Manuscripts must be clear, concise, and interesting with a well-organized development of ideas. The most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association should be followed for reference style and general guidelines.  Authors might consider comparing their submission against this APA checklist prior to submission. Exceptions to the APA style, unique to our Journal, are below.

Your manuscript should be appropriately blinded, containing no clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation outside of the title page. Please double-check your manuscript for:

  • Self citations that are "in press";

  • Self referential citations that reveal author identity

  • Institution name (often in the Methods section)

  • References to institution-specific documents

  • Any indicator of either author(s) or institution(s) in the title of the manuscript file, eg., "YourName_Manuscript.doc."

Titles should be short, descriptive, and set in sentence case. In a separate document, place the title, the names of the authors, their professional titles, and their institutional affiliations.  Include contact information for the contact author, and a phone number for contact by the editor. This will be separated from the manuscript for the purposes of review.  Use a running head and page numbers.

The abstract should be on page two, below the title and before the first paragraph of the manuscript. The abstract should clearly describe the main intent and outcome of the manuscript in 75-100 words.

We have a style guide for using bias-free language available at this link. Please consult the style guide as you edit your submission.

First level headings are in ALL CAPS, not italicized.  The second-level subheading is in title case (capitalize significant words and all words with 4 or more letters), not italicized.  Set the third-level subheading in title case, underlined (or italicized), and run-in with the paragraph. Indent paragraphs with the Tab key, not by setting a defined indention for the paragraph in the word processor.

Lengthy quotations (a total of 300 or more words from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction. Adaptation of tables and figures also requires such approval. The author is responsible for securing such permission. A copy of the publisher's written permission must be provided to the JCSD editor immediately upon acceptance of the article for publication.

Include only essential data in tables and combine tables whenever possible. Indicate in the narrative of the manuscript, on a separate line and in square brackets, where to place the table or figure. Final placement is at the discretion of the layout editor.

Figures should be generated as a high resolution (300 dpi), black and white (no color, avoid grayscale) graphic image suitable for publication and saved as a separate image file in a standard format, such as (in this order of preference): Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Tagged Image File (TIF), or bitmap (BMP) file. All text in a figure should be set with a sans serif font (Arial, Helvetica, Swiss). Include the figure number, title, and any additional text in the manuscript document, but not in the image; and name the file to associate it with the caption text. Submit each figure as an individual file with its caption to include with the submitted manuscript.

Submission of a manuscript indicates the author's agreement to furnish information beyond the actual manuscript. The editor may request such information in order to assist with the review process.

Upon the acceptance of a manuscript, authors are responsible for making the changes recommended by the copy editor and for proofreading their manuscripts prior to submitting the final correct copy as a computer file.