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Manuscript Preparation

PsychOpen's guidelines for mauscript preparation are based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition (APA Style).

Submission Preparation and Management Guidelines

Follow these guidelines when preparing your manuscript for submission.

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Table Title

Provide a concise and explanatory title for each table. Table titles should contain a table number and should be placed above the table. Capitalize all major words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns), all words that have four or more letters, both elements in a hyphenated compound (e.g., Teacher-Rated), and words after a colon (:) or dash (—).

Example:

Table 3. Factor Loadings of the School Anxiety Inventory — Teacher-Rated Results From Study 1

Table Structure

To avoid any disorganization of content during the partially automatized copyediting procedure, provide a separate cell for each content item (instead of setting off content elements by using tabs or returns within the same cell). The table content should be placed into a single Microsoft Word table. Do not split it into separate tables.

Column Heads

The column heads should be as brief as possible – ideally they do not have more characters than the widest entry.

Decimal Values

Whenever possible, use the same number of decimal places for decimal values (if possible, round to two decimal places).

Table Referencing

Reference every table in the text, e.g., "see Table 1" or "as shown in Table 2".

Table Borders and Shading

Only use horizontal borders at the top and the bottom of the whole table as well as the bottom of the header row. Eliminate all vertical borders. Do not use any shading.

 

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APA Style uses three different kinds of footnotes. All of them are placed below a table:

General Notes

General notes refer to the table as a whole (e.g. reproduction acknowledgements, explanations of abbreviations, symbols etc.). They are introduced with the italicized word "Note" followed by a period.

Specific Notes

Specific notes refer to a particular part of a table (column, row, cell). They are indicated by a superscript letter. Within the table header and body, order superscript anchors for specific footnotes from left to right and from top to bottom.

Probability Notes

Probability notes are used to explain how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indicate p values.

 

Below the table, order the footnotes beginning with general notes followed by specific notes, and ending with probability notes. End every footnote with a period. Use a separate paragraph for each footnote type, e.g.:

Note. CSESG = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Girls. CSESB = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Boys.
aThe women sample was excluded from this measure. bn = 90. cn = 70.
*p < .05. **p < .01. ***p < .001.

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Capitalization Guidelines

Capitalization should be consistent within and between journal articles. There are rules for capitalization of headings, subheadings, table titles and footnotes, figure captions, and words in the body of your text and in the reference list.

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Table Title

Provide a concise and explanatory title for each table. Table titles should contain a table number and should be placed above the table. Capitalize all major words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns), all words that have four or more letters, both elements in a hyphenated compound (e.g., Teacher-Rated), and words after a colon (:) or dash (—).

Example:

Table 3. Factor Loadings of the School Anxiety Inventory — Teacher-Rated Results From Study 1

Table Structure

To avoid any disorganization of content during the partially automatized copyediting procedure, provide a separate cell for each content item (instead of setting off content elements by using tabs or returns within the same cell). The table content should be placed into a single Microsoft Word table. Do not split it into separate tables.

Column Heads

The column heads should be as brief as possible – ideally they do not have more characters than the widest entry.

Decimal Values

Whenever possible, use the same number of decimal places for decimal values (if possible, round to two decimal places).

Table Referencing

Reference every table in the text, e.g., "see Table 1" or "as shown in Table 2".

Table Borders and Shading

Only use horizontal borders at the top and the bottom of the whole table as well as the bottom of the header row. Eliminate all vertical borders. Do not use any shading.

 

Category: Tables Guidelines
fold faqTables - Footnotes

APA Style uses three different kinds of footnotes. All of them are placed below a table:

General Notes

General notes refer to the table as a whole (e.g. reproduction acknowledgements, explanations of abbreviations, symbols etc.). They are introduced with the italicized word "Note" followed by a period.

Specific Notes

Specific notes refer to a particular part of a table (column, row, cell). They are indicated by a superscript letter. Within the table header and body, order superscript anchors for specific footnotes from left to right and from top to bottom.

Probability Notes

Probability notes are used to explain how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indicate p values.

 

Below the table, order the footnotes beginning with general notes followed by specific notes, and ending with probability notes. End every footnote with a period. Use a separate paragraph for each footnote type, e.g.:

Note. CSESG = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Girls. CSESB = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Boys.
aThe women sample was excluded from this measure. bn = 90. cn = 70.
*p < .05. **p < .01. ***p < .001.

