Author Guidelines

Overview of the Journal of CSWB

The Journal of Community Safety and Well-being (CSWB) is a peer-reviewed publication that is positioned to be the authoritative global resource for high-impact, Canadian research that spans all human service and criminal justice sectors. The Journal is a flagship product of the Saskatchewan based Community Safety Knowledge Alliance (CSKA – see, which showcases the latest research, originating from within Canada and/or relevant to Canadian communities and professionals. The Journal of CSWB aims to attract a broad audience of multi-sector policy-makers, practitioners and researchers worldwide.

Types of Articles Considered

Currently, The Journal of CSWB aims to solicit and publish original works that may include Original Research (both Quantitative and Qualitative Studies), Social Innovation Papers, Policy and Systemic Change Propositions, Random Control Trials and other Experimentation, Program and Horizontal Evaluations, Review Articles, Practice Guidelines, and thought-provoking Editorials and Commentaries. Journal selections are solicited and presented in four closely inter-related, themed sections, as follows:

  • Trust
  • Strengths
  • Services
  • Justice

In all of these sections, authors are encouraged to submit papers that address and inform any or all of the following cross cutting themes:

 CSWB Enabling Themes:

  • Community-engaged solutions
  • Collaboration and innovation
  • Evidence-based policy and practice (QN/QL)
  • Analytics, data-driven and technology-enabled solutions
  • Measurement and Evaluation (QN/QL)

 CSWB Challenging Themes:

  • Poverty and marginalization factors
  • Gender inequity
  • Inequitable access to services and supports
  • Addiction and harms from substance use
  • Mental health issues and stigmas
  • Victimization and trauma
  • Criminality and violence

 In the interest of advancing the knowledge base in this still-forming and multi-disciplinary field of collaborative CSWB, we are encouraging a wider range of article types than might other publications that serve more narrowly defined disciplines. For ease of reference, and to conform with established publishing standards for indexing purposes, we have organized this wider range of potential submissions into six Article Type categories, as shown in Table 1 below, along with brief descriptions of the types and range of papers that are encouraged and welcomed by The Journal of CSWB (Note: target word counts for each type are shown in Table 2 further below).

Table 1 – Article Types Suitable for Publication in the Journal of CSWB

Article Type by
Indexed Category

Sub-Types and Full Range of Articles
Considered for Publication

Peer Review

Original Research

Full Reports:

Quantitative (QN), Qualitative (QL) and/or Mixed Method Studies, Random Control Trials and other Experimental Methods, Meta-Analyses

Short Reports:

Research Previews, Works-in-Progress or Under Development






Social Innovation Narratives

Program Evaluations, Horizontal Evaluations, Policy Propositions, Systemic Change and Reform Propositions, Promising and Emerging Practices, Informed Narratives on CSWB Trends and Issues


Practice Guidelines

Reports and Guidelines on Evidence-based or Evidence-informed Practices and/or Policy Frameworks in Support of Collaborative CSWB Models



Review manuscripts provide concise and precise updates on the latest progress made in the field. This may include literature reviews which summarize already published works on the topic, or systematic reviews, which aim to provide a summary of current literature relevant to a research question



Reflective Pieces, Calls for Action, Critiques


Food for After Thought

Well-developed and sufficiently scholarly opinion pieces, supported by studies if appropriate, and of a lighter or even humorous nature to provoke thought and dialogue



Most often solicited by the Editors, and are related to an article published in the same issue. They express the opinions and views of recognized experts


Letters to the Editor

Comments on papers previously published in The Journal of CSWB or on any other matters of interest to CSWB. Subject to decisions of the Editorial Board          


Ethical Policies

Previous or Duplicate Publication
Sources of Support
Conflict of Interest


Regarding authenticity of authorship, only those individuals who contributed directly to the intellectual content of the paper should be listed as such, with the implication that all of the following criteria have been met by the author(s) listed:

  1. Contributed substantially to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, or composition of the associated interpretation and/or narrative;
  2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Grants final approval of the version to be published; and
  4. Agrees to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Holding positions of administrative leadership, contributing clients, and collecting and assembling data, are not, by themselves, criteria for authorship. Other persons who have made substantial, direct contributions to the work but cannot be considered authors should be acknowledged with their permission in the Acknowledgments section of the article.

