Instructions to Authors

This information is specifically intended for authors who wish to submit articles or manuscipts to the APA Magazine or to Polygraph, the quarterly journal published by the APA.

Polygraph Journal


The journal Polygraph publishes articles about the psychophysiological detection of deception, and related areas. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts of original research, literature reviews, legal briefs, theoretical papers, instructional pieces, case histories, book reviews, short reports, and similar works. Special topics will be considered on an individual basis. A minimum standard for acceptance is that the paper be of general interest to practitioners, instructors and researchers of polygraphy. From time to time there will be a call for papers on specific topics.

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts must be in English, and should be submitted, along with a cover letter, to the Editor-in-Chief, American Polygraph Association.  The cover letter should include a telephone number, return mailing address, and e-mail address.  The preferred method of manuscript submission is via email attachment (MS Word) with the cover letter included in the body of the email.  Emails should be sent to   Authors may also submit manuscripts on CD, along with the cover letter, and one printed copy.  Mailing address is Editor, American Polygraph Association,  P.O Box 10411, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina 29207 (USA).  

As a  condition for publication, authors shall be required to sign a statement that all text, figures, or other content in the submitted manuscript is correctly cited, and that the work, all or in part, is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Letters to the Editor guidelines

Letters to the editor should be less than 400 words. They should include no more than one table or figure and five references.  Submissions should be timely, received within a three weeks of the original publications. They should have an overview, a succinct explanation of the issue(s), and a brief summary or conclusion.  They should be specific, focused, positive and polite.  They should avoid personal attacks and focus on the content of the article.

Please review the Research Standards for American Polygraph Association Publications.

For additional information regarding polygraph research please visit ASTM International E1954 Standard Practice for Conduct of Research in Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (Polygraph)


Manuscript Organization and Style

All manuscripts must be complete, balanced, and accurate. Authors should follow guidelines in the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association. The manual can be found in most public libraries, or it can be ordered from: American Psychological Association Publications, 1200 17th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036, USA. Writers may exercise some freedom of style, but they will be held to a standard of clarity, organization, and accuracy. Authors are responsible for assuring their work includes correct citations. Consistent with the ethical standards of the discipline, the American Polygraph Association considers quotation of another's work without proper citation a grevious offense. The standard for nomenclature shall be the Terminology Reference for the Science of Psychophysiological Detection of Deception (2012) which is available from the national office of the American Polygraph Association. Legal case citations should follow the West system.

Manuscript Review

A single Associate Editor will handle papers, and the author may, at the discretion of the Associate Editor, communicate directly with the Associate Editor. For all submissions, every effort will be made to provide the author a review within 12 weeks of receipt of manuscript. Articles submitted for publication are evaluated according to several criteria including significance of the contribution to the polygraph field, clarity, accuracy, and consistency.  As a condition of publication, authors must agree to make reasonable access to their data to other members for the purpose of critical review.   


Authors submitting a paper to the American Polygraph Association (APA) do so with the understanding that the copyright for the paper will be assigned to the American Polygraph Association of the paper is accepted for publication. The APA, however, will not put any limitation on the personal freedom of the author(s) to use material contained in the paper in other works, and request for republication will be approved, if the senior author approves.