Instructions for Authors of Accepted Manuscripts

Please read these instructions before you submit your final materials. Refer to the style sheet for specific details regarding manuscript formatting and organization.

When the final materials for your accepted manuscript are complete, the Managing Editor reviews and sends everything to the production team at Oxford University Press (OUP).

f you have any questions, please contact the editorial office.

Please note:

The instructions on this page are for accepted manuscripts only. If you are preparing a new or revised manuscript for review (including conditional acceptances), please review our submission guidelines and submit your manuscript through our submission system.

Table of Contents

Final Manuscript
    •  Article Title
    •  Author Note
    •  Abstract and Keywords

    •  Data Collection Information
    •  Sample Data Collection Paragraphs

    •  Appendixes
    •  References

    •  Tables
    •  Figures
    •  Headings List
Web Appendix

Data Archiving
Final Materials Submission
    •  Common Mistakes and Omissions
    •  Author Information
    •  Final Documents
    •  Ferber Award Eligibility Information
    •  Publicity Information
License to Publish
Open Access
Post-Publication Updates Policy
Permissions and Publication Rights
Subscribe to JCR
Library Subscription Recommendation Form


The designated corresponding author should communicate with the editorial office and OUP on behalf of all authors during the publication process, and should remain the point of contact for queries about the published article.

The corresponding author is expected to coordinate with co-authors as necessary.

Final Manuscript

Authors are responsible for the correct formatting of their final manuscripts.
By following the style sheet carefully, authors can avoid publication delays and reduce the possibility of errors caused by the conversion of improperly formatted manuscripts or portions of such manuscripts that have to be rekeyed.

The final manuscript file must include the following items, in order:

Article Title

Titles are an important mechanism for drawing in 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. Use descriptive terms and phrases that accurately highlight the core content of the paper.

Online indexing databases and search engines such as Google Scholar and Web of Science often use titles to categorize and display articles, and the title may therefore influence whether scholars will read an article.

A well-constructed and informative title should make your article discoverable to a larger number of scholars, which could lead to more citations.

JCR titles follow Chicago Manual of Style rules on headline style capitalization. These include capitalizing the first and last words in titles; capitalizing all other major words; lowercasing articles the, a, and an; lowercasing prepositions regardless of length except when they are used as adverbs or adjectives; and lowercasing conjunctions.

Though not foolproof, TitleCap is a useful tool that automatically capitalizes titles per our desired style (ensure the third radio box, labeled “do not capitalize words based on length [Chicago Manual of Style],” is ticked).

Author Note

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)
  • Acknowledgments of financial, technical, or other assistance
Verify the author order and styling of print names, e.g., Joan Smith vs. Joan M. Smith. Use third person throughout (e.g., “The authors thank…”).

We cannot update contact information or affiliations listed in the author note after the corrected proof is published.

Please see our sample author note.

Abstract and Keywords

The third page of the final manuscript file should include an abstract (a maximum of 200 words) that substantively summarizes your article, followed by a list of three to six keywords in a separate paragraph. In order to enhance discoverability and attract readers, JCR requires authors to submit a list of keywords for every accepted manuscript.

Your abstract should address the following:

  • Motivation/Problem (what gap does your research fill?)
  • Approach/Methods
  • Results/Findings
  • Implications and Conclusions
In crafting your abstract, recognize that JCR is an interdisciplinary journal and we aspire to being read and cited by scholars in a wide variety of disciplines. Make the writing in your abstract accessible, so that the importance of your article will be transparent to a wide variety of scholars.

In most cases, the title and the abstract are the only part of an article that scholars will see in online indexing databases and search engines such as Google Scholar and Web of Science. Include terms and descriptions that will allow your article to be found by scholars interested in your theories, substantive findings, and methods. For instance, a paper investigating processing style by comparing adults across the age span should reference both the relevant theories of processing and the operationalization through age, such that scholars with either interest would be drawn to the work.

The effective use of carefully chosen keywords throughout your abstract should make your article discoverable to a larger number of scholars, which could lead to more citations.

Please note the following when writing your abstract:
  • Do not include any citations, tables, or figures.
  • Do not include any information that is not in your article.
  • Avoid using "we" or expressions like "we found that consumers..." (omit "we found that" and just say "consumers..." instead).
Please see our sample abstract.

Data Collection Information

The final manuscript file must include a data collection paragraph just before the appendixes (or before the references 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
If a research assistant or lab manager collected data under the supervision of one of the authors, this should be stated in the data collection paragraph. However, authors are not required to provide the names of research assistants or lab managers.

Sample Data Collection Paragraphs

Sample 1

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.

Sample 2

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.


