“One of the primary goals of SPR is to create a scientific, multidisciplinary forum for prevention science, and a concerted effort is being made to invite investigators to join SPR whose research specialties are not represented in the current membership.”

Prevention Science – The Official Journal of the Society For Prevention Research

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Aims and scope
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Instructions for Authors

Aims and scope
Prevention Science is the official publication of the Society for Prevention Research. The Journal serves as an interdisciplinary forum designed to disseminate new developments in the theory, research and practice of prevention. Prevention sciences encompassing etiology, epidemiology and intervention are represented through peer-reviewed original research articles on a variety of health and social problems, including but not limited to substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, violence, accidents, teenage pregnancy, suicide, delinquency, STD’s, obesity, diet/nutrition, exercise, and chronic illness. The journal also publishes literature reviews, theoretical articles, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and papers concerning new developments in methodology.


Catherine P. Bradshaw, Ph.D., University of Virginia


Inquiries regarding journal policy, manuscript preparation and other such general topics should be sent to the Managing Editor:

Sandy Lahn


Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts should be in English and submitted to the Editor’s Office via the journal’s web-based online manuscript submission and peer-review system at http://prev.edmgr.com.

Acceptable formats for manuscripts are:

  • Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT, and LaTeX.

Acceptable formats for figures (artwork) are: TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, PPT, and Postscript.

Acceptable formats for supplemental materials are:

Text: ASCII, Word, PDF, HTML;

Tables: Excel, Word, HTML, XHTML, XML;

Audio and Video: AVI, MPG, Quicktime, RM, MP3, WAV; Animation: GIF, JPEG, Flash/Shockwave;


Publication Policies
Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the Society for Prevention Research will be required after the manuscript is accepted for publication. The publisher will supply the necessary forms for this transfer during the publishing process. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

Manuscripts should include a cover letter which indicates that all authors have provided approval for the submission of the manuscript in its current form.

Submission Requirement: Conflict of Interest Disclosure

A Disclosure of Conflict of Interest form signed by each author must be included with all manuscript submissions. Submissions received without the signed Disclosure of Conflict of Interest form(s) cannot be sent out for peer review. To download the Disclosure of Conflict of Interest form, click here.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts that fail to adhere to the page limits and formatting guidelines herein will be returned without review.

The manuscript should be prepared in accordance with the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, including the citing of references and the use of abbreviations, numbers, and symbols.

Formatting and Paper Length

The manuscript should be double-spaced throughout, including the reference section. Please note that we follow the APA recommendation of using a 12 pt Times New Roman font. All other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts, are described in the APA Manual.

The paper should not exceed 30 double-spaced typewritten pages INCLUSIVE of title page, abstract, references, tables and figures.

Footnotes should be avoided. When their use is absolutely necessary, footnotes should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and should be typed at the bottom of the page to which they refer. Place a line above the footnote, so that it is set off from the text. Use the appropriate superscript numeral for citation in the text.

Title Page

A title page on its own page listing the title of the paper and all authors with their academic or professional affiliations is required.

Abstract and Descriptive Words

An abstract is to be provided on its own page and should contain no more than 250 words.

A list of 3-5 descriptive key words (or phrases) is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should be numbered and referred to by number in the text. Each table/figure should be typed on a separate page, included at the end of the document and should have a descriptive title.

Supplemental Materials

Appendices, images, audio and video clips, recordings, lengthy tables and figures that cannot be included in the main article because of page restrictions can be submitted as supplemental materials.

The Disclosures of Interest forms should be included as supplemental materials.

With the exception of the Disclosures of Interest forms, materials submitted in this manner are included for review during the submission process and are made available to the editors and reviewers. They are also made accessible exactly as submitted from the online version of the published article but are not included with the printed version. These materials should be referenced in the text by the words “(available online)”.

Page Charges

The journal makes no page charges. Reprints are available to authors, and order forms with the current price schedule are sent with proofs.


Articles and abstracts must be in English but the journal accepts additional abstracts in other languages of the author’s choice (for instance in the author’s first language). Such abstracts are optional. Authors would need to supply such abstracts themselves, certify that they are a faithful translation of the official abstract, and they must be supplied in Unicode (see http://www.unicode.org for details), especially if they are using non-roman characters.

Such abstracts in other languages will carry a disclaimer:

“This abstract is provided by the author(s), and is for convenience of the users only. The author certifies that the translation faithfully represents the official version in the language of the journal, which is the published Abstract of record and is the only Abstract to be used for reference and citation.”

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