Previous or Duplicate Publication

In “Comments to the Editor”, during the online submission process, give full details on any possible previous or duplicate publication of any content of the paper. Previous publication of a small fraction of the content of a paper does not necessarily preclude its being published, but members of the Editorial Board need information about previous publication when deciding how to use space in the journal efficiently; they regard failure of full disclosure by authors of possible prior publication as a breach of ethics. Please send a copy of any document that might be considered a previous publication via email to the Editor-in-Chief.

Sources of Support

You are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement, please state “The funding sponsors had no role in the design of the study; in the collection, analyses, or interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript, and in the decision to publish the results”. Sources of support for research, including funding and grants, must be identified within the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

A conflict of interest may occur when an author or an author's employer or sponsor has a financial, commercial, legal, or professional relationship with other organizations or with the people working with them that may exert an influence on that author's research. All manuscript submissions to the Journal must include the disclosure of any and all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. Potential conflicts of interest in relation to the submitted manuscript could include consultancies, employment, fees & honoraria, grants, and stock or share ownership. Authors should include a relevant Disclosure Statement within the text of their article. If no conflicts exist, this should be explicitly stated.

Editorial and Peer Review Process

All manuscripts will be initially reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief (EIC), and if appropriate the paper will be assigned to a Section Editor. If the paper is judged to be suitable for possible publication, it will be sent to two or more external reviewers. Authors may indicate the names of up to 3 potential referees as well as those whom they wish not to review the paper. The Journal of CSWB is under no obligation to use these reviewers, and the suggested reviewers will be considered alongside other potential reviewers recommended by the editorial team.

Any suggested peer reviewers should not have published with any of the authors of the manuscript within the past five years, should not be current collaborators, and should not be members of the same research institution. Recommended reviewers, and their contact information should be included in the “Comments to the Editor” upon article submission.

Manuscript Preparation

General Format
Abstract and key words

General Format

Manuscripts should be in Microsoft Word format. PDFs are not accepted.

Write the body of the manuscript as concisely as possible, adhering to the word limits specified for the given manuscript category. Double space all text, including the references and figure legends, and allow adequate margins.
For section and subsection headings, please use the heading styles built into your word processing template. Headings are numbered, to a maximum of three levels:

Level 2 Heading
Level 3 Heading

If further divisions of the text are required, use inline headings:

In-line Heading Level One: Paragraph text ....
In-line Heading Level Two: Paragraph text ....

Focus on the content rather than the look of a submission. Simpler is always better. Use a common typeface such as Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, or Times in a readable size (11 or 12 points is usually adequate). In running text, formatting other than the usual uses of italic, superscript, and subscript is discouraged. During the copyediting process all extraneous formatting will, in any case, be stripped from the file to ensure smooth intake into the layout program used by the page compositor.

All papers must contain the following items, when applicable:

  • Title Page
  • Abstract and Key Words
  • Text
  • Acknowledgements
  • Disclosures
  • References
  • Figure Legends
  • Tables

The first page of the manuscript should include:

  1. the title of the article (80 characters maximum, using sentence case);
  2. the names of the authors (written as first name, initial(s) and surname);
  3. the affiliation or affiliations for each author. For each affiliation, include the name of the department (if any), the institution, the city, and the province (if Canada, using the official postal abbreviation) or the state (if applicable) and country where the work was done. Use superscript Arabic numerals to indicate which are associated with which affiliations;
  4. a shortened version of the title for use as a running header (no more than 60 characters, upper case);
  5. the full name of the corresponding author, with postal address, e-mail address, and fax and telephone numbers;
  6. acknowledgments of grant support and of individuals who were of direct help in the preparation of the study or the manuscript;
  7. source(s) of support in the form of grants or funding;
  8. full details on any possible previous or duplicate publication of any content of the paper (if applicable);
  9. a word count for the text only (excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends, and references); and
  10. the number of figures and tables.

Abstract and key words

Include an unstructured abstract of no more than 250 words for Original Research articles, Social Innovation Narratives, Practice Guidelines and Reviews. The abstract highlights the main points of the article, outlines the results and conclusions and explains the significance of the results.

Do not include abstracts for Commentaries, Editorials and Letters to the Editor.

After the abstract, list up to eight key words or phrases for indexing. The key words should be different than those used in the title. Present key words in one paragraph, separate by semi-colons, with a period at the end. Key words should only be included for Original Research articles, Social Innovation Narratives, Practice Guidelines and Reviews.


