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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 (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced and lines are numbered; 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 stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts should follow APA guidelines.

Submissions should contain an abstract that succinctly summarizes the manuscript.

Review Criteria for Research Submissions:

  • Basic purpose of the research is stated
  • Literature relevant to the explanatory or critical nature of the research
  • Research indicates originality and importance the field
  • Uses methods appropriate to the research purpose
  • Critically reflect to on the results of the research
  • Conclusion addresses additional areas for further exploration, reflection, discussion or commentary
  • Message is presented with clarity and integrity
  • Presents new knowledge that informs positive classroom/school practice

Review Criteria for Pedagogy Submissions:

  • Clearly states the basic pedagogical purpose
  • Demonstrates knowledge of content
  • Creative application of best practices in the classroom
  • Demonstrates critical reflection on practice
  • Conclusion highlights new insights on positive practice and/or school reform
  • Message is presented with clarity and integrity

Review Criteria for Essay/Commentary submissions:

  • Clearly states viewpoint/position
  • Unified ideas with almost no digressions
  • Contains relevant and timely evidence
  • Details clarify and defend position, fully and clearly elaborates ideas
  • Introduces claim(s), distinguishes claim(s) from opposing claims
  • Effectively addresses counterclaims/counterevidence
  • Position is thought-provoking
  • Message is presented with clarity and integrity

All submissions will be reviewed for Written Expression using the following criteria:

  • Follows logical organizational plan
  • Follows APA guidelines
  • Overall quality of writing

In Theory (Research)

Research articles are defined as manuscripts which explore/discuss original research studies and findings. Scholarly research submissions may utilize any type of research methodology (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or action research). In such a capacity, research articles should conform to conventional practices within the academy when appropriate (literature review, methods, analysis, etc.). 



In Practice (Pedagogy)

Pedagogical application and experience articles are scholarly articles which focus on creative application of best practice in the school or classroom setting.  In addition to creative applications of research findings, submissions in this category should include critical reflection of the practice/experience discussed in the submission.  Submissions in this category might include teacher as researcher manuscripts, in which practitioners share action research efforts, highlighting practical applications based on the research findings, along with critical reflection.

In Other Words (Essay/Commentary)


Essays/commentaries are scholarly articles which are free of academic jargon and should have a concise argument/thesis that explores an educational topic. Essay/commentary submissions should clearly state a perspective or viewpoint on a timely and critical issue in contemporary education and provide supporting evidence with clarity and integrity, providing readers with thought-provoking points for consideration. 

The Big Question

In each issue, a noted scholar or teacher will be invited to share a commentary about a "big question" we should be asking toward Educational Practice & Reform. 

The Journal Editor and Editorial Board will review this invited manuscript.

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