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Guidelines on manuscript preparation
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Manuscripts should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions must be de-identified and should include a title page and a cover letter. Click here for more information on manuscript submission.
Instructions for Authors
Scope of the journal
The GSJP includes original empirical research articles, case studies, theoretical articles, and brief reports in the areas of adult and child psychopathology, psychotherapeutic process, community mental health, multiculturalism, assessment, child development, ethics, and professional development.
Acceptable types of articles
- Empirical papers. GSJP publishes original research articles. Original research articles should highlight the significance and novel contribution of the work. Authors should incorporate a meaningful discussion of the clinical and/or policy implications of their work throughout the manuscript, rather than simply providing a separate section for this material. The translation of research into practice must be evidenced in all manuscripts. All research involving human participants must describe oversight of the research process by the relevant Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and should describe consent and assent procedures briefly in the Method section.
- Brief reports. GSJP also publishes brief reports. Manuscripts submitted as Brief Reports should not exceed 3,400 words, exclusive of references and figure captions. There should be no more than 2 figures or tables and no more than 30 references.
- Theoretical articles. GSJP publishes articles that make important theoretical contributions to research and practice that are of major importance for the study and practice of clinical and counseling psychology. Preference is given to manuscripts that advance theory by integrating prior work. Manuscripts devoted to surveys of the literature are acceptable only if they can be considered as a major contribution to the field, documenting cumulative evidence and highlighting central theoretical and/or methodological issues.
- Case studies. GSJP publishes original and interesting case reports that contribute significantly to counseling and clinical psychology knowledge.
Preparing your manuscript for submission
Authors should prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Manuscripts should be written in bias-free language (see chap. 2 of the Publication Manual).
Length of Manuscript
Manuscripts for GSJP can vary in length; typically they will range from 15 to 30 double-spaced manuscript pages, with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Manuscripts should be of sufficient length to ensure theoretical and methodological competence but concise enough to enhance readability.
General Manuscript Style
Manuscripts should be double-spaced at standard 8" x 11" paper dimensions, using a Times New Roman 12 pt. font size. Margins should be set at one inch. The right margin should not be justified. The entire paper (text, references, tables, figures, etc.,) must be double spaced.
Main textPlease check abbreviations. Nonstandard abbreviations must be spelled out at first mention, with the abbreviated form appearing in parentheses. Thereafter, they should be used without definition. Standard APA abbreviations, available at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/21/, do not need to be defined.
Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Chapter in an Edited Book:
Bjork, R. A. (1989). Retrieval inhibition as an adaptive mechanism in human memory. In H. L. Roediger III & F. I. M. Craik (Eds.), Varieties of memory & consciousness (pp. 309–330). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
Schatz, B. R. (2000, November 17). Learning by text or context? [Review of the book The social life of information, by J. S. Brown & P. Duguid]. Science, 290, 1304. doi:10.1126/science.290.5495.1304
Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economic, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.
Newspaper article (electronic version):
Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com
Tables and Figures.
All tables and figures should be included in the manuscript file that is submitted. Tables and figures follow the Reference section and must be in a .doc version (e.g., Word) instead of .pdf, .jpeg, etc. Please check that all tables and figures are numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text. Also, check that they are cited in the text. Original color figures will not be printed in color.
APA policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications. In addition, it is a violation of APA Ethical Principles to publish "as original data, data that have been previously published" (Standard 8.13). As this journal is a primary journal that publishes original material only, APA policy prohibits as well publication of any manuscript that has already been published in whole or substantial part elsewhere.
Authors have an obligation to inform journal editors in their cover letter that the manuscript is not under review elsewhere, that the primary data have not been published previously or accepted for publication, and that the appropriate ethical guidelines were followed in the conduct of the research. However, the editors of GSJP will make an exception for Brief Reports submitted regarding empirical research articles that are under review for publication elsewhere.
In addition, APA Ethical Principles specify that "after research results are published, psychologists do not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release" (Standard 8.14). APA expects authors submitting to this journal to adhere to these standards. Specifically, authors are expected to have available their data throughout the editorial review process and for at least 5 years after the date of publication.
Authors will be required to state in writing that they have complied with APA ethical standards in the treatment of their sample, human or animal, or to describe the details of treatment. A copy of the APA Ethical Principles may be obtained electronically or by writing the APA Ethics Office, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. In addition, GSJP requires authors to reveal any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g., financial interests in a test or procedure, funding by pharmaceutical companies for drug research).