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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 is the work of the named authors, 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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines below.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in ensuring a blind review have been followed.
  • An abstract of about 200 to 300 words is included at the beginning of your submission. Book reviews need abstracts too (of about 100 words).
  • In the comments for the editor, 3-5 suggested reviewers have been identified and their emails have been provided. These suggested reviewers are experts in the field and there this no conflict of interest with any of them (i.e., these individuals are not familiar with the project submitted for review, are not from the same institution as any of the authors, and are not present or past advisors, advisees, or collaborators of any of the authors.)

Author Guidelines

All articles will preferably be up to 8,000 words, but longer articles will be considered if written concisely. The text should be double-spaced; use an easy-reading 12-point font (such as Times New Roman); sparingly employ italics, rather than underlining for emphasis (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. If your article is accepted for review, you may be asked to layout the article in the IJW format. 

Please note the policy in 'About the Journal' about the types of articles that the IJW is looking to publish. 

All articles should use internally consistent spelling, grammar, and language (American and British English will both be accepted). Please also restrict the use of Latin phrases, long sentences, and overly-technical writing as much as possible.

Referencing should follow any one of the major referencing formats (APA, Chicago author-date or footnote, etc.). Please see existing articles for examples. If using APA, please refer to the latest Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Basic and comprehensive guides to APA style and referencing are available here.

To ensure a blind review, identifying information such as author names should be removed from the manuscript. Self-citations should be in third person.  

Authors of accepted articles are encouraged to create a Video Abstract (see guidelines here) to accompany their article. The video abstract will be posted on the article page as well as on the International Journal of Wellbeing YouTube channel.

The journal will consider for peer-review articles previously available as preprints. Authors may  deposit any version of the paper in a preprint server, repository, or archive (e.g., PsyArXiv, OSF). A note on the title page must explicitly state the date and version of the draft deposited (e.g., version submitted for peer review, version accepted for publication). Authors may post a link to the published articles on a personal or institutional or scientific network website (e.g., ResearchGate). Once the paper is published, authors are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

If you are having trouble with the submission process or have any questions, please email the editor at and let us know the precise issue.


Only the editors or invited special guests will write the editorials.


Please submit all articles to this section. The editors will consider submissions of wellbeing research from any discipline. We will most readily accept interdisciplinary articles, but we may also accept exceptional articles that draw on only one discipline.

Critical Notices

Critical Notices are direct responses to articles published in the International Journal of Wellbeing. Critical Notices must be less than 2,000 words including references and footnotes.

Book Reviews

Book reviews are by invitation from the editors only. Book reviews should be less than 1,500 words for regular books and less than 2,000 words for reviews of edited collections of papers.

Invited Articles

Occasionally the editors will specifically invite an individual to submit an article to this section. Invited articles will sometimes be reviewed by the editors, instead of the normal blind review process.

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