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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.
  • 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

Make sure the Author box is checked, on your Profile page.

Note: Before you submit a paper, you should familiarize yourself with the Journal by reading articles from past issues--see the Society for Scientific Exploration website (

Initial Manuscript Submission: Please submit electronic files of the manuscript, cover letter, and any tables and figures to the or to the Managing Editor (

Manuscripts should be doublespaced, and any tables and figure captions should follow the Reference section. Do not embed tables or figures in the text. If there is more than one table, each table should be on a separate page. Figures should be saved in separate files from the text (i.e., if there are three figures, there should be three figure files). Figure captions should be placed in the manuscript file, at the end. Do not include the captions with the figure files themselves. A cover letter from the author must state that publication is requested.

The letter must also state that the article has not been previously published nor currently submitted elsewhere for publication. If this is not the case, explanation and appropriate authorization must be presented for consideration by the Editor. Copyright-marked material will NOT be accepted.

Revised Manuscript Submission: The following are the acceptable formats for authors to submit their revised manuscripts to the Managing Editor.
1. The preferred method is to submit an email or CD/DVD containing a file of the manuscript readable by:

-Adobe Acrobat (PDF file).

-Text Editor (Microsoft Word DOC file, Word Perfect, Rich Text Format, or OpenOffice.

-LaTex File.

Transmit by email to:

Letters to the Editor: Letters commenting on articles and essays will, before publication, be sent to the authors of those pieces with the invitation that they make a response in the same issue of the Journal. Where a lengthy discussion of an article or essay is warranted, it may be published as a Commentary, possibly together with a response by the author of the original piece. Letters to the Editor about book reviews and abstracts of Articles of Interest should focus strictly on inaccuracies and errors committed by the reviewer or abstracter; they should not argue with the substance of the reviewed book or abstracted article. Reviews and Articles of Interest abstracts serve readers by bringing to their attention material likely to be of interest.
Book reviewers and abstracters of Articles of Interest aim to present useful descriptions of the content of the material, but cannot be held responsible for factual errors or for controversial opinions in that material. Reviewers and abstracters are also entitled to comment, within reason, on what they perceive to be errors or inadequacies or unjustified interpretations. It can be taken for granted that not everyone will agree with opinions expressed in the books or articles, or in reviews or abstracts of them; therefore Letters to the Editor should concern factual mistakes, not mere differences of opinion.

Citation Style and References: Manuscripts should be prepared using past issues as a guide. The Reference section must be doublespaced, and all works cited in the text, appendices, figures, tables, and notes must be listed under References. Avoid abbreviations of journal titles and incomplete information, and give publisher or accessibility information (such as a url). References should refer only to material cited within the text and should be placed at the end of the manuscript. Nonretrievable material, such as papers presented at meetings, reports of limited circulation, unpublished works, unrefereed sources such as newspapers or magazines, and personal communications, should be restricted to works absolutely essential to the article. Citations appear within the text itself in the author---year format (e.g., "Smith (1970) compared reactions." or "Reactions were compared (Smith, 1970)."). 

Tables: Tables should be included on separate pages. Number each table and include a brief caption that explains the content. Tables should be in Excel or Word format.

Figures: All figures, including photographs, must be submitted as electronic files, preferably as TIFFs. For photographs, authors will need to scan the photograph to create an electronic file. Figures should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi when sized for the publication (please see a recent issue for Journal size). Figures must be submitted in separate files (i.e., if there are three figures, there must be three figure files). Figures submitted in any non-graphic format (e.g., Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint) may not be of sufficient quality for publication in print. Direct questions about figures to the Managing Editor.

Copyedited Files and Proofs: A copyedited manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author, and may include queries from the copyeditor or Managing Editor. The corresponding author should return the copyedited manuscript with changes, corrections, and answers to queries within one week. One set of page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for review. These should be carefully proofread. Except for typographical errors, corrections should be minimal, and rewriting of text is not permitted. Return page proofs to the Managing Editor within 48 hours of receipt. Each author will receive one copy of the published Journal with their contribution in it.

Copyright: Authors retain copyright to their writings. However, when an article has been submitted to the Journal of Scientific Exploration for consideration, the Journal holds first serial (periodical) publication rights. Additionally, the Society has the right to post the article on the Internet and to make it available via electronic as well as print subscription.

The material must not appear anywhere else (including on an Internet website) until it has been published by the Journal (or rejected for publication). After publication in the Journal, authors may use the material as they wish but should make appropriate reference to the prior publication in the Journal; for example: "This paper (material) first appeared in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, vol... no... pp..., under the title..."xxxx’’, published by the Society for Scientific Exploration,’’.

Disclaimer: While every effort is made by the Society and the Editorial Board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement appears in this Journal, they wish to point out that the data and opinions appearing in the articles and advertisements herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor or advertiser concerned. The Society’s officers, agents, Editors, and the Editorial Board accept no responsibility or liability for the consequences of any such inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement.

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