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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 manuscript consists of original research and has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration for publication in another journal.

  • The body of the manuscript is spaced at 1.15 with standard margins, 0.3" tabs and 12-point fonts.

  • The manuscript files accompanying the submission have been saved in Microsoft Word document file format (DOC or DOCX). 

  • Images, figures, and tables have been saved as their own separate file in publishable format (BMP, TIFF, EPS, uncompressed JPEG; not GIF or compressed JPEG) and are not included with the manuscript itself.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Studies that make use of human subjects have demonstrated compliance with ethical research standards, including Institutional Review Board approval and consent by participants.

  • The submission includes a title page with names, affiliations, biographies, and contact information for the author(s). The title page follows the template on the JPIC website. 

  • The title page includes a list of five keywords to help classify the paper and an abstract of no more than 125 words.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Public Interest Communications must be submitted through the Journal’s online site. Manuscripts must be original research and cannot be published or under consideration for publication elsewhere. There are no article processing or submission charges. Please review the JPIC submission policies before submitting.

Manuscripts should be 1.15 spaced, 12-font. Manuscripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word file format (DOC or DOCX). Failure to submit manuscript files in this format may result in a delay in the review process. You must include with each submission a title page with author and contact information as well as a manuscript scrubbed of personally identifiable information to ensure blind review.

Tables, figures, and images should be uploaded separately in Microsoft Word file format (DOC or DOCX files). Figures and images should be saved and uploaded using high quality image formats: BMP, TIFF, EPS, JPEG (uncompressed); not GIF or compressed JPEG. Figures and images should be 300dpi (print quality) and no wider than 4.5 inches.

Manuscript Length

Please ensure that your submission manuscript does not exceed the following length guidelines:

Original research: 6,000 – 8,000 words
Practitioner reports: 4,000 – 6,000 words
Campaign reviews: 4,000 – 6,000 words
Commentary 3,000 – 4,000 words


Each article is required to have a brief abstract of no more than 125 words. The abstract should appear on the article’s title page beneath the paper title, author(s), and institutional affiliations.

Author Bio(s)

Each contributing author should supply a brief biography of no more than 150 words. Biographies should appear on the title page beneath the paper abstract and should be written in the third-person.

General Formatting

Manuscripts should be prepared following as closely as possible APA 6th formatting. Paragraphs should start with an indent and no extra space between paragraphs. Dashes should be keyed in as double-hyphens with no space at either end. For example: word—word.

Heading Styles

First level headings: (Boldface, first word capitalized, justified at left margin, on a separate line)

Second level headings: (Plain type, first word capitalized, justified at left margin, on a separate line)

Third level headings: (Italic type, first word capitalized, justified at left margin, on a separate line)

Author's Agreement

The following is an agreement between the author(s) listed above (the “Author”) and the Journal of Public Interest Communications and the University of Florida (the “Publisher”), and governs use of the article submitted (the “Work”).

Section 1: Author’s Grant of Rights

In consideration of the Publisher’s agreement to publish the Work in the journal JPIC, the Author hereby grants and assigns to the Publisher:

  • The irrevocable, royalty-free right to publish, reproduce, publicly display, publicly perform, and distribute the Work in perpetuity throughout the world in all means of expression by any method or media now known or hereafter discovered, including electronic format.
  • The irrevocable, royalty-free right to use the Author’s name and likeness in association with the Work in published form and in advertising and promotional materials, and
  • The irrevocable, royalty-free right to license others to do any or all of the above.

Section 2: Prior Publication & Publication by Others

The Author agrees not to publish the Work, or authorize any third party to publish the Work, either in print or electronically, prior to publication of the Work by the Publisher.

The Publisher requests that, should the Author publish or distribute the Work elsewhere at any time or in any alternate format, the Author cite the publication in JPIC by author, title, and publisher, through a tagline, author biography, or similar means. A sample acknowledgement would be: 

“Reprinted with permission from the author. Original publication in the Journal of Public Interest Communications: http://journals.fcla.edu/jpic/.”

Section 3: Editing and Formatting

The Author authorizes the Publisher to edit the Work and to make such modifications as are technically necessary or desirable to exercise the rights in Section 1 in differing media and formats. The Publisher will make no material modification to the content of the Work without the Author’s consent.

Section 4: Author’s Ownership of Copyright and Reservation of Rights

Nothing in this agreement constitutes a transfer of the copyright by the Author, and the copyright in the Work is subject to the rights granted by this agreement.

The Author retains the following rights, including but not limited to, the right:

  • To reproduce and distribute the Work, and to authorize others to reproduce and distribute the Work, in any format;
  • To post a version of the Work in an institutional repository or the Author’s personal or departmental web page so long as JPIC is cited as the source of first publication of the Work (see sample acknowledgement above).
  • To include the Work, in part or in whole, in another work, subject to Section 2 above and provided that JPIC is cited as the source of first publication of the Work (see sample acknowledgement above).

The Work is published under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY NC) that allows others to distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the Work, except commercially, as long as they credit the Author for the original creation.

Section 5: Author’s Warranties and Undertakings

The Author warrants that:

  • The Author is the sole author of the Work, or if a joint author, the Author has identified within the Work the other authors, and holds the copyright and has the power to convey the rights granted in this agreement;
  • Any textual, graphic, or multimedia material included in the Work that is the property or work of another is explicitly identified by source and cited by the Work;
  • To the best of the Author’s knowledge, the Work does not contain  matter that is obscene, libelous, defamatory; it does not violate another’s civil right, right of privacy, right of publicity, or other legal right; and it is otherwise not unlawful;
  • To the best of the Author’s knowledge, the Work does not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property or literary rights of another;
  • The Author shall indemnify and hold Publisher harmless against loss, damages, expenses, awards, and judgments arising from the breach of any such warranties.

Section 6: The Reuse of Third-Party Works

The Publisher requires that you determine, prior to publication, whether it is necessary to obtain permissions from any third party who holds rights with respect to any photographs, illustrations, drawings, text or any other material (“third-party work”) to be publishes with or in connection with your Work. Copyright permission will not be necessary if the use is within fair use, if the work is the public domain, or if the rightsholder has granted a Creative Commons or other license. If either the Author or Publisher determines for any reason that permission is required to include any third-party work, the Author shall obtain written permission from the rightsholder. 

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