Instructions for Authors of Accepted Manuscripts
Please read the style sheet and review our list of common mistakes and omissions before you log in to your author account to submit your final materials. Contact the editorial office if you have any questions.
If you are preparing a new or revised manuscript for review (including conditional acceptances), please review our submission guidelines and submit through our submission system.
Abstract and Keywords
Data Collection Information
Sample Data Collection Paragraphs
Final Materials Submission
-Ferber Award Eligibility Information
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Post-Publication Updates Policy
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Titles are an important mechanism for drawing in your readers. Consider your paper's title and change it if you feel that a different title would do a better job of drawing a wide variety of potential readers to your paper.
Please keep your title concise and clear. Many titles can be shortened.
The second page of the final manuscript file should include an author note that denotes the corresponding author and the following information for each author:
- Full name
- Email address
- Current position
- Current affiliation (department and university/institution)
Please review this information very carefully. We cannot update contact information or affiliations listed in the author note after publication of the corrected proofs.
Please see our sample author note.
The third page of the final manuscript file should include an excellent abstract (a maximum of 200 words) that substantively summarizes your article, followed by a list of three to six keywords in a separate paragraph.
Your abstract should address the following:
- Motivation/Problem (what gap does your research fill?)
- Implications and Conclusions
Make the writing in your abstract accessible, so that the importance of your paper will be transparent to a wide variety of scholars who may see your abstract in online journal databases. To help achieve this, use keywords throughout your abstract (this is important for indexing and abstracting).
Do not include any citations, tables, figures, or information in your abstract that are not in your article.
Try not to use "we" or expressions such as "we found that consumers..." (leave off "we found that").
Please see our sample abstract.
The final manuscript file must include a data collection paragraph just before the appendixes (or before the reference section if there are no appendixes).
Please write in the third person (e.g., "The authors jointly analyzed the data.") and provide the following information for each study:
- Where the data were collected (including university name, if applicable)
- When the data were collected
- Who collected the data
- Who analyzed the data
The first author supervised the collection of data for the first study by research assistants at the University of Chicago Decision Research Lab in the autumn of 2011. The first and second authors jointly analyzed these data. The first and second authors jointly managed the collection of data for study 2 using the Qualtrics panel described in the methods section in the spring of 2012. These data were analyzed jointly by all three authors with support of a statistical staff member at the University of Chicago.
The first author conducted all of the in-person fieldwork herself from autumn of 2007 until spring of 2009. The second author acted as confidante throughout the process and visited the field site twice. Both authors conducted the online fieldwork independently and equally as active social media participants. Data were discussed and analyzed on multiple occasions by both authors using the first author’s field notes, photographs, video, and artifacts, and both authors’ online notes, screen captures, and text files. The final ethnography was jointly authored.
If appendixes are provided (this is not a requirement), they should appear on a new page after the data collection paragraph and before the references.
Multiple appendixes are labeled with letters (Appendix A, Appendix B). A single appendix is labeled without the letters (Appendix).
The references should appear on a new page after the appendixes (or after the data collection paragraph if there are no appendixes).
Each reference should be cited in the text at an appropriate place.
Do not include references that have no corresponding citations in the text, and be sure that you have provided the complete reference for every in-text citation. There must be a reference for every citation and a citation for every reference.
Please see our sample references. Detailed instructions on formatting references are provided in our style sheet.
Tables follow the list of references. Each table should be numbered consecutively, centered at the top of the page, and submitted on a separate page.
For accepted manuscripts, do not insert tables in the text.
Refer to tables in text by number (e.g., table 1). When referring to tables, do not use “above,” “below,” “preceding,” “the following,” and the like.
Detailed instructions on formatting tables are provided in our style sheet.
Each figure should be numbered consecutively, centered at the top of the page, and submitted on a separate page.
For accepted manuscripts, do not insert figures in the text.
All titles, labels, and notes should be included with each figure in the final manuscript file. Refer to figures in text by number (e.g., figure 1). When referring to figures, do not use “above,” “below,” “preceding,” “the following,” and the like.
Detailed instructions on formatting figures are provided in our style sheet.
To ensure accurate typesetting, authors must provide a list of headings in the order they appear in the manuscript. The headings list should appear on a new page after the figures (as the last item in the final manuscript file, not a separate file) as follows:
1) PRIMARY HEADING
2) Secondary Heading
3) Tertiary Heading
2) Secondary Heading
3) Tertiary Heading
1) PRIMARY HEADING
Do not number 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.; ONLY use 1, 2, and 3 (which designate the type of heading).
