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Instructions for Authors

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Aims & Scope

Human Performance publishes research on the nature of performance in the workplace and in applied settings, and encourages submission of papers that go beyond the study of traditional job behavior.

Submission of Manuscripts

All manuscripts should be mailed or submitted electronically to the Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Walter C. Borman, Human Performance, Personnel Decisions Research Institute, Inc., 100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 375, Tampa, FL 33602; E-mail: hupeditor@pdri.com.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Authors are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts on disk. The disk should be prepared using MS Word or WordPerfect and should be clearly labeled with the authorsí names, file name, and software program. A hardcopy printout that exactly matches the disk must be supplied. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher. Authors should also state in the cover letter that they have followed the APA ethical standards for the treatment of human or animal subjects. These guidelines are available from the American Psychological Association Ethics Office, 750 First Street, NE, Washington DC 20002-4242.

All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract.

Anonymous Reviews

Unless otherwise requested, reviews will not be anonymous. When anonymous reviews are requested, the name and affiliation of the author, as well as any other identifying information, should not appear in the body of the manuscript or author notes. A separate title page should appear on each copy of a manuscripts for which an anonymous review is requested.


Acknowledgments should be gathered into a brief statement at the end of the text. All sources of financial sponsorship are to be acknowledged, including the names of private and public sector sponsors. This includes government grants, corporate funding, trade associations and contracts.


References should be cited in text by author and date (Smith and Jones, 1983). Multiple references within one set of parentheses should be set off by a semi-colon. Examples:

Williams, E. J., Raymark, P. H., & Smith, H. J. (1976). The comparison of regression variables. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 21, 396--399.

Ryan, T. A. (1970). International behavior: An approach to human motivation. Oxford, England: Ronald Press.

Chapter in Book:
Shuler, H., & Funke, U. (1989). The interview as a multimodal procedure. In R. W. Eder & G. R. Ferris (Eds.), The employment interview: Theory, research, and practice (pp. 183--192). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Electronic Publications:
Please include the URL and date last accessed in the citation.

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitable identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All original figures should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number, authorís name, and top edge indicated.


Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, etc.) should be digital files or clean originals. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only

Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing and publication. The charge for the first page with color is $900.00. The next three pages with color are $450.00 each. A custom quote will be provided for color art totaling more than 4 journal pages. The publisher has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.

Proofs and Reprints

Page proofs will be sent to the designated corresponding author using the electronic Taylor & Francis CATS system. They should be checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Reprints of individual articles are available for order at the time authors review page proofs. A discount on reprints is available to authors who order before print publication.

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