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Conflict Resolution Quarterly: Information for Contributors

Information for Contributors

Conflict Resolution Quarterly publishes scholarship on relationships between theory, research, and practice in the conflict management and dispute resolution field to promote more effective professional applications. Conflict Resolution Quarterly is sponsored by the Association for Conflict Resolution. Articles may focus on any aspect of the conflict resolution process or context, but a primary focus is the behavior, role, and impact of third parties in effectively handling conflict. All theoretical and methodological orientations are welcome. Submission of scholarship with the following emphases is encouraged:
  • Discussion of a variety of third-party conflict resolution practices, including dialogue, facilitation, facilitated negotiation, mediation, fact-finding, and arbitration
  • Analyses of disputant and third-party behavior, preference, and reaction to conflict situations and conflict management processes
  • Consideration of conflict processes in a variety of conflict contexts, including family, organizational, community, court, health care, commercial, international, and educational contexts
  • Sensitivity to relational, social, and cultural contexts that define and impact conflict
  • Interdisciplinary analyses of conflict resolution and scholarship providing insights applicable across conflict resolution contexts
  • Discussion of conflict resolution training and education processes, program development, and program evaluation and impact for programs focusing on the development of more competent conflict resolution in educational, organizational, community, or professional contexts
A defining focus of the journal is the relationships among theory, research, and practice. All articles should specifically address the implications of theory for practice (or vice versa) and research directions, how research can better inform practice, or how research can contribute to theory development with important implications for practice.

Conflict Resolution Quarterly publishes conventional articles and other features, including the following:
  • State-of-the-Art Articles: Articles providing a comprehensive reporting of current literature on a specific topic and a critique of that theory and research in terms of how well it informs conflict practice.
  • Implications for Practice Commentary Section: Readers' "practice implications comments" on previously published articles in which they discuss how previously published articles have better informed them in terms of practice.
  • Training, Education, or Research Notes: Short articles focusing on the practice of dispute resolution training, studies of dispute resolution training, or brief summaries of research related to the theory and practice of dispute/conflict resolution.
Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

All submissions should be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style (14th edition, University of Chicago Press). Double-space everything in the manuscript, including quotes and references sections. Indent the first line of paragraphs and leave no extra space between paragraphs. Margins should be at least one inch wide, and there should be no more than 250 words per manuscript page. Use 81/2-inch by 11-inch non-erasable bond paper and type or print out on one side only. The printed copy from word processors must be in regular typewriter face, not dot matrix type.

Please remember that CRQ readers come from many fields of practice and academia. Text writing should be directed to a multidisciplinary audience and be as readable and practical as possible. Illustrate theoretical ideas with specific examples, explain technical terms in non-technical language, and keep the style clear. Do not include graphs or statistical tables unless necessary for clarity. Spell out such abbreviations as e.g., etc., i.e., et al., and vs. in their English equivalents--in other words, use for example, and so on, that is, and others, and versus (except in legal cases, where "v." is used).

Conventional Articles and State-of-the-Art Articles: Paper length should be no longer than 30 double-spaced pages of text (or 7,500 words.) Submissions should include a cover page providing title and author(s) name(s), and contact information (address, telephone number, and e-mail address). Submissions should include a short abstract of the article (no more than 100 words) and a thorough review of the literature related to the issue or question under study. E-mailed submissions are preferred.

Practitioner Responses, Implications-for-Practice Commentary, and Training and Education Notes: Paper length for each of these features should be no more than 10 double-spaced pages of text (or2,500 words). Submissions should contain a cover page clearly indicating the nature of the submission and containing author(s) names(s) and contact information. Papers can be submitted via e-mail if sent as a file attachment document prepared in Word 6.0 or 7.0 or in rich text format. Hard copy paper submissions should include three copies of the paper with a detachable cover page.

Citations and References
Cite all sources of quotations or attributed ideas in the text, including the original page number of each direct quotation and statistic, according to the following examples: Knight (1983) argues cogently that references are a pain in the neck. As one authority states, "References are a pain in the neck" (Knight, 1983, p. 35).

Do not use footnotes. Incorporate all footnote material into the text proper, perhaps within parentheses. (Brief endnotes, if used sparingly, are acceptable and should be double-spaced in numerical order and placed before the reference section. Endnotes must not contain bibliographical data).

Follow these examples for typing references:

Single-author book or pamphlet
Hunter, J. E. Meta-Analysis: Cumulating Research Findings Across Studies. Newbury Park, Calif.: Sage, 1982.

Multiple-author book or pamphlet
Hammond, D. C., Hepworth, D. H., and Smith, V. G. Improving Therapeutic Communication: A Guide for Developing Effective Techniques. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1977.

Edited book/multiple edition
Brakel, S. J., and Rock, R. S. (eds.). The Mentally Disabled and the Law. (2nd ed.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1971.

Chapter in an edited book
Patterson, G. R. Beyond Technology: The Next Stage in the Development of Parent Training. In L. L'Abate (ed.), Handbook of Family Psychology and Therapy. Vol. 2. Homewood, Ill.: Dorsey Press, 1985.

Journal or magazine article
Aussieker, B., and Garabino, J. W. Measuring Faculty Unionism: Quantity and Quality Industrial Relations, 1973, 12(1), 117?124.

Paper read at a meeting
Sherman, L. W., Gartin, P. R., Doi, D., and Miler, S. "The Effects of Jail Time on Drunk Drivers" Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, Nov. 6, 1986.

Unpublished report
Keim, S. T., and Carney, M. K. "A Cost-Benefit Study of Selected Clinical Education Programs for Professional and Allied Health Personnel." Arlington, Va.: Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of Texas, 1975.

Government report
Florida Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations. Impact Fees in Florida. Tallahassee: Florida Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations, 1986.

Unpublished dissertation
Johnson, W. P. "A Study of the Acceptance of Management Performance Evaluation Recommendations by Federal Agencies: Lessons from GAO Reports Issued in FY 1983." Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Department of Business Administration, George Mason University, Washington, D.C., 1986.

Figures, Tables, and Exhibits. Clean copies of figures should accompany the manuscript. Upon an article's acceptance, authors must provide camera-ready artwork. Tables, figures, and exhibits should be double-spaced on separate pages, and table notes should be keyed to the body of the table with letters rather than with numbers or asterisks. Exhibits (used in place of appendixes) should also be typed double-spaced on separate pages. All figures, tables, and exhibits should have short, descriptive titles and must be called out in the text.

Publication Process

Conflict Resolution Quarterly is committed to providing authors with timely, constructive, and thoughtful reviews of their work. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, authors are asked to sign a letter of agreement granting the publisher the right to copyedit, publish, and copyright the material. Manuscripts under review for possible publication in Conflict Resolution Quarterly should not be submitted for review elsewhere or have been previously published elsewhere.

Article submissions and questions regarding editorial matters should be sent via e-mail to Susan S. Raines, Editor, Conflict Resolution Quarterly at or call 770.423.6081.

Susan S. Raines, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Conflict Management at Kennesaw Satate University in suburban Atlanta.