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Author Guidelines

Peer review policy

All authors and reviewers’ names are kept anonymous from each other. However, the reviewer retains the right to reveal her or his name to an author. Each submission is read by an editor or editors to decide if the article fits with “Autism’s Own” publication aims. If the editor or editors decides the article may be something that can be published, the article is sent to a group of consultant reviewers (referees) to begin the peer-review process and initial feedback is sent to the article author on how to improve the article to be suitable for AO publication. The article is sent to at least two referees. Article manuscript submissions are read, reviewed, and an editorial decision is, with few exceptions, made within 20 weeks from first submission.

Article Criteria

Autism’s Own focuses on persons diagnosed with autism producing works that further autism culture, community, and identity. Autism's Own only accepts articles that have not been previously published elsewhere. The Journal only accepts submissions from authors officially diagnosed with a form of autism who produce works based on the following subjects:

1. Non-fiction first person or subjective accounts of the author’s experience of autism, autism identity, autism community, and autism culture, or relevant themes directly centering on autism. Also included are non-fiction works of scholarly merit applicable to expanding knowledge about autism or autism culture or non-fiction works that are deemed to advance autism culture. (5,000 words maximum, no more than 5 photographs and 20 references)

2. Creative fiction centering on a theme or themes directly applicable to autism experience or autism culture. Creative fiction must add something to the genre of autism fiction or provide additive insights into autism culture. (5,000 words maximum, no more than 5 photographs and 20 references)

3. Multimedia creative art pieces including paintings, sculptures, photographs, & illustrations (5 works placed on one page per work), graphic novel excerpts & comic strips (8 pages maximum), poems & lyrics, original music, recorded spoken word, & audio talks (25 minutes maximum), video art (15 minutes maximum), and computer program experiences (1 hour play time maximum).

Full papers are generally restricted to a maximum of 5,000 words, including all elements (title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, biographical statement, etc.). We are reluctant to burden our referees with very long manuscripts. Editors may ask authors to make certain cuts before sending the article out for review.

Manuscript Submission

Carefully read all of the submission instructions, and carefully adhere to submission rules, before submitting any produced materials or article manuscripts. Submissions not meeting these guidelines may be returned.

Autism’s Own is a University of Victoria journal publication. To register as an author for Autism’s Own please visit

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All manuscripts must be submitted online. If have questions, or would like to discuss your manuscript before submitting it online, please contact us at, attention: Joseph Sheppard.

Policies Related to the Use of Language

Autism's Own acknowledges and respects that there are strong passions and convictions on both sides of the debate regarding the use of person-first language (e.g., "person with autism") or identity-first language (e.g., "autistic person") with regards to autism.  We support individual authors' decisions to use either form of language, as well as other alternatives (e.g., "person on the autism spectrum").

Acknowledgements Acknowledgements of all non-author contributors must appear at the end a submitted article before any Declaration of Conflicting Interests and references as applicable.

Funding Acknowledgement Authors are required to acknowledge their funding sources, with the name writing out in full of the funding agency, institution, individual, or commercial or not-for-profit organization, including grant number if applicable, in a separate supplementary document.

Permissions Authors are fully responsible for obtaining legal permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations that were previously published.

Manuscript style Guidelines

File types Only electronic files as outlined in the AO guidelines are accepted. Acceptable electronic file formats include Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX.

Journal Style Autism’s Own articles must conform to the APA style format.

Reference Style Autism’s Own requires the APA reference style format.

Manuscript Preparation Text should be double spaced, serif font such as New Times Roman, with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should 12 point.

Author Contact Information Please provide complete details of the contributing contact including phone number, email, mailing address, academic or organizational affiliation, co-author contact information. These details must be submitted on a separate document due to the need for authors to be anonymous to reviewers.

Guidelines for submitting artwork, tables, and other graphics Visual artworks must be provide in .tiff, .jpg, .png, or .gif formats, audio must be in MP3 format, and video must be in MP4 or QuickTime format.

Guidelines for submitting supplemental files An audio or video version, including visual works, of an article may be submitted with the final version of the submission as a supplemental file but will go through the same peer-review process as the primary article.


Lay Abstracts A lay abstract is required upon acceptance of your article. Lay abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words, and provide descriptions of the article that are concise and easily understandable. These abstracts will be made widely available to the public.

Proofs Autism’s Own emails a PDF of a proof to the respective author.

E-Prints and Complimentary Copies Autism’s Own provides authors with a PDF of their final article. We also provide authors with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which they are published.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

    1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work for 4 months after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

    1. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  1. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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