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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 has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs 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, remove all Document Properties that have any identifying information.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Authors (Revised 6/18)

To submit a narrative, you have to Register.  After you register, log in and click ROLES at top and give yourself two roles, Reader and Author, so the submission link will show the next time to you log on.  If there is more than one author, all authors must register eventually, but not for the submission to go through.  For full instructions including screenshots, see: https://tinyurl.com/ReflectionsAuthorInstructions

The purpose of Reflections is to publish narratives, personal accounts that describe and explain the process of helping others and shaping social change over time. The journal seeks to build a literary tradition for critical study. It encourages stories that convey a sense of immediacy, portray practice across diverse populations and capture the range and variety of strategies and systems within the helping professions. The journal publishes stories of professional helpers such as ethicists, psychotherapists, community organizers, case and group workers, policy makers, family and child practitioners, health and mental healthcare providers; educators, researchers, and administrators in the helping professions. Historical and contemporary narratives are encouraged.

Narratives should give readers a fresh perspective about the practice of change. Narratives explain and describe events, results, conflicts, complicating actions, and how, why, and what was done. In narratives, the writer evaluates the experience, whether or not there is a resolution, and explores the meaning of the experience. Some narratives end with a coda; a perspective on what occurred.

Writing Instructions and Submission: Note: The above and below following editorial policies are subject to review by the Executive Committee of Publishing Partners.  Manuscripts are double-blind peer-reviewed.  Articles appropriate to the journal’s purpose are reviewed anonymously by members of the Narrative Review Board. Publication decisions require 3 to 4 months. Please be patient. All articles are copyedited before publication.  Articles published in Reflections are published as PDF files that are searchable, but our hosting provider has prevented the ability of the PDFs to be indexed on Google or other well-behaved search engines.  On the author name, title of article, abstract and keyword are searchable.  The same policy is followed for our material on EBSCO and Proquest, by special arrangment, unless the user is logged into their system.  This is because it was felt that the nature of the narratives is such that their content should not be searchable on the web.  

Please see the Online Journal Site for further information prior to electronic submission.  However, for preliminary guidelines:

1. Authors are expected to use APA format, version 7, with one spaces after every sentence, but with no headers or footers or page numbers.  However, see #5 below for special formatting instructions, some of which also might not be strictly speaking APA style.

2. The manuscript length depends upon the temporal sequence of the event.

3. Make sure you include all information such as name, affiliation(s), address, and phone/fax numbers in your profile.  Do not include any of this identifying information in your submission.

4. Submit one electronic copy of a document formatted as follows:

a. Times New Roman 13 point font

b. Single spaced

c. Flush left

d. Non-justified

e. Full blank line between paragraphs and above and below sub-headings

f. Headings are bold-faced and centered on the page with a full space above and below each heading

g. Sub-headings are bold-faced, flush left and with a full space above and below each sub-heading

5. The first line of your submission should be the title, then a blank line and the word “Abstract,” flush left. followed by a colon, then the text of the abstract.  The text of the abstract is to be followed by a full space, and then the word Keywords, flush left and followed by a colon, and then the keywordsf separated by a comma. 

6. Once you have finished the article, make sure to get rid of metadata by:

a. Click on file

b. Click “Check for Issues”

c. Click “Inspect Document”

d. Click “Inspect”

e. Next to “Document Properties and Personal Information” click “Remove All”

7. Submit the article saved in RTF or Word format, using File, Save As and choosing RTF.  Do not send it as a *.doc or *.wpd or other word processing format.

8. Be sure there is no metadata in the document identifying you.

9. When you use the names of persons whose identity needs to be protected, you should obviously use a different name.  To make this clear to the reader, the first time that pseudonym is used, merely put quotes around the name.  

Note: Names of persons and organizations mentioned in the articles published in Reflections should have been changed to protect their privacy.  Reflections disclaims responsibility for statements, either fact or opinion, made by contributors.

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This is a permanent section. Submissions to this section comply with the following overview.

Practice Section (Dr. Jon Christopher Hall, Editor): The process of being a practitioner or becoming a recipient of service can stimulate valuable narratives. For example, these narratives give voice to practitioners who work and advocate with individuals, couples, families, groups, organizations and communities; participate in social justice and civic engagement work; or become recipients of service in the very systems in which they have practiced.

All articles published in this section are peer-reviewed.

Field Education

This is a permanent section.  Submissions to this section comply with the following overview.

Field Education (Dr. Beth Lewis, Editor): The process of field advisement and field instruction, as well as the experience of being a student in a practicum, can stimulate valuable narratives. For example, consider building narratives around insights gained from process recordings and verbatims or from supervisory relationships or other field experiences in which co-learning occurred.

All articles published in this section are peer reviewed.


This is a permanent section. Submissions to this section comply with the following overview.

Research Section (Dr. Monica Leisey, Editor): Although Reflections does not publish research results or literature reviews, the journal has a long history of publishing narratives of the interpersonal aspects of the research process. For example, explore the experience of collaboration in the design, development, implementation, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative studies or program evaluations.

All articles published in this section are peer reviewed.

Teaching & Learning

This is a permanent section. Submissions to this section comply with the following overview.

Teaching & Learning (Dr. Arlene Reilly-Sandoval, Editor): The process of teaching, or being a student, continues the journal's practice of publishing narrative accounts about education and training. For example, classroom experiences, teaching innovations, university-community partnerships, continuing education, and other formal learning opportunities offer valuable insight.

All articles published in this section are peer reviewed.

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