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Author Guidelines

  • Manuscripts must be prepared according to the format and guidelines of The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition.
  • Manuscripts must be double spaced on 8.5” x 11” paper with a 1” margin on all sides. Set all text in 12-point Times New Roman type. All pages should be numbered with title (no name) in top right corner.
  • Manuscripts should not be longer than 20 double-spaced, typewritten pages, including 50-75 word abstract and tables (not including references). Exceptions should be discussed with the co-editors prior to submission.
  • Submissions will be accepted electronically until Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Language is a powerful tool. Authors are reminded to use words that cannot be read as biased, oppressive, or offensive by reasonable people. Such resources as The Non-Sexist Word Finder: A Dictionary of Gender Free Usage and the Dictionary for Bias-Free Usage: A Guide to Non-Discriminatory Language may be useful in finding appropriate language substitutions. Avoid the use of the term “subject.” Use more specific references such as “student,” “client,” or “participant” instead.
  • Use titles that are short and descriptive of the manuscript’s content. Do not use abbreviations in titles.
  • Only citations included in the manuscript should be listed in the references. Double check all references to ensure that all sources are cited in the text appear in the references and vice versa. Make sure all references are complete and correct. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references, quotations, tables, and figures.
  • The Journal Review Board will consider manuscripts through a blind review system. The text of manuscripts must not contain any clues to the authors’ identities. Up to one-third of the articles selected for publication in the journal may be submitted by Ph.D. students.
  • Manuscripts that are under consideration by another publication or that are intended to be submitted to another publication must not be submitted under any circumstances. Material previously published, in whole or in part, cannot be submitted unless it is discussed with the co-editors prior to submission.
  • Authors are responsible for adhering to accepted standards for conducting research involving human subjects, and if selected for publication research articles must have written documentation of human subjects approval.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with the Journal of the Indiana University Student Personnel Association (hereinafter “the Journal”) agree to the following terms:


  1. By submitting to the Journal, the author grants to the Journal the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate (as defined below), and/or distribute your submission worldwide in print and electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or video.

  2. The author agrees that the Journal may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format for the purpose of preservation.

  3. The author agrees that the Journal may keep more than one copy of this submission for purposes of security, back-up and preservation.

  4. The author represents that the submission is his/her original work, and that s/he has the right to grant the rights contained in this agreement. The author also represents that his/her submission does not, to the best of his/her knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright.

  5. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.


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