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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PAPER SUBMISSION

These requirements were prepared in compliance with the Orders of the Rector of the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences No. 1-395 of 3 June 2014 and No. 1-311 of 4 June 2015 and the 6th edition of the APA (the American Psychological Association) Standard.

The manuscript of the article submitted to the Journal should analyze some topical issue dealt with by the Journal (for more information see Section “Focus and Scope of the Journal”). The article should follow the citation requirements and the principles of academic ethics provided by the American Psychological Association. The article should be written in a grammatically correct language with appropriate style and adequate scientific and topic-specific terminology, observing the linguistic economy principle.

The hereunder-mentioned requirements are designed for empirical studies. For other types of articles to be submitted, please refer to the respective requirements of the APA Standard.

The structure of the article should be as follows:

  • Title page. Title of the article; Author’s first and last names; Institutional affiliation with its full address and the e-mail address of the author. The title should reveal the main idea of the article. It should be of explanatory character and avoid too general statements and undefined abbreviations. The recommended length for the title is no more than 12 words (individual exceptions are possible).
  • Abstract (not exceeding 250 words). The abstract should disclose the main points of the article. It should include information about the problem under investigation, the research participants or subjects, the methods, the basic findings and their scientific and practical value. The abstract is expected to be accurate (avoiding information that is absent in the article), non-evaluative (it should report the content of the article rather than comment on it), coherent and readable (it should be written in a clear and reader-friendly language), concise (all the sentences should be maximally informative). The length of the abstract is limited by abstracting databases; therefore observation of the linguistic economy principle is a must.
  • Keywords (3–7 keywords). They should reflect the research object and facilitate identification of the article with search engines.
  • The body (text) of the article (not exceeding 40,000 printed characters with spaces).
    • Introduction. The introduction should present the research problem and objectively survey different theoretical perspectives making adequate references to the previous works in the area. The most recent directly related scientific sources should be included at the same time avoiding an exhaustive account of what is supposed to be known to the ones involved in the area under investigation (unless the study focuses on the history in the area and the research problem requires otherwise). The second part of the introduction should present the author’s personal approach to the issue under discussion and state the aim and hypotheses (the most relevant questions) that should logically derive from the previously presented material. The author’s chosen research strategy should be described and justified as the best solution to solve the problem under investigation. The introduction should disclose how this research will contribute to the information presently available about the studied area. This part of the article should reveal what issue is analyzed and the reason why it needs to be analyzed.
    • Method. This section of the article should describe in detail how the study was conducted. It should contain subsections with descriptions of the participants or subjects (including their demographical and other important research-specific characteristics, the sampling procedure, the sample size with regard to the researched population, the criteria of selecting the participants or subjects etc.), covariates and measures of their evaluation (methods used to collect the data, instrument validity, information on adaptation and standardization for the population under investigation, the basic psychometric properties etc.), the research procedure (the research time and location, the interventions delivered, assurance of ethical standards of the research etc.) as well as data management (justification of the chosen mathematical statistics criteria, qualitative analysis etc.).
    • Results. This part of the article should present the research findings with the most relevant ones coming first and followed by other, supplementary results (unless the consistency principle requires otherwise). Data analysis is supposed to be accurate, unbiased and insightful. It should include criteria for data analysis and their readings, the principles of value categorization and meaning condensation etc. All relevant results should be described here without focusing only on certain findings (for instance, those that are comfortable for the author or only those that support the presented theoretical background). The research findings can be illustrated with tables, pictures, charts etc. if such methods of their presentation are necessary. This visual material should facilitate a quick perception of the information presented. All the tables, pictures, charts and other illustrative material should be produced in such a clear way that they do not require any additional textual explanation. The text of the article should not repeat its visual information. Illustrations, tables, charts, graphics and other material should be presented genuine, in good quality (at least 300 dpi, JPEG or TIFF formats required) and without copyright infringement.
    • Discussion. This part of the article should cover discussion of the original hypotheses, reflection on the research limitations or weaknesses, projection of further research guidelines, and generalization. The discussion section should open with a clear statement of the support or nonsupport for the original hypotheses (if there were any hypotheses formulated), description of the most relevant research findings in the context of the previous topic-related studies, presentation of insights that expand and deepen the present knowledge in the studied area. It should not simply repeat the information provided in the previous sections of the article. The discussion part should acknowledge weaknesses and limitations of the research and share best practice with the colleagues by suggesting some guidelines for further research. The discussion should be concluded with some generalizations where clear answers to the critical questions of the research are given and the theoretical and (or) applicable value of the most relevant findings is presented.
  • References. The List of References should include all the sources that have references in the article text, and the article text should contain all the reference points that are enumerated in the List of References. Numeration of the listed references is not needed. The List of References should be prepared following the requirements by the APA (The American Psychological Association).
  • Summary in English (not exceeding 250 words) if the article itself is written in Lithuanian, and vice versa. The summary should be detailed and reflect the main points of all the parts of the article (please, let us know if you have any difficulties to translate the summary into the Lithuanian language).
  • Keywords (3–7 keywords) in English if the article itself is written in Lithuanian, and vice versa.
The Basics of APA Style.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The author(s) guarantee(s) that the submitted Work is completely original and has not been previously published as well as has not been submitted for publication to any other journal, the Work does not infringe any third party’s copyrights and all the ideas of any other author(s) that have been used directly or indirectly in the Work have references to the original sources.
  2. This declaration guarantees that there are all the authors who prepared this article enumerated here (avoiding cases of ghost authors) and that all the authors who are enumerated here made a substantial contribution to this article, i.e. there are neither guest authors, nor gift authors mentioned as real authors.
  3. This article has been prepared in compliance with the requirements for the authors of this scientific journal as well as the APA (The American Psychological Association) standard and deals with the topical issues and the scope of the journal.
  4. The author(s) give(s) his/their consent to the Publisher to publish the article in an open access form without any restrictions.
 

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