The author must first make sure that the content and format of his or her manuscript conform to the editorial policy. Therefore, the author who submits a text and, if applicable, is designated as the primary correspondent, acting in the name of all authors, must:
Furthermore, the author must confirm, as stated in the Publishing Agreement, that he or she agrees that the final (i.e. accepted and revised) version of the text will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This license allows anyone to freely copy, distribute or display the text, as long as they mention its author and provide, whenever feasible, a hyperlink to the original publication in the Journal.
It is important to note that by agreeing to this mode of publication, the author keeps the entire copyright on his or her text, including the so-called “commercial rights” provided by the Copyright Act. Most notably, he or she keeps the right to distribute it by any means, for instance by uploading it on a repository, or enter into an agreement with an editor for that purpose. It must however be understood that the Creative Commons license, once applied to a document, cannot be revoked.
All manuscripts considered admissible by the Editor-in-chief, according to the editorial policy, will be subject to double-blind peer review by two or three referees who have expertise in the given field and who are not from the same institution as the author(s). Following the assessment of the manuscript, each reviewer will offer one of the following recommendations:
The results of the critical peer review will be forwarded to the Editor-in-chief who will consult with members of the Editorial Board, if required, make a decision regarding the acceptance of the manuscript (conditional or not) and then inform the author(s).
Following this, if indicated, the author(s) will revise the text in light of the recommended corrections and resubmit the manuscript to the Editor-in-chief within the specified timeframe. Upon receiving the resubmitted text, the Editor-in-chief will consult with members of the Editorial Board to make the final decision: accept, reject or recommend further modifications.
In any case, for the final version, the author will update the references in the text, most notably by verifying the availability and URL addresses of online documents.
For special issues, that have a particular theme and whereupon an issue director may coordinate its preparation (inviting authors to submit a paper, giving indications regarding the selected theme, etc.), the same rules of the peer review process are applied and the Editor-in-Chief remains in charge of the decisions concerning the acceptance of manuscripts.
For those papers that have been accepted for publication, the Journal preserves the right to make any editorial corrections deemed necessary to improve the writing style, the readability and the conciseness of the text. The PDF version of the articles ready for print will be sent to the authors for a last verification.
In short, there are about ten main steps (display in a new window) in the publishing workflow, for a total duration of 4-6 months between the submission of a manuscript and the online availability of the article.
Manuscripts must be sent to the Editor-in-chief in electronic form, in .docx (preferably), .doc, or .rtf format. The Publishing Agreement, filled by the primary correspondent, must also be sent to the Editor-in-chief.
The manuscript must conform to the reference style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020).
To ensure objectivity in the review process, two distinct files should be submitted, one of which must be devoid of any information allowing for the identification of the author, the title page should thus not contain any identifying information about the author, and the name of the author(s) in citations and references is replaced by “Author(s)”, as in (Authors, 2012). The above mentioned template includes thus two versions of the title page.
Before submitting your article, please ensure you have read and understood the editorial policy and the manuscript style guidelines. You must also make sure you have filled the Publishing Agreement, which confirms that you agree to the conditions of publication, including to make your text made available for distribution under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
When you have done this, send to firstname.lastname@example.org your three electronic files, namely the two versions of the manuscript (with and without the authors’ names), and the Publishing Agreement. If there is more than one author, add your co-authors as recipients of the email. Your submission will be considered only if all these conditions are met.