must be clearly declared in the manuscript.
  • The text adheres to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA): 7th Edition stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The author is aware of the new language editing policy which became effective from January 2020.