All manuscript submissions to the journal should include: 

  1. Cover page
    • Manuscript title
    • Authors’ full names with surnames underlined, academic degrees and affiliations
    • Corresponding author’s name, telephone number, email address, and mailing address
    • Length of manuscript in number of words
  2. Signed copyright form
  3. Manuscript
    • Title page (with no author names)
    • Structured abstract (maximum 250 words)
    • Key words (5-7)
    • Main body of the text (maximum 4,000 words, not including tables and figures). Suggested sections are as follows, although these may depend on the type of manuscript you are submitting:
      • Introduction
      • Methods (including study design, subjects and sampling, measurements, analysis, ethical issues)
      • Results
      • Discussion
      • Conclusion (optional)
    • Acknowledgments
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Authors’ contributions
    • References (maximum 40, APA style)
  4. Tables and figures
    • Table 1, demographic characteristics (almost all manuscripts, even with qualitative data, should have a table 1)
    • Other tables and figures (if relevant; no more than 5 tables and figures in total)

If you choose, you may also include:

  • Cover letter
  • Supplemental materials

Manuscripts should adhere to these guidelines

  • Manuscript is in Word version (MS Word)
  • Times New Roman, 11-point font, double-line spacing
  • Both American and British English are acceptable provided their use is consistent throughout the manuscript
  • Fewer than 5 tables and figures
  • All tables and figures should be referred to in the text
  • Acronyms kept to a minimum and defined the first time they are used
  • Use footnotes, not endnotes
  • All tables and figures referred to in the text and can stand alone
  • Use your own words and cite all references. Editors will check each manuscript for plagiarism.