Submission and Components
Submissions to Rivera journals should include the following:
Authors are encouraged to submit all the components as 'zip file', while submitting on our online system or via email as attachment.
Cover Letter should:
All persons who qualify for authorship should be listed as authors. However, corresponding author must ensure that the each author listed has substantially contributed or participated sufficiently in the work and is responsible for that particular portion of the manuscript. However, people who do not qualify for authorship should be listed in acknowledgements.
One author (corresponding author) should be listed with an asterisk, and should provide his or her email address. For the remaining authors, if applicable, following information should be included:
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States
This should include all the people who have contributed toward the work in one way or the other. However, authors are required to ensure that people acknowledged should agree to being so named.
List all the sources of funding, including relevant research grant numbers, as applicable. Also, authors are encouraged to list all the contributing authors associated with specific funding, if applicable.
Conflict of interest
Corresponding author is required to provide a statement of conflict of interest on behalf of all the authors. For further information, please refer to our Conflict of Interest Policy page.
While we are not obligated to use these or recommend to the concerned Editor(s), we do encourage authors to provide names and contact information of 2-4 external reviewers and, if applicable, 1-2 opposed reviewers.
All Social Sciences journals do not have any arbitrary restrictions on the length of manuscript. For Health and Medicine journals, the word count for original research is 3500–4000 words and up to 5500 words for studies involving meta-analysis. Authors are encouraged to employ a standard and concise writing style.
If you are not a native English speaker, we encourage you to utilize our language editing service, or ask a native English speaking colleague for assistance.
All manuscript submissions
should have the following sections:
The title should not exceed 200 characters and set in title case. The title should be concise, specific, and easily comprehensible to readers (even to the layman).
The abstract should not exceed 300 words, and should be unstructured (without sub-heading such as objective, methodology, results, discussion, etc.). It should provide a clear description of the objective(s) of the study, demonstrate the methodology used, and summarize the study's prime conclusion(s). At the end, a statement regarding study's significance to a potentially wider audience should be included.
Authors can provide 4-6 keywords. First letter of each keyword should be upper case, and keywords should be separated by semicolon (;).
Published work along with any citable items should be cited in the reference list. While we follow very stringent reference formats, authors need not to spend time formatting their reference. They can submit the manuscripts formatted in any reference style (style will be formatted once the manuscript is accepted for publication), but it is preferable that they adhere to the journal format.
For Health and Medicine
Rivera uses AMA style. Items are listed numerically in the order they are cited in text.
Example journal article (2-6 authors): Salwachter AR, Freischlag JA, Sawyer RG, Sanfey HA. The training needs and priorities of male and female surgeons and their trainees. J Am Coll Surg. 2005; 201: 199-205.
Example journal article (more than 6 authors): Fukushima H, Cureoglu S, Schachern P, et al. Cochlear changes in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005; 133: 100-6.
Example book: Modlin J, Jenkins P. Decision Analysis in Planning for a Polio Outbreak in the United States. San Francisco, CA: Pediatric Academic Societies; 2004.
Example book chapter: Solensky R. Drug allergy: desensitization and treatment of reactions to antibiotics and aspirin. In: Lockey P, ed. Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker; 2004:585-606.
Example online article: Wolf W. State’s mail-order drug plan launched. Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 14, 2004:1B.
Example article from any database: Calhoun D, Trimarco T, Meek R, Locasto D. Distinguishing diabetes: Differentiate between type 1 & type 2 DM. JEMS [serial online]. November 2011; 36(11):32-48. Available from: CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 2, 2012.
In-text citation: For referencing an article, a number is used. This is different from in-text citations in APA—author’s last name is not used. The order of numbering will be contingent on the order in which you use that reference within your paper. For example, the first article referenced will be given number one in superscript (1) followed by second and third articles as 2,3. In references section, the articles should appear numerically in the order they are cited within the text.
For Social Sciences
Rivera follows APA style. All the items are listed numerically. If no author is given, reference should start with title followed by date.
