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Author Guidelines

The journal publishes exclusively in English.

Prepare your manuscript according to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Öffnet einen externen Link in einem neuen Formatting instructions and instructions on the preparation of tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts appear in the manual. The length of the contribution should depend on its content and considerations of readability and lucidity.

Please condider also the following issues:

  • Use only 5 keywords
  • Use "Black and White (2003)" within the text, but "Black & White (2002)" within footnotes, Tables, Figures, or within brackets; please list every author's name the first time you refer to them, but afterwards, if there are more than three authors, then use Miller et al.
  • Don't use too many abbreviations
  • Always use statistical symbols in Italics
  • Do not use different type-I-risk levels in your paper for similar questions, but decide in advance for a certain level; there is no need for asterisks in order to indicate the effect size, rather estimate the (relative) effect size
  • Do not use alpha-risk, alpha-error, beta-risk, and beta-error, but type-I- and type-II-risk, and -error.
  • Do not use N for sample sizes, but n
  • Don't use T = 21.6 but t = 21.6, because that concerns the t-test and the t-distribution; that is, do not follow SPSS
  • Please always set a "blank" between statistical expressions and mathematical symbols - that is p = .03 instead of p=.03
  • Don't use Chi2 or the like, but χ2
  • Please use 50 %, but not 50%
  • Don't use the qualitative categories by Cohen (1960) for the evaluation of the estimated effect size but give the estimated (relative) effect size in its quantitative value
  • There is no need to write p < .001 and the like, in case SPSS lists p = .000 – this is so, because every reader acquainted with mathematics knows that p is not actually zero but the given value is only the result of rounding

On this note, we look forward to contributions which promote the concerning area by a very high methodical standard.

Editor in Chief 
Klaus D. Kubinger


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 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, LaTeX (including all relevant files like *.bib, figures etc. by using the ptam.sty-file, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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