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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 an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

EJSS receives manuscript submissions through a web-based system and e-mail submission ([email protected]) . Manuscripts can be uploaded through an easy, step-by-step process.

Compliance with these policies is verified upon submission of manuscripts: 

  • Style: All manuscripts should follow the style guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition, 2019. https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/references/examples
  • Length:  Manuscripts must not exceed 6,000 words in length, including the abstract, references, and notes.  The word count must appear on the title page. Rare exceptions to this policy can be requested as part of the submission process (justified by the nature, number, or complexity of studies or methods reported, for example).  Even in such cases, authors should strive to come as close as possible to 6,000 words.
  • Abstract and keywords: The page following the title page must include an abstract of no more than 250 words, and below the abstract, 4-5 keywords.
  • Methods reporting: In addition to the manuscript text, authors are required to submit in a separate file stimulus materials, including the verbatim wording of all independent and dependent variable instructions, manipulations, and measures. [If the research was conducted in a language other than English, the stimulus file can use the original language, as long as the manuscript itself provides sufficient detail for reviewers and readers to evaluate the presented research.]  If the article is published, this appendix will be made available on-line.       
  • Result reporting: Data-based submissions must a)   report effect sizes and 95% confidence intervals for primary findings in each study and b)   address issues of sample size and consequent issues of power in each study or, in the case of multiple-study articles, in the context of evaluating the overall case for the reliability of the primary findings.
  • Ethical Practices verification: Corresponding authors of submitted papers must verify that (a)  the same or substantially similar manuscript has not been simultaneously submitted for consideration by another journal; (b)   the same or substantially similar manuscript has not already been published in whole or part ; (c)  data collection complied with current APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct; and (d)   the raw data and related coding information underlying all findings of empirically-based publications will be available for sharing if need be.
  • Bias-Free Language: The American Psychological Association emphasizes the need to talk about all people with inclusivity and respect. Writers using APA Style must strive to use language that is free of bias and avoid perpetuating prejudicial beliefs or demeaning attitudes in their writing. Just as you have learned to check what you write for spelling, grammar, and wordiness, practice reading your work for bias.

The guidelines for bias-free language contain both general guidelines for writing about people without bias across a range of topics and specific guidelines that address the individual characteristics of age, disability, gender, participation in research, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and intersectionality. These guidelines and recommendations were crafted by panels of experts on APA’s bias-free language committees.

  • Cost of publication: Corresponding authors are expected to pay the sum of N5,000 (Five Thousand naira) for review cost at the point of submission. After review and a paper is successful and accepted for publication, the authors are expected to pay the sum of N25,000 (Twenty Five Thousand naira). Foreign authors will pay the sum of $30 for review and $100 for publication fee. Details of payment procedure will be provided to the corresponding authors.
  • Referencing:
  • Referencing style should follow latest edition of the APA manual of instructions for authors. References in running text should be quoted as  follows: (Louw & Mkize, 2012), or (Louw, 2011), or Louw (2000, 2004a, 2004b). All surnames should be cited the first time the reference occurs, e.g., Louw, Mkize, and Naidoo (2009) or (Louw, Mkize, & Naidoo, 2010). Subsequent citations should use et al., e.g. Louw et al. (2004) or (Louw  et al., 2004).
  • Parenthetical citations: (Rabinowitz, 2019; Sapolsky, 2017)
  • Narrative citations: Rabinowitz (2019) and Sapolsky (2017)

Manuscripts submitted but not yet published can be included as references followed by ‘In Press’. Examples are below:

Journal articles

  • Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217. https://doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000185
  • Nwankwo,E. (2013). Role of gender, emotional empathy, interpersonal attraction on moral judgement. Ife PsychologIA, 21(2), 264-276.
  • Book
  • Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst. Penguin Books.
  • Edited book
  • K. E. (Ed.). (2004). Global climate change and wildlife in North
    Bethesda, MD: Wildlife Society.
  • Chapter in a book
  • Cook, D. A., & Wiley, C. Y. (2000). Psychotherapy with members of the
    African American churches and spiritual traditions. In P. S. Richards
    & A. E. Bergin (Ed.), Handbook of psychotherapy and religiosity
    (pp 369–396). Washington, DC: American Psychological
  • Magazine article
  • Schaefer, N. K., & Shapiro, B. (2019, September 6). New middle chapter in the story of human evolution. Science, 365(6457), 981–982. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aay3550
  • Newspaper article (signed)
  • Carey, B. (2019, March 22). Can we get better at forgetting? The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/22/health/memory-forgetting-psychology.html
  • Dictionary Entry
  • Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Culture. In Merriam-Webster.com dictionary. Retrieved September 9, 2019, from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture
  • Government Report
  • National Cancer Institute. (2019). Taking time: Support for people with cancer (NIH Publication No. 18-2059). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health. https://www.cancer.gov/publications/patient-education/takingtime.pdf
  • Youtube Video
  • Harvard University. (2019, August 28). Soft robotic gripper for jellyfish [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guRoWTYfxMs
  • Tweets
  • Gates, B. [@BillGates]. (2019, September 7). Today, it’s difficult for researchers to diagnose #Alzheimers patients early enough to intervene. A reliable, easy and accurate diagnostic would [Thumbnail with link attached] [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/1170305718425137152
  • Facebook Posts
  • News From Science. (2019, June 21). Are you a fan of astronomy? Enjoy reading about what scientists have discovered in our solar system—and beyond? This [Image attached] [Status update]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ScienceNOW/photos/a.117532185107/10156268057260108/?type=3&theater


  • Webpage on a Website
  • Fagan, J. (2019, March 25). Nursing clinical brain. OER Commons. Retrieved September 17, 2019, from https://www.oercommons.org/authoring/53029-nursing-clinical-brain/view
  • Religious Works
  • The Bhagavad Gita (E. Easwaran, Trans.; 2nd ed.). (2007). The Blue Mountain Center of Meditation.
  • King James Bible. (2017). King James Bible Online. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/ (Original work published 1769).
  • Annotated Religious Work
  • Kaiser, W. C., Jr., & Garrett, D. (Eds.). (2006). NIV archeological study bible: An illustrated walk through biblical history and culture. Zondervan.
  • Unpublished thesis
  • Appoh, L. (1995). The effects of parental attitudes, beliefs and values on
    the nutritional status of their children in two communities in Ghana

    (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Trondheim, Norway.
  • Conference paper
  • Sternberg, R. J. (2001, June). Cultural approaches to intellectual and
    social competencies.
    Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the
    American Psychological Society, Toronto, Canada

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