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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, or Adobe PDF. The reference style is Elsevier - Harvard (with titles). References include active hyperlink to URL or DOI if available.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines

Please note: Upon successful completion of all the steps described here, if the article is fully accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the Requested Article Processing Fee of $300. An email from the Editor-in-Chief will be sent along with instructions for payment by check at

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or electronically at a secure link to be emailed to the corresponding author upon final acceptance of the article for publication.

Abstract: Summary of methods, results, discussion, and any other necessary information. Usually should not exceed 150 to 300 words. (If the submission is a Letter to the Editor, Critique of a Published Article, Response to a Critique, or a Response in a series of exchanges, it should still be preceded by a brief summary of not more than 25-50 words. All published submissions will be peer-reviewed usually by at least two individuals.)  

Word limit: In general, less is more, but no upper limit is set on length. Aim to be as concise as possible but without sacrificing intelligibility.

Referencing style: The required style is "American Psychological Association (APA) 7th Edition". APA style is preferred over other ICMJE medical styles, such as “Vancouver”. This style readily incorporates the DOI and URL information necessary for optimal access to full texts, videos, web pages, etc. Useful example references for in-text citations and for the alphabetical list at the end of the article can be found at this APA 7th link. Here is a typical example for a journal article:

Broudy, D., & Arakaki, M. (2020). Who wants to be a slave? The technocratic convergence of humans and data. Frontiers in Communication, 5.

IJVTPR requires that multiple in-text entries must be arranged chronologically from earliest to latest by publication date, NOT alphabetically as in many styles. In the narrative or explanatory part of the article chronology outranks the alphabet. However, in the list titled “References” at the end of each IJVTPR article, entries are alphabetically arranged by the first author’s last name, and so forth. The essential question in every referential entry (in-text or at the end) is the validity of its pragmatic connection to whatever objective-resource it aims to signify. With that objective in mind, the most important element in every entry in a reference list is the hyperlink connecting the reader with an on-line full-text source if one is available, or with an abstract or place to obtain the item referred to.

Punctuation, Special Symbols, and Format: Put any comma or period outside of quotation marks unless it is logically part of the quoted material. To add symbols, use the Insert → Symbol function or paste into the text the desired Unicode character. Sections and sub-sections must not exceed 4 heading levels clearly indicated in the text. Footnotes are okay but it is preferred if possible to put the information in the text. All manuscripts must be submitted in English and spell-checking should conform to General American English per the Oxford English Dictionary.

Recycling or Precycling and the IJVTPR Plagiarism Policy: With respect to submitted materials, all sources should be adequately referenced and any quoted material must be properly marked to avoid any hint of plagiarism. With respect to recycling or precycling of the author's own work, because it is not logically possible to steal one's own work, authors are allowed discretion, but should cite any published sources, and are solely responsible for obtaining written permission in advance for any published material (even their own work) when the publisher has obtained a copyright interest in the material in question. 

Marking Quoted Material Clearly: All quoted material must appear within quotation marks or, for special emphasis, it may be set off clearly from the main text by indentation and a reduction in font size. Interpolations in quoted material should be set off in brackets [like this] and the quotation must be marked by either by quotation marks enclosing the quoted material or by clear indentation that sets off the quoted material from the rest of the text, but not by both. In indented quoted material, if the source is not mentioned in the text prior to the quotation, it must be mentioned at the end of the indented material (like this, 2022) with the final punctuation following the later parenthesis (like this).

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