Manuscript Preparation

Electrical Submission

This instruction gives you guidelines for preparing articles for JAFM. All manuscripts are to be submitted online and in Word or PDF. Note that if you submit with PDF, you are required to upload the Word version of your manuscript in case of acceptance. Carefully follow the journal article submission process. The full text of the article (except the abstract and the figures and tables that are given after the references) is formatted in two columns. Manuscripts should be written in clear, concise and grammatically correct English so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in any particular field. Manuscripts that do not conform to these requirements and the following manuscript format may be returned to the author prior to review for correction. Please note that each submitted manuscript has to be limited to 20 pages.


General Guidelines

The following section outlines general (non-formatting) guidelines to follow. These guidelines are applicable to all authors and include information on the policies and practices relevant to the publication of your manuscript.

Publication by JAFM

Your manuscript cannot be published by JAFM if

   1) The work is classified or has not been cleared for public release.

   2) The work contains copyright-infringed material.

   3) The work has been published or is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.


Manuscript Preparation

Please follow JAFM template as a guideline for preparing your manuscripts before submission.

JAFM Template (effective May 2023)


Authors can acknowledge the contribution and help of those people or institutes that do not meet the authorship criteria. The corresponding author confirms that all individuals/ institutions named in this section are aware of the inclusion of their names here. Moreover, if the study is funded, it must be stated within this section. The responsibility of the information released within this section is completely on the corresponding author.

Conflict of Interest

The author is responsible for declaring any financial or non-financial interests in this part. If no conflict of interest in there, the author must state that they have no conflicts to disclose. Including this statement within the main manuscript file (following JAFM template) is obligatory.

Authors Contribution

Specify the contribution role of each author within this section. For more details, please refer to CRediT taxonomy (Contributor Roles Taxonomy). Including this statement within the main manuscript file (following JAFM template) is obligatory.


Authors should follow APA Style (American Psychological Association) 7th ed for in-text citation and references. Sample examples of intext-citations and common reference entries are presented as follows:

Table 2 In-text citation format (APA 7 ed)

Author type

Parenthetical citation

Narrative citation

One author

(Luna, 2020)

Luna (2020)

Two authors

(Salas & D’Agostino, 2020)

Salas and D’Agostino (2020)

Three or more authors

(Martin et al., 2020)

Martin et al. (2020)

Journal Article

Edwards, A. A., Steacy, L. M., Siegelman, N., Rigobon, V. M., Kearns, D. M., Rueckl, J. G., & Compton, D. L. (2022). Unpacking the unique relationship between set for variability and word reading development: Examining word- and child-level predictors of performance. Journal of Educational Psychology, 114(6), 1242–1256.

Authored Book

Kaufman, K. A., Glass, C. R., & Pineau, T. R. (2018). Mindful sport performance enhancement: Mental training for athletes and coaches. American Psychological Association.

Edited Book Chapter

Zeleke, W. A., Hughes, T. L., & Drozda, N. (2020). Home–school collaboration to promote mind– body health. In C. Maykel & M. A. Bray (Eds.), Promoting mind–body health in schools: Interventions for mental health professionals (pp. 11–26). American Psychological Association.

Conference Session

Davidson, R. J. (2019, August 8–11). Well-being is a skill [Conference session]. APA 2019 Convention, Chicago, IL, United States. Program_190708.pdf

You can find more examples in Common Reference Examples Guide (7th ed) here. Authors are encouraged to provide the DOI of as many reference entries as possible. The corresponding author is responsible of the accuracy of all DOIs provided.

Cover Letter

Within the cover letter, the corresponding author should declare that the manuscript is original and has not been published, nor is it currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. It should be also declared that the final version of the manuscript is confirmed by all the authors and they are all aware of this submission. Do not include cover letter heading or content anywhere on your paper.


Before JAFM can print or publish any paper, the copyright form must be completed and signed by the corresponding author. This filled-out signed form should be uploaded on our platform after acceptance and on request of the publishing office. Failure to complete the form correctly could result in your paper not being published. Do not include a copyright statement anywhere on your paper. Please find this form here.

Copyright Transfer Form


Similarity Check

The originality of your submission will be checked by similarity detection software. The manuscripts with total similarity indices of more than 15% (and more than 2% for each identified reference) in the final similarity report will be rejected at any stage of review or publication process.


Checklist for Manuscript Preparation and Submission

Before completing the submission, please confirm the following checklist. This will help us to reduce the initial evaluation time of your manuscript

  • The manuscript is original and has not been published, nor is it currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. This study will not be submitted elsewhere until a decision is made in JAFM.
  • The main manuscript file is prepared following JAFM template (effective from May 2023). Furthermore, "conflict of interest" and "authors contribution" are included within the main manuscript file.
  • The main manuscript file is thoroughly proofread for grammatical accuracy.
  • The similarity of the manuscript with other already published articles is checked with a plagiarism-checking software.
  • At least three of suggested reviewers are international, not affiliated with any universities or institutes in your country.
  • All authors have approved the final version of the manuscript and he corresponding author, on behalf of all co-authors, guarantees the scientific integrity (honesty and rigor) of the whole content of the manuscript.
  • The corresponding author has registered with an academic email address, from the same university or institute he/she is affiliated with.
  • The corresponding author and the order of authors’ names in the submission form are confirmed by all authors and match with those specified within the manuscript.