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For questions or inquiries about manuscripts, email the editors. Authors are encouraged to read the new editors' editorial.
Researchers submitting manuscripts should consult the Standards for Reporting on Research in AERA Publications and the Ethical Standards of the American Educational Research Association.
Manuscript Style, Length, and Format
The style guide for all AERA journals is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2009, available from Order Department, American Psychological Association, P.O. Box 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784.
Manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages total, including all tables, appendixes, notes, and references. Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the page after the title page. Manuscripts should be typed for 8½” x 11” paper, in upper and lower case, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. The type size should be at least 12 point. Figures and tables are to be placed at the end of the text. Subheads should be placed at reasonable intervals to break the monotony of lengthy text.
Sentence structure, not italics, should be used to create emphasis; words to be set in italics should be typed in italics, not underlined (contrary to the rule in the style manual). Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out at first mention unless they are found as entries in their abbreviated form in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed., 2003 (e.g., “IQ” needs no explanation). Mathematical symbols and Greek letters should be precise and clear and should leave no question as to interpretation; they should be clearly marked to indicate italics, boldface, superscript, and subscript.
Notes are for explanations or amplifications of textual material, not for reference information. They are distracting to readers and expensive to set and should be avoided whenever possible. They should be typed as normal text at the end of the text section of the manuscript rather than as part of the footnote or endnote feature of a computer program and should be numbered consecutively throughout the article.
A reference list contains only references that are cited in the text. Its accuracy and completeness are the responsibility of the author(s). Reference each publicly available dataset with its title, author, date, and a persistent Web identifier such as a digital object identifier (DOI), a handle, or a uniform resource name (URN). If necessary, this last element may be replaced by a web address and an access date. Personal communications (letters, memos, telephone conversations) are cited in the text after the name with as exact a date as possible. Sample references in APA style are shown below:
Bobrow, D. G., & Collins, A. M. (Eds.). (1975). Representation and understanding: Studies in cognitive science. New York: Academic Press.
Crothers, E. (1972). Memory structure and the recall of discourse. In R. O. Freedle & J. B. Carroll (Eds.), Language comprehension and the acquisition of knowledge (pp. 201–238). Washington, DC: Winston.
Frase, L. T. (1968). Questions as aids to reading: Some research and a theory. American Educational Research Journal, 5, 319–322.
Figures and tables should present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. If illustration and text are redundant, eliminate the illustration or reduce the amount of detail provided in text. Figures and tables should be included in the text around where they are first referenced. Figure captions should be included with the figures following APA guidelines. Once papers are accepted for publication, tables and one high-quality electronic version of each figure will need to be submitted as separate files with captions on a separate page. However, for manuscripts under review, tables, figures, and their captions should be included in the body of the text and not held at the end of the manuscript.
Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, please check off your submission’s compliance with the requirements listed below. If your submission does not meet these requirements, it may be returned to you.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure that all identifying information has been removed! If you have submitted a manuscript with identifying information, you will need to replace the submitted file with a new, blind copy before review of your submission can proceed.
How to Get Help With the Quality of English in Your Submission
Authors who want to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of SPi, a nonaffiliated company that offers professional editing services to authors of journal articles in science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences. SPi specializes in editing and correcting English-language manuscripts written by authors whose primary language is not English. Visit http://www.prof-editing.com for more information about SPi’s services, pricing, and turnaround times; to obtain a free price quote; or to submit a manuscript for language polishing.
Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with SPi and makes no endorsement of the company. Your use of SPi’s services in no way guarantees that your submission will be accepted. Any arrangement that you enter into will be exclusively between you and SPi, and any costs incurred are your sole responsibility.
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For authors who use figures or other material for which they do not own copyright:
Authors who wish to use material, such as figures or tables, for which they do not own the copyright must obtain written permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher) and submit it along with their manuscript. (However, no written or oral permission is necessary to reproduce a table, a figure, or an excerpt of fewer than 500 words from an AERA journal.)
For authors of joint works (articles with more than one author):
This journal uses a transfer of copyright agreement that requires just one author (the corresponding author) to sign on behalf of all authors. Please identify the corresponding author for your work when submitting your manuscript for review. The corresponding author will be responsible for the following:
Please contact AERA if you have questions or if you prefer to use a copyright agreement for all coauthors to sign.
The names and e-mail addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
The Publications Committee welcomes comments and suggestions from authors. Please send these to the Publications Committee in care of the AERA central office.
Right of Reply
The right-of-reply policy encourages comments on articles recently published in an AERA journal. Such comments are subject to editorial review and decision. If the comment is accepted for publication, the editor shall inform the author of the original article. If the author submits a reply to the comment, the reply is also subject to editorial review and decision. The editor may allot a specific amount of journal space for the comment (ordinarily about 1,500 words) and for the reply (ordinarily about 750 words). The reply may appear in the same issue as the comment or in a later one.
Authors who believe that their manuscripts were not reviewed in a careful or timely manner and in accordance with AERA procedures should call the matter to the attention of the Association’s executive officer or president.
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