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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 first author is a graduate student.
  • The author(s) hold(s) publication rights to the data used in the manuscript.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or 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 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses) and uses APA citations; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text at the appropriate points, rather than in the text.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • All authors agree to the submission of the manuscript.
  • Ethics approval for research involving human subjects has been obtained, if applicable.

Author Guidelines

By submitting a manuscript to Emerging Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Graduate Research in Education and Psychology, the author(s) agree(s), that neither the manuscript nor any substantially similar manuscript has been published, is in press, or is under consideration elsewhere.


PPLT accepts submissions in essay format and submitted as an MS Word document. Use a standard typeface and size (Times New Roman 12 pt.) and double space with left justification and margins should be 1 inch. Please include an abstract of 100-150 words. The submission should be no longer than 25 pages, excluding references, tables and figures.


Language and format (headings, tables, figures, citations, and references) must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed.) [].

Tables and figures

All tables should be in an editable format (i.e., not an inserted graph). If the tables are created in Word, ensure the tables are created using columns and rows and not using tabs. All tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript on separate pages but within a single document. Placement of each table and figure within the text should be clearly marked within the text as "Place table X here".

Figures should have enough resolution so that when it is printed on a letter size page, everything is legible. Whenever possible, include the original file that was used to create the figure (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, or Photoshop).

Ensure pattern (not colour) is used to distinguish portions of the figure, or used in the legend. While the colour version of the manuscript will be made available on the PPLT Open Journal System, some readers may only be able to print a black-and-white version of the manuscript, and figures need to be legible without colour.

Running head

A running head of no more than 5 words should be included in the manuscript.

References and citations All references and citations must adhere to the APA format []. Sources cited within the text appear in parentheses after each citation and must give the author’s name, year of publication. Enclose quotes of 40 words or less in double quotation marks in the text; indent quotes longer than 40 words in block format. Page numbers must be given for all direct quotations.


Footnotes are not allowed and endnotes should be minimal and be listed after the text and before the Reference section, having been marked within the text by superscript numerals.


Almost all research involving human subjects requires review and approval by a research ethics board (REB). Typically, this is an institutional research board (see for example: CFREB @ UCalgary). Research involving humans that requires but has not obtained ethics approval will not be considered for publication by EPIGREP. If you are unsure as to whether your study requires ethics approval, please consult your institution’s REB.


This section includes research papers, academic essays, systematic literature reviews, and other original writing that have been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication with Emerging Perspectives.

Research papers refers to work resulting from original work conducted by a graduate student. Articles of this type include the objectives, methods used, the results obtained, and a discussion of the work in relation to the field.

In an academic essay, the author takes a particular position and uses the existing literature to support this position. This type of writing may be used to support a particular call to action.

A systematic literature review presents an unbiased overview of the research on a particular topic or in a particular field to provide a summary of research-to-date. The systematic literature review may reveal or showcase conflicting findings or the next steps needed in the research. 


Research Briefs

A research brief is an opportunity for authors to share an interesting aspect of a research project they have completed or a brief summary of their completed/in-progress study. The research brief should not report the full study findings and will not undergo the full peer-review process but instead be reviewed by editors from the content area.

Specifically, the research brief must:

  • Be no more than 5 pages
  • Be double-spaced, times new roman size 12 font (APA-Style)
  • Have no more than 2 additional pages for references
  • Have no more than one additional appendix for a figure/table

Practice Briefs

A practice brief is an opportunity for authors to share an interesting aspect of teaching or psychology clinical practice that they have encountered in the field. The practice brief should address a need within the field and draw upon research to support their stance. The practice brief will not undergo the full peer-review process but instead be reviewed by editors from the content area. Specifically, the practice brief must:

-Be no more than 5 pages

-Be double-spaced, times new roman size 12 font (APA-Style)

-Have no more than 1 additional page for references

-Have no more than one additional appendix for a figure/table

Special Issue

Articles submitted to a special issue are submitted to this section. Only those directed to submit to this section should do so.

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