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Policies

General Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts should be written in English and prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. When submitting manuscripts for the General or Special Topic sections, please include affiliation (for each author), an abstract (up to 120 words), four to twelve keywords, a biographical statement for each author (up to 150 words), and e-mail address for communication with the corresponding author. For manuscripts submitted to the Reader Comments section, an abstract, keywords, and biography are not required. Manuscripts for the General and Special Topics sections should not exceed 10,000 words (including text, references, notes, etc.). Submissions for the Reader Comments section should not exceed 4,000 words (including text, references, etc.) and the cover letter should specify the IJTS article, book, article from another source, or special event which is the basis of the manuscript.

Manuscripts submitted to IJTS must be original, neither previously published nor under consideration for publication elsewhere, and must not infringe on the copyright or any other proprietary right of any other party. Contributing authors are solely responsible for obtaining written permission, where appropriate, to reprint copywritten material. Submission of a manuscript irrevocably grants explicit permission by the author for it to be published in IJTS and acknowledgment that he/she has the full right and power to authorize IJTS to publish it and, if it is accepted and published (either online and/or in print), to also authorize republishing it in any subsequent edited work (e.g., a book consisting of manuscripts previously published in IJTS). By submitting the manuscript to IJTS for publication, the author warrants and represents that he/she is the owner of all rights to the work, that the work is his/her original work, that the work contains no material that is defamatory, libelous, obscene, violates any right of privacy or is otherwise contrary to law, that the grant of rights herein have not heretofore been assigned or otherwise encumbered and are in all respects free and clear, ands that all statements in the submission are the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Editor or staff of IJTS. In turn, IJTS grants to the author the non-exclusive right to use all or part of the manuscript in any book or article written by the author, provided that there is a full citation of the issue of IJTS in which the manuscript is published. If the manuscript is not published in IJTS, all aspects of the agreement made by submitting it shall become null and void; and all rights transferred by submitting the article shall revert to the author.

The editorial staff reviews all manuscripts at time of submission to assess their general suitability for publication in the IJTS. Manuscripts submitted for the General or a Special Topics section that are deemed suitable for consideration for publication are subsequently peer-reviewed. Peer review is double-blind, typically with three reviewers. Completion of peer review process does not guarantee acceptance for publication; after author revisions based on peer review the editorial staff may request further revisions or peer reviews if there are remaining concerns. Manuscripts initially deemed unsuitable do not undergo the peer-review process. Manuscripts submitted for the Reader Comments section may or may not receive peer review. For empirical articles, author must state in the cover letter that he/she has complied fully with APA ethical standards in the treatment of humans or animals studied and will have data available for examination for up to 5 years past the date of publication.

Manuscripts will be accepted through the journal's submission portal only. IJTS is not responsible for the loss or damage of any materials submitted as hardcopy and will not return any hardcopy submissions. Please send manuscripts as an attachment in Word format (.doc files or .docx files only, please—no Online Word files). Graphic files are also accepted for figures and photographs, but authors must identify the copyright owners of all figures and photographs, and must provide written documentation of permission to publish if such copyright is not held by the authors.

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at International Journal of Transpersonal Studies. If you have concerns about the submission terms for International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, please contact the editors.

Any submitted papers reporting on original research that involves human subjects must submit evidence of prior approval by an Institutional Review Board, and a statement that all participants signed an IRB-approved Informed Consent Form.

Author Submission Checklist

Author Submission Checklist

1. Reference list alphabetization check. Works must be in alphabetical order, with works by the same author in date order from earliest to latest. More than one work by exactly the same authorship in the same year must be separated by small letter after date (e.g., 2012a, 2012b)

2. Citation/reference check. Every citation must have an associated reference in the reference list, and every reference must be cited in the paper.

An easy way to do a citation/reference check is to print out your reference list, then go through the paper and for each citation, check off the associated reference, or make note if there is no reference.

3. Citation abbreviation check. In APA style, there are specific rules for the use of et al. in abbreviating authorship within citations.

4. Reference style check. Every reference must follow APA 6th Edition style. Purdue Owl provides a handy style guide for APA: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01

5. DOI insertion. All references must be checked for doi numbers, and each of these inserted properly.

To locate DOIs, go to www.crossref.org . If your reference list is short, you might wish to use the free DOI lookup at: http://www.crossref.org/guestquery However, for this option, you will need to enter each reference manually. Or, you may wish to simply do a Google search for “doi [article title].”

Another option is to use the simple text query at www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery ; in order to use this you will need to register for a free account at: http://www.crossref.org/requestaccount , and then enter the verified e-mail address each time you use the Simple Text Query. An efficient way to use the Simple Text Query is to paste your entire reference list, with a blank line between references, into the box and hit Submit. After whirring about a bit, you should get back your entire list with DOIs in red.

Note that when you get back a reference with a DOI, it will appear in this form: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150100.003.0014 This is the correct format for a DOI number.

6. Quotation/page check. Each quotation must have the page number from which it has been quoted, along with the citation of the work. Works not paginated are indicated as n.p.

7. Second person plural check. APA permits the use of unspecified second-person plural pronouns (we, us, our) in only two instances: when a team of researchers is reporting their findings, and when the referent is all of humanity and this fact is made explicit. All unspecified second person plural pronouns should be replaced with other wording.

8. Latin abbreviation check. No Latin abbreviations, such as etc. or e.g., may be used in text, with the exception of et al. Latin abbreviations may be used within parentheses, as in citations: (e.g., Marmody, 1998).

9. Author tense check. Each verb referring to the expressions of an author in a published work must be in past tense. For example, “Kant (1781) expressed ...,” not “Kant (1781) expresses ... .”

10. Complete paragraph check. Paragraphs of just one sentence are typically not acceptable. Minimum paragraph length should be three sentences, though two might suffice to complete a thought if one or both sentences are long. A paragraph is a developed thought; usually a single-sentence paragraph should be combined with the preceding or following paragraph, or expanded into several sentences.

11. Subheading check. Subheads may not be placed immediately below a main heading without at least one sentence of content—though a paragraph typically requires three sentences (see prior item).

12. Endnote check. APA style discourages the use of notes of any kind, but if you use notes, these must be endnotes, and not footnotes.