Information for Authors


The Editorial Staff of the Journal of Conflict Management welcomes submissions of manuscripts for review and possible publication in JOCM.  The journal is interdisciplinary in nature, looking at the broad fields of conflict management, dispute resolution, mediation and related areas.  Manuscripts may emphasize research (quantitative, qualitative or mixed-method), theory, education or practical application/best practices from various disciplines, settings and locales. 

Editorial Correspondence

Correspondence regarding JOCM, including submission of manuscripts for consideration, should be addressed to Dr. LaVena Wilkin, Editor, via e-mail at

Peer Review

JOCM incorporates a double-blind peer reviewing procedure. Authors are therefore requested to submit a manuscript without author names or affiliations in the text or references. A separate title page file, containing each author's name, affiliation, address, phone number and e-mail address, should accompany the manuscript.


Authors retain the copyright for their original material published in JOCM, including--but not limited to--rights to authorize subsequent publication or translation. Any factual inaccuracies or opinions expressed therein are the authors' own, and do not necessarily reflect the knowledge, views, or positions of the Sullivan University, any of the university's units, or JOCM's editors.  Material appearing in JOCM may be distributed freely by electronic or any other means, provided that any such distribution acknowledges The Journal of Conflict Management as the source. JOCM articles may not be reprinted in any publication without the explicit written permission of the author(s).

Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation

Since the JOCM editors receive a large quantity of submissions, only those manuscripts that follow the guidelines below with be considered for review.  Please take the time to become acquainted with the guidelines.

Style and Format

Manuscripts will be word processed using Microsoft Word or a compatible program and submitted as .doc, .docx or .rtf files. Manuscripts must follow the 6th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), with the additional specifications listed below. Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of their manuscripts and ensuring that all in-text references appear in the reference list at the end of the contribution.


·     Margins are set to 1” top, bottom, left and right.

·     Body text is double-spaced and left-justified (i.e. ragged right edge) with the first line of paragraphs indented 1/4” (rather than 1/2“).

·     Regular body text is in Times New Roman (TNR) 12 point font

·     Manuscript titles should be 15 words or less, in Arial 14 point font, bolded and centered. Do not type titles or heading in all caps.

·     Main (level 1) headings should be Arial 12 point, bolded and centered.

·     Section headings (level 2) should be Arial 12 point, bolded and left-justified.

·     Sub headings (level 3) should be Arial 12 point, not bolded and left-justified.

Language and Length

JOCM is an English-language journal. Articles will typically be between 3,000 and 7,000 words in length, but longer articles may be approved by contacting the Editor.


The article should begin with a clear and concise abstract of 250 words or less.

Embedded Commands

Do not insert page numbers, headers, footers or any embedded commands.  Footnotes should be avoided.  If they cannot be avoided, footnotes should be placed together in the manuscript after the Reference section, rather than at the bottom of individual pages.

Self-Identifying Citations and References

Self-identifying citations and references in the manuscript text should either be avoided or left blank. If necessary, the in-text reference may be rendered as (AUTHOR, YEAR) in capital letters and not included in the reference section. The references to authors' work (both in-text citations and in the reference section) will be made by the author on the final draft of an accepted manuscript.

Figures and Tables

All figures and tables should be numbered separately and placed together, with titles or captions at the end of the manuscript. Clearly visible notes within the text (such as "Place Table 1 about here") should be used to indicate their approximate placement in the article.  Figures and tables must be able to fit onto a single page.  Figures and tables that run onto multiple pages may be modified by the editors.


Digital images should also be numbered as "Image1," "Image2," etc. and, as with figures and tables, clearly visible notes should be used to indicate their approximate place in the article. A separate file for each image, either in .JPG, .GIF or .PNG format, must accompany the manuscript files. Images should be 300 dpi or as high quality as possible.


Submissions are to be made via e-mail as attached files to Dr. LaVena Wilkin, JOCM Editor at Be sure to include "JOCM Submission" in the subject line. Submissions should include the following:

  • Manuscript Title Page (.doc, .docx or .rtf file) – Title, authors, affiliations and author info
  • Manuscript (.doc, .docx or .rtf file) – Title, body, no identifying information
  • Image files (.jpg, .gif or .png file) – If used

Example Title Page:

Conflict Management Skills Exhibited by E. R. Nurses

Ann Nancy Wilson
St. Heart University

Robert Plant
Zeppelin State University 

Author info:

Ann N. Wilson, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution Studies at St. Heart University.  Phone: (800) 867-5309

Robert Plant, J.D., is Director of Mediation at Page, Bonham and Jones, LLC. and adjunct faculty at Zeppelin State University. plant@pb& Phone: (888) 555-1212

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