Author’s Guidelines Jun 25, 2014 7:16:19 GMT
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|Author Guidelines|| Author Guidelines|
Performance Improvement Quarterly (PIQ) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the International Society for Performance Improvement. The goal of PIQ is to stimulate professional discussion and advance the interdisciplinary field of human performance technology (HPT) through the publication of scholarly works. Human performance may be defined as the valued results produced by people working within a system. The HPT field seeks to integrate and expand the methods, processes, and findings of other disciplines as they relate to solving problems and realizing opportunities in human performance. HPT work focuses on valued, measured results; considers the larger system context of people’s performance; and provides valid and reliable measures of effectiveness. HPT is applied to the performance of individuals, groups, and organizations.
Types of Manuscripts Invited. PIQ emphasizes original work from the following communities of research and practice: process improvement; organizational design and alignment; analysis, evaluation, and measurement; performance management; instructional systems; and management of organizational performance. PIQ will consider literature reviews, experimental studies, survey research, and case studies with a scholarly base.
Editorial Policy. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all submitted materials including references, quotations, and spellings. All materials other than specific quotations must be the author’s own work. If there is substantial use of copyrighted materials, the author is responsible for securing permission to use the material. Any manuscript accepted for publication in PIQ becomes the exclusive property of ISPI and will be copyrighted in ISPI’s name. Authors are required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement. All manuscripts submitted for publication must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), fifth edition. In addition, ISPI uses Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary , eleventh edition, as a standard reference for spelling, hyphenations, and definitions. ISPI will apply its own style guidelines to ensure consistency.
Permissions. Reproduction of an unaltered figure, table, or block of text from any nonfederal government publication requires permission from the copyright holder. All direct quotations should have a source and page citation. Acknowledgment of source material cannot substitute for written permission. It is the author's responsibility to obtain such written permission from the owner of the rights to this material. Authors must also receive permission to use figures that have been adapted.
Length. Although there is no fixed length, average articles (including tables and figures) are approximately 5,000 to 8,000 words. The maximum length for a PIQ article is 10,000 words. If you wish to submit a longer manuscript, discuss it with the PIQ editor prior to submission.
Manuscript Format and Author Information. PIQ articles, while scholarly, should be written to enhance readability. We prefer that articles be written in first person. Whether written in first person or third person, your point of view should be consistent throughout the manuscript.
Your manuscript must be submitted with a separate coversheet that includes a statement indicating that the manuscript is not currently being considered for publication by another journal and the following information: manuscript title, authors in order of preference with names listed as they should appear in the published article, and an affiliation, email address, phone number, and delivery address (home or work, no PO boxes) for each author. Page numbers should be included on each page. A second page, headed by the manuscript title, should provide an abstract summarizing the manuscript in 150 words and two pull quotes (a sentence pulled from your manuscript to whet the reader’s interest) . The third page, which is the beginning of the manuscript, should begin with the article title. To allow for blind review, no author names or indications of the author(s) should appear anywhere other than the coversheet. A final page of the manuscript should consist of author name(s), professional titles, a 25-30 word summary of professional experience or research interest for each author (include an email address that will be published).
Figures and Tables. PIQ pages are 6” x 9”. Figures and tables should be pre-sized to fit in a 4.5” x 7” space. Figures should be professionally rendered. The resolution of computer-generated images (figures) should be at least 300 dpi and scanned, created, or saved in TIFF or EPS format. Images copied from the World Wide Web are not acceptable. Each figure must be on a separate page at the end of the manuscript with its number and title at the top of the page. A placement indicator should appear in the text with a line above and below the figure title.
Tables should be clearly formatted using Microsoft Word’s table-making feature. They should appear in the body of the manuscript where they belong followed by the table number and title. Do not apply shading to the table unless doing so imparts information, in which case a legend must be supplied.
Please use the typeface Arial (light, regular, and bold) for all tables and figures. Do not use any type of background color (shading) behind the text of figures or tables. PIQ reserves the right to modify the size and shape of figures and artwork, provided their meaning is not substantially changed, and to reject any figures or artwork not meeting PIQ standards.
Bibliography. The bibliography, formatted in APA (fifth edition) style, should contain only those works cited in the text. The bibliography should be titled References .
Submission and Review Process. All manuscripts be should submitted electronically using the journal's ScholarOne (formerly known as Manuscript Central) site: mc.manuscriptcentral.com/PIQ. Authors will be asked to create an account, unless one already exists, prior to submitting a paper. Step-by-step instructions are provided online. Manuscript submissions will no longer be accepted via e-mail. For questions about the submission process, please contact the ISPI Publication department (firstname.lastname@example.org). Contact Scholar One support (email@example.com) should any issues arise with the ScholarOne Web site. The journal’s peer review process is intended to be constructive. Reviewers provide collegial support to authors in the interest of creating the best possible manuscripts for readers. Manuscript submissions are reviewed by the editor and three consulting editors. A decision from the editor is usually sent to the author within six weeks of submission.
All questions in regard to editorial content should be directed to the PIQ editor: Richard Pearlstein, PhD ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) .