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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 file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font, and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and referencing requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The raw data has been provided.
  • Your submission has been approved by your previous supervisor using this form

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Articles should represent an original piece of research, including experimental or theoretical work, applied research or experimental development. The data must have formed the basis of the lead author’s undergraduate or postgraduate empirical research project within the Northumbria University Department of Psychology. 

Please note that narrative reviews and systematic reviews are not currently accepted. Meta-analyses may be considered with prior approval depending on their scope (please contact the Editor-in-Chief before submission to discuss their suitability).

The dissertation supervisor is not required to be included on the manuscript as a co-author, although this is encouraged, with their prior agreement. However, all dissertation supervisors (or a suitable alternative member of staff within the department) must agree to the submission of the research article. A completed form confirming this must be supplied by the lead author at the time of submission [LINK]. Articles which have been submitted without the agreement of the supervisor will be retracted by the Editor.

Thesis projects cannot be submitted for publication until the final degree mark has been confirmed and awarded.

Abstract and keywords

Article manuscripts must include an unstructured abstract of maximum 250 words. The abstract should be submitted on a separate page. Authors will be asked for up to 5 keywords to assist with indexing and discovery.


Submissions should be in Word document (.doc/.docx) and in Arial font, size 12. Article length should be a maximum of 3,000 words. Tables should be kept to a minimum and appropriately labelled in APA format.

Images and figures

Images, figures and tables should be included at an appropriate point in the manuscript. Additional supplementary materials should be appropriately labelled. Images should be of a high quality and resolution, of their original size or at least 300dpi.


All cited work should be appropriately referenced in APA style.

Research data

All articles must provide the raw data necessary to replicate the findings of the study, which will be made publicly available at the time of publication. Datasets should not contain any personal or identifiable information. Research data can be deposited into Northumbria University’s data repository (Figshare). Authors will also be asked to include a data availability statement in their submission. Data availability statements will be published as part of the article.

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