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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.

Author Guidelines

Submission: All manuscripts must be submitted electronically at http://ger.mercy.edu. This electronic system permits the editorial team to keep the submission and review process as efficient as possible.

Style and format. The acceptable format for electronic submission is MSWord. Please use a 12-point font.  All text, including title, headings, references, quotations, figure captions, and tables, must be typed, double-spaced, with one-inch margins all around.  All pages should be numbered.  If notes are necessary, use endnotes, not footnotes. For writing and edcitorial style, authors must follow guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th edition, 2010).

Information for non-native English speakers. It is suggested that authors whose native language is not English have their manuscript checked by a native English speaker colleague prior to submission, or by a language editing service to ensure that manuscripts meet the required language standard.

Length. A manuscript, including all references, tables, and figures, should not exceed 10,000 words.

Tables and Figures. Authors should keep tables and figures to a minimum.  Tables and figures are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled.

Abstract and keywords. All manuscripts must include an abstract of no more than 250 words.   Keywords should be identified so that readers may search for the article after it is published.  Abstracts should be written as clearly as possible and should avoid long, complicated sentences. The editors maintain the right to edit and revise abstracts, as needed, to communicate to a broad scholarly readership.

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