Manuscript Preparation

Cover Letter

A cover letter must be submitted as a separate Microsoft Word document and it must include the following:

  1. The title of the article;
  2. The complete name, institutional affiliation (institution, city, and country), and contact details of the corresponding author (postal address and e-mail address);
  3. A statement that the manuscript has not been submitted to other publishers, never been published, and is not presently under consideration elsewhere;
  4. A statement signifying that all the authors have reviewed the manuscript and endorse the manuscript for submission;
  5. A disclosure or statement of potential conflict of interest arising from the direct applications of the study. If there is no conflict of interest, kindly indicate “The authors declare no conflict of interest;”
  6. Funding details, if applicable; and
  7. Statement of data availability, if applicable.


Title Page

The title page should be a separate Microsoft Word file from the main manuscript and it should include:

  1. The full title of the manuscript;
  2. The running head or a short version of the title consisting of up to 60 characters in length, including spaces and punctuation;
  3. The complete names of the authors; one author should identified as the corresponding author indicated by an asterisk;
  4. The institutional affiliations of the authors; and
  5. The e-mail address of the corresponding author.


Manuscript Format and Style

The manuscript should be written observing the standards prescribed by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Since APJCS follows a double blind peer review system, the authors should remove any information that could potentially reveal their or their institutional affiliations.

Length of Manuscript

Check the word count for the manuscript. The typical length of the manuscript is 2500 to 8000 words, including the tables, figures, and references.


The abstract should contain 200 words or less.


There should be between 4 and 6 keywords for the manuscript. It will be used for the purpose of indexing.

Text Formatting

The manuscript must be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc), using a 12-point font in Times New Roman, single spacing, one inch margins on all sides; employ italics, rather than underline for texts needing emphasis; and all tables and figures are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.


The manuscript should be an original scholarly work. Where appropriate, the authors should cite the works, words, ideas, or figures used in the manuscript. All sources used must be properly attributed. The reuse of text that is copied from another source must be appropriately quoted. The citations and quotations should be written following the standards of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).

Reference list

The reference entries should be prepared based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Each reference entry cited in the text must correspondingly appear in the reference list, and vice versa.


A footnote can be used only to give additional information where necessary. It is not advised to use them for the purpose of providing citation.

Tables and figures

All tables and figures must have a title describing their contents. They must be numbered using Arabic numerals. They must be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.