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Submission Guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts should be submitted online through the JCSI journal system. Submitting authors will create user accounts that will allow them to upload manuscripts, supporting documents and revisions. Submitting authors will also be able to track the progress of their submissions through streamlined communication while the manuscripts complete the peer review process. Please note that the turnaround is 3 to 4 months for decisions on original and revised manuscripts. Submissions must adhere to the following submission guidelines:

  1. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages, excluding references.
  2. Follow the style guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
  3. Margins should be one inch on all sides. Justify margins on the left side only. Do not justify margins on both sides.
  4. Double-space the entire document, including the references.
  5. Include a 150-250 word abstract.
  6. Within the text, use parenthetical references following APA style. All references in the reference list should be cited in text. All references in the text should be cited in the reference list.
  7. Do not include the primary author’s name or other identifying information in the header, footer or the text of the document.
  8. All documents should be submitted in Word or RTF format.

Authors of manuscripts accepted for publication will receive a separate set of guidelines for the final author approval process. All approvals must be returned within 10 days.

Review

If we deem your manuscript appropriate for the journal, we will send it to at least two anonymous expert referees for double-blind peer-review. We ask the reviewers to make a judgment concerning the quality and appropriateness of the manuscript for publication in JCSI. On the basis of the reviewers’ recommendations, JCSI’s editors will decide to publish the manuscript as submitted (accept), publish the manuscript with suggested revisions (accept with minor revisions), request a significant revision and resubmission (major revisions required resubmit), or reject the manuscript for publication. In all cases, the editor will notify the author of the decision, and in the event the manuscript is rejected, the editor will forward a summary of the reasons for that decision. We will make every attempt to complete the review process within three to four months following receipt of the manuscript.