Submission Guidelines


General submission guidelines for Personnel Assessment and Decisions

Personnel Assessment and Decisions (PAD) receives manuscript submissions online through ScholarWorks@BGSU (Bowling Green State University). Authors should register for an account, create a login ID and password here. ScholarWorks@BGSU serves as the center for editorial staff to communicate with authors, editors, and reviewers electronically, and it functions as the platform for the review process

PAD is a unique short reports journal in industrial-organizational psychology. Its aim is to publish concise reports of empirical studies that provide meaningful contributions to our understanding of staffing organizations and assessing and developing its members. PAD strives to publish innovative, cutting-edge, and impactful research. It is geared toward a speedy review and publication process to allow innovative research to quickly become part of the applied and scientific discourse. Articles cannot exceed 4,000 words (excluding references), and may present new theory, new data, new methods, or any combination of these. Preferences will be given to articles that:

  • have practical relevance
  • provide new insights on important phenomena
  • have broad appeal
  • are written to be accessible to a wide range of audiences (e.g., other psychologists, science writers for the popular press, practitioners)

The format of the submission should be in MS-Word version 2007 or later. To calculate the word count for your submission, please use your word processor to find the total number of words for the entire submission--subtract the number of words from your references section only. If your submission contains large tables or data sets that you would like to include as a supplementary file for online publication only, you may upload that as a separate file under supplemental content in the submission process and designate the file accordingly. Any file that is designated as being for supplementary publication only will not need to be included in the word count.

Please prepare your manuscript for the double blind process. An abstract of no more than 150 words and a list of 3-4 keywords should be included in your main document file, along with the main body, footnotes, tables, and figures. The main document file should be blinded and suitable for viewing by reviewers.

Journal policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for consideration by another journal and does not allow publication of a manuscript that has been published in whole or in part by another journal. Authors must also verify compliance with APA ethical standards in the treatment of participants, human or animal.

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010, 6th edition).

PAD registers DOI for each published article and participates in Crossref's Reference Linking. Authors should include the DOI (e.g., https://doi.org/10.xxxxx/xxxxx) for every citation listed in the Reference section.

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Rights for Authors and ScholarWorks@BGSU

All materials in Personnel Assessment and Decisions are protected by copyright. Authors retain the copyright for their content published in Personnel Assessment and Decisions.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, requires credit to the article author as copyright holder. Permission does not need to be obtained for downloading, printing, or linking to ScholarWorks@BGSU content. Individuals have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in the Personnel Assessment and Decisions and to use them for any other lawful purpose. Any use of Personnel Assessment and Decisions content that exceeds these exceptions requires permission from the article author who is the copyright holder. Libraries interested in printing a paper from Personnel Assessment and Decisionsfor their permanent collection should contact the journal editors responsible for posting the paper. The requesting library can then gain copyright clearance from the paper's author(s). People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.