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Prevention Science - The Official Journal of the Society For Prevention Research

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Aims and scope
Prevention Science is the official publication of the Society for Prevention Research. The Journal serves as an interdisciplinary forum designed to disseminate new developments in the theory, research and practice of prevention. Prevention sciences encompassing etiology, epidemiology and intervention are represented through peer-reviewed original research articles on a variety of health and social problems, including but not limited to substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, violence, accidents, teenage pregnancy, suicide, delinquency, STD's, obesity, diet/nutrition, exercise, and chronic illness. The journal also publishes literature reviews, theoretical articles, and papers concerning new developments in methodology.

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts in English, should be submitted to the Editor’s Office via the journal’s web-based online manuscript submission and peer-review system:

Inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation, and other such general topics should be sent to the Editor:

Robert J. McMahon, Ph.D.
Editor, Prevention Science
Department of Psychology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6, Canada
P: (778) 782-9031
F: (778) 782-3427

The online system offers easy straightforward log-in and submission; supports a wide range of submission file formats for manuscripts, figures (artwork) and supplemental materials; eliminates the need to submit manuscripts as hard-copy printouts, disks, and/or e-mail attachments; enables real-time tracking of manuscript status by the author; and provides help should authors experience any submission difficulties.

Acceptable formats for manuscripts are: Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, and LaTeX
Acceptable formats for figures (artwork) are: TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, PPT, and Postscript
Acceptable formats for supplemental materials are: Text: ASCII, Word, PDF, HTML; Tables: Excel, Word, HTML, XHTML, XML; Audio and Video: AVI, MPG, Quicktime, RM, MP3, WAV; Animation: GIF, JPEG, Flash/Shockwave; Images: GIF, JPEG, TIFF

Publication Policies
Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the Society for Prevention Research will be required after the manuscript is accepted for publication. The publisher will supply the necessary forms for this transfer during the publishing process. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

Manuscript Style
Manuscripts are to be typed double-spaced. Academic or professional affiliations of all authors and the full mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the one author who will review the proofs should be included. A brief running title should appear at the top of each page. The paper should not exceed 30 double-spaced typewritten pages INCLUSIVE of cover page, abstract, references, tables and figures. Manuscripts that fail to adhere to the page limits and formatting guidelines will be returned without review.

• An abstract is to be provided, preferably no longer than 250 words.
• A list of 3-5 descriptive key words (or phrases) is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.
• Tables should be numbered and referred to by number in the text. Each table should be typed on a separate page and should have a descriptive title.
• Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, and charts) are to be numbered in one consecutive series of Arabic numerals, and referred to by number in the text. Photographs should be high-contrast and drawings should be dark, sharp, and clear. Artwork for each figure should be provided on a separate page. Each figure should have an accompanying caption. The list of captions for illustrations should be typed on a separate page.
• The 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association should be used as the style guide for the preparation of manuscripts, particularly with respect to such matters as the citing of references and the use of abbreviations, numbers, and symbols.
• Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, footnotes, should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.
• Appendices, images, audio and video clips, recordings, lengthy tables and figures that cannot be included in the main article because of page restrictions can be submitted as supplemental materials. Materials submitted in this manner are included for review during the submission process and are made available to the editors and reviewers. They are also made accessible exactly as submitted from the online version of the published article but are not included with the printed version. Supplemental materials should be referenced in the text by the words “(available online)”.

List references alphabetically at the end of the paper in author’s surname order (or first author’s surname order when there are more than one author). Double space the entire reference list. The style and punctuation of the references should conform to APA style (6th ed.; 2009) – illustrated by the following examples:

• Journal Article
Barnett, R. C., Davidson, H., & Marshall, N. L. (1991). Physical symptoms and the interplay of work and family roles. Health Psychology, 10, 94-101.
• Article by DOI (with page numbers)
Barnett, R. C., Davidson, H., & Marshall, N. L. (1991). Physical symptoms and the interplay of work and family roles. Health Psychology, 10, 94-101. DOI 10.1007/s001090000086
• Article by DOI (before issue publication with page numbers)
Barnett, R. C., Davidson, H., & Marshall, N. L. (1991). Physical symptoms and the interplay of work and family roles. Health Psychology, (in press). DOI:10.1007/s001090000086
• Article in electronic journal with DOI (no paginated version)
Barnett, R. C., Davidson, H., & Marshall, N. L. (1991). Physical symptoms and the interplay of work and family roles. Health Psychology. DOI:10.1007/s801090000086
• Article in electronic journal without DOI but with URL (no paginated version)
Barnett, R. C., Davidson, H., & Marshall, N. L. (1991). Physical symptoms and the interplay of work and family roles. Health Psychology. Retrieved from HTTP://
• Book
Cohen, J., & Cohen, P. (1975). Applied multiple regression/correlation analysis for the behavioral sciences. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
• Contribution to a Book
Haynes, S. G., Eaker, E. D., & Feinleib, M. (1984). The effect of employment, family, and job stress on coronary heart disease. In E. B. Gold (Ed.), The changing risk of disease in women: An epidemiologic approach (pp. 37-48). Lexington, MA: Heath.

Page Charges
The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors, and order forms with the current price schedule are sent with proofs.

Articles and abstracts must be in English but the journal accepts additional abstracts in other languages of the author’s choice (for instance in the author’s first language). Such abstracts are optional. Authors would need to supply such abstracts themselves, certify that they are a faithful translation of the official abstract, and they must be supplied in Unicode (see for details), especially if they are using non-roman characters.

Such abstracts in other languages will carry a disclaimer:

"This abstract is provided by the author(s), and is for convenience of the users only. The author certifies that the translation faithfully represents the official version in the language of the journal, which is the published Abstract of record and is the only Abstract to be used for reference and citation."

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