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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 document file format.
  • If the author is a non-native English speaker, the has been checked 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.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations. figures. and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points. rather than at the end. If notes are necessary, endnotes are used, not footnotes.
  • An abstract, not exceeding 250 words, is included and keywords. All manuscripts must include an abstract of no more than 250 words. The abstract is written clearly, and avoids long, complicated sentences. The editors maintain the right to edit and revise abstracts, as needed, to communicate to a broad scholarly readership.
  • Keywords have been identified so that readers may search for the article after it is published.
  • The following suggestions make it easier for reviewers to review your submission:
    1. Include a running head (shortened title) on upper left of each page.
    2. Include pagination (X of Y) in upper right corner
    3. Include line numbering starting on each page

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 7,500 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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 Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with thework simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

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Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g.. in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges. as well as earlier and greater citation of published work 

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