College of Education
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Journal of Curriculum and Instruction


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Author Guidelines

Preparing Manuscript for Submission statement as published in 2014

File formats: Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF).Please do not submit compressed (zipped) files.

Mechanics of APA Style: Refer to the current Publication Manual for organization, continuity, grammar, and reducing bias in language.  Review spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and mechanical elements prior to submission.

Font:  Manuscripts should be double spaced. Arial or Verdana 12 point font is required. Do not use word processing options/tools (i.e., strike through, hidden text, comments, merges). Remove track changes and comments before submission.

Length: JoCI welcomes submissions that are approximately 5,000 - 7,500 words, not including figures, captions, or references. Include an abstract of 100 - 150 words. A prompt for keywords will be available during the online submission process.  Book reviews should be between 750 and 1500 words, excluding references.

Title Page: A title page should not be included in manuscript submission.

Blind Review: Manuscripts are double-blind reviewed.  They should be written in a way that does not reveal authorship. Since reviewers do not know an author's identity, first person attribution should not be used in the text. Use third person attribution when referring to the author's own research or previsous publications. Do not substitue "Author" in the text, citations, or reference section.  For example, use "As Jones (2010) found..." rather than "As I found..."  In the reference section, use the author's name rather than "Author."

Documentation: Manuscripts must conform to APA standards as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009). Follow the APA author-date method of citations within text. Include page numbers for direct quotes. References must be listed in alphabetical order by the first author's last name. In the case of referencing more than one article by the same author(s), list the most recent article is listed first. All names of contributing authors should be included in the references. Please refer to the following examples of the basic reference list format:

Citing an article in a periodical:

Surname, A. A. (year). Article title. Title of Periodical, Volume (issue), inclusive page numbers. doi:##.##/code


L'Esperance, M., & Gabbard, D. (2001). Empowering all parents in the middle school. Schools in the Middle, 4(3), 17-18.

Citing a book:

Surname, A. A. (year). Title of book. Publisher location: Publisher name. Example:

Warren, L., & Sugar, W. A. (2005). Introducing the teacher leader/designer. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Citing online sources:

For online periodicals, please cite the sources following this example: Example:

Williams, S. C., Davis, M. L., Metcalf, D., & Covington, V. M. (2003). The evolution of a process portfolio as an assessment system in a teacher education program. Current Issues in Education, 6(1). Retrieved from

Tables, Figures, & Graphics: All tables, figures, and graphics should be embedded in the correct locations.

Photographs: All photographs submitted with manuscripts must include a copy of signed permission from the copyright holder. This documentation should be submitted as a supplementary file.

Review Process: After a manuscript has been submitted, the author will receive an acknowledgment e-mail. Manuscripts are initially screened by the editors. Manuscripts that are clearly inappropriate for JoCI, or fail to follow the submission guidelines, will be returned. Manuscripts undergo a double-blind review process. Approximately three months after the submission deadline, confirmation will be sent to authors with details regarding the final status of their manuscript.

Acceptance Rate: Currently, the acceptance rate is 15.6%.


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it being reviewed by another journal for consideration. 
  2. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. A manuscript that does not conform to APA standards as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009) will not be reviewed and will be returned to the author with an option to revise and resubmit.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to select.
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. The text is double-spaced, uses Arial or Verdana 12-point font, employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). 
  6. All illustrations, figures, and tables are inserted within the text at the appropriate place.
  7. The instructions for blind review in the Author's Guidelines have been followed.

  8. The author's name has been removed from the document's Properties.  In Microsoft Word 2007 it is found in the Office Button under Prepare->Properties. In Word 2010 it is found under File -> Options.
  9. Please indicate for which Call for Manuscripts you are submitting in the Comments for the Editor field. You may indicate theme or volume with issue number. This will assist the Editors in assigning reviewers and tracking your manuscript.

Copyright Notice

The Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (the “Publisher”) and the Author(s) agree as follows:

1. Author(s) hereby grant to Publisher all right, title, and interest in and to the Work, including copyright to all means of expression by any method now known or hereafter developed, including electronic format. If Publisher does not publish the Work within two (2) years of the Effective Date, copyright shall revert back to the Author. Publisher agrees to always credit Author(s) as the author(s) of the Work.

2. Publisher hereby grants Author a royalty-free, limited license for the following purposes, provided the Work is always identified as having first been published by Publisher.
    • The right to make and distribute copies of all or part of the Work for use in teaching;
    • The right to use all or part of the material contained in the Work in a book by the Author(s), or in a collection of the Author(s)’s work;
    • The right to use and distribute the Work internally at the Author(s)’s place of employment, and for promotion and any other non-commercial purposes;
    • The right to use figures and tables from the Work for any purpose;
    • The right to make presentations of material from the Work;
    • The right to use and distribute the Work on the Author(s)’s Web site and on the Author(s)’s university’s institute repository;
Such license shall be effective when the Work is first published in the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction.

3. The Author(s) represents and warrants that the Work: (a) is the Author(s)’s original work and that Author(s) has full power to enter into this agreement; (b) does not infringe the copyright or property right of another; (c) contains no materials which is obscene, libelous, defamatory or violates another’s civil right, right of privacy, or is otherwise unlawful; and (d) has not been previously published, in whole or in part. Author(s) shall indemnify and hold Publisher harmless against loss or expenses arising from breach of any such warranties.


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