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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 file format.
  • Where available, DOIs for all references have been provided. If DOIs do not exist, URLs are provided. Captions are also provided for all Tables, Figures, or Images.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font and Times New Roman or Arial; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.
  • The text follows APA style for all in-text citations and references. Authors may wish to consult the Purdue Online Writing Lab APA Formatting and Style Guide, which is freely available online. Please use Oxford (serial) commas (e.g., “Red, white, and blue”), limit endnotes to 250 words, and use U.S. English spelling and grammar.
  • As a condition of publication, all authors agree to the following terms of licensing/copyright ownership as shown in the “For Authors” section on this site and understand works published will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines 

Transition in Practice uses a double-blind peer review process or all submissions, meaning the authors’ and reviewers’ identities are not revealed to each other during the review. For articles where it would be difficult to fully anonymize the author, we allow authors to opt into a semi-anonymous review, where the author's affiliation is not anonymized in the manuscript. In no case is the author's name shared with the reviewers.

The editor(s) will perform an initial review of all submitted manuscripts and may reject papers that are clearly outside of the scope of the journal. Manuscripts within the scope will be sent to at least one reviewer, generally two, pending availability.

The review and revision process (from submission to final approval of layout) takes, on average, 60 days, with an initial decision within 30 days. This timeframe is subject to change based on updates to any given annual publication cycle. Authors may not submit the manuscript to other publications while a review is in progress. Authors are welcome to submit more than one article for consideration.

If a manuscript is selected for publication, all images, graphics, visuals, etc. shown in the text must be submitted to Editor/s as separate TIFF, EPS, Word, JPEG, or Excel files at minimum 300DPI resolution. If only lower resolution or alternate formats are available, please provide comment to the editor(s) upon submission.

Authors should note that this journal's open access policy does not require the author to pay publication fees of any type. For more information regarding the journal's copyright policy, please visit Information for Authors.

Practice to Research (Action Research)

Practice to Research (Action Research) articles present and discuss the implementation of evidence- and research-based transition services and practices. Language should reflect a practitioner-friendly rather than academic approach to writing. Manuscripts should include the following components: (a) brief introduction which summarizes the need for the strategy or practice, the supporting empirical evidence, and who will benefit from it; (b) explicit implementation instructions as well as helpful implementation hints; (c) detailed description of supporting materials; and (d) explanation of how to evaluate effectiveness of implementation. The use of vignettes, photographs, tables, and other resources which illustrate manuscript content are encouraged.

Length of manuscript: No more than 25 pages including title/abstract page, references, main texts, tables and figures.

Current Trends in Policy & Transition

Policy & Transition Articles discuss current issues in transition services and practices including, but not limited to, policy and law briefs, technology, diversity, and international perspectives. Manuscripts should define an issue and review its effect on transition services and practices as well as practitioners.

Length of manuscript: No more than 10 pages including title/abstract page, references, main texts, tables, and figures.

Tools for Transition

Tools for Transition articles briefly describe effective transition resources, strategies, or assessments including online assessments. Manuscripts should provide a detailed description of the featured resource or assessment including when and for whom it is most effective as well as instructions to access the assessment or resource and its cost. A connection to evidence/research-based practices must be explicitly connected to the resource/assessment described.

Length of manuscript: No more than 10 pages including title/abstract page, references, main texts, tables, and figures.

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