The paper should contain from 3000 to 5000 words, be written in Times New Roman 12, double-spaced. Different types of papers can be submitted:
Empirical studies are reports of original research. These include secondary analyses that test hypotheses by presenting novel analyses of data not considered or addressed in previous reports. They typically consist of distinct sections that reflect the stages in the research process and that appear in the following sequence:
- Introduction: development of the problem under investigation, including its historical antecedents, and statement of the purpose of the investigation;
- Method: description of the procedures used to conduct the investigation;
- Results: report of the findings and analyses; and
- Discussion: summary, interpretation, and implications of the results.
Literature reviews, including research syntheses and meta-analyses, are critical evaluations of material that has already been published. In meta-analyses, authors use quantitative procedures to statistically combine the results of studies. By organizing, integrating, and evaluating previously published material, authors of literature reviews consider the progress of research toward clarifying a problem. In a sense, literature reviews are tutorials, in that authors:
- define and clarify the problem;
- summarize previous investigations to inform the reader of the state of research;
- identify relations, contradictions, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature; and
- suggest the next step or steps in solving the problem.
The components of literature reviews can be arranged in various ways (e.g., by grouping research based on similarity in the concepts or theories of interest, methodological similarities among the studies reviewed, or the historical development of the field).
In theoretical articles, authors draw on existing research literature to advance theory. Literature reviews and theoretical articles are often similar in structure, but theoretical articles present empirical information only when it advances a theoretical issue. Authors of theoretical articles trace the development of theory to expand and refine theoretical constructs or present a new theory or analyze existing theory, pointing out flaws or demonstrating the advantage of one theory over another. In this type of article, authors customarily examine a theory’s internal consistency and external validity. The sections of a theoretical article, like those of a literature review, can vary in order of their content.
All full papers must be proofread and submitted together with the document proving it (DOCUMENT-download). The signed statement must be submitted electronically with the final version of the paper by May 20, 2018.