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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.
  • Original Research Articles: The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in “Comments to the Editor”). Prior to acceptance and publication in QCMB, authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites (see Preprint Policy). Note: QCMB uses Similarity Check, a plagiarism screening service, to screen submitted content for originality (read more).
  • Acknowledging and Citing Previous Work: Previous or concurrent publications of the author(s) based on the same or closely related research are properly acknowledged and cited. It is made clear in the manuscript in which way(s) it represents a novel contribution to warrant consideration for publication in QCMB. Note: Replications of previous work are explicitly welcomed if identified as such.
  • Authorship: All authors of the submitted manuscript are named in the submission/cover letter. All authors of the submitted manuscript are aware of and approve its submission to QCMB. Contributions that fall short of authorship are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section of the submission/cover letter. (For criteria of authorship see the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, Standard 8.12, Publication Credit, of the American Psychological Association (APA). Responsibility for authorship decisions lies entirely with the authors.)
  • Consent for Data Storage: All authors of the submitted manuscript consent to the storage of their personal data transferred in conjunction with the submission and in accordance with the Journal's Privacy Statement.
  • Ethical Practice in the case of empirical research: The study received appropriate ethical review and clearance, thus meeting all ethical standards for research. Where applicable, authors must state the name of the review board in which approval was granted by.
  • Use of Copyrighted Materials: No copyrighted material is used unless that material has also been made available under a CC-BY license.
  • Publisher Guidelines: The text is following the latest edition(s) of the Publication Manual of the APA (currently 6th or 7th edition). in addition, the text adheres to the formal requirements outlined in the PsychOpen GOLD Author Guidelines (
  • File Format: The main article text is submitted in PDF format.
  • Reviewer Suggestions: At least three reviewers of the submitted work are suggested in the cover letter.