Journal Article & White Paper Submission Criteria

The Positive Psychology Centre and Autism Centre welcome proposals for journal articles and white papers from Positive Psychology and Autism Awareness researchers and practitioners, and other researchers and practitioners whose works align with Positive Psychology and Autism Awareness themes.

Please note the following criteria applies:

  1. Journal articles can be between 750 and 2500 words, and must be linked to a current theme. For details on this theme, or to propose a future theme, please contact us at: research@ppnetwork.org
  2. Journal articles may be linked to research, theory, professional experience, and/or proposals for best practices and/or future research within the context of Positive Psychology and/or Autism Awareness. Please use APA style for your referencing.
  3. Please make sure you uphold professional integrity. This includes disclosing any personal opinions that may be biased, referring openly to other people’s work, and mentioning any professional insights beyond Positive Psychology and/or Autism Awareness.
  4. The promotion of services is not allowed within the journal text, however you may include your bio and business links at the end of your post (please see below questions). Any critical points must be backed up in a rigorous manner and professional research ethics respected.
  5. Please also keep in mind PPG’s Professional Guidelines for Positive Psychology Practitioners, which you may access here. and/or PPG’s Professional Guidelines for Autism Awareness Practitioners, which you may access here.
  6. Entries must be original; in other words, you may not submit a journal entry or white paper that has been shared in another journal or publication.
  7. If your research findings are preliminary, or you wish to present emerging best practices, theoretical concepts, and professional and/or insights from lived experience that tackle a topic related to Positive Psychology and/or Autism Awareness, you may do so via a white paper submission. The above criteria applies with the exception that white papers are not peer reviewed.
  8. White papers may be presented at a later stage for journal articles following peer review. They may also be updated for subsequent journal article entries.
  9. Journal articles and white papers are published under the Positive Psychology Centre and Autism Centre, as relevant, which are the applied research and CPD training branches of the Positive Psychology Guild.

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Frequently Asked Questions

May I include photos?

Yes. You are welcome to include any photo images with your article or paper if it is relevant to the context, however you must have permission and the licence to use the photos and share them in this format. Please note we may select an additional feature photo for the purpose of publication. We also reserve the right not to use your photos.

May I include a bio and business links?

Yes. There will be a space for your bio at the end of the article or paper. This will include your name, any professional titles, your work role or industry, and if you wish, a business website URL link. Please keep your bio to 150 words or less. Your post should not be linked to the promotion of an event unless otherwise agreed with the Positive Psychology Centre.

How do I submit my journal article or white paper?

First, please contact us to discuss your article or paper concept. It will then be approved for submission. Once your article or paper is ready, please submit this to us at: research@ppnetwork.org

What happens after my journal article or white paper is submitted?

There are two stages your article will go through. First, one of our team members will make sure the above criteria is in place. If there is a need to update or correct anything at this stage, we will come back to you.

Next, if you have submitted a journal article, it will be peer reviewed by a committee of Positive Psychology and/or Autism Awareness practitioners, researchers, and lecturers (as relevant to your field). Should the committee have any questions or comments on your article, you will be contacted. Once the article is approved, it will be prepared for the next available date of publication.

If you have submitted a white paper, this will be reviewed by a member of our team to check the content and format is in line with our editorial procedures. Once the paper is approved by our editorial team, it will be prepared for the next available date of publication.

How will the journal article or white paper be published?

Once the article is accepted by the committee, or the paper is approved by our editorial team, it will be published as an online article and/or paper with PDF download. You will receive a copy of the PDF download if one is made available.

The online journal articles and white papers are currently open access – this means they may be freely circulated and referenced accordingly.

For any further questions, or to discuss your article or paper concept, please contact: research@ppnetwork.org