International Journal of Transpersonal Studies



Philosophy of International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

For more information, please see International Journal of Transpersonal Studies Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in International Journal of Transpersonal Studies provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Author 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 author communication. 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. 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. All reviews are blinded. 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 as e-submissions at the following e-address: ghartelius@ciis.edu. 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 welcome for figures and photographs.

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.

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Formatting Requirements

International Journal of Transpersonal Studies has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Digital Commons @ CIIS

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Digital Commons @ CIIS all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Digital Commons @ CIIS, requires credit to Digital Commons @ CIIS as copyright holder (e.g., Digital Commons @ CIIS © 2018).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Digital Commons @ CIIS provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons @ CIIS website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons @ CIIS service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons @ CIIS to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons @ CIIS and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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