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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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text is 1.5 spacing. The body of the text is in 12pt font Times New Roman using one inch margins
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and APA bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which are found in About the Journal.
  • Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Preparing Your File for Masked Peer Review have been followed.

  • Your submission includes names and full contact information for all authors.
  • You have included the names of two potential reviewers and their contact information.

Author Guidelines

All submissions to The Canadian Journal of Children's Rights should be preceded by an abstract (80-150 words in italics) of the main argument(s), and three to six key words.

Submissions for Articles (Scholarly, Research) must not exceed 8000 words in length including references, notes, figures and tables (excluding Reference List / Bibliography). Use 1 inch margins.  Authors should specify the exact length of their submission. The articles in this section are subject to double masked peer review. Do not add running head.

Submissions to Open section may be up to 8000 words in length including end notes, references, figures and tables (excluding Reference List / Bibliography). Use 1 inch margins. Authors should specify the exact length of their submission. Submissions in this section undergo peer and editorial review. Do not add running head. 

Length for submissions for Youth Submissions section is at the discretion of the editor, and will depend on the type of submission. Contributions to this section are reviewed by the editorial team.

Article submissions should include names of two potential reviewers with contact information and the following:

  Names and full contact information for all authors
  Abstract in Italics (80-150 words)
  Keywords in Italics (3-6)

*Keyword list should have its first line indented 10 spaces with the label Keywords followed by a colon. Keywords should appear in lowercase, separated by commas, no period at end of list 

Formatting your manuscript for submission: See APA style guide for assistance. Click here for an APA Sample Professional paper. 

If the manuscript does not adhere to the format detailed below, it will be returned for correction.

Submit file in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.

Use standard APA style for all types of submissions with Canadian spellings.

Reference list: include all references cited in the text of your paper. Place references on their own page. Centre the word "References"  at the top of a new page. References in alphabetical order. Double space references and indent one inch after first author line of each entry. 

Notes (end notes, no footnotes) appear following the References section. Place notes on their own page after the references. Centre the word "Notes" at the top of the page.

For in-text citations, follow the author-date method: author's last name and the year of publication, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. Please ensure that all cited works appear in the references section.

Use the following format for references: 

Article in Journal:

Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.

Article or Chapter in a Book:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book(pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

Government Document:

National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHS Publication No. ADM 90-1679). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Article from Online Periodical:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Online Periodical, volume number(issue number if available). Retrieved from 
http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

 TEXT, HEADINGS, ILLUSTRATIONS, QUOTATIONS: 

The text should be 1.5 spacing. The body of the text should be in 12pt font Times New Roman. Use 1 inch margins. 

Headings:  First level headings, centered in 16pt bold (in the same font).  Second level headings, left justified in 14pt bold italic. Third level headings left justified in 12pt bold.

Text should be left justified, with a hard return between paragraphs. Italics, not underlines, should be used for emphasis.

Illustrations, figures, and tables are to be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Add label at top of table; add label below illustration or figure. Do not add boxes around text.  If additional versions (more detailed or higher resolution) of the illustrations, figures or tables are required, they may be submitted as supplemental files in a web-friendly graphics format.

Quotations: Quotations longer than 40 words should be formatted as block quotations. Indent the entire passage half an inch and present the passage without quote marks. 

EDITORIAL PROCESS:
The section editors are responsible for final decisions regarding publication and reserve the right to edit for brevity, clarity and consistency of style.

A final decision to publish or not is decided by the appropriate section editor. For the section Articles (Scholarly, Research) the decision is made based on recommendations from a double masked peer review process. For the Open Section, the decision is made based on recommendations from a masked peer review and editorial review processes. The selection of Youth Submissions is at the discretion of the editorial board.

REVIEWERS CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THE DECISION CHOICES BELOW:

  • Accept Submission: The submission will be accepted without revisions.
  • Revisions Required (minor): The submission will be accepted after minor changes have been made and the editor is satisfied that these changes respond to the reviewer's comments.  Authors should submit a revised copy with a written explanation as to how they addressed each of the reviewers' suggestions for revision. 
  • Revisions Required: The submission will be accepted after changes have been made and the editor is satisfied that these changes respond to the reviewer's comments.  Authors should submit a revised copy responding to each reviewer's comment using track changes noting how they addressed each of the reviewers' suggestions for revision or responding to their questions. 
  • Resubmit for Review: The submission needs significant changes and is not accepted for publication. It will require a second round of review before it can be considered as accepted. Once major changes have been made and the editor is satisfied that these changes respond to the reviewers' comments, it will be sent back to reviewers. Authors should submit a revised copy as well as a written explanation noting precisely how they addressed each of the reviewers' suggestions for revision. 
  • Decline Submission: The submission will not be published with the journal.

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