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Author Guidelines

Submission of Papers:

Stigma Research and Action uses an on-line submission system. Authors using the system for the first time must register as a new author by clicking the Register link. Once registered and logged in, authors may make a submission by clicking the ‘Submit Manuscript’ heading and following the instructions. Authors who have previously reviewed for Stigma Research and Action will not need to register and may use their existing reviewer username and password to log in as an author. All correspondence between editors and authors is performed by email. Hardcopy manuscripts are not required.

We publish the following types of contributions:

• Peer-reviewed original research articles (empirical or theoretical) and literature reviews 3,000 to 4,000 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.

• Peer-reviewed short reports of research findings, 2,000 to 2,500 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.

• Peer-reviewed short reports of student theses and projects, 2,000 to 2,500 words excluding abstract, tables, and references.

• Qualitative accounts and first person testimonies, 2,000 to 2,500 words inclusive.

• Submitted or invited collections of 3-4 thematic papers published with a brief commentary.

• Book reviews, 1,500 to 2,000 words inclusive.

• Letters to the editor, 1,000 to 1,500 words inclusive. A submission will be considered on the understanding that:

• It is original, unpublished material (publication of conference abstracts or thesis publications do not count)

• It is not under consideration for publication elsewhere

• Any research on which the article is based has been subjected to an appropriate ethics review. A statement that the study has received ethics clearance will be required in the manuscript.

• The publication has been approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out. All authors will be required to sign a statement to this effect.

• If accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form without the written consent of the Publisher. Stigma Research and Action reviews material for publication with an explicit understanding that the material has not been previously published in whole or substantial part and is not currently under consideration for publication by any other journal.

Manuscript Preparation:

General: We accept MSWord files. Submissions should be double-spaced in 10 to 12 font with all track changes removed. The editors reserve the right to modify formats to achieve consistency.

Title Page: This page should consist of the complete title of the manuscript; a running title not to exceed 50 characters including spaces. No author information should be provided.

Abstract and Key Words: An abstract of no more than 300 words must be included with the submission. Empirical papers should use a structured abstract (Objective, Method, Results, Conclusions, Implications and Limitations). Up to six key words that do not appear as part of the title should be provided at the end of the abstract.

Author information: This information is entered into the online editorial system during article submission and, for purposes of blind review, should not be included in the manuscript itself.

Text: The main body of the manuscript should be structured as follow: Abstract, main text, references, appendix, tables and figures. Authors are encouraged to use section headers to improve the readability of their manuscript.

Acknowledgments: These should be brief as possible but include the names of sources of logistical support. For grants, include the grant number and the full name of the granting agency.

References should be cited in according to the APA style, that is, the references list should be in an alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the References section. If the article/book has DOI number, this should be included.

Examples of basic reference formats:

Journal Article: Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225–229.

Authored Book: Mitchell, T. R., & Larson, J. R., Jr. (1987). People in organizations: An introduction to organizational behavior (3rd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Chapter in an Edited Book: Bjork, R. A. (1989). Retrieval inhibition as an adaptive mechanism in human memory. In H. L. Roediger III & F. I. M. Craik (Eds.), Varieties of memory & consciousness (pp. 309–330). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Web references: The full URL should be given. Any further information, if known (such as author names, dates, etc.) should also be given. Indicate the date when the web material was accessed.

Figures and Tables: Tables and Figures should be numbered consecutively and given a suitable title. Footnotes to tables should be typed blow the table. Tables should not duplicate results presented in the text. Be sure to indicate n sizes and measurement units clearly on each table. Figures accepted for publication must be clear, uncluttered, and two-dimensional. All tables and figures reproduced from a previously published manuscript must cite the original source (in the figure legend or table footnote) and be accompanied by a letter of permission from the publisher of record or the copyright owner.

Research reports Authors are requested to use the standard format of an Introduction followed by Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Implications and Limitations. The last paragraph of the Introduction should state the purpose of the research. The methods section should state the setting for the study, the study design, the measures, data collection procedures, and data management and analysis (including sample size and power). In reporting statistical results ensure that n-sizes are appropriately identified, standard deviations are presented for all means, and test statistic values with their accompanying degrees of freedom are identified, and actual probability levels cited for all probabilities < .001. Authors must indicate that the study received ethics clearance and specify the review board that provided this.

Literature Reviews and Syntheses Literature reviews must specify whether the review is a conventional narrative review, a systematic review, or a meta-analysis. In every case, authors must clearly state the research question guiding the review, the period for the review, the databases reviewed, the search strategy employed, and the method used to include/exclude studies from the review. In cases where quality assessments are made, details of this procedure are also required. Statistics used to support meta-analyses must be clearly explained and referenced.

First Person Accounts Narratives describing lived experiences have the power to transform both the author and the audience. Thus, first person accounts serve to both inform the public about the nature of the lived experience and clarify and affirm the experience for the person who experiences it. First person accounts are also recognized as an important source of qualitative data that may be used to assist researchers develop new measurement approaches.

Conflict of Interest Policy Stigma Research and Action requires authors to declare any competing financial or other interest in relation to their work. All competing interests that are declared will be listed at the end of published articles. Where an author gives no competing interests, the listing will read 'The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests' Data Disclosure Policy Authors of original scientific research agree to submit original study protocol and to release underlying data to editors or reviewers upon request.

Proofs: Proofreading is solely the responsibility of the author(s). Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by PDF. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors other small revisions. Any queries posed by the editorial staff should be answered in full. All corrections must be returned to editorial staff in a single email by the deadline required. We reserve the right to proceed with the publication of your article if no response is received.

Supplementary Data: Stigma Research and Action accepts supplementary data to support or enhance your research. If accepted, supplementary files, such as more detailed tables or results of auxiliary analyses, will be published online and linked to the electronic version of your article.


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.

  1. Names, degrees, biostatement and institutional affiliations of all authors is provided.
  2. Full mailing address, telephone number, and email address of the corresponding author are identified
  3. A structured abstract with keywords is provided using the headings:  Purpose; Methods; Results; Conclusion; and Implications.
  4. Acknowledgement of all financial support received for the study.
  5. Full text of the article with headings (for research articles):  Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion.
  6. Tables and figures showing n-sizes, values of all test statistics, degrees of freedom, and exact p-values (as appropriate).
  7. Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their 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 published work (See The Effect of Open Access).



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ISSN: 2210-5174