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IDD Information for Authors

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) uses a Web-based manuscript submission and peer-review system called PeerTrack. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically to All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by anonymous reviewers selected by the Editor or an Associate Editor. IDD strives towards fairness, courteousness, and constructive feedback during the review process. The initial review process ordinarily takes 8 to 10 weeks, and revisions are often requested.

Corresponding authors who require assistance in submitting their manuscripts through PeerTrack should contact the editorial office via e-mail ( PeerTrack is able to convert most word-processing files, but it is recommended that authors upload manuscripts that were created using MS Word if possible.

Potential authors should read carefully the editorial policy. All manuscripts are peer reviewed. Papers are judged on research quality, relevance to policy or practice, potential reader interest, originality, and clarity of writing. Research papers based on quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods analyses are reviewed based on standards appropriate to the methodology used in the study. Other submissions are reviewed according to scholarly and best practice standards. Authors should address the implications of their findings for policy and practice. Article-length theoretical and conceptual manuscripts, perspectives on topical issues and debates, and literature reviews that include syntheses of recent research are published in the "Perspectives" section of the journal. IDD welcomes thoughtful, well-reasoned, interesting, clearly written contributions for this section.

Any author whose contact information changes between acceptance and publication is required to change his or her contact information in the manuscript tracking system. Go to and update this information whenever it changes. The editorial staff needs to be able to reach each lead author quickly to review copyediting and respond to the copyeditor’s questions, and there is very little turnaround time for this stage. If the lead author is unreachable because of a change of email address, the article may have to be pulled from the issue it was scheduled for, and remain on hold until the updated information is received.

Before submitting a manuscript, please gather the following information:

  • All Authors
    • First Names, Middle Names/Initials, Last Names
    • Institutional Affiliation
    • Departmental Affiliation
    • E-mail addresses
  • Title and Running Title (you may copy and paste these from your manuscript)
  • Abstract (you may copy and paste this from your manuscript)
  • Key words
  • Manuscript files in MS Word (doc or docx) are prefered, but other word processing may be workable
  • All tables will have to be provided as either MS Word or Excel files.
  • All figures must be high resolution (300 dpi or higher) and provided in jpg (other picture formats such as png or tif) or PDF formats.

The separate Cover Page should include the following elements:

(All Authors First Names, Middle Initials [if applicable], Surnames [in order of authorship])

Corresponding Author:
Author Name, Highest degree earned, title (if applicable),
Email address:
Institutional Affiliation,
Departmental Affiliation,
Street Address,
City, State, Zip, Country

For all Co-Authors:
Author Name, Highest degree earned, title (if applicable),
Institutional Affiliation,
City, State, Zip, Country


Authors should indicate if their manuscript’s findings were presented previously at a professional conference (oral or poster). Authors should also indicate if the production of their manuscript was funded through a specific source (e.g., what entity?; grant number(s) if applicable). Finally, authors have the option of briefly expressing thanks to others who have provided special support to them during the development of an article (e.g., appreciation for feedback on earlier drafts of an article).

Manuscript files should not contain any identifying information, but should include the following:

  • Title
  • Abstract
  • Key words
  • Manuscript Text

Ethical Standards

All investigations using human participants must have been approved by the human subjects review committee of the author’s institution. Submission of a manuscript to IDD while that paper is under review by another journal is unacceptable. Presentation of a manuscript in electronic form on the Internet is considered to constitute publication and may be grounds for rejection of the paper by this journal.


IDD adheres to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 7th edition). All sections of the manuscript (including quotations, references, and tables) should be double-spaced with a 1-inch margin on all sides. References must be in APA style. An abstract of no more than 120 words is required. Manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages in length, including references. Because papers are reviewed anonymously, the authors’ names and other identifying information should not appear on the cover page nor anywhere in the manuscript (the authors’ information is captured in PeerTrack). Likewise, other identifying information, such as acknowledgments, should not be included in submitted manuscripts. Content footnotes are not used.

Any accompanying figures must be submitted as separate files (not embedded in the text) and must be over 300 dpi resolution. It is the authors' responsibility to submit publishable graphic elements. An article cannot be published if figures cannot be provided in high-resolution formats.

