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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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission does not include any identifying information about the author, either in the text or notes.

Author Guidelines

  1. Texts should be between 6,000 and 12,000 words, be typed and double spaced, and submitted as a Word document. Authors should also submit an abstract (c. 250 words) and a brief biography (150 words max.).
  2. Texts should use American English spelling and punctuation conventions: e.g., ‘labor’ rather than ‘labour’ and ‘criticize’ rather than ‘criticise,’ double quotation marks, and quotation marks after punctuation (except colons and semi-colons).
  3. Citations should follow the Chicago Manual of Style with endnotes and bibliography. Notes should be placed at the end and triple spaced. The first note, not numbered, will give a very brief identification of the author. The author may use the same note to thank individuals and institutions for assistance. Such acknowledgments should be brief.
  4. The name of the author should appear only on a separate title page preceding the text. Please take care not to self-identify in the text or notes.
  5. Each table should be identified by both a number and a descriptive title. Each must have its sources indicated, and the author should clearly indicate where each table should be placed in the text.
  6. Figures (illustrations) are numbered separately from tables, and they also must be identified by descriptive captions (including a date). The source for each figure should be given, and the author should clearly indicate where each figure should be placed in the text.
  7. For any human subject research that requires Institutional Review Board approval, the author/s should provide evidence that said approval has been secured.
  8. If the article is accepted for publication, the author is responsible for obtaining permission to reprint the images.

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