Word Count: When submitting manuscripts, the following maximum word counts must be adhered to. The word count excludes Title Page, Abstract, References, Tables, and Figure Legends.

Original Research:

  • Full Articles

3,000 words

  • Short Reports

1,500 words

Social Innovation Narratives

2,000 to 3,000 words

Practice Guidelines

2,000 to 3,000 words

Commentaries and Editorials

1,500 words


1,500 to 2,500 words

Letters to the Editor

500 words

Organization: Organize the text using the applicable structure from the list set out here:

Original Research: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if applicable), Disclosures, References, Tables, and Figure Legends. Note: The text of original research articles is usually, but not necessarily, divided into Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions. The Introduction should state the purpose and summarize the rationale for the study. Please provide only pertinent references and do not review the subject extensively. The Methods section should describe subjects and justify sample size, as well as detailing the study methods applied. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods. The results should be presented in logical sequence and do not repeat data in the text that is provided in Tables or Figures. Estimates of dispersion (e.g., standard deviation, range, or confidence interval) and p-values should be provided. The Discussion section should summarize study findings, compare with existing studies, and describe what is novel about the paper. For Short Reports, the Discussion and Conclusions may be combined.

Social Innovation Narratives: Introduction, Text (include headings in the text body), Conclusions or Summary, Acknowledgements (if applicable), Disclosures, References, Tables, and Figure Legends.

Practice Guidelines: Introduction, Text (including headings in the text body), Conclusions or Summary, Acknowledgements (if applicable), Disclosures, References, Tables, and Figure Legends.

Commentaries and Editorials: Text (with limited or no subheadings), Acknowledgements (if applicable), Disclosures, References, Tables and Figures Legends.

Reviews: Introduction, Text (including headings in the text body), Conclusions or Summary, Acknowledgements (if applicable), Disclosures, References, Tables, and Figure Legends.

Letters to the Editor: Text (with limited or no subheadings), Disclosures, and References. Letters should have no tables or figures. Letters should be interesting, personal (when appropriate), and provide constructive analysis and/or criticism (if a review or in response to a paper published in the Journal).

Spelling: Use Canadian spelling. In this context, “Canadian” spelling means using “–our” and “–re” word endings (“rigour,” “centre”) and doubled consonants in most verb forms (“signalling,” “modelling”). However, “–ize” and “–yze” are the preferred verb endings (“characterize” not “characterise” and “analyze” not “analyse”).

Abbreviations: Multi-word phrases used frequently (four times or more) in the text may be abbreviated if necessary. Introduce the abbreviation in parentheses after the first occurrence of the phrase, and then use the abbreviation at the second and subsequent appearances. Note that, with respect to introducing and using abbreviations, the abstract, main body of the article, and each figure and table are considered entirely separate entities, and the abbreviation rule applies to each entity separately, except that in the abstract and figures, abbreviations can be introduced even if the abbreviated phrase is repeated only once or twice.

Abbreviations for units of measurement may be used without explanation.
Abbreviations used in figures must be defined in the figure legend. In tables, strive for a balance between readability and space saving through abbreviation. 

Units of Measurement: Measurements are to be metric. For numbers, please use words for numbers up to nine and numerals thereafter (e.g., six patients, 10 patients). For measurements, use numerals (e.g., 2 kg, 8th percentile, 5 hours). In tables, specify the units for a column or row in the column or row stub rather than in every entry in the column or row.


This part of the report provides the bibliographic information for each and every source cited.

The Journal of CSWB uses APA Citation as its consistent reference style. Sample references for citation formats of the most prevalent types of material cited can be found at

Reference Lists should follow the body of the paper and be organized consecutively in alphabetical order, following the prescribed APA format.

