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Author Guidelines

General guide: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2013.

Font size: 12 pts; Times New Roman

Title: Capitalize first word and proper names only

Proposal length: 250 words max

Additional elements: The last sentence of abstract should describe what faculty from a range of disciplines will know or be able to do in their own courses after attending your session

Supplementary files are welcomed and encouraged. They should be submitted in Word, PDF, JPG, TIF, html formats and can be submitted after the conference date. Please contact editorial staff for additional file type needs.


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. The first author/presenter must be Mason faculty/staff/grad student.
  2. The submission file to be uploaded (abstract) is in Microsoft Word file format.
  3. The session abstract is 150-250 words long; single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; any citations included follows Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2013 style (note: inclusion of citations not required).
  4. Only first word and proper names are capitalized in the title.
  5. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed— while author names were entered into the system where requested, we did not include author names in the uploaded submission file.


Copyright Notice

Author Copyright Agreement

Corresponding Author’s Grant of Rights

If the Work is accepted for publication, the Corresponding Author grants to the Journal, during the full term of copyright and any extensions or renewals to that term, the following:

    • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to reproduce, republish, transmit, distribute, and otherwise use the Work in electronic and print editions of the Journal and in all editions throughout the world, in all languages, and in all media now know and later developed. This does not include the right to sell the content or sell access to the content.

    • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to create and store electronic archival copies of the Work. This includes the right to deposit the Work in open access digital repositories, including but not limited to preservation copies. The Publisher will provide long-term access to the Work in the Mason Archival Repository Service (MARS), using the same copyright license as it was published under in the Journal.

    • An irrevocable, non-exclusive right to license others to reproduce, republish, transmit, remix, rework, and distribute the Work, under the condition that the Authors are attributed.

    • The Journal will communicate this right to users by applying a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY-NC) license to the work.

Copyright of the Work remains with the Author(s).

Corresponding Author’s Duties
  • Upon acceptance of the Work, the Author shall grant to the Publisher the right of first publication of the Work.

  • When distributing or re-publishing the Work, the Corresponding Author agrees to credit the Journal as the place of first publication. The Author is able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the Work (e.g., post it on the Author’s website or publish it in a book), as long as there is provided in the document an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  • The Corresponding Author agrees to inform the Journal of any changes in contact information.

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  • The Corresponding Author warrants that the Author(s) have not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party.

  • The Corresponding Author warrants that the Work has not been previously published.

  • The Corresponding Author also warrants that he or she has the full power to make this agreement, and if the Work was prepared jointly, the Corresponding Author agrees to inform all additional Authors of the terms of this Agreement. The Corresponding Author agrees to hold the Journal harmless from any breach of the aforestated representations.

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