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In-Text Citation and Reference List Guidelines

Each reference cited in the text (in-text citation) must be contained in the reference list and vice versa. Make sure that the spelling of author names and the publication year are identical in both entries.

Take care that the reference list is accurate, valid, and complete.

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Table Title

Provide a concise and explanatory title for each table. Table titles should contain a table number and should be placed above the table. Capitalize all major words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns), all words that have four or more letters, both elements in a hyphenated compound (e.g., Teacher-Rated), and words after a colon (:) or dash (—).

Example:

Table 3. Factor Loadings of the School Anxiety Inventory — Teacher-Rated Results From Study 1

Table Structure

To avoid any disorganization of content during the partially automatized copyediting procedure, provide a separate cell for each content item (instead of setting off content elements by using tabs or returns within the same cell). The table content should be placed into a single Microsoft Word table. Do not split it into separate tables.

Column Heads

The column heads should be as brief as possible – ideally they do not have more characters than the widest entry.

Decimal Values

Whenever possible, use the same number of decimal places for decimal values (if possible, round to two decimal places).

Table Referencing

Reference every table in the text, e.g., "see Table 1" or "as shown in Table 2".

Table Borders and Shading

Only use horizontal borders at the top and the bottom of the whole table as well as the bottom of the header row. Eliminate all vertical borders. Do not use any shading.

 

Category: Tables Guidelines
fold faqTables - Footnotes

APA Style uses three different kinds of footnotes. All of them are placed below a table:

General Notes

General notes refer to the table as a whole (e.g. reproduction acknowledgements, explanations of abbreviations, symbols etc.). They are introduced with the italicized word "Note" followed by a period.

Specific Notes

Specific notes refer to a particular part of a table (column, row, cell). They are indicated by a superscript letter. Within the table header and body, order superscript anchors for specific footnotes from left to right and from top to bottom.

Probability Notes

Probability notes are used to explain how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indicate p values.

 

Below the table, order the footnotes beginning with general notes followed by specific notes, and ending with probability notes. End every footnote with a period. Use a separate paragraph for each footnote type, e.g.:

Note. CSESG = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Girls. CSESB = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Boys.
aThe women sample was excluded from this measure. bn = 90. cn = 70.
*p < .05. **p < .01. ***p < .001.

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Numbers and Statistical Symbols Guidelines

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Table Title

Provide a concise and explanatory title for each table. Table titles should contain a table number and should be placed above the table. Capitalize all major words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns), all words that have four or more letters, both elements in a hyphenated compound (e.g., Teacher-Rated), and words after a colon (:) or dash (—).

Example:

Table 3. Factor Loadings of the School Anxiety Inventory — Teacher-Rated Results From Study 1

Table Structure

To avoid any disorganization of content during the partially automatized copyediting procedure, provide a separate cell for each content item (instead of setting off content elements by using tabs or returns within the same cell). The table content should be placed into a single Microsoft Word table. Do not split it into separate tables.

Column Heads

The column heads should be as brief as possible – ideally they do not have more characters than the widest entry.

Decimal Values

Whenever possible, use the same number of decimal places for decimal values (if possible, round to two decimal places).

Table Referencing

Reference every table in the text, e.g., "see Table 1" or "as shown in Table 2".

Table Borders and Shading

Only use horizontal borders at the top and the bottom of the whole table as well as the bottom of the header row. Eliminate all vertical borders. Do not use any shading.

 

Category: Tables Guidelines
fold faqTables - Footnotes

APA Style uses three different kinds of footnotes. All of them are placed below a table:

General Notes

General notes refer to the table as a whole (e.g. reproduction acknowledgements, explanations of abbreviations, symbols etc.). They are introduced with the italicized word "Note" followed by a period.

Specific Notes

Specific notes refer to a particular part of a table (column, row, cell). They are indicated by a superscript letter. Within the table header and body, order superscript anchors for specific footnotes from left to right and from top to bottom.

Probability Notes

Probability notes are used to explain how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indicate p values.

 

Below the table, order the footnotes beginning with general notes followed by specific notes, and ending with probability notes. End every footnote with a period. Use a separate paragraph for each footnote type, e.g.:

Note. CSESG = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Girls. CSESB = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Boys.
aThe women sample was excluded from this measure. bn = 90. cn = 70.
*p < .05. **p < .01. ***p < .001.