Some Quick Reference Tips on Using APA in The Journal of CSWB:
  • For source citations in the body of the text, use parentheses to cite author name(s) and publication date(s) in close proximity to and in the order in which they are first cited in the text.
  • List all authors when three or fewer; when four or more, list only the first three and add et al.
  • Provide complete bibliographic data in the Reference List for each reference cited in the body, using established APA standards.
  • Cite the version of the article that you saw. If you viewed an article on the Internet, do not cite it as if it were a print one.
  • Include an “available from” note for documents that may not be readily accessible.
  • Cite symposium papers from published proceedings whenever possible. However, citations from verifiable conference presentations are also acceptable.
  • When citing an article or book accepted for publication but not yet published, include the title of the journal (or name of the publisher) and the year of expected publication.
  • Include references to unpublished material in the text, not in the references [for example, papers presented orally at a meeting; unpublished work (personal communication and papers in preparation)], and submit a letter of permission from the cited persons to cite such communications. Cite in parentheses in the text the name of the person and the date of communication when a reference to “personal communication” is used.
  • Obtain written permission of author(s) and publisher(s) to use any previously published materials (figures, tables, or quotations of more than 100 words) and attach with your License to Publish form.
  • Do not use ibid. or op cit.


Each table should be created in Word, typed on a separate page, and should have a legend at the top indicating the information contained. In Word, please use the table creation functions to properly define the rows and columns of the tables. The tables should appear at the end of the manuscript.

Authors are asked to keep each table to a reasonable size; very large tables packed with data simply confuse the reader. Similarly, try to minimize the use of abbreviations, and if abbreviations must be used, use well-known and accepted forms to minimize the need for the reader to constantly refer to the table legend. The same data should not be presented in both a table and a figure.

Tables are to be numbered using uppercase roman numerals (I, II, III, and so on) in the order in which they are cited in the article text. Tables should also have a title (above the table) that summarizes the whole table; it should be no longer than 15 words. Every table column and row should be provided with an explanatory title stub, with units of measure applicable to the row or column clearly indicated.

Tables must be formatted using the table tool in a word processing program to ensure that columns of data remain aligned when the file is sent electronically for review. The table should be formatted with a horizontal line above the column title stubs, between the column title stubs and the table body, and at the end of the table body. Vertical lines, color, and shading are not to be used; parts of the table can be highlighted using symbols or bold text, the meaning of which should be explained in the table legend. Tables must not be embedded as figures or spreadsheet files.

Footnotes follow the table body and should be indicated using superscripted lowercase letters (a, b,c, and so on). The table legends come after the footnotes and should be as concise as possible. Tables (together with their footnotes and legends) should be completely intelligible without reference to the text.

All tables (including their associated title, footnotes, and legends) should appear in consecutive numerical order after the references and any figure legends. All tables will be placed close to their text citations during article layout. Make sure that each table is cited in the article text.


Format: Figures for reproduction should approximately fit within the typeset area of the journal. The following resolutions are optimal:

  • Black-and-white line drawings, 600–1200 dpi
  • Line drawings with some grey or coloured lines, 600 dpi
  • Illustrations and photographs, 300 dpi

Authors should supply electronic versions of the figure content in EPS, GIF, TIFF, or JPEG format. Other formats, such PDFs, may be used, but are not preferred. Drawings in made in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are discouraged, because the display of such drawings varies with the settings of each computer used to view the file. There is no guarantee that such figures will reproduce exactly as intended by the author. Save each figure in a separate file without its title or legend, and use simple file-naming conventions (for example, Figure1, Figure2A). Please note it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere. This usually includes a full bibliographic reference to the original publication and an acknowledgement that the material is reproduced with permission from the rights owner. This should be included in the figure and table legends for the article submitted to the CSWB.

Submission: All figures are to be individually uploaded in Step 4 of the online submission process. Figures are not to be embedded in the article.

Figure Legends: Figures are to be numbered using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, and so on) in the order in which they are cited in the article text. If a figure has several panels, each panel should be identified using a uppercase alphabetic character (A, B, C, and so on). Each figure should have a title and an explanatory legend that clearly identifies the meaning of any symbols, arrows, numbers, or abbreviations used in the illustration. The legend should permit the figure to be understood without reference to the text. If the figure has been previously published, a credit line should be included and a permission letter supplied by the author with their “License to Publish” form.

Title and legend information for each figure should be included with the article text, grouped and placed at the end of the manuscript, after the reference list. All figures will be placed close to their text citations during article layout. Make sure that each figure is cited in the article text.


Written permission must be obtained for material that has been published in copyrighted material; this includes tables, figures, and quoted text that exceeds 150 words. A copy of all permission forms must accompany the License to Publish agreement.

Manuscript Submission

Logging in/creating an account
Submitting a Paper

Manuscripts must be submitted online via The Journal of CSWB’s online manuscript submission and review system at

Registration and login are required to submit items online and to check the status of current submissions.

