Psychology in the Schools

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Edited By: David E. McIntosh

Impact Factor: 1.035

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 34/57 (Psychology Educational)

Online ISSN: 1520-6807

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Psychology in the Schools requires adherence to the stylistic guidelines of the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association . A cover letter must accompany each submission indicating e-mail address, mailing address, telephone number, and fax number of the author to whom all future correspondence will be addressed.


Manuscripts must be double-spaced with one-inch margins. This includes tables, references, and footnotes. A 100–150 word abstract communicating the essence of the paper is required. The title should be short and informative. The main text of the manuscript should be reasonably divided into sections whenever appropriate. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all written material.


References are styled according to the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Examples of the proper style for in-text citations are given below.

  1. Phelps (1996) and Jones and Black (1989) stated that . . .
  2. A recent study has shown the time period is longer (Cohen, 1997; Smith & Johnson, 2003).

A sampling of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one. Hence, it is Psychology in the Schools, 41, 431–442, not Psychology in the Schools, 41(4), 431–442. Entries not exemplified below are modeled in the Publication Manual . Please note that the use of italics has been eliminated from the print publication (this is a departure from the Publication Manual style).

Book:Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.
Journal:Phelps, L. (1996). Discriminative validity of the WRAML with ADHD and LD children. Psychology in the Schools, 33, 5–12.
Article in edited bookBaker, F.M., & Lightfoot, O.B. (1993). Psychiatric care of ethnic elders. In A.C. Gaw (Ed.), Culture, ethnicity, and mental illness (pp. 517–552). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
Unpublished paper presented at a meetingBlack, L., & Loveday, G. (1998, February). The development of sign language in hearing children. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Professional Linguistics Society, Munich, Germany.
Published proceedings of meetings and symposiaMcNeil, C.B., Eyberg, S., Eisenstadt, T.H., & Newcomb, K. (1997). Marital status and living arrangements. In W.W. Hartrup & Z. Rubin (Eds.), American Psychological Association Proceedings No. 512 (pp. 1–25). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
Unpublished doctoral dissertationSmith, A. (2001). Analyses of nonunion American companies in the late 1990s. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

References should be typed double-spaced, in alphabetical order starting on a separate page following the manuscript. References should refer only to material listed within the text. Do not abbreviate journal names. Authors should review and verify references before manuscripts are submitted for consideration, because they alone are responsible for accuracy and completeness. Material that is not retrievable, such as papers presented at meetings and symposia, unpublished works, personal communications, and reports available from the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), should be limited to material absolutely essential to the article.

Anthologies and collections must include names of editors and pages on which the reference appears. Books in a series must include series title and number/volume if applicable. Because of the large quantity of conference proceedings available, it is critical to give as much information as possible when citing references from proceedings. Please include the complete title of the meeting, symposium, etc. (do not abbreviate titles), and the city and dates of the meeting. If a proceeding has been published, please provide the editors' names, publisher, city, and year of publication, and pages on which the article appears.

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Each table must be cited in the text, but the tables themselves should not be embedded in the text. With the hard copy of the manuscript, group together the copies of tables at the end, each new table starting on a fresh page. All tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals and should include an explanatory heading. The Publication Manual has helpful guidelines for both tables and figures. For the final, accepted, electronic manuscript, tables are best grouped together in a separate electronic file and clearly labeled either with the manuscript number or with your last name, followed by an underscore and the word “tables” (e.g., 2447_tables).

Figures and Artwork

Gray Scale Art & Line Art. As with tables (see above), figures should not be embedded in the text. Please cite the figure in the text and provide a list of figure captions at the end of the manuscript, after the references. With the hard copy of the manuscript, group together the figures at the end, each starting on a fresh page. Figures must be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals.

For the final, accepted manuscript submitted electronically, figures are best submitted in TIFF or EPS (with preview) formats. If these formats are not possible, use JPEG. (Tip: TIFF files can be created from PowerPoint by choosing "Save As" and then selecting "Tag Image File Format.") Please do not submit proprietary graphics formats such as Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator. Figures can be submitted in Microsoft Word, but please include them as a separate document from the article text file, following the naming convention suggested above for tables. For best quality printing, ensure that gray scale figures (e.g., screen shots, photos, or charts requiring shades of gray) are high resolution (above 300 dpi). Figures pasted directly from the Web are low resolution (72 dpi). Bitmapped line art (made only of black & white lines—often simple charts or graphs) should be submitted at higher resolutions yielding 600-1200 dpi.

For the final, accepted manuscript, figures submitted only in hard copy are acceptable if they have been printed with a high-quality laser printer. Authors are cautioned to provide lettering of graphs and figure labels that is large, clear, and open so that letters and numbers do not become illegible when reduced. Likewise, authors are cautioned that very thin lines and other fine details in figures may not successfully reproduce. Original figures should be created with these precautions in mind.

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Submission Instructions

MANUSCRIPTS for submission to Psychology in the Schools should be forwarded to the Editor as follows:

1. Go to your Internet browser (e.g., Netscape, Internet Explorer).
2. Go to the URL
3. Register (if you have not done so already).
Go to the Author Center and follow the instructions to submit your paper.
5. Please upload the following as separate documents: the title page (with identifying information), the body of your manuscript (containing no identifying information), each table, and each figure.
Please note that this journal's workflow is double-blinded. Authors must prepare and submit files for the body of the manuscript that are anonymous for review (containing no name or institutional information that may reveal author identity).
All related files will be concatenated automatically into a single .PDF file by the system during upload. This is the file that will be used for review. Please scan your files for viruses before you send them, and keep a copy of what you send in a safe place in case any of the files need to be replaced.