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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.
  • Faculty recommendation form included as a .pdf file.
  • Title page is in a separate file from the Article Text/Poster.
  • All personal information removed from document properties and article text/poster.
    Poster: Replace author names with "List of Authors" on the poster.
  • 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).
  • Where available, DOIs and/or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.).
  • The text employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables must be labelled and referenced in accordance with APA guidelines somewhere in the text.
  • Paper: The submission file is in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx).
    Poster: The submission file is in Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx).
  • Paper: The text is double-spaced and uses a Times New Roman 12-point font.
    Poster: The text is at a reasonable font size for the size of the poster. Must be Arial, Calibri, Lucida Sans Unicode, Times New Roman, or Georgia font.
  • Paper and poster: Include acknowledgements covering the following material IN THE TITLE PAGE DOCUMENT: 1. Course/Lab this poster was created for; 2. Thank you to your instructor for the recommendation and assistance; 3. Any other acknowledgements; 4. Any funding received for the research; 5. Optional: Contact information such as an email.

    Poster Only: Include an *empty* acknowledgement section with enough space to include the above information and place that information in the Title Page document.

Author Guidelines

All submissions require a Faculty Recommendation Form.

If you have REB Approval to include your data set in your submission, please contact the editor at amanda.dumoulin@kpu.ca.

If there are multiple authors, please ensure you have permission from all contributors to submit your work, and list all contributing authors when prompted to do so.

Submitting your paper or poster

  • Once you create an account, you can make a submission.
  • Review the Submission Preparation Checklist and Author Guidelines and then select ‘Make a new submission.’
  • Step 1: Start.
    • Fill out all required fields, and select ‘Save and Continue’
    • ‘Section’ refers to the kind of article you are submitting:
      • Empirical Articles include course-based research and Honour’s projects.
      • Analytical Papers include term papers.
      • Academic/Conference-Style Posters include posters made for conferences or empirical research courses. 
  • Step 2: Upload Submission.
    • Article Component
      • Select the type of document you are submitting and upload your file. Note that only one file can be selected at a time. Select ‘Continue’.
      • Ensure your title page and appendices are submitted in the appropriate section and are in the correct file.
      • When submitting a Poster, place all author names in a separate Word document (.docx) with the title of your project and submit it as a Title Page. Replace your names in the poster with "List of Authors".
      • Posters must have 4:3 dimensions. 
      • Note: File formats. All Papers (Empirical Articles and Analytical Papers) must be in a .docx format. Posters must be in a .pptx format. 
    • Review Details
      • Ensure you have uploaded the correct file and select ‘Continue’.
    • Confirm
      • Choose to either complete the submission or add another file.
        • Note: Submissions will not be considered if there is no Faculty Recommendation Form submitted.
      • Step 3: Enter Metadata.
        • Add your title, subtitle, abstract, all contributing authors, and keywords
      • Step 4: Confirmation.
        • When you are ready, select ‘Finish Submission’
      • Note: You must select ‘Finish Submission’ for your work to be submitted.

Ensuring a blind peer-review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, and replaced these with "Author" and year in the references, footnotes, and title, etc.
  • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

For more information of copyright and open access policy, see the About Section.

Empirical Articles

Submissions to this section should include only empirical research from data collection and analysis. It may be separated by headings in sections including (but not limited to) Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion, and References, and should be in APA format. Abstract should be submitted separately in the appropriate field. 

All empirical research requires REB Approval. If permission has been given from the REB to publish the data, please contact the Journal Editor. 

Analytical Papers

Submissions to this section can include non-empirical papers, including (but not limited to) essays, term papers, clinical analysis, applications of psychological theory, analysis of current events, and literature reviews. Abstract should be submitted separately in the appropriate field. 

All submissions should be in APA format. 

Academic/Conference-Style Posters

Submissions to this section should include conference-style posters created for conferences, PSYC 2400, PSYC 3400, or other empirical research done at KPU. It must be separated by headings in sections including (but not limited to) Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion, and References. The abstract is not required on the poster but should be submitted separately in the appropriate field.

All empirical research requires REB Approval. If permission has been given from the KPU REB to publish the data, please contact the Journal Editor.

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