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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 Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The manuscript text is double-spaced; includes page numbers; uses Times New Roman 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and figures/tables are embedded within the article text and follow APA style guidelines.
  • The submission adheres to the content, style, and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • All identifying information, including author names and affiliations, has been removed from the manuscript text and document files.

Author Guidelines

Prospective authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step submission process.

After logging in, authors must choose to submit to a section. For regular articles, please submit to the Articles section. To submit commentary on previously published Mentor articles, please choose Response & Debate. 

For regular articles, authors must include the following separate files/items as part of their submission:

1) Cover Letter: Please provide each author's full name, position/title, institutional affiliation, and contact information (email, phone, work address) as well as the complete manuscript title and any other relevant or important information. Upload the cover letter during Step 2 of the submission process ("Upload Submission File") as "Other".

2) Anonymized Manuscript File: The manuscript should include the article's title, abstract, keywords, references, and notes. Please also include page numbers in the manuscript file. Tables and figures may be included within the article text when applicable. The manuscript should not include the authors' names or any other identifying information. Upload the manuscript during Step 2 of the submission process ("Upload Submission File") as "Article Text".

For Response & Debate submissions, a cover letter, abstract, and keywords are not required.

Manuscript Preparation

All pages of the manuscript file should be double-spaced (including abstract, notes, and references), have 1-inch margins on all four sides, include page numbers, and be in Times New Roman 12 point font.

The manuscript should include the article title, but should not include a title page, authors' names or affiliations, or any other identifying information. If citing your own work in the body of the manuscript please write "Jones (2015) concluded...," but do not write "I concluded (Jones, 2015)...."

Please include an abstract of no longer than 200 words that summarizes the main argument and contribution of the article (as well as methods and findings, if relevant). An abstract is not necessary for Response & Debate submissions.

Figures and tables may be included in the manuscript file at the appropriate locations in the text. Illustrations and images should be referred to as Figures. Tables and figures should follow the most recent style guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Penn State style indicates that the word "adviser" should be spelled with an "e" and not with an "o." Avoid the use of the word "advisement" unless it's part of an official program or office or is being used in a direct quote; the term "advising" is preferred. The words "freshman" and "freshmen" should be replaced with "first-year student" and "first-year students", unless those terms are part of the name of an official program or office or are being used in a direct quote.

References and in-text citations must be formatted according to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style). References should appear at the end of the manuscript in a separate section titled "References."

General formats and examples of references (please note that the below examples do not have hanging indents as references should in submitted manuscripts):


Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher.

Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication.  American Psychological Association.

Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor. Russell Sage Foundation.

Journal Articles

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5–13.

Article or Chapter out of an Edited Book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Publisher.

O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107–123). Springer.

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