Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri font; employs italics in references, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
- All Ethical Considerations have been clearly described in the Method section of the article.
- Keeping in view the revised HEC Policy and Guidelines regarding the number of authors in an article, there could be maximum 3 authors on an article. The contribution of each author should be stated clearly as per CRediT Author Statement, for details: please visit: https://iprpk.com/ojs/index.php/jpap/about
- The Conflict of Interest statement, Acknowledgment(s) (if any), and Source(s) of Funding (if any) have clearly been described in the article before the start of references.
- Where available, URLs/DOIs for the references have been provided.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- As part of the submission process, author(s) are advised to suggest names of one national and one international or two national reviewers for their article.
- By submitting your manuscript to Journal of Professional & Applied Psychology, you agree to publish your paper under the open access model which implies one time Article Publication Charge (APC) of PKR 30000 payable upon acceptance of the manuscript (certain discounts apply, for details, please visit: https://iprpk.com/ojs/index.php/jpap/about)
The Editorials are written by the Managing Editor or any other member of the Editorial Board and represent any important issue or theme related to the current issue.
Editorials are exempted from Article Publication Charges (APC).
Guest Editorials are usually solicited by the Managing Editor and represent any important issue related to the current issue. The maximum word limit is 1000 words with upto 10 references.
Guest Editorials are exempted from Article Publication Charges (APC).
Original articles are empirical reports of original research in the field of professional, applied, or basic psychology. As a general guideline, manuscripts should be 3500 words in length; more extensive manuscripts will be considered and judged on merit; however, authors are urged to be as concise as possible. All manuscripts must include an unstructured abstract not exceeding 250 words, a maximum of 7 tables and figures (total), and up to 50 references. More references may be accepted if justified. In an attempt to improve the quality of original articles in the journal, JPAP now strongly urges authors to complete the reporting guideline checklist that best suits their paper. Complete reporting is a critical element of good publishing. Taking the time to ensure your manuscript meets these basic reporting needs will greatly improve your manuscript and potentially enhance its changes for eventual publication.
Studies in humans and animals
If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with American Psychological Association & The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans. The manuscript should be in line with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work and aim for the inclusion of representative human populations (sex, age and ethnicity) as per those recommendations. The terms sex and gender should be used correctly.
Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed as per APA and Helsinki Guidelines.
All animal experiments should comply with the ARRIVE guidelines and should be carried out in accordance with the U.K. Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and associated guidelines, EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments, or the National Institutes of Health guide for the care and use of Laboratory animals (NIH Publications No. 8023, revised 1978) and the authors should clearly indicate in the manuscript that such guidelines have been followed. The sex of animals must be indicated, and where appropriate, the influence (or association) of sex on the results of the study.
Qualitative & Mixed Method Articles
Qualitative articles represent qualitative research in the field of professional, applied, or basic psychology. As a general guideline, manuscripts should not be more than 5500 words in length; more extensive manuscripts will be considered and judged on merit; however, authors are urged to be as concise as possible. All manuscripts must include an unstructured abstract not exceeding 300 words, a maximum of 7 tables and figures (total), and up to 50 references. More references may be accepted if justified. In an attempt to improve the quality of qualitative articles in the journal, JPAP now strongly urges authors to complete the reporting guideline checklist that best suits their paper. Complete reporting is a critical element of good publishing. Taking the time to ensure your manuscript meets these basic reporting needs will greatly improve your manuscript and potentially enhance its changes for eventual publication. Follow SRQR Guidelines for reporting of qualitative research articles.
Review Articles including Systematic Reviews & Meta Analysis
JPAP will consider extensively referenced review articles. Meta-analyses and systemic reviews are preferred when completed with thorough adherence to the PRISMA reporting guideline criteria. You must demonstrate inclusion of these essential reporting criteria or the article will be returned for thorough revision. The author(s) is/are encouraged to register their reviews with PROSPERO. The article length should be no more than 7000 words, and up to 100 references. More may be accepted if justified. Maximum of 7 figures or tables with an unstructured Abstract of 400 words are allowed.
Brief Research Reports
Brief Research Reports are consise research reports of original, and empirical research related to any field of professional, applied, or basic psychology. Maximum length is 2000 words; with an unstructured Abstract of 200 words, no more than 20 references, and 1 figure/table.
Case Study Article
Case Study Articles are consise reports of cases, clinical experience, clinical studies, drug trials, and adverse effects involving a single case related to any field of professional, applied, or basic psychology. Maximum length is 2000 words; no more than 20 references, and 1 figure/table per case with an unstructured Abstract of 200 words. We strongly recommend the author(s) comply with and supply a completed copy of the CARE reporting guideline for case studies/reports as evidence that vital reporting elements are included in the paper.
Viewpoint should be experience-based views and opinions on debatable or controversial issues that affect the field of professional and applied psychology. The author(s) should have sufficient, credible experience on the subject. The maximum word limit is 2000 words and an unstructured Abstract of 200 words; with upto 20 references, and 1 table/figure.
Letter to the Editor
Opinions on topics and articles recently published in the journal will be considered for publication if they are constructive in nature and provide academic interest. These letters will be forwarded to author of the cited article for possible response. The editor reserves the right to shorten these letters, delete objectionable comments, make other changes, or take any other suitable decision to comply with the style of the journal.
Letters could be of two types:
- Commenting either on recently published articles in the journal
- The scientific letter include reporting issues of current interest
The maximum length of Letters to the Editor should not be more than 1000 words, and upto 10 references.
Letters to the Editor are exempted from Article Publication Charges (APC).
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- Author is permitted and encouraged to post his/her work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of the published work.
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