Submission Guidelines

CJIS Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Manuscript Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts for possible publication in CJIS. CJIS publishes original material highlighting faculty and graduate student research, as well as co-authored undergraduate research. For graduate student submissions, faculty may serve as co-authors, but lead authors of all CJIS graduate student submissions must be graduate students at GCU. Undergraduate student submissions must have a faculty member as co-author. As is the nature of refereed journals, acceptance and publication of original manuscripts is a competitive process.

Manuscript/Publication Categories

CJIS will publish two issues each year. Manuscript submissions will be accepted for the specific issues, as follows:

  • Open Issue - Manuscripts from all disciplines are qualified for consideration.
  • Faith Issue - This issue focuses on the integration of faith, learning and work.


CJIS publishes only original manuscripts (i.e., manuscripts under review with another publication, previously published, or revised versions of previously published manuscript are not acceptable). In addition, copyright policies are as follows:

  • Authors and CJIS hold joint copyright for published manuscripts.
  • Authors are required to acquire necessary permissions for copyrighted images; it is the author's responsibility to determine whether or not permissions are needed for images. In addition, authors are responsible for all permission fees associated with copyrighted materials.
  • Trademark use must be credited to owner or permissions must be obtained for use.
  • A publication release from the author will be required for a paper to be included in CJIS.

Manuscript Preparation

CJIS publishes manuscripts representing a range of research methodologies. Successful submissions should clearly highlight the significance and implications of the research for the target audience. The American Psychological Association (2010) provides the following general guidelines for communicating your scholarly work:

  • Present the problem, question or issue early in the manuscript.
  • Show how the issue is grounded, shaped, and directed by theory.
  • Connect the issue to previous work in a literature review that is pertinent and informative but not exhaustive.
  • State explicitly the hypotheses under investigation or the target of the theoretical review.
  • Keep the conclusions within the boundaries of the findings and/or scope of the theory.
  • Demonstrate how the study or scholarly approach has helped to address the original issue.
  • Identify and discuss what theoretical or practical implications can be drawn from this work.

Suggestions for effective manuscript submissions:

  • Title - Titles should not exceed 15 words and should provide a clear introduction to the point of your manuscript.
  • Abstract - The abstract provides a short summary (150-250 words) of your work that provides the key information for readers to determine their interest in reading the complete article. The abstract should be "accurate, self-contained, nonevaluative, coherent, and readable" (Calfee & Valencia, 2001).
  • Body - Information should be organized and sub-titled to facilitate flow and understanding of key issues. Authors should use discipline-specific guidelines to organize and present information in a manner that is easily communicated to readers. CJIS has no length requirements for manuscripts (except for honors symposium submissions, wherein the body of text is limited to no more than 20 double-spaced pages); authors are encouraged to be direct and concise to maintain a focus on key issues.
  • References - Carefully select references to ensure that citations are current and relevant; prioritize credible, published sources that have proven pertinent and valuable to the relevant investigations.  
  • Tables, Figures, Appendices & Graphics - When necessary, include supporting documents to illustrate the findings, relevance or utilization of materials.

To facilitate the masked (also known as "blind") review process, the author's name and other identifying information should only appear on the title page; the remainder of the manuscript should be written in a more generalized fashion that does not directly divulge authorship.

Manuscript (including citations and references) must strictly follow APA style as dictated by the 6th Edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (

If you have additional questions about CJIS or the submission process, please contact Maria Zafonte, Editor at or 602-639-6681.


  • American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Calfee, R. & Valencia, R. (2001). APA Guide to preparing manuscripts for journal publication. Washington, DC: APA.

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