Proposal Submission Guidelines for NASP Publications

A proposal for a NASP publication should reflect the following objectives:

  • It must reflect the mission of NASP.
  • It should be of assistance to professionals in enhancing the mental health and educational development of all children and youth.
  • It should provide scientific and theoretically sound information to practitioners with regard to psychological services to children and youth.
  • It should provide a best practices resource to professionals in the field.
  • It should provide advocacy resources to professionals.

The proposal will be evaluated on these criteria, and it should include the information described below.

Cover Page
which should contain:

  • title of the proposed work (specify authored or edited)
  • names, titles, and affiliations of editor(s)/author(s)
  • date of submission

Editor/Author Qualifications
This section should summarize the professional credentials for each of the editor(s)/author(s), including past editorial or publishing experience. A vita or a summary of professional credentials relevant to the project should be included.

The abstract should be on a separate page and should be no more than 150–200 words in length. It should summarize the focus of the project, including its relevance to the field, and provide a synopsis of the proposed content.

Rationale for the Project
This section should discuss why the product is needed and how the proposed work will contribute to the field, emphasizing its relevance to school psychology. As an example, it might be noted that this volume/product will help to organize available information into one source. There are many other possibilities for presenting the rationale, but it must explain the reasons why this particular work is needed.

Description of the Proposed Project
This section should include a discussion of the proposed content, how it will be organized (e.g., chapters, sections), and how the chapters/sections will follow the theme or subthemes of the volume. Include information about the number of chapters/sections, their tentative titles, and organization. If there is to be a standard format for each chapter or section, give a rationale for selecting the format. In the event that a chapter title is not self-explanatory, provide a brief (up to 25 words) summary of the proposed content for that chapter. Concise but explicit descriptions of content and organization will enable reviewers to evaluate the proposal more fairly and accurately. If the proposal is accepted, NASP will enter into a contract with the authors to produce/publish the work with mutally agreed upon terms. For edited volumes, a description of the review process coordinated by the editors shall be described. An objective blind review process is required; the NASP Publications Committee may be asked to provide assistance regarding appropriate reviewers.

Please note that, prior to final acceptance of the manuscript, the Publications Committee may arrange for an objective masked review of authored works. This process may be different depending on single-authored vs. edited books. The process should be discussed with NASP and agreed upon prior to signing a contract.

Please note: Recommended maximum volume length is at most 600 manuscript pages, inclusive of tables, references, etc. There are no limits on number or size of chapters, only on the total number of pages. The final manuscript is to be submitted via electronic deposit (usually on an FTP site) coordinated by the NASP Director of Production.

Identification of Authors/Editors
This section should list the proposed authors/editors for the volume, with an indication of which authors will be responsible for each chapter. Although it is expected that there may be some preliminary discussion with potential contributors, obtaining firm commitments from chapter authors should only occur after acceptance of the proposal. One individual should be identified as the lead author. This author will be responsible for coordinating all communication between the authors and the responsible staff. Additionally, by contract, the lead author is expected to have the authority to speak for the entire authors/editors group.

Intended Audience
This section should list the intended audience(s) for the product, such as school psychologists, special education teachers, counselors, etc. Give a brief rationale as to why the volume will be of particular value or interest to each of the audiences.

Competitive Works
Discuss competitive or correlated works and the degree of overlap with these published or to-be-published sources. If there are other comparable works, identify them specifically (publishers' prices, number of pages, dates of publication, etc.) and address their relationship to this proposal.

Anticipated Development Costs
In this section, provide reasonable estimates of the costs for developing the volume/project. In making these estimates, it is better to overestimate than underestimate. The following categories are acceptable budget items:

  • outside publisher permission to reprint (can be advanced against future earned royalties)
  • secretarial time
  • travel costs
  • postage
  • miscellaneous costs

Indicate when each phase of the project is to be completed. In setting realistic timelines, address the following: All proposals must address the method of review of the chapters and the length of time that is expected to accomplish this task. If authors expect NASP to provide the review, then this must to addressed in the original proposal.

Adjustments to the proposal timeline must be submitted in writing, and the contract must be amended to reflect the additional time agreed upon.

Criteria for Selection
Criteria for selection of proposals include:

  • Relevance to the outlined objectives of a NASP publication;
  • Overall quality of the proposed content, including organization, scope, depth, integration of topics, and appropriate balance of theory, research, and implications for practice;
  • Congruence with the interests and continuing education needs of school psychologists;
  • Attention to and avoidance of overlap with previous NASP publications, with the exception of updated versions of selected titles;
  • Potential appeal to other audiences, such as special educators, pupil service providers, and other practitioners.

Each section of the proposal will be evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively, as well as by written comments of the reviewers. Proposals may be submitted at any time. If the project is accepted, a contract will be signed between NASP and the developer(s), which will include provisions for assignment of copyright and assurance of compliance with copyright laws. All authors should be aware that they are expected to be responsible for all copyright reprint permissions required from outside publishers. These reprint permissions are part of the final manuscript package and should be completed prior to production activity being commenced.

Submission Instructions
The proposal should be no more than 20 pages, typed and double-spaced using APA style throughout. Please include the vita for each author in an appendix. The proposal may be submitted via e-mail to the Director of Publications: The proposal should be submitted in an electronic format.