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Author Guidelines

COVER LETTER

AUTHOR INFORMATION 

  • The author(s) should provide their institutional correspondence (e.g., student or alumni email). If the author(s) are an independent scholar (no affiliated educational institution), personal email address (at the author's own risk) will suffice for correspondence. 
    • Should author correspondence change, the author agrees to update the BSUJ throughout and following the publication process at bsujmru@gmail.com

BSUJ & COMMUNITY

  • How is your manuscript relevant to the BSUJ? How does your research relate to the behavioural sciences? What novel contribution does your research make? and scientific research?
  • Who is your intended audience? How might your research be potentially beneficial, or potentially harmful?

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

  • Author should disclose any potential conflicts of ethics (e.g., funding, relationships with journal, editor or reviewer, similar publications, locations of similar data, copyright permissions (see next section) and steps taken to resolve conflict)

COPYRIGHT DISCLOSURE

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is being considered for publication elsewhere, in a journal or venue with restricted copyrights
    • All submitted material is in accordance with the copyright laws used by the venue where the material has been submitted previously
  • Authors should include citations and references of any number of similar articles to the manuscript being submitted for publication 
  • Authors must obtain and provide all necessary permissions to reproduce (in print and electronic form) any copyrighted work (e.g., test materials, photographs of people, data for re-analysis)
    • Permissions must be submitted with manuscript or sent to the editor before the manuscript is accepted for publication.
  • See Copyright Notice (below) for more information.

 

DECLARATION OF DATA & SUPPLEMENTARY FILE UPLOAD

  • Please submit all data files used for re-analysis, to prepare tables and figures, or links to supplementary data
  • Please indicate whether there are data or supplementary files with the manuscript 
    • If there are, also indicate the files uploaded

Note: Examples of supplementary data: 

https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/resources/supplemental-material 

ENSURING AN ANONYMOUS REVIEW

  • Authors must confirm that no documents (except for the cover letter) contain identifying information in order to ensure an anonymous peer-review process

ETHICS

  • If human or animal participants were involved, the author(s) must provide:  
  1. the name of the ethics board (EB), and
  2. study approval number(s) provided by the EC
  • If participants were involved, author(s) should submit their manuscript to EB/Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) for ethical approval, and acknowledge the EB/HREB approval in their cover letter

 

 

MANUSCRIPT & SUPPLEMENTARY FILES

BASIC FORMATTING 

  • The manuscript is 20 pages or less double spaced (not including cover, title, references, abstract)
  • The abstract must be 200 words or less, and contain keywords
  • Author(s) must ensure that citations match reference list and reference list matches citations
  • Tables and figures are used where appropriate to reduce text and increase comprehension and ease of reference to material.
    • Tables and figures must be described in text for accessibility 
    • See more about table and figure formatting under Technical Aspects

Note: Choosing between tables, figures, and text:

http://www.editage.com/insights/tips-on-effective-use-of-tables-and-figures-in-research-papers 

BSUJ PUBLICATION STYLE

  • The submission files are in .doc, .docx, .tiff, .jpg, .txt, .R, .SPSS or compatible high quality sharable formats. Manuscript files are in .doc, .docx or a compatible, editable format.
  • Submissions should use APA (7th Edition) citing and format
  • Authors are responsible for ensuring correct formatting of figures, tables and images.
  • Please prepare figures, tables and images with optimal resolution settings. 
    • Do not use tab or space in table formatting as this distorts the table in typesetting. Instead use the insert table feature in your word processor. 
    • If inserting equations or mathematical graphics, please use a third-party software to ensure conversion to high quality resolution, as typical Word maths software does not produce high quality graphics.

TECHNICAL ASPECTS

  • Where available, please provide URLs, DOIs and hyperlinks for the citations, references, and supplementary data. 
  • Links to references and supplementary data are embedded as hyperlinks in the manuscript and full links in references.

 

Recommended Resources & Guidelines 

Mount Royal University Library - APA 7th Ed. Guides *(Editor Recommended)*

APA 

Additional Formatting and Citation Resources: 

For information on Creative Commons:

Other Informative Resources 

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