New Directions For Evaluation: Preparation of Journal Issues After Proposals Are Accepted

Editors whose proposals have been accepted should keep these guidelines in mind when preparing their journal issues:

  1. With some exceptions, New Directions for Evaluation follows the style guidelines described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [APA], 6th edition (
  2. Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word (12-pt. font on double- or single-spaced pages—whichever the editor prefers).
  3. Review and follow APA style for headings within the manuscripts.
  4. Include an abstract at the beginning of each chapter.
  5. Use a two-part table and figure numbering system, showing both the chapter and the table or figure number (e.g., the first table in Chapter 1 should be shown as “Table 1.1”).
  6. Include figures and tables at the end of the appropriate chapter files. (Wiley Publications, the publisher, does not render new artwork.)
  7. It is unnecessary to follow the old convention of noting in the manuscript where the tables and figures should be placed (e.g., “Insert table 1.1 about here”).
  8. Avoid using footnotes (incorporate the material into the text). If necessary, footnotes may be placed at the end of the chapter before the references.
  9. Except for page numbers, use no headers or footers.
  10. Refer in the text to each manuscript as a chapter, not as an article or paper.
  11. Cite chapters within the issue as “Author name, this issue.”
  12. Include properly formatted (i.e., APA style) reference sections in each chapter.
  13. Include a one-sentence biographical statement for each author at the conclusion of each chapter, without a heading for the statements. Biographical statements are required for every author of a chapter, even if an author has contributed to more than one chapter.
  14. Prepare a table of contents, with a one-sentence synopsis for each chapter, as shown in any recent issue of the journal.
  15. Prepare the Editor’s Notes. The Notes are the only part of the issue that is free to all viewers of Wiley’s journal website (including non-subscribers to the journal).  Editors should consider whether they want to include extensive background material in the Notes for a potentially wide audience to read.
  16. Include a statement of no more than 250 words for the back cover.
  17. NDE issues editors do not prepare the indexes for their issues.
  18. At an estimated 425 words per published journal page, and accounting for how many pages are comprised of tables and figures, an issue should not be longer than 115 journal pages, not counting the front matter and the index. Editors will be held closely to these limits.
  19. Submit completed copies of manuscripts for all pieces of the journal issue (table of contents, Editor’s Notes, chapters, and back cover) to the editor-in-chief for a final review by the date specified on the Letter of Agreement that was signed by the editor and the editor-in-chief when the journal proposal was accepted. The quality of the journal issue is ultimately up to the editor; however, the editor-in-chief will review the manuscripts in a timely manner and return for revision any that have egregious errors.
  20. Once the editor-in-chief has reviewed the manuscripts and any revisions have been made, the issue editors will receive emailed invitations (one for each of the table of contents, the Editor’s Notes, each chapter, and the back cover) to upload via ScholarOne, the journal’s submission system.
  21. By the time the chapters are to be uploaded, the editors should have collected a complete, signed, and scanned (PDF) copy of the signed Copyright Transfer Agreement  (CTA) for every author of each chapter. (The editor-in-chief normally distributes a CTA form to the editors when proposals are accepted.) Authors of more than one chapter must complete a CTA for every chapter to which they contribute. The editors upload the CTAs with the Editor’s Notes and the appropriate chapters.
  22. If copyrighted material is included in any of the chapters, the  editors and authors must upload all permissions to the journal submission website. A Permissions Request Form is available for your use.