Guidelines for Authors

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Philosophy of Adultspan Journal

Adultspan Journal seeks manuscripts illuminating current information about research, theory, pedagogy, and practice in the field of adult development and aging. The journal seeks submissions that provide leadership on innovative topics, focusing on developmental principles and concomitant counseling implications. The journal promotes accurate information regarding counseling and adult development with research, practice, literature review, conceptual, and personal journey articles.

For more information, please see Adultspan Journal Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Adultspan Journal provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or are authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Adultspan Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Adultspan Journal. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Adultspan Journal, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Adultspan Journal requires all submissions from the initial manuscript to the final revision to follow all formatting rules. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word (preferred), WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and Marshall Digital Scholar

As further described in our submission agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Marshall Digital Scholar all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Marshall Digital Scholar, requires credit to Marshall Digital Scholar as copyright holder (e.g., Marshall Digital Scholar © 2023).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Marshall Digital Scholar provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s)
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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Marketing Published Articles

    As a part of our pledge to increase access and visibility of research published in the Adultspan Journal we ask that all authors agree to the following:
  • Market/promote your published article through social media and other platforms
  • Participate in an Adultspan 5 Minute Spark Chat highlighting your main findings
    Additionally, you should participate in other marketing activities to promote your research, establish your reputation, get additional citations, and increase recognition in the field. Some additional suggestions for article promotion and sharing include:
  • Discussing your findings in webinars, panels, and podcasts
  • Sharing the Adultspan issue that includes your article with colleagues
  • Presenting your study/article at conferences, through CE opportunities, and in the classroom

General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Marshall Digital Scholar website and/or software agree not to misuse the Marshall Digital Scholar service or software in any way.

The failure of Marshall Digital Scholar to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Marshall Digital Scholar and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.