The guidelines below contain information pertaining to online manuscript submission. The following information will help you submit manuscript to the journal’s web-based peer review system. Once you have submitted your article, you will be able to monitor the progress of your manuscript through the peer review process.

Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information:

  • First name, last name and email address for all authors
  • Title (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)
  • Abstract (you can copy and paste this from your manuscript)
  • Key words
  • Cover letter (optional)
  • Manuscript files in Microsoft Word format
  • Figures/images as separate files in appropriate format as outlined in the manuscript preparation guidelines. Tables must be included in manuscript file, as per the instructions.

Logging in/creating an account

Already have a username/password?

All authors, reviewers and editors must log in to use the system.

If you are already registered with the system, you may login to the The Journal of CSWB Web site by clicking on Login/Register link at the top of the page and then filling in your username and password. If you do not remember your username or password, click here.

You must ensure you are enrolled as an author to submit a manuscript. To check go to “Edit My Profile” under “My account” on the user home page. Under “roles” ensure the box beside “author” is checked off.


Need a username and password?

In order to submit an article, you must first register as an author and create a username and password. Once you have created an account with the The Journal of CSWB Web site, you will be able to submit a paper, and track its progress. You can edit your account at any time by logging in and selecting "Edit My Profile" in the User Home.

Be sure to select Author in the “Register As” section of the page, or you will not be able to submit a manuscript.


Submitting a Paper

Submission Steps (5 Step Process)
Editorial Decisions
Revisions of Manuscripts
Proofs and Publication
Checking Status of Manuscript
Need Assistance?

Once logged in you may click the link “New Submission” on the User Home Page, OR after clicking “Author” from the User Home page, you may submit an article by selecting “Click Here” under "Start a New Submission". Once selected, the next page will be step 1 of the 5-step online submission process.

Submission Steps (5 Step Process)

Step 1: Starting the Submission
Step 2: Uploading the Submission
Step 3: Entering the Submission's Metadata
Step 4: Uploading Supplementary Files
Step 4a: Add a Supplementary File (Enter Metadata)
Step 5: Confirming the Submission

Step 1: Starting the Submission: Under "Journal Section”, a drop down menu will be available containing a list of journal sections. The author will be asked to select the appropriate section for the submission. Under each section, the author will also be asked to indicate the appropriate article type (ie: Original Research, Review, etc). The author must then complete the submission checklist indicating the submission is prepared in the proper format as required by the Journal. “Comments for the Editor” section is optional and is where you may enter suggested reviewers for your manuscript. The author may add any relevant comments here. Select Save/Continue to proceed to the next section.

Step 2: Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript to this journal, complete the following steps:

  • Click Browse (or Choose File) which opens a Choose File window for locating the file on the hard drive of your computer.
  • Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
  • Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
  • Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal's Web site and renames it following the journal's conventions.
  • Once the submission is uploaded, click Save and Continue at the bottom of this page.
  • To view the file which was uploaded, click on the file name. If the incorrect file was uploaded, click "Browse" beside the "Replace Submission File" field and follow the above steps.

Step 3: Entering the Submission's Metadata: The first, middle, and last name, and e-mail address of each author must be added. To add additional authors click "Add Author". The "Principal Contact for Editorial Correspondence" must also be selected here. Next, spaces are provided for the "Title and Abstract" of the submission. Keywords may be added in the space provided in the "Indexing" section. Last, a space is available for the author to name any "Supporting Agencies" which provided funding or support for the work presented in the submission.

Step 4: Uploading Supplementary Files: In this step, all figures associated with the manuscript must be uploaded. All authors must upload the "manuscript submission form" at this step. For articles submitted to the Practice Guidelines section, a completed "author declaration of acceptance/suggested reviewer form" must also be uploaded in this step. In addition, cover letters to the editor, special permission to use figures, copyright release statements, may be included in this step. Note: Tables are not to be uploaded in this step; they are to be included in the manuscript file.

  • On this page, click Browse (or Choose File) which opens a Choose File window for locating the file on the hard drive of your computer.
  • Locate the file you wish to submit and highlight it.
  • Click Open on the Choose File window, which places the name of the file on this page.
  • Click Upload on this page, which uploads the file from the computer to the journal's website.

