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 abstract, keywords, tables, and 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 abstract, keywords, tables, and 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 of your article, 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 (2019, 7th 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 Attribution and Usage Policies

Personnel Assessment and Decisions is an open access publication. Authors retain the copyright for their content published in Personnel Assessment and Decisions and license their work under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.