“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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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.

Initial submissions of manuscripts should include a cover letter, submitted as Author Comments, which indicates that all authors have provided approval for the submission of the manuscript in its current form.

Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

Authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could influence or bias the work. Although an author may not feel there are conflicts, disclosure of relationships and interests affords a more transparent process, leading to an accurate and objective assessment of the work. Awareness of real or perceived conflicts of interests is a perspective to which the readers are entitled and is not meant to imply that a financial relationship with an organization that sponsored the research or compensation for consultancy work is inappropriate.

Examples of potential conflicts of interests that are directly or indirectly related to the research may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research grants from funding agencies (please specify the research funder and the grant number)
  • Honoraria for speaking at symposia
  • Financial support for attending symposia
  • Financial support for educational programs
  • Employment or consultation
  • Support from a project sponsor
  • Position on advisory board or board of directors or other type of management relationships
  • Multiple affiliations
  • Financial relationships, for example equity ownership or investment interest
  • Intellectual property rights (e.g. patents, copyrights and royalties from such rights)
  • Holdings of spouse and/or children that may have financial interest in the work

In addition, interests that go beyond financial interests and compensation (non-financial interests) that may be important to readers should be disclosed. These may include but are not limited to personal relationships or competing interests directly or indirectly tied to this research, or professional interests or personal beliefs that may influence your research. (e.g., being the developer or co-developer of a program under study).

The corresponding author collects and maintains the conflict of interest disclosure forms from all authors. These forms are not submitted to the journal but maintained by the corresponding author. However, all conflicts of interest should be disclosed in the cover letter to the editor submitted as Author comments in the initial submission of the manuscript.In situations of author collaborations where formal agreements for representation allow it, it is sufficient for the corresponding author to sign and maintain the disclosure form on behalf of all authors. To download the Disclosure of Conflict of Interest form, click here.

At the point of acceptance, the corresponding author must include a summary statement in an Acknowledgement section that is placed just before the References section of the manuscript (see details below). If there are no conflicts of interest please use the statement: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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 as the first page of the manuscript.

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.

Acknowledgements Section

Disclosures such as the following should be included in an Acknowledgements section that is to be located immediately before the Reference section:

  • Funding: This study was funded by X (grant number X).
  • Acknowledgements of Support: The authors want to thank . . .
  • Conflict of Interest: See Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest described above.

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.

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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