Step 4a: Add a Supplementary File (Enter Metadata): In this step, it is important to only complete the following:

  • Enter “Title” that describes the file. For figures, the title must correspond with the figure names in the manuscript ex: Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.
  • If the file is a figure, ensure that “Present file to reviewers (without metadata), as it will not compromise blind review” is checked off under the heading “supplementary file” near the bottom of the page.
  • If the incorrect file was uploaded, click "Browse" beside the "Replace File" field.
  • Click Save and Continue at the bottom of this page to review files uploaded. To upload additional files, use the browse and upload tool and repeat step 4 and 4a.
  • Once you have uploaded all of the necessary files, click “save and Continue” to proceed to step 5.

Step 5: Confirming the Submission: This step allows the author to review the submission for accuracy, and review the files for submission. The author should click “Finish Submission” to compete the submission process. The submission's principal contact will receive an acknowledgement by -mail and will be able to view the submission's progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal website.

Editorial Decisions

You will be notified by email once a decision regarding your paper has been made. You should receive notification of the initial decision within 2–8 weeks of submission. If any further steps are required, they will be outlined in the email.

Revisions of Manuscripts

When a revision of a manuscript is requested, it is essential that you carefully follow the instructions given in the Editor's email, which includes the comments from reviewers (point-by-point). You may also be directed to view any uploaded files from the reviewer, which can be accessed from the review tab (see instructions under “Uploading a Revised Article” on how to access Review page). Please include your response to reviewers on the first page(s) of your revised manuscript file. Failure to do so will cause a delay in the review of your revision and may result in return of the revision to you, without review, for proper preparation.

Uploading a Revised Manuscript

You must log into the The Journal of CSWB’s website and then select "Author" from your profile. Click on the title of the manuscript that you wish to upload a revision for.

Clicking the title of the manuscript will take you to another page where you will see 3 tabs at the top of the page; Summary, Review, and Editing. Click on the "Review" tab.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to the "Editor Decision" section. This is where you upload the revised manuscript (which also contains your response to reviewer comments).

To upload the revised manuscript, select "Browse" beside "Editor Decision". Once you locate the manuscript on your computer, select "Upload".

If you have revised figures to upload, see instructions below. If you do not have revised figures, click on the envelope icon beside “Notify Editor” to send an e-mail to the editors letting them know that a revised manuscript has been uploaded.

Uploading Revised Figures

To upload revised figures, please select the "Summary" tab at the top of the page. In the “Submission” section there is a link entitled “Add a Supplementary File”. Here you can upload revised files. You must only enter the “Title” for the file. Please remember to re-name the files ex: Figure 1 - Revised.

Once your revised manuscript and revised figures (if applicable) have been uploaded, click on the letter icon (e-mail notification) to notify the Editor that your revised manuscript has been submitted.

Proofs and Publication


After final acceptance of your manuscript, it will be copyedited before publication to conform to The Journal of CSWB’s style and usage. This editing may be substantive. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to read the copyedited manuscript he or she will receive and to answer all queries fully.


Prior to the publication of a manuscript, it is required to be proofread by the author at two stages; copyediting and layout. An email message with instructions and a link will be sent to the corresponding author. It is the author’s responsibility to complete the proofreading in a timely manner.

Checking Manuscript Status

To check the status of a paper, login to your account and go to the User Home page and select Author. From there you will see a listing of all the papers you have submitted to The Journal of CSWB. Select the paper you have submitted to see detailed information regarding the status of your paper.

Do you require assistance?

If you require any technical assistance, please contact:
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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.

  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. By submitting to the journal, the author(s) hereby agree that the submission follows the journals policies on Authorship, Conflict of Interest Disclosure, and Sources of Support.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format, margins are at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) around, and text is double-spaced.
  4. Tables are placed at the end of the text, rather than embedded within the text.
  5. All figures are being uploaded as individual files as per Step 4 (Upload Supplementary Files) of the submission process. Figure legends are placed at the end of the manuscript.
  6. The text meets this journal's formatting requirements as outlined in the Author Guidelines above.
  7. References are listed alphabetically and formatted according to APA Style.

Copyright Notice

Copyright of any article published in The Journal of CSWB is retained by the author(s).  Authors grant The Journal of CSWB a “License to Publish” the article upon article acceptance. The Journal of CSWB utilizes the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND license format.

This license is the most restrictive of the main licenses available, only allowing others to download original works and share them with others as long as they credit the author and the publication, but users cannot change them in any way or use the materials commercially.




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