The Review of Educational Research (RER) publishes comprehensive reviews of the literature and does not publish new empirical work, except in the context of meta-analytic reviews of an area.
All manuscripts should be submitted electronically to the editorial team at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rer. For questions or inquiries about manuscripts, email the two editors, Zeus Leonardo or Frank C. Worrell at REReditors@aera.net. Manuscripts may not be submitted via e-mail.
Researchers who intend to submit studies for publication should consult the Standards for Reporting on Research in AERA Publications adopted by the AERA Council. We also recommend consulting (a) the Guidelines for Reviewers, which outline the criteria under which manuscripts are reviewed for publication by AERA and (b) recent previous editions of the journal.
In order to facilitate the submission process, please refer to the following resources:
Submission Preparation Checklist
Please ensure your submission’s compliance with the requirements listed below. If your submission does not meet these requirements, it will be returned to you.
1. The submission has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; or an explanation has been provided in the Cover Letter.
2. THE MANUSCRIPT CONTAINS NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, EVEN ON THE TITLE PAGE. Please blind any work of limited circulation (e.g., in press papers, manuscripts under submission) that would point to the author, both in the body of the manuscript and the reference list. More information on blinding is described subsequently. Please double check that the author’s name has been removed from the document’s Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu (select “File,” “Properties,” “Summary,” and remove the author’s name; select “OK” to save).
3. The text conforms to APA style (currently the 6th ed.). Consult the guidelines spelled out under “Manuscript Style, Length, and Format” on this webpage. Manuscripts that do not pass the preliminary check based on these guidelines will be sent back to you for correcting before being sent out for review.
4. The submission is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect file format. Any supplemental files are in Microsoft Word, RTF, WordPerfect, or Excel format. Please do not upload PDF files.
5. All URL addresses and dois in the manuscript (e.g., http://www.aera.net) are activated and ready to click.
6. An abstract of no more than 150 words is included (both separately and on the second page of the main document after the blinded title page. Please also include a few keywords, the terms that researchers will use to find your article in indexes and databases. Such a term may contain more than one word. Articles in AERA journals typically list 3 to 5 keywords.
7. When you upload your initial submission, you should upload (a) a separate title page that is not blinded with an Author Note based on the 6th edition of the APA Manual, and (b) the main manuscript, which includes a blinded title page, an abstract with keywords at the bottom, and the rest of the document, and (c) Author Bios.
For further instructions regarding manuscript style, length, and format, please review the RER Submission Guidelines.
How to Get Help With the Quality of English in Your Submission
Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at http://www.sagepub.com/journalgateway/engLang.htm.
Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.
No written or oral permission is necessary to reproduce a table, a figure, or an excerpt of fewer than 500 words from this journal, or to make photocopies for classroom use. Authors are granted permission, without fee, to photocopy their own material or make printouts from the final pdf of their article. Copies must include a full and accurate bibliographic citation and the following credit line: “Copyright [year] by the American Educational Research Association; reproduced with permission from the publisher.” Written permission must be obtained to reproduce or reprint material in circumstances other than those just described. Please direct all requests for permission or for further information on policies and fees to the journal’s Web site at http://rer.aera.net/.
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.)
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