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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 fits the scope, under About the Journal
  • The submission has not been previously published in this version, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • It is the responsibility of the author, not of this journal, to obtain permission to use any previously published and/or copyrighted material.
  • Existing discussions, already published in this journal, had been acknowledged sufficiently.
  • The submission strictly follows the guidelines outlined in the current (6th edition, 2009) American Psychological Association Publication Manual.
  • The manuscript is submitted as a MS Word .doc or .docx, .pdf, or .rtf document.
  • Consistent with APA style, the text is double-spaced; and uses a 12-point font.
  • All tables are prepared using MS Word Tables feature, rather than with tabs, spaces, etc. (If the author(s) do not know how to do this, they should use the tutorial that accompanies Word.)
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are embedded in the text, consistent with APA style. Figures are submitted in high resolution (minimum 1200 dpi) .jpeg files, and do not have the figure caption incorporated into the graphic itself. (Authors may require professional consultation to prepare figure files as required.)
  • The authors' names and identifying information are not included in manuscript itself: the title page has been removed; there is no author note; the authors' names have been removed from the "properties" of the document; the manuscript is otherwise blind as to authorship. (Identifying information will be taken from the data entered during the submission process.)

Author Guidelines

Contributions should be submitted to the editors of the respective issue. Before sending in your contribution, please ensure that guidelines for submissions are followed. This is absolutely necessary as it minimizes the workload and increases the turnaround period. The guidelines follow to a great extent the conventions of the American Psychological Association (see; for an online summary see Please also take a look at contributions published so far.  To ensure a successful review process, please make sure the contribution has the following components:

General guidelines on preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be written in standard English, following style outlined in The Publication Manual of the American Psycholigical Association, 6th Edition. The manual is available for purchase from the website of the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition a number of websites offer guidance on APA format, such as the APA Style website.

A manuscript needs to meet the length requirements of the category to which it is being submitted. Details are available in de description of each category in the Submission Categories section of this page. The maximum length of full manuscripts is 7000 words. Maximum lengths of Research Reports and Practice Reports are 3000 words. The word count includes all tables and references, but does not include the cover page. Note that one double spaced word-processed page equals about 250 words.

Every article published in JDBSC needs to include a structured abstract of no more than 300 words. Abstracts are not required for Research Reports, Practice Reports and columns.

As in other areas of study the deafblind field has its own terminology. However, different authors use these terms in different ways, and the meanings of various terms often overlap. To avoid confusion, authors are advised to define terminology clearly in the manuscript.

The main text
The main text should be structured as follows:

  • Title of the contribution
  • Name of the author(s)
  • Abstract: 100 to 200 words, in English
  • Key words: 5-10
  • Text: see the notes below for text layout
  • Acknowledgments: (optional)
  • References: see the notes below for text layout 
  • Appendix: (optional)
  • Author information: brief biographical information. We recommend that authors give at least some information about the research/work interest and the discipline of study. At the very least, the complete postal address should be included, and if existent: the URL for the Web site and the e-mail address.

Illustrations, tables and graphics
Illustrations, tables and graphics should be numbered consecutively in the text as Table 1, Table 2 etc. or Illustration 1, Illustration 2 etc. and additionally be given a title. 

Formatting your contribution
See APA 6th edition for headings, references and citations. A short summary of the required format can be found in the JDBSC format manual.

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