Guidelines for Submission
Submission and Components
Submissions to Rivera journals should include the following:
- Cover Letter
- Figures and Tables (not mandatory)
- Supplemental Materials
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:
- briefly summarize or provide an outline of your manuscript, and why it is a worthy contribution to the concerned journal;
- specify the Rivera journal that your manuscript best pertains to;
- indicate, if applicable, that it is submitted as a part of Special Issue;
- specify the manuscript type (original research, review, etc.)
- detail any previous interaction(s) with Rivera Publications (previously submitted)
- specify all authors' information, including affiliation
- include acknowledgements and funding information (if applicable) and any competing interests
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:
- First name and last name
- Complete affiliation, along with the country
- Email address (optional, but mandatory for corresponding author)
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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 and Humanities journals do not have any arbitrary restrictions on the length of manuscript. 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 services or ask a native English speaking colleague for assistance.
All manuscript submissions can have the following sections:
- Main Text
The title should not exceed 200 characters and set in title case. The title should be concise, specific, and easily comprehensible to readers.
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 the 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 a 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 Social Sciences and Humanities
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 (if applicable)
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 a 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.
Review Comments and Revision
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.