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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 double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text either at the cited points or at the end.
  • The text format adheres to the APA Style Guide 7th edition.

Author Guidelines

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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 email to the Managing Editor (

Manuscripts should be doublespaced. Tables or figures and captions may be embedded in the text or appear at the end of the manuscript file. Higher resolution versions of the figures may be uploaded separately. 

Revised Manuscript Submission: Word files are preferred.

-Adobe Acrobat (PDF file).

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

Upload to the Journal site or 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: References will be published in APA Style Guide 7th edition style. All works cited in the text, appendices, figures, tables, and notes must be listed under References. Use full journal titles (not abbrevitions), include DOIs where possible. Citations in the text take the style (Smith, 1970) and are not numbered. Other notes may be numbered.  

Tables: Tables may appear anywhere in the text file, at the end of the file, or as a separate file. Tables should be in Word, Excel, or PDF format.

Figures: All figures should be at least 300 dpi and may emedded in the text file and/or uploaded as separate files. 

Copyedited Files and Proofs: A copyedited and formatted PDF proof will  be sent to the corresponding author for review. 

Copyright: Authors retain copyright to their writings, under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC. 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 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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