For accepted manuscripts, do not insert figures in the text. Each figure should be numbered consecutively, centered at the top of the page, and submitted on a separate page.

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.

Authors are charged for the print reproduction of color figures, so you may consider grayscaling images. You will be asked at the proofs stage to indicate whether you wish to bear the cost of printing color figures or prefer to have them published in black and white at no additional cost.

Detailed instructions on formatting figures are provided in our style sheet.

Please see OUP's instructions for formatting figures for accepted formats and resolution requirements.

OUP provides detailed guidelines to help authors determine when permission is needed to use third-party content and answer common questions pertaining to the process of obtaining permissions. See the "Rights and permissions guidelines for authors" section of OUP's
Rights and Permissions webpage.

Headings List

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

     2) Secondary Heading
     3) Tertiary Heading
     2) Secondary Heading
     3) Tertiary 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.

Web Appendix

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. 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 supplementary 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.”

The web appendix should also be mentioned in-text where relevant, e.g., "See the web appendix for additional details."

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.

Please note:

Web appendixes are not proofed or copy edited and will be posted online almost exactly as you provide them.

Data Archiving

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.

Final Materials Submission

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.

Review our list of common mistakes and omissions before you log in to your author account to submit the following:

Common Mistakes and Omissions

Before submitting the final materials for your accepted manuscript, please review the detailed instructions in the style sheet and double check for the following common mistakes and omissions:

1. Missing Citations or References

Include a reference for every citation and a citation for every reference.

2. Missing School Names

If you removed the names of schools from your manuscript to ensure anonymity during the review process, be sure to include them in the final version for publication.

3. Missing or Incomplete Data Collection Paragraph

A data collection paragraph is required in all manuscripts accepted for publication and should appear just before the appendixes (or before the reference section if there are no appendixes).

4. Missing Headings List

Include a headings list at the end of your manuscript and make sure the list is numbered properly (1,2,3 headings only).

5. Length of Abstract

Your abstract should be no longer than 200 words.

6. Incorrectly Formatted Page Numbers in References

Make sure you use the 148-58 format (not 148-158). If the first digit in the second number is the same as the first digit in the first number, delete the first digit in the second number.

7. "Eds." in References

"Ed." stands for "edited by." Please do not use "eds." in the references. Please do not spell out "edited by."

8. Missing Article Title

Add the title of the article at the beginning of your manuscript.

9. Incorrect Spacing

Everything (except tables and figures) should be double spaced. Headings require extra spaces.

10. Incorrect Manuscript Order and Missing Content

Make sure you have placed everything in the correct order and included all required content in your final manuscript.

Author Information

Authors should verify the following:
  • Author order
  • Styling of print names, e.g., Joan Smith vs. Joan M. Smith
  • Contact information for all authors

Final Documents

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 (if applicable): 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. However, do not submit separate figure files for figures included in a web appendix file. OUP 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.

Ferber Award Eligibility Information

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.

Publicity Information

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.

License to Publish

After the Managing Editor sends the complete final materials to the production team at OUP, the corresponding author receives a welcome email (within three business days) from OUP with the assigned DOI and instructions for completing the License to Publish.

All queries related to the License to Publish should be directed to the OUP Production Editor.

Open Access

Authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative. As part of the licensing process, you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access.

OUP'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.


Within three weeks after submitting the License to Publish, the corresponding author receives a separate email from OUP with a link to their online proofing system and instructions for submitting corrections to the proofs.

The copy editor and typesetter will make corrections and modifications to all manuscripts, so it is important to review the proofs carefully.

The corresponding author should submit corrections and respond to all queries on the proofs within three business days. Please adhere to this timeframe and respond to all queries from the publisher to avoid publication delays and ensure that the article is published with your corrections.

Corrections should be restricted to typos, formatting, and factual errors (no other changes may be made to the manuscript at this stage).

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 note:

If you expect to be away from email and unable to receive your proofs, or if you need more time to review your proofs, please notify the editorial office.

Post-Publication Updates Policy

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. All corrections must be requested by the corresponding author.

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.

Per OUP policy, no correction to an article already published online will be made without an erratum or corrigendum (as applicable). The erratum or corrigendum must be approved by the corresponding author and will be published with its own separate DOI (this applies to articles published on Advance Access and within an issue). If an erratum or corrigendum is published, the online version of the original article will also be corrected and the correction notice will mention this.

For more information, please see OUP's policy on post-production corrections in their instructions to authors.

Permissions and Publication Rights

Detailed information regarding permissions and publication rights is available on OUP's website.

Authors should read the author self-archiving policy. Note that JCR does not impose an embargo period for accepted manuscripts.

Due to the complexity of copyright matters, all queries related to permissions and publication rights are handled by OUP's Rights and Permissions department.

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