Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Adultspan Journal.

Regarding Blind Review

Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two editorial board members and typically undergo revision before final acceptance. The Editor makes final decisions regarding publication. All submissions are blind peer reviewed. Therefore, authors must submit a manuscript that contains

  • no clues to the authors’ identity.
  • Citations that may reveal the authors’ identities (e.g., “in an extension of our previous work [citation of work with authors’ names]”) should be masked (e.g., [“Authors, 2011”]).
  • The authors’ names, email address, Orcid ID (optional), places of employment, and mailing addresses should appear on one cover title page only, not in an author footnote.
  • Other subsequent pages should include only the manuscript title in the header.

Formatting Requirements

Authors should carefully prepare their manuscripts in accordance with the following instructions:

  • All manuscripts should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.; American Psychological Association [APA], 2020).
Page Limitations
  • Manuscripts should be as concise as possible, yet sufficiently detailed to permit adequate communication and critical review.
  • Manuscripts should be 15 to 25 double-spaced pages total, including all references, tables, and appendices.
  • Consult the APA Publication Manual for specific guidelines regarding the format of the manuscript, abstract, citations and references, tables and figures, and other matters of editorial style. Tables and figures should be used only when essential.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file. Embed tables and figures in the manuscript.

Selected Sections for Manuscript Submissions

Title Page
  • The first page of the manuscript should be masked and contain only the title of the manuscript
  • Prepare a separate, supplemental file labeled “Title Page” and upload in addition to the blinded manuscript. This title page document should contain the article title, the names and affiliations of all coauthors, author notes or acknowledgments, and complete contact information of the corresponding author who will review page proofs (including complete mailing address and email) in the following format: Author(s) Name only (i.e., no degrees or position titles listed), Department Name, University Name, at City (if applicable). Author Name is now at Department Name, University Name, at City (if changed from above listing). Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Author Name, full mailing (including street or PO Box) address, City, State (using postal abbreviation), zip code (email: name@name.edu).
  • The abstract should express the central idea of the manuscript in nontechnical language
  • It should be on page 2 and is limited to 150 words
  • The abstract should include a brief review of the background, methods, results, conclusion, and implications for your study.
  • Keywords should follow the abstract on page 2 and should include 5 words
Positionality Statement:
  • All manuscripts require a 500-word positionality statement. Positionality statements provide readers with insight into the authors identities and how those identities might shape ideas that are presented. Only include relevant information that connects your identity, areas of expertise and interest to the specific ideas presented in the manuscript. The goal is transparency, however, only share information you are comfortable with being in the permanent record through publication. Empirical manuscripts should include the statement in the methods section and conceptual manuscripts should include the statement after the literature review.
  • Tables and Figures:
    • No more than 3 tables and 2 figures with each manuscript will be accepted.
    • Please be sure to embed tables or figures within the body of the manuscript.
    • Figure captions are to be on an attached page, as required by APA style.
    • Figures (graphs, illustrations, line drawings) must be supplied in electronic format with a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch (dpi) up to 1200 dpi. Halftone line screens should be a minimum of 300 dpi.
    • Word files are preferred so we can easily modify if needed.
    • (See the most current APA Publication Manual for more detailed instructions on table and figure formatting.)
    • References should follow the style detailed in the current APA Publication Manual.
    • Check all references for completeness, including year, volume number, pages for journal citations, and DOI.
    • Make sure that all references mentioned in the text are listed in the reference section and vice versa and that the spelling of author names and years is consistent.
    • References should include the DOI number or the URL where the file was accessed
    Footnotes or Endnotes:
    • DO NOT USE
    • Incorporate any information within the body of the manuscript.
    • Authors must also carefully follow APA Publication Manual guidelines for nondiscriminatory language regarding gender, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic identity, disabilities, and age.
    • In addition, the terms counseling, counselor, and client are preferred, rather than their many synonyms.
    • The term subject should not be used when referring to a sample of research participants or to an individual participant. Usually, a more specific term should be used (e.g., clients, students) or, if a more general term is desired, participants should be used
    • (Word, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
    • Permission Requirements

      • Lengthy quotations (generally 400 cumulative words or more from one source) require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction.
      • Previously published tables or figures that are used in their entirety, in part, or adapted also require written permission from the copyright holder for reproduction.
      • It is the author’s responsibility to secure such permission, and a copy of the publisher’s written permission must be provided to the Editor immediately upon acceptance for publication.


      • Authors will receive information for submitting a final copy of their article upon acceptance from the journal field editor.
      • This final version of the article should have any previously masked author references and in-text citations reinstated, and include all author names with their departmental and university affiliations.
      • Full contact information should be included for the designated corresponding author (CA).
      • Once the article is in production with the Adultspan publications team, the CA will receive copyedited PDF page proofs for review via email.