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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Each article will be critically evaluated by two referees. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be communicated in writing to the author with reasons for the readers’ decision. Copyright on all published material is vested in A.P.I. Contributors must seek the Editor’s permission when a reprint of an article is envisaged. The Editor reserves the right to amend the phrasing and punctuation of any article as may be deemed necessary. Opinions expressed in contributions are those of the authors, and are not necessarily endorsed by the Editor, the Editorial Board or by A.P.I.


  • Contributions in Italian or in English should be submitted preferably as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word format.
  • The text of the manuscript must be preceded by a brief summary (approx. 10 lines) in English for Italian texts and in Italian for English texts.
  • Although longer articles may be considered for publication, a length of 7 000 words (about 15 printed A4 pages) is set as general guideline.
  • The article should be supplied with a cover page on which only the title of the article, the author’s name and address and professional affiliation appear.
  • The article itself should then start on the subsequent page, with the title and summary (about 100 words).
  • Manuscripts that do not adhere to the house style of the journal will not be considered.


Style Sheet:

  • Typescripts, in their final draft, should have double spacing and occupy one side only of a page of about 2000 strokes (about 30 lines of 65 strokes each).
  • It should be clear from the manuscript which words or parts of the text are to be set in italics, in block capitals or in small print.
  • Quotations in the body of the text longer than 5 lines should be indented and in single spacing without inverted commas. Omitted text should be indicated by an ellipsis (three dots in square brackets). The corresponding numbers are affixed as superscripts, without parentheses after the full stop. References should be in brackets and follow the punctuation.
  • Bibliographical details of references should be provided either in the bibliography or in footnotes. The bibliography, if used, should be arranged alphabetically, as follows:

Holland, N.N.   1979      Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare. New York: Octagon.

Massimo, J.L.   1970       Psychology and gymnastics. In: George, G. (ed.) The magic of gymnastics. Santa Monica, Calif.: Sundby 4 Publications: 31-33.

Potter, A.M.                     Religion and the literary critic. Literator, 10(1):66-76. April.

Pratt, M-L.     1977     Toward a speech act of literary discourse. London: Indiana University Press.

  • Titles of publications and journals are given in italics. No quotation marks are used with titles of journals. In the case of journal articles, articles from newspapers and contributions in collections the relevant page numbers should be quoted. The abbreviated Harvard method of reference should be used.
  • References in the text are done as follows:

Anderson (1982:305) or (Anderson, 1982:305)

  • Footnotes. The number (without brackets) should be put to the left of the punctuation mark as a superscript. The footnotes (with indication of the number) should appear on the same page (not at the end of the text) and in single spacing. The numbering of footnotes in the text should be consecutive.

Contributors are encouraged to preserve a copy of the manuscript since the publisher is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, typescripts submitted to this journal. No material submitted to the journal will be returned.

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