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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.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Metadata is embedded on the first page of the manuscript: Title (<15 words), Section (Research, Tools & Strategies, etc....), Abstract (< 200 words), and Keywords (4 to 6).
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and reference requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (APA 7th Edition).
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

Author Guidelines

Because of the diversity in which the journal publishes there is not a limited word requirement except for the abstract (no more than 200 words). If the manuscript itself is too long (that equivalent to a dissertation, book, or chapter) then the author(s) will be requested to resubmit with a shortened version (recommend nothing more than 10,000 words).

  • Language. It is a condition of publication that all papers must be written in clear and grammatical English. Minimal exceptions will be allowed.
  • Version. If you are unable to provide an electronic version of your paper, please contact the Editorial manager prior to submission.
  • Revision responsibility. It is the sole responsiblity of the author(s) to make revisions of the manuscript if such are requested.
  • Double-blind review. All identifiers of authors and/or co-authors must be removed or omitted from within the document or manuscript being submitted.
  • Disclaimer. UDP is a safe platform for voices to be heard. Therefore, authors are not restricted to a specific expression and identification for self and others. This includes but is not limited to: social categorization and labeling (such as capitalization), gender pronoun preferences, as well as the utilization of pseudonyms. The privacy and identity of our authors and audience is of extreme importance. Concerns over identifiers and labeling need to be taken to the Editor of the issue.

Abstract (no more than 200 words): Consider who you envision as the primary audience for this submission.

Layout and Formatting. Basic formatting guidelines are as follows:

  • Manuscripts should be in Times Roman Numeral, using 12 pt. font size, typed, double-spaced, 1 inch margins and titled.
  • Author name removed on manuscript
  • Pertinent photographs, illustrations, charts, or graphs need to also accompany the manuscript as supplemental documents in a format that can be edited for layout design. It is recommended that such items be on a grey-scale.

  • All articles should follow The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition. A great resource is OWL at Pursude: http://owl.enlighs.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ or http://flash1r.apa.org/apastyle/basics/index.htm
  • There should be no footnotes at the bottom of pages. Notes should be carried to the end of the text and inserted in a section called NOTES, immediately after the text and immediately before the references
  • All URL addresses in the text should be activated and ready to click.
  • For indenting, please use the TAB key, not the space bar.
  • Written permission must be obtained by the author for all quotations that require permission and for all tables, figures, or quotation over 300 words from sources for which the author does not hold the copyright.
  • All submissions (except for WPC Keynotes) will be peer-reviewed.  Author identification should be removed, and "Author" and year used in the bibliography and notes, instead of authors' names, titles, etc. The author's name should be removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  • For papers accepted for publication, authors are expected to provide copyediting for their own work before publication.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

Cover letter. Authors can include an electronic cover letter outlining the following information:

     Category Paper is being submitted:


  • Research Articles
  • Tools and Strategies
  • Creative work and Self-reflection
  • Youth and Student voices

Prior publication or consideration for publication elsewhere. Submission of a paper implies that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication has been approved by all the authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in either the same or another language, without the consent of the editors and the publisher. Reference should be made to previously published abstracts, etc. in the introductory section.

Plagiarism. Responsibility for the accuracy of the material in the manuscript, including reference citations, lies entirely with the authors. If plagiarism is identified, then the submission will be declined. If the manuscript has been published through the journal and plagiarism is later discovered, it will be pulled from our website.

Advertisement. The material published in the journal is for educational purposes not a source for marketing an author(s) books or products. Submissions perceived to be used solely to promote or sell another publication or work will be declined.

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