Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines

The title page is comprised of the title of the paper, author(s) names, current affiliation and complete contact information including postal address(es). Title of article should be precise yet informative. Manuscripts submitted to UCPMR should be carefully prepared according to the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Authors may also find the document “Checklist for Manuscript Submission” on the APA website helpful for preparing manuscripts for APA journals. Manuscript should be submitted as a single Word file including all materials. Author owns full rights of the text provided and the changes will not be made by editors and publisher. In case of reprinting of previously published material (properly cited) reused in the articles, author is solely responsible for obtaining permissions.

The main text type font size:

  1. Paper Title – Arial 12 Bold, 1.5 line-spacing
  2. Headings – Arial 10 Bold, 1.5 line-spacing numbered as 1, 2, 3;
  3. Subheadings – Arial 10 Bold, numbered as 1.1, 1.2, 1.3;
  4. Text – Arial 10
  5. Line Spacing – 1.5 (including reference)
  6. Page Margins -  1 inch margins on all sides
  7. Figures and Tables – Arial Bold and single line spacing.
  1. Article Length - 4000 to 5000 words (deviation may be permitted in special cases).
  1. Bibliographic Information -  Roman script

Your text including title of sections must be justified, start a new paragraph by indenting it from the left margin. The full form of abbreviations for abstracting and indexing purpose should be presented in the article.

An article might include the following main sections:

Abstract & Keywords:

A concise and factual abstract is required consisting 150-200 words. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article so it must be able to stand alone. Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. After the abstract, provide 5 keywords, using American spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, ‘and’, ‘of’). These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.


A strong introduction engages the reader in the problem of interest and provides a context for the study at hand. In introducing the research concern, the writer should provide a clear rationale for why the problem deserves new research, placing the study in the context of current knowledge and prior theoretical and empirical work on the topic.

Literature Review:

The author needs to extend the background to the article’s introduction and identify the most relevant previous literature on the topic for positioning the paper and demonstrate its significance. A separate section for setting out the theoretical or conceptual framework is recommended. In short, this section of literature review should explain the motivation for the paper and the importance of this research relevant to the contributions.


The author is required to provide the relevant and reliable supporting empirical or other material to the conclusion and that the methodology is appropriate and systematic.

Results & Discussion:

Results should be clear and concise. The significance of the results of the research work, with no repeatedly mentioning of results in the text is often appropriate.

Tables & Figures:

Tables should be numbered and headed with appropriate concise titles. Figures and tables should be captioned and numbered clearly. Font style and size should be Arial 10. Illustrations must be placed as close as possible to where they are mentioned in the main text.


The original contribution of the paper and the discussion of implications of findings should be clearly mentioned in this section. Provide the critical assessment of the limitations of study, and outline possible lines for future research.


References should be mentioned in the main text by coding the author and year in brackets. List of all these references need to present at the very end of the paper under the heading of “References” (see details on; also you can find details in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association), and preferably be inserted by some reference citation software (Mendeley, Endnote etc.).