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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 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 (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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements. Manuscripts are accepted in English, and author(s) should prepare manuscript according to the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (6th ed.), as instructed below. Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their article professionally edited before submission. 

 Articles Types

Journal articles are usually reports of empirical studies, literature reviews, theoretical articles, methodological articles, or case studies (APA, 2013).

Empirical Studies/Original Articles

Empirical studies are reports of original research. These include secondary analyses that test hypotheses by presenting novel analyses of data not considered or addressed in previous reports. They typically consist of distinct sections that reflect the stages in the research process and that appear in the following sequence:

  • introduction: development of the problem under investigation, including its historical antecedents, and statement of the purpose of the investigation;
  • method: description of the procedures used to conduct the investigation;
  • results: report of the findings and analyses; and
  • discussion: summary, interpretation, and implications of the results.

Literature Reviews/Review Articles

Literature reviews, including research syntheses and meta-analyses, are critical evaluations of material that has already been published. In meta-analyses, authors use quantitative procedures to statistically combine the results of studies. By organizing, integrating, and evaluating previously published material, authors of literature reviews consider the progress of research toward clarifying a problem. In a sense, literature reviews are tutorials, in that authors

  • define and clarify the problem;
  • summarize previous investigations to inform the reader of the state of research;
  • identify relations, contradictions, gaps, and inconsistencies in the literature; and
  • suggest the next step or steps in solving the problem.

The components of literature reviews can be arranged in various ways (e.g., by grouping research based on similarity in the concepts or theories of interest, methodological similarities among the studies reviewed, or the historical development of the field).

Theoretical Articles

In theoretical articles, authors draw on existing research literature to advance theory. Literature reviews and theoretical articles are often similar in structure, but theoretical articles present empirical information only when it advances a theoretical issue. Authors of theoretical articles trace the development of theory to expand and refine theoretical constructs or present a new theory or analyze existing theory, pointing out flaws or demonstrating the advantage of one theory over another. In this type of article, authors customarily examine a theory’s internal consistency and external validity. The sections of a theoretical article, like those of a literature review, can vary in order of their content.

Methodological Articles

Methodological articles present new methodological approaches, modifications of existing methods, or discussions of quantitative and data analytic approaches to the community of researchers. These articles focus on methodological or data analytic approaches and introduce empirical data only as illustrations of the approach.

Methodological articles are presented at a level that makes them accessible to the well-read researcher and provide sufficient detail for researchers to assess the applicability of the methodology to their research problem. Further, the article allows the reader to compare the proposed methods with those in current use and to implement the proposed methods. In methodological articles, highly technical materials (e.g., derivations, proofs, details of simulations) should be presented in appendices or as supplemental materials to improve the overall readability of the article.

Case Studies/Articles

Case studies are reports of case materials obtained while working with an individual, a group, a community, or an organization. Case studies illustrate a problem; indicate a means for solving a problem; and/or shed light on needed research, clinical applications, or theoretical matters. In writing case studies, authors carefully consider the balance between providing important illustrative material and using confidential case material responsibly. (See section 1.11 for a discussion on confidentiality.)

Other Types of Articles

Other, less frequently published types of articles include brief articles, comments and replies on previously published articles, book reviews, obituaries, letters to the editor, and monographs.


 Length of Manuscript

The average length of an article is approximately 7,500 words. Articles should be no shorter than 5,000 words and no longer than 10,000 words. 

Preparing Your Manuscript

Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: Title page; abstract; keywords; main text (Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion); references; table(s); figure(s); Appendices (if any)

Title Page

The title page should include: The name(s) of the author(s), The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s), The e-mail address, and telephone number(s) of the corresponding author. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after the manuscript is accepted. Any acknowledgements, disclosures, or funding information should also be included on this page.


Abstracts of 150-200 words are required for all manuscripts submitted, and should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.


Each manuscript should have 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Text Formatting

  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word.
  • Use double-spaced and 12-poingt font (e.g. Times New Roman) for text.
  • Use italics for emphasis.
  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.
  • Use additional headings (If any) for appendices, acknowledgments, conflicting interests, or notes.


Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses. For examples:

One Work by One Author: Subjective well-being is an important indicator of life quality (Arslan, 2017). Arslan (2017) found the association between …

One Work by Multiple Authors: Kisangau, Lyaruu, Hosea, and Joseph (2007) found [Use as first citation in text.] Kisangau et al. (2007) found [Use as subsequent first citation per paragraph thereafter.]

This effect of wellbeing has been widely studied (Arslan 1991; Baron et al. 1975; Kem and Soren 2008).

When a work has six or more authors, cite only the surname of the first author followed by et al. (not italicized and with a period after al.) and the year for the first and subsequent citations (see APA 6).

References List

The list of references should be prepared according to APA 6-Citation Guide. Journal names and book titles should be italicized.

For examples:

Journal article:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (1995). Title of article. Journal Name, 2(2),18-25.


Author, A. A. (1967). Title of work. Location: Publisher 

Book chapter:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (1995). Title of chapter or entry. In A. Editor, B. Editor, & C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. xxx–xxx). Location: Publisher.


Presenter, A. A. (Year, Month). Title of paper or poster. Paper or poster session presented at the meeting of Organization Name, Location.


Author, A. A. (1978). Title of doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis (Unpublished doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis). Name of Institution, Location

 After Acceptance

At Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, the accepted articles undergo the processes of plagiarism detection, preparation of bibliography, reference check, and being put into online first articles.

Plagiarism Detection

In accordance with its publishing policies, the JPPW oblige each study that has undergone the "Blind Review Process" to be detected for plagiarism to protect the integrity of the study. Therefore, the manuscript detected for plagiarism by a company chosen by the author(s).

Based on the review done by the reviewers, editor reports the reviewers’ comments to author(s). In this process the research that are not accepted for publication are returned without request for plagiarism detection. The final decision about the accepted research is made based on the results of the plagiarism detection report.

Layout and Galley

The JPPW requires that the articles be printed in a common type of and complete page layout for formal integrity, readability and standards. Therefore, the manuscripts whose plagiarism detection and bibliography preparation is finished, are sent to the editorial board for layout and galley.

References and Citation Control

The JPPW, given the journal’s publication ethics, considers it to be an obligation for the accepted articles to have correct and complete references and attributions. Therefore, each study, after acceptance, is checked in terms of bibliography, referencing and attribution.

 Publication and Submission Fees

The Journal has no page charges or fee for submission and publication.

Online First Articles

OnlineFirst is a feature offered through electronic content platform, Journal of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue. OnlineFirst articles are copyedited, typeset, and approved by their authors before publication, and we aim to post each article within four weeks of acceptance. When articles are published in an issue, they are removed from the OnlineFirst page and will appear in the appropriate issue. Normally, the article will not change from this version. However, if errors are identified in this version then they may be corrected when the article is published in an issue, or in exceptional circumstances by uploading a new version of the article. Issue publication is our Version of Record, after which articles will only be corrected by use of an erratum.

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