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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or, if it is, an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a Times New Roman, 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The manuscript includes a properly formatted reference section. Authors should not use built-in reference tools provided by programs such as Microsoft Word.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

JCEL prefers the use of American Psychological Association (APA) style and format (7th Edition). However, alternate publication styles such as the Bluebook System of Citation can be considered. All works should be submitted in APA style unless authors have received prior approval from the journal editors to submit in an alternate format. Authors should consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed., 2019) or the Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide when formatting their works.

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