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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Arial font; has at least 1-inch margins; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

- Students must receive a mark of at least 85% on the final thesis paper for the capstone project. As a result, there may be some years in which the journal does not publish an issue if this criterion is not met.

- Once final grades are released, typically in May, Dr. Clancy will notify those groups who received an 85% or higher on the final thesis paper. These groups will be notified about the opportunity to publish in the McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Social Psychology, provided that all authorship and submission guidelines are met.

- After Dr. Clancy notifies the student groups, all responsibility for publishing then lies with the individual groups and the editor and editorial staff of the McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Social Psychology.  There will be no faculty involvement from members of the Honours Social Psychology Program after the initial notification about the opportunity to publish in the McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Social Psychology.

- Students must submit the paper through (the body of the paper excluding references). The turnitin report must not indicate any evidence of plagiarism. The turnitin report must be submitted to the editor and editorial board as part of the paper submission process.

- The paper must include a statement indicating that the project received ethics approval from the McMaster Research Ethics Board.

- Students must cite and reference all sources used in APA format.

- The paper must include a title page with every group member’s name.

- Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting (only one author on behalf of the group needs to register).

- As this is a group-based project, all group members must agree to submit the paper to the McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Social Psychology. All authors must sign a consent form to confirm approval from all group members. If one or more group members do not respond after three attempts to contact them to seek submission approval, the remaining members may proceed with the submission without their approval. The onus is on the group to contact members for permission. If one or more group members object, the paper will not be submitted to the McMaster Undergraduate Journal of Social Psychology for publication. You may email the consent form to

- Since this is a group-based project where there is no principal investigator and the work should be equal, author names will be listed on the publication alphabetically by last name

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