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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, according to APA formating.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Preparation 

Submissions should be divided into the following sections:

Title page
- Provide a descriptive and concise title.
- List of all authors' names, with their affiliation and addresses.
- Indicate the main author’s name and contact information.

Abstract
The abstract must not exceed 250 words. The abstract will clearly state the purpose of the article and the main results and conclusions. Concise and clear abstracts typically follow this template: 1) Introduce the issue area, its context and the research question under examination 2) State the chosen analytical approach and study methods to be employed 3) Identify the main results ( 2-3 max) 4) Propose the impact on policy, practice and programs that this study aims to demonstrate.

Policy Recommendations
Include a set of 4-6 brief and direct recommendations based on the article’s argument and data. These recommendations should be formatted in a bullet-form list and follow right after the abstract. Be sure to phrase these statements in a way that adheres to the non-partisan clause.

Keywords
Include a list of five words, short phrases or subject headings in alphabetical order. Also consider optimizing the title, abstract, and keywords for online search engines (see http://www.wiley.com/legacy/wileyblackwell/pdf/SEOforAuthorsLINKSrev.pdf).

Authors’ Contributions
Submissions with multiple authors need to include an Author Contributions section at the end of the manuscript. A brief 2-3 sentence paragraph will state the co-author’s affiliation and professional position. Each listed author must have a) provided significant contributions to the data collection and its analysis, b) be aware and notified of the final version of article draft approved for publication c) be responsible for the integrity of the research depicted and examined in the submission.


Acknowledgements (optional)
Any collaborators, research assistance or cooperation may be listed in this section, including any grant funding that enabled the study to be carried out.

Manuscript Formatting

Maximum word count: 5,000 words
- Excludes maximum 250 word abstract, figures and graph titles and captions.
- Includes all text, footnotes and references.

Formatting
- Manuscripts should be double line-spaced in 12 point font, Times New Roman, including footnotes and references.
- Page numbering on all pages.
- Avoid excessive use of acronyms and abbreviation
- Follow the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), see https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/1/ and www.citationmachine.net for more assistance.

Figures and Tables
- Arrange all figures and tables according to its placement in the manuscript. If this is not possible, use placeholders (e.g. [Figure 1]) and have the item follow on the next page.
- Any and all study variables need to be explained in the text.
- Format figures and tables in grayscale in the manuscript and attach color versions, if available, as separate files.

References
- All references must be cited and all citations must be integrated into the text.
- Follow the author-date method (i.e. Jones, 1998), with the full reference at the end of the manuscript.
- When referring to an idea from a publication, rather than a direct quotation, only include the author-date, without the page number.

Examples of References

Books
Calfee, R. C., & Valencia, R. R. (1991). APA guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Periodicals
Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5-13.

Chapter in Edited Collection
O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York, NY: Springer.

Edited Collections
Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

Dissertations
Lastname, F. N. (Year). Title of dissertation (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Name of Institution, Location.

Web Sites
Bernstein, M. (2002). 10 tips on writing the living Web. A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 149. Retrieved from http://www.alistapart.com/articles/writeliving

Data Sets
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. (2008). Indiana income limits [Data file]. Retrieved from http://www.huduser.org/Datasets/IL/IL08/in_fy2008.pdf

 

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