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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 Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. The reference style conforms to the 6th edition of the American Psychological Association for in-text and for the Reference list at the end of the submission.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Abstract: Summary of methods, results, discussion, and any other necessary information. Usually should not exceed 150 to 300 words. (If the submission is a Letter to the Editor, Critique of a Published Article, Response to a Critique, or a Response in a series of exchanges, it should still be preceded by a brief summary of not more than 25-50 words. All published submissions will be peer-reviewed usually by at least two individuals.)  

Word limit: In general, less is more, but no upper limit is set on length. Aim to be as concise as possible but without sacrificing intelligibility.

Referencing style: The required style is “APA (American Psychological Association 6th edition)”, as seen at This style is preferred as less cryptic than the various ICMJE medical styles, such as “Vancouver”, which typically abbreviate in the old school manner of hard-copy journals in order to conserve space on printed pages. The APA style gives more complete bibliographical information about cited resources, is easier to associate on the fly with author(s) and date of publication, and just as readily incorporates all the DOI and URL information necessary for optimal access to full texts, videos, web pages, etc. of the cited references as appropriate to an open access scientific journal. One difference from APA style concerning in-text citations is that IJVTPR requires that multiple entries must be arranged chronologically from earliest to latest by publication date, NOT alphabetically. In the narrative or explanatory part of the article chronology outranks the alphabet. However, in the list titled “References” at the end of each IJVTPR article, entries are alphabetically arranged by the first author’s last name, and so forth, as in APA style. For in-text citations and for the list of references, the APA style is more transparent than in typical hard-copy biomedical publications where numerical order, per ICMJE medical styles, is the only basis for differentiating in-text citations without multiple trips from in-text citations back and forth to the list at the end of the article. In general, in open access journals, the length of a citation is of lesser importance than its readability, completeness, and the ease and relative certainty with which it can be connected to the intended resource indicated by it. The key problem is not space occupied by the surface-form of any bibliographic entry, as important as that may be in some cases. The essential question in every referential entry (in-text or at the end) is the validity of its pragmatic connection to whatever objective-resource it aims to signify.

Punctuation, Special Symbols, and Format: Put any comma or period outside of quotation marks unless it is logically part of the quoted material. To add symbols, use the Insert → Symbol function or paste into the text the desired Unicode character. Sections and sub-sections must not exceed 3 heading levels clearly indicated in the text. Footnotes are not allowed. If you planned to use one or more footnotes, move the information from each one either to the text or reference list. All manuscripts must be submitted in English and spell-checking should conform to General American English per the Oxford English Dictionary

Recycling or Precycling and the IJVTPR Plagiarism Policy: With respect to submitted materials, all sources should be adequately referenced and any quoted material must be properly marked as such to avoid even the slightest suspicion of plagiarism. With respect to recycling or precycling of the author's own work, because it is not logically possible to steal one's own work, authors are allowed considerable discretion, but should nevertheless cite any published sources, and are solely responsible for obtaining written permission in advance for any published material (even their own works) when the publisher has obtained a copyright interest in the material in question.


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