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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 Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format (RTF). (Note: PDF files are discouraged because they will not allow editorial commentary or suggestions on works selected for publication.) For Creative Works requiring audio or video files: audio file is submitted in mp3 format; video file is submitted in mp4 format.

  • Where applicable and available, URLs for referenced works have been provided.

  • For text-based entries: the text is single-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 within the text, rather than at the end.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines section, located under the "About the Journal" heading.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (Research Summaries, Creative Works, Book Review), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

  • If submitting to the Research Summary section and the submission is accepted for publication, the author agrees to: (1) provide an MP3 audio recording of herself/himself reading the article, and (2) allow the article to be translated to Spanish. The author understands that the audio file and Spanish translation, when possible, will be published alongside of the accepted submission.

Author Guidelines

Style requirements. Writers should strive for engaging prose that draws the reader in and stimulates dialogue. Avoid preachy, confrontational, binary, or unproductive arguments. These papers are written for laypeople unfamiliar with educational acronyms and rhetoric. Therefore, please omit jargon and use accessible language to explain terminology particular to the field of education. Analogies or metaphors are particularly useful ways to explain the complicated machinery of educational law and practice. Similarly, minimize the number of parenthetical citations in your text and avoid footnotes. Incorporate necessary references into the body of your text when possible, and provide a list of references during the submission process.

Accessibility. Submissions in English and in Spanish are welcome. Translations of published works (from English to Spanish and from Spanish to English) will be provided when possible. If selected for publication, bilingual authors are encouraged to provide their own translation, to help A4E to achieve its goal of maximum accessibility in both languages. Published authors will be invited to submit an audio or video recording of themselves reading their work, to help fulfill the journal's goal of maximum accessibility.

Eligible Authorship. Anyone with a direct role in G-16+ education (gestation through graduate school) is an eligible A4E author. We actively seek a variety of voices--including classroom teachers, parents, administrators, students, professors, school board members, and other involved members of the community.

Journal Sections. Authors can submit to five sections in the journal: (1) Legislation, Policy, and Research Summaries, (2) Perspectives from the Field, (3) Creative Works, Book Reviews, (4) Self Care and Health, and (5) Book Reviews. See section policies for more information about each.

Publication Schedule and Calls for Submission. This journal is published twice annually, in Summer and Winter, with identified themes for each issue. See the A4E home page for Calls for Submission for upcoming issues. Open-theme submissions are always welcome but may appear in a subsequent issue.

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