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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.

  • File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal’s guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect
    Please refer to the additional guidelines on submitting artwork and supplemental files, below.

  • Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status.

  • Reference style

    Social Inquiry into Well-Being (SIIW) manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the style guidelines of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition.

  • Manuscript style and format

    Manuscripts should not exceed 8,000 words in length, excluding tables, appendices, figures, notes, and references.

    Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the page after the title page. Manuscripts should be typed in upper and lower case, double-spaced, with 2, 5cm (1 inch) margins on all sides. The type size should be at least 12 point.

    All manuscripts should include an abstract of 200–250 words, followed by a list of keywords. Abstracts should be structured to inform readers of the purpose, methods, and findings of the research or the equivalent for theoretical or non-empirical manuscripts.

    Figures and tables should present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. They should be keyed to the text. Figures and tables are to be placed at the end of the text. 

    Figures should be numbered using Arabic numerals. Each Figure must be cited in the text (e.g., ‘‘As illustrated in Figure 1,...’’). Tables should be numbered using Arabic numerals. Tables must be cited in the text (e.g., ‘‘As shown in Table 2, ...’’).  Each table should be printed on a separate sheet. Below the table number, a brief descriptive title should be given; this should then be followed by the body of the table. It is recommended that each table should also include a brief explanatory legend.

    As online submission requires papers to be submitted as one file, figures and tables etc. should be embedded or appended to the paper and not be sent as separate files. However, upon acceptance of an article, it may be necessary for figures to be supplied separately in a form suitable for better reproduction: preferably high-resolution (300 dpi) or vector graphics files. Where this is necessary, the corresponding author will be notified by the publishers.

    Subheads should be placed at reasonable intervals to break the monotony of lengthy text. Sentence structure, not italics, should be used to create emphasis. Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out at first mention. Mathematical symbols and Greek letters should be formatted to indicate italics, boldface, superscript, and subscript. Notes (footnotes, endnotes) are for explanations or amplifications of textual material, not for reference information. They should be avoided whenever possible.

    Manuscripts must include a list of references, which should include only sources that are cited in the text. The accuracy and completeness of references and citations are the responsibility of the author(s). Reference each dataset with its title, author, date, and a persistent web identifier, such as a digital object identifier (DOI), a handle, or a uniform resource name (URN). If necessary, this last element may be replaced by a web address and an access date, although researchers are urged to use the DOI as the preferred citation.

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author, including email, affiliation, mailing address, and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented in their own file, separate from the main text of the article, to facilitate anonymous peer review.

  • Language

    The text should be written in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). It is recommended that authors who are not native speakers of English have their papers checked and corrected by a native-speaker colleague before submission.

  • Blinding

    The complete title of the article and the name(s) of the author(s) should be provided only in a separate cover-page file to ensure anonymity in the review process. The text should have no author names but may carry a short article title at the top. Names of authors in citations and references should not be blinded; however, information in text that would identify those references as belonging to the author should be deleted from the manuscript (e.g., text citations of “my previous work,” especially when accompanied by a self-citation; a preponderance of the author’s own work in the reference list). These elements may be reinserted in the final draft. Information that could help identify any author (e.g., mention of any affiliation) should also be removed.

  • Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. Any accompanying queries should be answered as soon as possible so that publication is not delayed. The PDF of your article will be available for download on the journal website after publication. Changes of content or stylistic changes may only be made in exceptional cases in the proofs. Corrections that exceed 5% of the typesetting costs may be invoiced to the authors. The Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process.

  • Copyright Agreement

    By submitting an article, the author confirms and guarantees on behalf of him-/herself and any co-authors that the manuscript has not been submitted or published elsewhere, and that he or she holds all copyright in and titles to the submitted contribution, including any figures, photographs, line drawings, plans, maps, sketches, and tables, and that the article and its contents do not infringe in any way on the rights of third parties. The author indemnifies and holds harmless the publisher from any third-party claims.

    The author agrees, upon acceptance of the article for publication, to transfer to the publisher the exclusive right to reproduce and distribute the article and its contents, both physically and in nonphysical, electronic, or other form, in the journal to which it has been submitted and in other independent publications, with no limitations on the number of copies or on the form or the extent of distribution. These rights are transferred for the duration of copyright as defined by international law.

Continuous Publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. Your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as the production process is complete. At this time it will be completely free for readers to view and download.

Publication Standards

The journal accepts integrative articles and reviews, however, empirical articles constitute the core material published in the journal. Submitting authors will be asked to confirm that the manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere.

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.