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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (If the writing was created for a particular course assignment, this should be made clear in a footnote on the first page.).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. All citations follow APA formatting guidelines.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the word count, stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • All personally identifiable data have been removed from the file. Follow the detailed instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review.

Author Guidelines

Our authors tend to be graduate students or emerging scholars.

  • Original research articles may range from about 2,000-6,000 words in length. Naturally, policy papers and critical reviews are shorter and empirical studies are longer. All word counts exclude the abstract and references.
  • Papers should meet the journal’s aim and scope described above.
  • All submissions must include an abstract (75-150 words), key words and references. If the writing was created for a particular course assignment, this should be made clear in a footnote on the first page.
  • Manuscripts should be double spaced and follow APA style guidelines for citations, headings and tables.
  • All work should be in English. Make sure to proofread and edit all work for clarity and accuracy.
  • It is possible to submit a collaborative manuscript with multiple authors.
  • Each authormay submit a maximum of two articles per issue. If a paper is rejected with major changes needed, it is recommended to wait to re-submit for the next issue.
  • Initial manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism using Turn-it-in.
  • The following genre descriptions, along with corresponding examples, may help guide authors in narrowing their focus and purpose:
    • Empirical studies present original research from collected data. Examples of this genre include case studies, quantitative research studies or qualitative research studies. These are typically 3,000-6,000 words in length and should contain the following sections:
      • Introduction
      • Literature Review (brief/if applicable)
      • Methodology
      • Results/Findings
      • Discussion
      • Conclusion
    • Critical reviews analyze a book or article to offer new insights into, and interpretations of, the text and its implications. An article from this genre is generally 2,000-4,000 words and may include the following:
      • Brief summary of the text
      • Thorough analysis of the author’s framework or methodology
      • Evaluative discussion of areas for improvement or application
      • Any alternate, consenting or dissenting views on the issue
    • Theoretical/Analytical papers systematically analyze an existing educational policy, theory, methodology or philosophy. A policy brief, for example, is usually 2,000-4,000 words and may contain:
      • Brief summary of the history/context of the policy
      • Systematic analysis of its strengths and weaknesses
      • Emerging issues and questions raised by the policy
      • Evaluative recommendations for improvement or implementation