Example journal article: Sohrabi, H. R., Weinborn, M., Badcock, J., Bates, K. A., Clarnette, R., Trivedi, D., …Martins, R. N. (2011). New lexicon and criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Lancet Neurology, 10(4), 299-300.
In-text citation: (Sohrabi et al., 2011)
Example journal article with DOI: Almeida, R. A., Dickinson, J., Maybery, M. T., Badcock, J. C., & Badcock, D. R. (2010). Visual search performance in the autism spectrum ii: The radial frequency search task with additional segmentation cues. Neuropsychologia, 48(14), 4117-4124. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2010.10.009
In-text citation: (Almeida, Dickinson, Maybery, Badcock, & Badcock, 2010)
Example journal article when DOI is not supplied: Anderson, M., & Reid, C. (2009). Don't forget about levels of explanation. Cortex: A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior, 45(4), 560-561. Retrieved from ScienceDirect.
In-text citation: (Anderson & Reid, 2009)
Example book: The Australian Oxford dictionary (3rd ed.). (1999). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
In-text citation: (The Australian Oxford dictionary, 1999)
Example book (Editor): Hallinan, M. T. (Ed.). (2006). Handbook of the sociology of education. New York: Springer.
In-text citation: (Hallinan, 2006)
Example book (2 or more authors): Day, D.V., & Antonakis, J. (Eds.). (2012). The nature of leadership (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
In-text citation: (Day & Antonakis, 2012)
Example conference proceeding: Balakrishnan, R. (2006, March). Why aren't we using 3D user interfaces, and will we ever? Paper presented at the IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/vr.2006.148
In-text citation: (Balakrishnan, 2006)
Example government reports: Western Australia. Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office. (2013). Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Retrieved from http://www.nursing.health.wa.gov.au/projects/
In-text citation: (Western Australia. Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office, 2013).
Example podcast: Zijlstra, M. (Presenter). (2011, May 28). Natural semantic metalanguage [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2011/05/lin_20110528.mp3
In-text citation: (Zijlstra, 2011)
Example unpublished thesis: Lockhart, E. (2009). The physical education curriculum choices of Western Australian primary school teachers (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Western Australia.
In-text citation: (Lockhart, 2009)
Example published thesis: May, B. (2007). A survey of radial velocities in the zodiacal dust cloud. Bristol, UK: Canopus Publishing.
In-text citation: (May, 2007)
Example webpage: Australian Psychological Society. (2008). Substance abuse: Position statement. Retrieved from http://www.psychology.org.au/publications/statements/substance/
In-text citation: (Australian Psychological Society, 2008)
Figures and tables should be included in the main text (manuscript) to aid in the review process. However, for larger files (size exceeding 10 mb) must always be submitted separately (should be properly mentioned in the main text, wherever applicable).
Figure captions and legends
Figure files should be included in the main document, and not as supplemental materials. Figure caption should be preceded by the figure, while figure legends should immediately follow the figure. Figure captions should be concise (not to exceed 18 words) and set in bold type. All figures should be numbered in sequence, using Arabic numerals, for example Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.
Table captions and legends
Tables should be cited in ascending numeric order. Each table should be preceded by table caption (brief and specific; not to exceed 18 words), and immediately followed by table legends, if applicable, used to explain abbreviations and other supporting information about the data. Larger tables, however, can be submitted as supplemental materials.
While submitting a revised manuscript, the authors should include the following:
Revised manuscript (clean copy): Prepare a clean copy of your revised manuscript that does not show track changes. Rename this file as “Main Document”.
Revised manuscript (marked-up copy): Include a copy of your manuscript file showing the changes you have made (track changes). Rename this file as "Manuscript with Track Changes”.
Response to reviewers: Address the specific points made by each Reviewer and/or Editor. Include your responses to all the reviewers’ and editors’ comments and list the changes you have made to the manuscript. Rename this file as “Response to Reviewers”.
Information integral to the
comprehensive understanding of the manuscript, but is either too large to be
included in the main document or due to any other reason, should be submitted
as support materials, such as 3-D visualizations, interactive graphics, large tables
and/or figures, and so on. However, authors should note that normal figures and
tables should not be included under supplemental materials.
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