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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 under review with another journal (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • As much as possible, URLs (including DOIs) for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; uses italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript or in a separate file.
  • The text follows the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

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This journal uses a double-blind review process. The editor will assess each submission for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then sent to at least one independent expert reviewer to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The editor is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject articles. The editor's decision is final.

Each submission should contain two documents:

  1. Document for editors: This document includes three parts, which will not go to peer reviewers.
    Title page:
    This piece should contain the full title of the article; a shorter, running title; the full names of each of the authors (not initials) and their affiliations (department and institution); and the contact information of the corresponding author, including the mailing address, phone number, and email address. If the article is in French, the English title and running title should also be provided.
    This piece contains all the acknowledgements that the authors want to make. This document may also contain a statement that the content was approved by an ethics review board, that the consent of the participants was obtained, or that the study follows the recommendation of the Declaration of Helsinki. The acknowledgements must be provided separately from the manuscript as they may identify an author and affect the blind review.
    Conflict of Interest: This piece contains the perceived or real competing interest of the authors, such as any prior involvement in pharmaceutical studies and presentations. The conflict of interest must be provided separately from the manuscript as it will identify each author and affect the blind review.
  2. Manuscript: This document contains the content of the article and is the only one that will be provided to the reviewers for assessment. Author names cannot be specified in the manuscript to ensure blind review. The manuscript contains the unstructured abstract, three to six keywords, and the article. Headings (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Results) should be used. Details of the sections depend on the type of article, which can be found below. Subheadings can also be used to facilitate readability. Footnotes are discouraged; parenthetical statements are preferred. If the article is in French, an English abstract and keywords should also be provided.


In the core manuscript, the references should appear by consecutive Arabic number in square brackets in the order in which they first appear in the text. After the Conclusion section, the reference list should be listed in numerical order.

The International Journal of Risk and Recovery uses the Vancouver reference system, which is used by the National Library of Medicine. Please refer to the following example according to the reference origin:

  • Journal article: Eke AW, Seto MC, Williams J. Examining the criminal history and future offending of child pornography offenders: An extended prospective follow-up study. Law Hum Behav 2011;35(6):466-78.
  • Book: McLaren A. A prescription for murder: The Victorian serial killing of Dr. Thomas Neill Cream. Chicago, USA: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
  • Book Chapter: Arboleda-Florez JE, Baillie P. Automatism. In: Bloom H, Schneider RD (Eds). Law and mental disorder: A comprehensive and practical approach. Toronto, Canada: Irwin Law Inc, 2013:297-318.

The National Library of Medicine provides more examples.

Ensuring a Blind Review

The authors need to ensure that all personal information has been removed from the main manuscript file properties. Follow these steps:

  • In Microsoft Word for Windows
    • Go to File
    • Select Info
    • Click on the Check for Issues button beside Inspect Document
    • Click on Inspect Document in the dropdown menu.
    • In the Document Inspector dialog box, ensure the checkbox for Document Properties and Personal Information is selected.
    • If any issues are found, click the Remove All button.
    • Click Close.
    • Save the document.
  • Microsoft Word for MacOS
    • Go to Tools
    • Click Protect Document
    • Select Remove personal information for this file on save
    • Click OK and save the file
  • PDF
    • Go to File
    • Select Properties
    • Remove any name in the author field
    • Click OK
    • Save the document


Please discuss your idea with the editor-in-chief before making a submission.

Original Article

This can be research or practice oriented. The length of the Original Article should not be more than 10 to 15 pages (2,500 to 3,750 words). There is no limit on the number of references.


This is a meta-analysis or literature review. The length of Reviews should not be more than 10 to 15 pages long (2,500 to 3.750 words). There is no limitation on the number of references as long as they are relevant to the review. We encourage authors to use the (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) PRISMA Statement to present and analyze their data.

Case Reports

This is a brief description of an unusual case or case series. This needs to provide a critical comment or new information on the field explored by the case. The length of the case report is limited to eight to 10 pages (2,000 to 2,500 words).

Letter to the Editor

This is a short article to update readers about a situation or case that does not require extensive details. The length of the Letter to the Editor is limited to three pages (about 750 words) and up to 10 references. The letter should start with “Dear Editor” and does not require an Introduction heading. Other headings may be used if appropriate.


This provides readers with a short version of a recent legal evolution. It cannot exceed five pages (1,250 words) and 10 references. It must include three parts:

  1. An Introduction that states the legal bases before the new law implementation or case law decision;
  2. A Legal Evolution that describes the events and case law that led to the change; and
  3. A Conclusion that describes the new bases and the expected outcomes in the future.


This article type is for authors who want to comment on a previously published article in this journal. It cannot exceed three pages (750 words) and 10 references. The content of the comments has to specifically address the points written in the article being referred to.

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