Journal for Person-Oriented Research considers all manuscripts that make use of person-oriented methods, or are relevant to person-oriented theory and methodology, on the strict condition that they have not been published elsewhere, and are not under consideration for publication or in press elsewhere. All such contributions will be subjected to review by referees at the discretion of the Editorial Office.
Manuscripts should not normally exceed 8000 words.
Submitted papers should conform to the following guidelines:
The text should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these).
All material in the manuscript should conform to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, Washington, DC). Manuscripts must meet the requirements of effective scientific communication as to logic, clarity, and conciseness of exposition, being as brief as their contents will permit.
The manuscript should be in its final form when submitted. Hence, it must be so prepared as to conform to the conventions of form and style adopted by this journal.
Manuscripts must be double-spaced and paginated, and should not exceed 8000 words excluding tables, figures, references, and any additional material. Lengthier reviews or meta-analyses of exceptional quality, however, may be considered for publication.
All manuscripts must contain an Abstract, Keywords, and clearly defined sections (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Tables, Figures, and Appendices.
The title page should include the title of the paper, the authors’ name and surname and their affiliation addresses and email addresses. The author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent must also be specified.
• The title should be concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations where possible.
• Author names and affiliations. Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors' affiliation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and the e-mail address of each author.
• Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
• Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.
An abstract, not exceeding 250 words, should be placed on the second page of the manuscript.
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 8 keywords, reflecting the essential topics of the article. These keywords will be used for information retrieval systems and indexing purposes.
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, but avoid a detailed literature survey.
The methods section should describe the design of the study, the setting, the participants and instruments involved, as well as the procedure. Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. For empirical studies involving human participants a statement detailing ethical approval and consent should be included.
The methods section should also include a statement that informed consent was obtained from the participants, and that ethical procedures were followed. Papers reporting empirical studies requiring ethical approval must state that a relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.
Results should be clear and concise. The Results section may be broken into subsections with short, informative headings.
The discussion section should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. The main conclusions of the research should be clearly stated and a clear explanation of their importance and relevance should be given. A combined Results and Discussion section may sometimes be appropriate.
If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc. Formulae and equations in appendices should be given separate numbering: Eq. (A.1), Eq. (A.2), etc.; in a subsequent appendix, Eq. (B.1) and so on. Similarly for tables and figures: Table A.1; Figure A.1, etc.
If abbreviations are used in the text they should be defined in the text at first use, and a list of abbreviations can be provided, which should precede the authors' contributions and acknowledgments. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.
In order to give appropriate credit to each author of a paper, the individual contributions of authors to the manuscript should be specified in this section.
We suggest the following kind of format (please use initials to refer to each author's contribution): AB designed the study, organized the data collection and drafted the first version of the manuscript. CD carried out the statistical analyses and was actively involved in revising the manuscript. EF participated in the data collection and helped to revise the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who participated only in the data collection, provided help with the English language, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Collate acknowledgements on a separate page (or on the title page) to facilitate blind review. List here those individuals who provided help during the research (e.g., providing help with the data collection, providing language help, writing assistance or proof reading the article, etc.).
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
A declaration of conflicting interests is required from all authors, and should be included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.
References should be prepared using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for style. They should be placed on a separate sheet at the end of the paper, double-spaced, in alphabetical order.
As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given.
CITATION IN TEXT
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications are not recommended in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. If these references are included in the reference list they should include a substitution of the publication date with either 'Unpublished results' or 'Personal communication'. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.
The author is responsible for obtaining permission, when necessary, to quote excerpts from any previously published material.
Footnotes should be used sparingly. Number them consecutively throughout the article. Many word processors build footnotes into the text, and this feature may be used. Should this not be the case, indicate the position of footnotes in the text and present the footnotes themselves separately at the end of the article. Do not include footnotes in the Reference list.
TABLES AND FIGURES
Tables and figures should be constructed so as to be intelligible without reference to the main text, each table and column being provided with a heading. The same information should not be reproduced in both tables and figures.
Each table should be numbered and cited in sequence using Arabic numerals (i.e. Table 1, 2, 3 etc.). Tables should also have a title (above the table) that summarizes the whole table; it should be no longer than 15 words. Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order.
Each figure should include a single illustration and should fit on a single page. If a figure consists of separate parts, it is important that a single composite illustration file be submitted which contains all parts of the figure.
The following file formats can be accepted:
• DOCX/DOC (for the main text)
• PDF (preferred format for diagrams)
• PNG (preferred format for photos or images)
For each figure, the following information should be provided: Figure number (in sequence, using Arabic numerals - i.e. Figure 1, 2, 3 etc); short title of figure (maximum 15 words).
Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere.
Authors of articles published in Journal for Person-Oriented Research retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work.