Please see the style sheet for more detailed instructions.
Authors are encouraged to consider providing a separate document (i.e., a web appendix) that contains stimuli, instruments, replication studies, or additional information not contained in the manuscript. These supplementary materials will appear in the online version of your article and can include any materials that are not appropriate for the print version because of space constraints.
Note: These materials are supplements or enhancements only (not content essential to the understanding of the article).
In the author note of your main paper, include a sentence explaining that supplemental materials will be included as an attachment in the article’s web appendix, e.g., “Supplementary materials are included in the web appendix accompanying the online version of this article.”
Please format your web appendix in the same manner as a manuscript. Include a title page with the article title, author names, and a brief paragraph describing the contents of the web appendix.
Web appendixes are not copy edited and will be posted online almost exactly as you provide them.
Authors are encouraged to consider providing their data (as applicable) to the broader research community by uploading their data files to an open-access third party platform such as Dryad. JCR will reimburse the cost to authors of utilizing this service, but there is no requirement to post your data.
If you choose to upload your data, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have received all necessary permissions to publicly post your data.
The author note in the final version of your manuscript should note the availability of uploaded data files and provide a link to the data.
Only the designated corresponding author may communicate directly with the editorial office and publisher. The corresponding author is expected to coordinate with co-authors as necessary.
Submission of the final materials will be your last opportunity to make any changes. Therefore, it is imperative to carefully check all statistics, formulas, tables, figures, and references for technical accuracy.
The author is responsible for all fact checking; the copy editor does not check manuscripts for the accuracy of technical or quantitative aspects. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all such details are clear and correct.
Within 10 days of acceptance, log in to your author account to submit the following:
Authors should verify the following:
- Author order
- Styling of print names, e.g., Joan Smith vs. Joan M. Smith
- Contact information for all authors
Authors of dissertation-based manuscripts must provide their eligibility information to be considered for the Ferber Award. Please contact the editorial office if you have any questions about the Ferber Award.
Authors are asked to upload a nontechnical summary of their accepted article that we may use to aid in promoting your accepted article.
Authors should also provide contact information (names and emails only) for communications staff at both the school and university for each author as well as any reporters who may be interested in the article.
Please contact the editorial office with any questions about JCR's publicity program.
Authors must upload the following documents:
- The final manuscript file in Word format: see the style sheet for a list of required contents, the order of contents, and detailed formatting instructions.
- The final manuscript file in PDF format: the contents of the PDF should be identical to the Word version.
- Separate figure files: include figure legends and labels, but omit the headers and notes. Submit a separate figure file for each figure that appears in the manuscript file, including figures in the appendixes (if applicable). However, do not submit separate figure files for figures included in a web appendix file (if applicable). Our publisher provides detailed instructions for formatting figures.
- Web appendix (if applicable): see the instructions for web appendixes. Note that these materials will not be copy edited and will be posted online almost exactly as you provide them.
When the final materials for your accepted manuscript are complete, the Managing Editor sends everything to the production team at Oxford University Press (OUP).
Within three business days, the corresponding author receives a welcome email from OUP with the assigned DOI and instructions for completing the License to Publish.
Within three weeks after the License to Publish has been submitted, the corresponding author receives a separate email from OUP with the final page proofs and instructions for submitting corrections to the proofs.
Please notify the editorial office if you will be away from email and unable to receive your proofs.
The authors should carefully review the final proofs and submit corrections of any typesetting errors (no changes beyond the correction of typos may be made at this stage) to OUP within 72 hours.
Corrections should be restricted to formatting and factual errors.
Changes contradicting journal style will not be made. In general, and for all matters not covered by the style sheet, JCR follows the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.
Please adhere to the deadline to avoid publication delays. If this deadline is not met, the paper might be published without your corrections.
Our publisher's website has information on complying with funding agency policies on Open Access, including those of The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Councils UK, and the Wellcome Trust.
Changes cannot be made to your article after online publication of the corrected proofs. Authors may, however, make corrections if the publication record is seriously affected by the academic accuracy of published information.
Corrections may include scholarly material specific to the publication such as stimuli, data, a description of procedures, and other experimental materials. All other material posted as corrections must be approved by the JCR Editors and Policy Board.
Where these amendments concern peer-reviewed material, the correction will be published as a formal notice (erratum) in a subsequent issue. For more information on this policy, please see OUP's instructions to authors.
Information regarding permissions and publication rights is available on our publisher's website.
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