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. S. Charles Malka, 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). Authors are responsible for assuring that they have secured permission to include any copyrighted materials in their articles from the copyright owner(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 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)-- ith 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 1” top, bottom, left and right.
  • Body text is Times New Roman (TNR) font, single-spaced and left-justified (i.e. ragged right edge) with the first line of paragraphs indented 1/4” (rather than 1/2“).
  • Manuscript titles should be in all caps, in 14-point bold, centered, and contain 12 words or less.
  • Do not type headings in all caps.
  • Main (level 1) headings should be 12-point Arial font, bold, and centered.
  • Section headings (level 2) should be 12-point Arial font, bold, and left-justified
  • Sub-headings (level 3) should be 12-point Arial font, not bolded, and left-justified.
  • Titles for tables should be placed immediately above the table, in 12-point Times New Roman, not bolded and left-justified.
  • Titles for figures should be placed immediately below the figure, in 12-point Times New Roman, not bolded and left-justified.
  • Do not insert page numbers in the manuscript

Click here to see an example of a formatted manuscript with comments

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 150 words or less.

Page Numbers, Headers, Footers and Embedded Commands

Do not insert page numbers, headers (including running heads), 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 tables and figures should be embedded within the manuscript—not placed together at the end of the manuscript. 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. Contents of tables and figures should be described in the paragraph immediately preceding.


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. S. Charles Malka, JOCM Editor at Be sure to include "JOCM Submission" in the subject line. Submissions include the following as separate files:

  • Manuscript Title Page (.doc, .docx or .rtf file) – Title, authors and affiliations.
  • Manuscript (.doc, .docx or .rtf file) – Title, body, no author-identifying information.
  • Author biographies and contact information (.doc, .docx or .rtf file). Biographies should be 150 words or less. Contact information should include email address and phone number.
  • Image files (.jpg, .gif or .png file) – If used.

Example Title Page:


Ann Nancy Wilson
St. Heart University

Robert Plant
Zeppelin State University 

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