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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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end the manuscript.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.



  • Manuscripts submitted for publication consideration in the JMRT are evaluated according to the following criteria:

    • extent to which the manuscript fits the mission of the journal;

    • significance of the theoretical, methodological, and/or practical contributions to the field

    • quality and breadth of the literature review;

    • articulation and explication of the conceptual rationale, constructs, and processes;

    • rigor of the research design and execution, as well as soundness of the statistical claims (if applicable);

    • appropriateness of the analyses and interpretation of results (if applicable);

    • quality of the discussion of implications for theory, research, and application;

    • overall writing style, organization, clarity, and use of unambiguous language



Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts that violate any of the following guidelines will be returned to authors for revision prior to being reviewed.

  • The submission must not be previously published elsewhere   

  • Must be submitted in Word format

  • 12 point, Times New Roman font

  • Page layout: 1-inch margins on all sides with page numbers in the upper right corner and no header/footer

  • Double-spaced

  • As the JMRT follows a masked review policy, no author and identifying information should be included in the paper, except for on the cover page

  • Authors are also required to recommend 2-3 potential reviewers for their article 

Section Guidelines:

1.0. Cover Page.  A cover page with the title of the manuscript, authors’ full name(s), institution(s), program of study/studies, date submitted for review, and word count of the main text.  Please adhere to sections 1.1. and 1.2.  There should be no page number on the cover page.

1.1 Title.  Titles should not exceed 25 words and should avoid technical terms, abbreviations and active verbs.  Titles should be centered, title-style capitalization (first letter of each word), and bolded.  

1.2. Authors.  Corresponding author(s) should be identified with an asterisk.

1.3. Abstract.  Provide a general introduction to the topic and a brief non-technical summary of your main results and their implication (maximum 250 words).  The abstract should not contain displayed mathematical equations, footnotes, references, graphics, or tabular material.  

1.4. Keywords.  Include 4-5 primary keywords in an alphabetical order that best suit the topic of the manuscript.

1.5. Main Text.  Main text should no more than 6,250 words (25 pages).  Section headings and sub-headings should be bolded, centered, and in title-style capitalization (first letter of each word), and with an extra return ‘space’ before and after.  Section headings and sub-headings should be used throughout, but avoid 'Introduction' as a heading.  Constructs and variables are first identified in words, not abbreviations.      

1.6. Materials and Methods. The Materials and Methods section should contain all elements necessary for interpretation and replication of the results.  This section should be in concise language.  

1.7. Citations and References.  Should adhere to the guidelines of your discipline (e.g., APA style for Psychology, MLA style for English studies, etc.).  Generally, the reference page should begin on a separate page and list in alphabetical order by Author’s last name.  The number of references should not exceed 60.  

1.8. Acknowledgements (optional).  Acknowledgements must be a maximum of 250 words and should give thanks to grants/funding agencies (if applicable).  Do not include thanks to anonymous referees or editors, or effusive comments.  

1.9. Author contributions.  A statement that specifies the individual contributions of each co-author.  For example: "Dr. Jacob Wayne contributed Y and Z; Master’s student, Anita Ainsworth contributed Y” etc.

2.0. Conflict of Interest Statement.  The author has the obligation to reveal any personal interest or relationship that has the potential to be affected by publication of the submitted manuscript.  Submission of a conflict of interest statement.  This form will be emailed to you (or this link will be updated with the form) once the JMRT has received your submission of the manuscript.  This form is to be signed by all the Authors of the article.

2.1. Tables and Figures.  Tables and figures should appear at the end of your document (not in your text).  In the text, indicate appropriate table placement (e.g., "Insert Table 1 here").  Tables and figures must be numbered in the order in which they are to appear.  Insert all figures after your tables.  The term "figure" refers to a variety of material, including line drawings, maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, photos, and Web shots, among others.   Each table and figure should be accompanied by a short title sentence and/or caption describing what they show.  Figures should be clearly labeled in the figure legend.  Further details can be included as footnotes.  The same data should not be presented in both table and graph form or repeated in the text.  Other guidelines should adhere to the general formatting guidelines of your discipline.

2.2. Appendix.  If Appendixes are provided, they appear on a new page after the figures.   A single appendix is labeled without letters (Appendix).  Multiple appendixes are labeled with letters (Appendix A, Appendix B).

Graduate Thesis Abstract Submission Guidelines:

  • Must be submitted in Word format

  • 12 point, Times New Roman font

  • Page layout: 1-inch margins on all sides with page numbers in the upper right corner and no header/footer

  • Double-spaced

  • Maximum 250 words

  • Should only adhere to sections: 1.0 to 1.4, and 1.8 to 2.1 in manuscript submission guidelines


We also accept:

  • Abstracts from conferences, research meetings, colloqiums, or departmental presentations 

Please contact us for details on these submissions. 

The JMRT adheres to the Graduate Academic Integrity plagiarism policy set by Trent University.

All works published by the JMRT are under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This permits anyone to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt the work provided the original work and source is appropriately cited.

Please create an account to make submissions.  Any questions can be directed to jmrt@trentu.ca.  You are responsible to read the Rights and Policy outlined by the JMRT before making a submission.