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Tables Guidelines

Particular attention should be given to tables while preparing your manuscript for publication.

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Table Title

Provide a concise and explanatory title for each table. Table titles should contain a table number and should be placed above the table. Capitalize all major words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns), all words that have four or more letters, both elements in a hyphenated compound (e.g., Teacher-Rated), and words after a colon (:) or dash (—).

Example:

Table 3. Factor Loadings of the School Anxiety Inventory — Teacher-Rated Results From Study 1

Table Structure

To avoid any disorganization of content during the partially automatized copyediting procedure, provide a separate cell for each content item (instead of setting off content elements by using tabs or returns within the same cell). The table content should be placed into a single Microsoft Word table. Do not split it into separate tables.

Column Heads

The column heads should be as brief as possible – ideally they do not have more characters than the widest entry.

Decimal Values

Whenever possible, use the same number of decimal places for decimal values (if possible, round to two decimal places).

Table Referencing

Reference every table in the text, e.g., "see Table 1" or "as shown in Table 2".

Table Borders and Shading

Only use horizontal borders at the top and the bottom of the whole table as well as the bottom of the header row. Eliminate all vertical borders. Do not use any shading.

 

Category: Tables Guidelines
fold faqTables - Footnotes

APA Style uses three different kinds of footnotes. All of them are placed below a table:

General Notes

General notes refer to the table as a whole (e.g. reproduction acknowledgements, explanations of abbreviations, symbols etc.). They are introduced with the italicized word "Note" followed by a period.

Specific Notes

Specific notes refer to a particular part of a table (column, row, cell). They are indicated by a superscript letter. Within the table header and body, order superscript anchors for specific footnotes from left to right and from top to bottom.

Probability Notes

Probability notes are used to explain how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indicate p values.

 

Below the table, order the footnotes beginning with general notes followed by specific notes, and ending with probability notes. End every footnote with a period. Use a separate paragraph for each footnote type, e.g.:

Note. CSESG = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Girls. CSESB = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Boys.
aThe women sample was excluded from this measure. bn = 90. cn = 70.
*p < .05. **p < .01. ***p < .001.

Category: Tables Guidelines

Figures Guidelines

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Table Title

Provide a concise and explanatory title for each table. Table titles should contain a table number and should be placed above the table. Capitalize all major words (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, pronouns), all words that have four or more letters, both elements in a hyphenated compound (e.g., Teacher-Rated), and words after a colon (:) or dash (—).

Example:

Table 3. Factor Loadings of the School Anxiety Inventory — Teacher-Rated Results From Study 1

Table Structure

To avoid any disorganization of content during the partially automatized copyediting procedure, provide a separate cell for each content item (instead of setting off content elements by using tabs or returns within the same cell). The table content should be placed into a single Microsoft Word table. Do not split it into separate tables.

Column Heads

The column heads should be as brief as possible – ideally they do not have more characters than the widest entry.

Decimal Values

Whenever possible, use the same number of decimal places for decimal values (if possible, round to two decimal places).

Table Referencing

Reference every table in the text, e.g., "see Table 1" or "as shown in Table 2".

Table Borders and Shading

Only use horizontal borders at the top and the bottom of the whole table as well as the bottom of the header row. Eliminate all vertical borders. Do not use any shading.

 

Category: Tables Guidelines
fold faqTables - Footnotes

APA Style uses three different kinds of footnotes. All of them are placed below a table:

General Notes

General notes refer to the table as a whole (e.g. reproduction acknowledgements, explanations of abbreviations, symbols etc.). They are introduced with the italicized word "Note" followed by a period.

Specific Notes

Specific notes refer to a particular part of a table (column, row, cell). They are indicated by a superscript letter. Within the table header and body, order superscript anchors for specific footnotes from left to right and from top to bottom.

Probability Notes

Probability notes are used to explain how asterisks and other symbols are used in a table to indicate p values.

 

Below the table, order the footnotes beginning with general notes followed by specific notes, and ending with probability notes. End every footnote with a period. Use a separate paragraph for each footnote type, e.g.:

Note. CSESG = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Girls. CSESB = Children Self-Efficacy Scale - Boys.
aThe women sample was excluded from this measure. bn = 90. cn = 70.
*p < .05. **p < .01. ***p < .001.

Category: Tables Guidelines

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