Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript. The principal/corresponding author will be required to submit a Cover Letter along with the manuscript, on behalf of all of the co-authors (if any). The author(s) will confirm that the manuscript (or any part of it) has not been published previously or is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, any illustration, structure or table that has been published elsewhere must be reported, and copyright permission for reproduction must be obtained.

Manuscript Preparation

The manuscript should be written in a clear, direct and active style. All pages must be numbered sequentially, facilitating in the reviewing and editing of the manuscript.

There is no restriction on the number of figures, tables or additional files e.g. video clips, animation and data sets, that can be included with each article online. Authors should include all relevant supporting data with each article.

Once a manuscript has been approved for publication, the author is required to change the final manuscript from double spacing to single spacing.  This is required because of the special publication requirements of this, an online journal.

 

Manuscript Length

Full-length manuscripts reporting results of a single quantitative study generally should not exceed 35 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). The entire paper (text, references, tables, etc.) must be double spaced. Reports of qualitative studies generally should not exceed 45 pages. For papers that exceed these page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter file (e.g., multiple studies are reported).

Literature reviews generally should not exceed 40 pages, including references.

Research Briefs

In addition to full-length manuscripts, the journal will consider research briefs. The research briefs format may be appropriate for empirically sound studies that are limited in scope, reports of preliminary findings that need further replication, or replications and extensions of prior published work.
Authors should indicate in the cover letter that they wish to have their manuscript considered as a research brief and they must agree not to submit the full report to another journal. The research brief should give a clear, condensed summary of the procedure of the study and as full an account of the results as space permits.
Research Briefs should not exceed 15 pages in total length (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures) and must follow the same format requirements as full length manuscripts. Research Briefs that exceed 15 pages will not be considered.

Articles for Practitioners

Articles that are written for practitioners should not exceed 12 pages, double-spaced in length including references and tables.  Images are not included in the page count.  Teachers and administrators find articles 3-9 pages in length most useful and such articles tend to be published more quickly.  Use pseudonyms in place of children’s real names.

We encourage authors to include informative, interesting visuals (e.g., high-resolution photographs, children’s work samples, charts, graphs) that enhance the content of the article and promote understanding.  This is not a requirement.  Photographers must obtain and keep model releases for all recognizable people in each photo (signed by all adults who appear in the photo and by the parents or legal guardians of all of the children photographed.)  Visuals should be uploaded as a part of the manuscript submission.  Do not include them in the body of the article.

Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is initiated.

Manuscript Submission Instructions

Please submit electronic files using MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier ".doc" file type). Each submission should consist of a cover letter file and manuscript title page file. The cover letter file should contain a request for review of the manuscript and a statement of the purpose and focus of the submitted paper. Cover letter files should also include the following information:

  • manuscript title and all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses
  • designate one author as the primary contact
  • short biographical paragraphs of each author and any acknowledgments
  • manuscript submission date

Every effort should be made by the author to see that the manuscript title page file contains no clues as to the author's identity. Footnotes containing information pertaining to the identity of the author or institutional affiliation should be on separate pages. Manuscripts, including references, must be double spaced throughout and must conform to guidelines given in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th ed., 2010.

The manuscript file should begin with a title page, omitting the author's name and affiliation but including the title and the date submitted.  Following the title page should be a 150-250 word abstract and 4-8 keywords. The introduction section should follow and proceed, in order, the Method, Results, and Discussion sections for empirical reports. Following in order should be note pages, references (entries double spaced and alphabetically listed), appendices, tables, and figures. Table and figure locations should be indicated in text by callouts (e.g., "[insert Table 1 here]") inserted after the respective paragraphs. Figures must be camera ready.

Manuscript Sections for Papers


Title

The title should be precise and brief and must not be more than 120 characters. Authors should avoid the use of non-standard abbreviations. The title must be written in title case except for articles, conjunctions and prepositions.

Authors should also provide a short ‘running title’.

Cover Letter File Page

Cover letter file page should include paper title, author(s) full name and affiliation, corresponding author(s) names complete affiliation/address, along with phone, fax and email.

Manuscript File Title Page

Manuscript file title page should include paper title and date submitted, omitting all authors’ full names and affiliations.

Abstract

The abstract should not exceed 250 words for review and research papers and should be limited to only 150 words for research briefs and articles for practitioners, summarizing the essential features of the article. The use of abbreviations should be reduced to a minimum and the references should not be cited in the abstract.

Keywords

Please provide 4-8 keywords in alphabetical order.

Text Organization

The main text should begin on a separate page and should be divided into separate sections. For Research articles, the preparation of the main text must be structured into separate sections as Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion, and References. For Review, Research Briefs and articles intended for practitioners, the manuscript should be divided into Title Page, Abstract and the Main Text. The text may be subdivided further according to the areas to be discussed, which should be followed by the Acknowledgement (if any) and Reference sections. The review article should mention any previous important reviews in the field and contain a comprehensive discussion starting with the general background of the field. It should then go on to discuss the salient features of recent developments. The authors should avoid presenting material, which has already been published in a previous review.

A successful electronic submission of a manuscript will be followed by a system-generated acknowledgement to the principal/corresponding author within 72 hours of the submission of the manuscript.