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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.

  • Manuscript submission is a representation that the manuscript is the author’s own work, has not been published, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • An abstract of 150 words or less has been prepared to be entered when requested.
  • The manuscript has been sanitized so that the author(s) name(s) are not given, including removing identifying information from Word file properties.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses 12-point Times New Roman 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 selected for publication, the editor retains the right to move figures, illustrations, and tables to enhance readability.
  • The submission text (including citations, references, footnotes) adheres to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. Refer to the APA Guidelines.
  • Manuscript has been carefully proofed and references checked for complete accuracy. The digital object identifier (DOI) has been included for every reference where available. It should be placed at the end of the reference in the form of a hyperlink that begins with  http://dx.doi.org/
  • Copyright laws have been abided by.
  • A separate non-anonymized manuscript labled non-anonymized manuscript is included.

All submissions must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, seventh edition. While there is no formal page limit, authors should adhere to recent article lengths, typically 30 pages or less.

Manuscripts are only accepted through IUScholarWorks. To have a manuscript considered for publication, please follow these instructions:

(1) Go to the RAPCC site at: http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/pders/;

(2) Complete the registration process;

(3) Once logged in with your username and password you may submit your manuscript by following the online directions;

(4) Upon receipt, each manuscript will be screened by the editor. Appropriate manuscripts will then be sent to reviewers. Principal authors will receive notification of receipt of the manuscript;

(5) Submissions should include the title of the paper, an abstract of no more than 150 words and 4-5 keywords.

Blind Review. Because the manuscript will be sent for blind review, no identifying information (i.e., university, school, and author names) should be included in the manuscript. The manuscript should be sanitized so that the author(s) name(s) are not given. Please change all authors’ names to “X” for references and just deleted for author identification. For example, if your manuscript says something like “this study is based on a larger study by the authors (Daley, 1999)” you would change it to “this study is based on a larger study by the authors (X).” Once the manuscript has been reviewed and if the decision has been made to accept it, the final version of the manuscript can replace the actual names in the references and citations. Also, given the digital reviewing process in place, please ensure that under “document properties” your identifying information has been removed. This can be done (as described in the file “ensuring a blind review”) as follows: With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.”

Title Page. Authors will be prompted to enter title, abstract, keywords, authors, and author contact information separately from the uploaded manuscript. Authors will not upload a separate title page.

Style and References. All manuscripts, including text, quotations, figures, tables, and references, must meet the style requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Seventh Edition). Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word, double-spaced on 8 ½” x 11” paper, with at least 1-inch margins on all sides. An abstract of 150 words or less will be uploaded separately from the manuscript and should NOT also be included on the manuscript. A list of three to five key words that reflect the content of the manuscript should be selected from the list provided and will be entered separately from the manuscript. Tables and figures should be embedded in the manuscript, NOT placed as addenda at the end of the manuscript. For tables, please use Word's table tools. Acknowledgments and footnotes should appear on the last page and references should start immediately after footnotes. Most manuscripts should be no more than 25-30 double-spaced pages (including references, tables, and figures), although longer manuscripts may be considered. Citations, references, footnotes, and the overall format of the manuscript should follow APA (6th edition) style guidelines. Check the references carefully to ensure that they comply with APA guidelines and ensure that citations that appear in the text are in the Reference section and vice versa.

Tables and Figures. Consider the data display carefully before inserting figures and tables. Use a figure or table to summarize a large amount of data efficiently such that the data will be more comprehensible to the reader in figure or tabular form than in text. By contrast, data that will be just as comprehensible in text as in a figure or table should remain in the text. Figures and tables should draw the reader’s attention to the key findings of the study.

Note: If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the editor reserves the right to make minor editorial changes that do not significantly alter the substance of the text.

Language. RAPCC adheres to the commonly accepted use of “people-first language.” Authors should use language that emphasizes the humanity of people with disabilities. Generic descriptive terms such as people, participants, students, children, and adults are preferred over subjects or informants. Language should be free of gender bias (refer to APA guidelines regarding gender bias). He should not be used generically to refer to persons of both genders. Should identity-first language be the preferred language of the authors for personal or participant preference, the authors should include a brief explanation to readers describing the rationale for identity first language. 

Illustrations and Color Reproductions. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

For further information about how this online submission process works, click the link below for About this Publishing System.