Journal of Interpretation Research


Research Manuscript Submission Guidelines


All research manuscripts will be reviewed by an Associate Editor and blind review by at least two other reviewers. Based on the nature of the manuscript, special efforts will be made to identify well-qualified Associate Editors and reviewers to evaluate the manuscripts. From the recommendations of the Associate Editor, the Editor will make the final decision of the manuscript's disposition and communicate this information to the author.

MANUSCRIPTS. Manuscripts will be accepted with the understanding that their content is unpublished and not being submitted elsewhere for publication.
  • All parts of the manuscript, including title page, abstract, tables, and legends, should be typed in 12- point font, and double-spaced on one side of 8-1/2” x 11” or A4 white paper.
  • Margins should be 1 " on all sides.
  • Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right corner.
  • All papers must be submitted in English. Translations of papers previously published in other languages will be considered for publication, but the author must supply this information when the manuscript is submitted.
  • Maximum length of manuscripts shall be 20 to 30 double-spaced pages (including all text, figures, tables and citations). The editor will consider longer manuscripts on an individual basis.

TITLES. Must be as brief as possible (6 to 12 words). Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title, suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.

AFFILIATION. On the title page include full names of authors, academic and/or other professional affiliations, and the complete mailing address of the author to who proofs and correspondence should be sent. An e-mail address and phone and fax numbers should also be included. As all manuscripts will be reviewed anonymously, the name(s) of the author(s) should only appear on the title page.

ABSTRACT. Each paper should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 150 words. The abstract will preface the paper and should be a comprehensive summary of the paper's content, including the purpose or problem, methods, findings, and implications or applications. It should enable the reader to determine exactly what the paper is about and make an informed decision about whether to read the entire paper. Abbreviations and references to the text should be avoided. All abstracts shall be listed on the Journal of Interpretation Research and National Association for Interpretation Internet web pages.

KEYWORDS. Authors must supply five (5) to ten (10) key words or phrases that identify the most important subjects covered by the paper.

REFERENCES AND CITATIONS. Include only references to books, articles, and bulletins actually cited in the text. All references must follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) version 6.2, 5th edition. References in the text should cite the author's last name, year of publication, and page (if appropriate). All references used in the text should appear at the end of the typed script in alphabetical order using APA version 6.2 style.

Examples of references:
McCool, S., & Braithwaite, A. (1992). Persuasive messages and safety hazards in dispersed and natural recreation settings. In M. Manfredo (Ed.), Influencing Human Behavior (pp.293-326). Champaign, IL: Sagamore Publishing.

Ryan,C. & Dewar, K. (1995). Evaluating the communication process between interpreter and visitor. Tourism Management, 16(4), 295-303.

Tilden, F. (1977). Interpreting Our Heritage (2nd ed.). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

FIGURES. All figures must be discussed in the text and numbered in order of mention. Each figure must be submitted in camera-ready form. Photocopies are not acceptable. Digital Art of appropriate quality and resolution is acceptable. Figures must be submitted either as black-and-white glossy photographs or as Photostats (bromides). Label each figure with article title, author's name, and figure number by attaching a separate sheet of white paper to the back of each figure. Do not write on the camera-ready art. Each figure should be provided with a brief, descriptive legend. All legends should be typed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.

TABLES. All tables must be discussed in the text and numbered in order of mention. Each table should have a brief descriptive title. Do not include explanatory material in the title: use footnotes keyed to the table with superscript lowercase letters. Place all footnotes to a table at the end of the table. Define all data in the column heads. Every table should be fully understandable without reference to the text. Type all tables on separate sheets; do not include them within the text.

PERMISSIONS. If any figure, table, or more than a few lines of text from a previously published work are included in a manuscript, the author must obtain written permission for publication from the copyright holder and forward a copy to the Editor with the manuscript.

COPYRIGHT. Under U.S. copyright law, the transfer of copyright from the author to the publisher (National Association for Interpretation, DBA Journal of Interpretation Research) must be explicitly stated to enable the publisher to ensure maximum dissemination of the author's work. A completed copyright form sent to you with the acknowledgment must be returned to the publisher before any manuscript can be assigned an issue for publication.

PROOFS. All proofs must be corrected and returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. If the manuscript is not returned within the allotted time, the editor will proofread the article, and it will be printed per his/her instruction. Only correction of typographical errors is permitted. The author will be charged for additional alterations to text at the proof stage.

SUBMISSION. Please submit a either a digital file (PDF or Microsoft Word) or an original hard copy and three copies of your manuscript to Carolyn J. Ward at the address below.

Authors whose manuscripts are accepted for publication must submit final manuscripts electronically or on computer disk.All other questions should be directed to the Journal of Interpretation Research Editor.

Carolyn Widner Ward
Editor, Journal of Interpretation Research
Program Director, Healthy Kids/Healthy Parks
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Road
Asheville, NC 28803

e-mail: cward@brpfoundation.org