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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format (please share video files via a link pasted on the submitted Word document).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Submission Guidelines section.
  • In the Comments for the Editor box below, please include the following:
    ---- The names of all authors, in order, as well as their affiliations, if applicable.
    ---- The ORCID iDs of all authors, in order, if applicable.
    ---- Each author's connection to autism (such as: Autistic adult, parent/guardian of an Autistic person, family [but not a parent of an Autistic person], professional, service provider, etc.)
    ---- Please indicate the corresponding author and provide their email address, if it is different than the person currently completing this submission.
    If we do not receive this information, it may delay the review of your submission.

Author Guidelines

Please review the Submission Guidelines prior to submitting. 

Overall Guidelines

  • Papers should not have been previously published, or if so, the author(s) must have written assurance that CJAE has copyright permission to re-publish the piece. Please attach to every submission a letter confirming and signed by all authors stating that the work is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal. 
  • Works should be submitted in either English or French. 
  • Authors should submit their manuscripts/drafts via our website on the McMaster University Press website. 
  • Authors must submit one abstract of 100-200 words and a list of keywords, up to five and in accordance with APA 7th edition stylings, with each submission in English and/or French. These should precede the main work. 
  • All stylistic decisions for submissions (e.g. font, spacing, referencing etc.) should be conducted in accordance with the guidelines outlined by APA 7th edition. See here for more details. For citations, CJAE requests that authors use in-text citations and submit with the manuscript a reference list. 
  • When submitting an application, submissions must provide a reference list in accordance with the stylistic guidelines outlined by APA 7th edition. 
  • All submissions must be accompanied by full contact details (for each author, if the piece is co-authored), including: name, affiliation, full mailing address, telephone, and email address. Email will be the primary mode of contact between CJAE and author(s).
  • CJAE endorses the policies, procedures and guidelines provided by McMaster University and Queen’s University’s Inclusive Language Guidelines for non-sexist, non-racist, ableist and non-discriminatory language. Submissions are expected to utilize respectful and inclusive language, failure to do so can result in submissions being rejected. This decision is made at the behest of the Editorial Board. 

Experiential Commentary

Includes experiential pieces, commentary, poems, etc. 

Experiential pieces/ Letters/ Commentaries - Maximum 5000 words (not including references when applicable)

Poems/other solely written formats - Up to 8 pages (not including references when applicable)


Maximum 5000 words (not including references)


Solely Artwork/ Graphics/Photography  - Up to 8 pages (not including references when applicable)

Max size 8 1/2 x 11 inches (JPEG, PNG, PDF)

Original Research

Maximum 5000 words (not including references)


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