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Author Guidelines

General Requirements For All Submissions

*Note—articles that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to the author.

1. File Format, Font and Spacing—Articles must be submitted as MS Word, TXT or RTF Documents. All text must be double spaced with 1”margins. Font must be 12 point, Times New Roman. Follow the guidelines put forth by the American Psychological Association (APA 6.0). All submissions not adhering to this will be returned without review.

2. Abstract, Key Words and Biographical Statements - Each article must include an abstract of no more than 50 words, and 3 key words. Send as a separate document a title page that includes a 1-3 sentence biographical statement of each author, and what degrees, professional credentials and affiliations are to be listed after the author’s name(s). For content and length requirements for various types of submissions, please see the “specific section” guidelines below.

3. Peer Review—All submissions to RDS are peer reviewed. Only  Research Articles and Essays will be anonymously peer reviewed. These works should be scholarly in nature. All identifying information, including name of author(s), affiliation and contact information, should be deleted from the article. However, please be sure that the title of the article appears in both the document name and in the document itself.

3. Footnotes and Endnotes—Do not use footnotes at the bottom of the page or any imbedded notes. All notes (if used) must be endnotes. References, endnotes, and acknowledgements will appear at the end of the article text.

4. Citations and References—Use the most current guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA 6.0).

5. Article Length- Articles should be no longer than 7,500 words, including references and tables. Additional word restrictions may apply to articles that are part of a forum and will be determined by the guest editor.

Citation and Reference Examples
Reference: Hemingway, L., and Priestley, M. (2006). Natural hazards, human vulnerability, and disabling societies: A disaster for disabled people? The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 2(3), 57-67.
Citation: According to Hemingway and Priestley (2006), people with disabilities are vulnerable in a disaster.
Reference: Foucault, M. (1990).The history of sexuality, vol.1: An introduction. (R. Hurley, Trans.). New York: Vintage
Citation: Many authors have written about the importance of studying sexuality (Foucault, 1990).

6. Grammar and Syntax—American English spelling is preferred. Do not use contractions or slang unless it is in the original text as quoted. Use modern and appropriate language in reference to disability such as “individual with a disability”, “disabled people” and “the disability community.” Terms such as “handicapped”, “crippled”, “the disabled” and “impaired persons” are not used in RDS unless they are being referenced in quotes or as a point of historical comparison. Corrections of grammar and syntax may occur during the editing process.

7. Non-Native English Speakers—English grammar and syntax must be understandable enough for the article to be reviewed and edited. Authors with limited English skills are encouraged to partner with a co-author whose first language is English or to write the article in their first language and have the article translated into English by a professional translator. We also suggest considering a translation/editing service to assist ESL authors. Here is a list of companies that provide these services:

8. Headings—The use of headings and sub-headings to separate major ideas and themes is encouraged. Use the most current guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA 6.0) for heading format.

9. Graphs, Tables and Images —Use no more than three graphs, tables or images per article not to exceed two pages of text. All graphs, tables and images must include an alternative text description.

10. Copyright Permissions- Work previously published must be so noted with a complete citation. If a copyright was obtained on the previously published work, written permission from the copyright holder must be submitted with the manuscript. Previously published work is not encouraged.

11. Date of Publication—We cannot guarantee date of publication of any article until the issue in which that article appears is in press. This includes providing verification of publication for the purposes of tenure and promotion. All articles submitted to RDS are “submitted” until they are either “accepted for publication,” “accepted for publication with revisions,” or “not accepted for publication.”

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. 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. All graphs, tables and images have alternative text descriptions.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. Footnotes was not employed within the submission. If needed, endnotes were used, placed immediately following the references at the end of the manuscript.

Copyright Notice

Submission of print material will be considered evidence that you are offering RDS all publishing rights and the copyright. For visual arts and multimedia, submission will be considered evidence that you are offering RDS the right to display your work without penalty, compensation or royalties.

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