AAIDD style does not allow for appendices or supplemental material to be included in articles published in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. If submitting a manuscript with this kind of material, authors should be aware that this material will not be published.

The Editor reserves the right to reject manuscripts that do not meet the standards contained in this Editorial Policy.

Abbreviations and Terminology

Abbreviations should be held to a minimum and spelled out in their first use. The names of groups or experimental conditions are usually not abbreviated. The full names of tests should be given when they are first mentioned, with the common shortened form in parentheses with a citation of the source.

IDD adheres to AAIDD’s policy regarding the use of people-first language. Authors should use language that emphasizes the humanity of people with disabilities. Generic descriptive terms, such as people, participants, students, children, and adults are preferred over subjects or informants. Language should be free of gender bias.

Numerical and Illustrative Presentations

The metric system should be used for all expressions of linear measures, weight, and volume. Tables and figures should be kept to a minimum. Information should be presented only once-whether in the text or in a table or figure. For this reason, short tables may be deleted or combined into larger ones during the copyediting process. Tables must be created using the table function of a word-processing program. All columns should be provided with headings.

Any accompanying figures must be submitted as separate files (not embedded in the text). Please note that any tables or figures accompanying your article will reproduce in black and white. All figures must be high-resolution images, scanned at an absolute minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch); please ensure this benchmark when resubmitting your article. Submission of figures of insufficient visual quality may delay publication of your article. It is the authors' responsibility to submit figures of an appropriate quality. Submission of figures of insufficient visual quality may delay publication of your article.

Release forms (signed, dated, and witnessed) must accompany photographs of human subjects. Care should be taken to conceal the identity of persons in such photographs. Authors must also secure permission to use any copyrighted tables or figures.

Accepted Manuscripts

After a manuscript is accepted for publication by the Editor, the remainder of the production process, including copyediting, is coordinated by AAIDD’s Publications Department ( Authors will be sent a copyedited manuscript; any changes or corrections must be made at this stage. Authors will not receive galleys. The Editor reserves the right to make editorial changes in accepted articles that do not alter the meaning of the text. Tables that exceed 10 double-spaced pages are subject to being published online only, at the discretion of AAIDD. If authors wish to receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their article is published, they must include a complete mailing address in the PeerTrack system.


Footnotes are rarely used in the journal. The Author Note at the end of the manuscript can be used to (a) acknowledge grant support or help in carrying out the research or in preparation of the manuscript, (b) noting change in affiliation of an author, or (c) stating the availability of supplementary information.


After research results are published, authors will not withhold the data on which their conclusions are based from other competent professionals who seek to verify the substantive claims through reanalysis and who intend to use such data only for that purpose, provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and unless legal rights concerning proprietary data preclude their release.

Copyright Assignment

In compliance of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, if a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) must sign a Copyright Assignment and Agreement conveying all copyright ownership, including electronic rights, to AAIDD. For papers funded through the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Education Sciences, or the UK’s Wellcome Trust, authors are solely responsible for and explicitly permitted to submit their final, accepted paper to the respective public database, following the terms set forth in the copyright agreement form signed by all authors whose work is accepted for publication.

Copyright Form for Authors

Copyright Clearance Center

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has registered its journals and books with the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). For permission to use part or all of an article or other material, please contact:

Customer Relations, CCC
222 Rosewood Dr.
Danvers, NJ 01923
Phone: 978-750-8400
Fax: 978-646-8600
Or visit:


Authors may purchase a PDF of their article on the AAIDD journals site if they don’t already have access through a membership or subscription.


Amy S. Hewitt, PhD, FAAIDD, University of Minnesota

Associate Editors

Susan Havercamp, Hedda Meadan, James R. Patton, Robert L. Schalock

Statistical Consultant

Leslie Shaw

Editorial Office Address

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Attn: Amy Hewitt, Editor
Institute on Community Integration/Organizational, University of Minnesota,
2025 East River Parkway, MIDB 2-323, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 785-843-1235
Fax: 785-843-1274

© 2020 by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
The points of view expressed in Inclusion articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official policy or opinion of AAIDD.

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