Guidelines for Authors and Reviewers of Prospective Resources
In developing and reviewing prospective OTRP resources, faculty should put themselves in the role of teachers and advisors at various levels and ask themselves, “How can this information be useful to me?” and “How will this information help me become a better teacher or advisor?” To get an idea of the kinds of resources that have been developed to date, authors and reviewers can visit OTRP-Online. Additional points are addressed below.
- Resources must be the original work of an author, must not contain any libelous or unlawful statements, and must not infringe on the rights of others.
Resources that might meet “fair use” guidelines in a single class cannot necessarily be posted on our website because of copyright restrictions on reposting without explicit permission from the copyright holder. This includes using material from textbook instructors’ manuals, cartoons or other images seen on the Internet or in magazines, sections of the APA Publication Manual, etc.
- If a prospective resource has been published elsewhere, the author must provide written permission from the initial publisher at the time the material is submitted for review.
- Resources should not duplicate existing OTRP materials.
- Materials should speak to an obvious or important need of teachers and/or advisors.
- Resources should either have widespread appeal (to teachers of psychology at all levels—high school, college/university--including graduate assistants) or speak to the needs of a particular segment of teachers (high school teachers or graduate assistants, for example).
- Materials should be of a practical nature.
- Resources should include clear and succinct instructions for use if these are necessary.
- Materials should be formatted so that they are easy for instructors to use—e.g., ready for photocopying to save instructors the time and trouble of re-typing or re-formatting them.
- Resources should be as brief as possible. This means that only essential information should be included—e.g., explanations about how materials came into being are usually not included. Note: There is no prejudice against long documents, but there must be an obvious justification for their length.
- As with other manuscripts, materials should be written clearly and in APA style, be free of grammatical and spelling errors, contain no errors of fact, and include references, if appropriate.
- Authors typically retain copyrights on OTRP documents and give permission to OTRP to distribute the documents for a minimum of 4 years. (Authors will be asked to sign a publication agreement after the manuscript has been reviewed, edited, and formatted for posting.)
- Reviewers who mark changes to the submitted manuscript should take care to disguise their identity (e.g., check the “summary” page under the “properties” tab for authorship, and check what the computer program lists for authorship on comments) to preserve anonymity of the review process.
Please address questions to Ruth L. Ault, OTRP Director (704-894-2885) or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you discover some type of formatting anomaly after downloading one of these resources, please be patient with us and, especially, their authors. The instructors who prepared these resources submitted to us electronic copies which displayed correctly on their own computers using their own word processing software. We have come to learn that what appears perfect on one computer may show some minor or moderate formatting anomalies on another computer. If such an anomaly appears to be particularly egregious or raises questions of interpretation of the author's pedagogical intent, please contact either the Associate Editor of Project Syllabus or the Internet Editor to point out the difficulty.