The Manual for Graphological Researchers has been a dream of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation for years. It took years of information gathering, the generosity of many graphologists, and sheer perseverance on Dr. Smith's part to pull together the many components that make this publication uniquely valuable for graphologists and fledgling researchers.
This manual does not tell the researcher what to study, but it will help him or her get over the beginner's flutters and provide solid technical guidelines for undertaking a fascinating and rewarding challenge. Research is hard work. Research is also fun.
Reporting one's findings is an essential part of the research project, one which graphologists by and large have taken lightly so far. This manual includes ideas on which professional journals outside the field of graphology might be approached, and how to get material to the editor's eye.
This publication will lead the graphological community to greater explorations of handwriting and will help the individual researcher produce work of which we can all be proud.
This research manual is intended for use primarily by graphologists, although its basic information may be helpful to any reader not formally trained in research methods and terminology.
Graphologists wanting to verify the opinions they encounter in their readings have shown a need for assistance in formulating hypotheses, choosing and protecting human subjects, reviewing the literature, and designing studies. Much of this information is presented here under one cover and, in a manner as concise and complete and clearly uncomplicated as possible.
Acceptance of graphologists as scientists depends on the quality of our research. Our studies should be thorough, professional, and repeatable. The scientific method of identifying a problem, designing a study, collecting facts, and forming conclusions must be used. Study results should be reported not only to other graphologists but to the entire scientific community.