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Author Guidelines

The International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience / Revue Internationale de la Résilience des Enfants et des Adolescents (IJCAR/RIREA) publishes peer-reviewed original articles, brief reports, reviews, theoretical papers, papers summarizing interventions, and commentaries on all aspects of Child and Adolescent Resilience. IJCAR is a platform for high-quality, relevant research for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to support knowledge mobilization and exchange, understanding of complex childhood and adolescent issues, and inform decisions to promote health, well-being, and resilience.

Manuscripts will be considered for publication with the understanding that the work has not already been reported in a published paper or accepted for publication elsewhere in print or in electronic media. Manuscripts should not be under consideration for publication with another journal at the time of submission.

All original contributions are reviewed by the co-editors and sent to two or more external reviewers as part of a double-blind peer review process. The co-editors reserve the right to make editorial changes in all matter published in the Journal.

Our style requirements follow those of the American Psychological Association. Submissions should be prepared according to the guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). These can be found at


1. Original Research Article

Original research articles include detailed quantitative or qualitative studies reporting original research data.

Maximum word length: 5,000 words, excluding the abstract, tables/figures, references.

Structured abstract (250 words maximum) should be submitted with the following headings: Objectives, Method(s), Results, Conclusion and Implications.

The maximum combined number of tables and figures is five.

2. Brief Reports

Brief reports are appropriate for pilot studies or uncontrolled trials of an intervention, preliminary data on a new problem or population, condensed findings from a study that does not merit a full article, or methodologically oriented papers that replicate findings in new populations or report preliminary data on new instruments.

Maximum word length: 1,500 words, excluding the abstract, tables/figures, references.

Text abstract: 200 words

The maximum combined number of tables and figures is two.

3. Review

Review articles aim to provide a synthesis and critical analysis of existing published literature, through summary and analysis, and to identify gaps in the current literature and provide recommendations for future studies.

Maximum word length: 7,000 words, excluding the abstract, tables/figures, references.

Structured abstract: 250 words, with the headings Objectives, Method(s), Results, Conclusion and Implication.

The maximum combined number of tables and figures is five.

4. Theoretical paper

Theoretical papers should aim to propose a conceptual framework, new theory or revisions of established theoretical models relevant to our understanding of resilience or closely related issues.

Maximum word length: 7,000 words, excluding the abstract, tables/figures, references.

Text abstract: 250 words

The maximum combined number of tables and figures is five.

5. Clinical interventions

Clinical interventions papers offer a description of innovative intervention or prevention approaches that aim to promote resilience. These articles may integrate clinical case studies that illustrate the intervention.

Maximum word length: 5,000 words, excluding the abstract, tables/figures, references.

Text abstract: 250 words

The maximum combined number of tables and figures is five.

6. Commentary

Commentaries involve responses to previously published articles or, occasionally, invited essays on a professional or scientific topic of general interest to the study of resilience.

Maximum word length: 1,500 words, excluding the abstract, references.

Text abstract: 200 words.

Manuscript Preparation

For submission, go to and either register as an IJCAR author or login with your user name and password.

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer review for submissions to the IJCAR, please ensure that all identifying information is removed from the manuscript (i.e., authors/affiliations, header/footer, properties, and acknowledgements section). Please check that the authors of the document have deleted their names from the text.

To remove author identification when using Microsoft Office documents, go to "File" in Word and click on the following: File > Save As > Tools (or "Options" if using a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from the file properties on save > Save. For further information consult:

To remove author identification when using PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under "File" on Adobe Acrobat's main menu. For further information consult:

The manuscript must be double-spaced and pages and lines must be numbered consecutively starting at “1”, including abstract, text, references, tables and figures.

For sample papers written in APA 7th edition style, follow this link :


The title page of the blinded version of the submission should include:

  1. Type of submission;
  2. Full title;
  3. Short running title of no more than 50 characters including letters and spaces;
  4. Word count of abstract;
  5. Word count of body of the text (i.e., not including references, tables, figures);
  6. Number of tables and figures.


Please also provide a separate title page with author identifiers. In addition to the above information, this should include:

  1. First name, middle initial, and last name of each author, with highest academic degree(s), and the name(s) of department(s) and institutions to which the work should be attributed;
  2. Name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence;
  3. Any necessary acknowledgements of sources of support: funding sources and their roles in the manuscript preparation/submission or other sources of support must be disclosed;
  4. A conflict of interest.


Provide a structured abstract. It will be requested as a separate text that can be copy-pasted during the submission process.


For original research papers, reviews or brief reports: Divide the text into sections headed Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Implications.

Approval should be obtained from a recognized ethics approval board for studies involving human subjects. This approval should be indicated in the Methods section.


The style for references is based on APA style, 7th edition. See APA style FAQs and examples for each type of reference here :


Tables should be double-spaced and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals, and included in the original blinded Word document. Supply a brief title for each table. See APA style format when preparing your tables.


In the original submission for blinded peer review, figures should be included within the submitted manuscript.

In the final submission, after the manuscript has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be asked to upload the figures as high resolution (at least 300 dpi) files in .eps, .tif, or .pdf format.

Number figures consecutively in Arabic numerals and supply a brief title for each.

See APA style format when preparing your figures.

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