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Author Guidelines: We recommend that the main text of articles do not exceed 40 pages (with standard 1″ margins and 12 point font), although there may be exceptions. Papers that fall within this broad guideline are more likely to be reviewed, edited and published faster. We also encourage authors to use appendices to present important supplemental material, particularly necessary measurements.
EPAA requests that authors follow the manuscript guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). See the EPAA's style guide for more information. Pay close attention citations, tables, and figures. An online tutorial available to describe how to format tables efficiently in Word. Authors should make sure to write abstracts in active voice and be specific, and article abstracts should clearly describe the topic, methods, and main findings.
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. Authorship is clear and submission is reviewable:
- The manuscript is entirely the work of the authors.
- Any necessary permissions for extensive excerpts have been acquired prior to submission.
- The submission is not before another journal for consideration, nor has it been previously published (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
- The article’s topic is education policy and has direct implications for education policy.
2. The manuscript itself is properly prepared:
- The submission is in a single file, in Microsoft Word, RTF, WordPerfect, or PDF format.
- The entire file is blinded, with author names and all identifying information removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the text and references. Acknowledgements and information embedded in the automatic functions of word processing programs (e.g., authors' names in "properties") must be removed, and the file should not contain any comments or track changes.
- The text adheres to the manuscript guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), or the first author understands that the manuscript must conform with APA style prior to publication.
- The manuscript has no numbered or bulleted paragraphs, or the first author understands the obligation to remove the numbers and bullets after acceptance.
3. The authors understand the professional obligations of a manuscript submission:
- If the research for a manuscript involved human participants, the manuscript's authors are compliant with the applicable legal obligations for their countries, including the approval of institutional review boards.
- Authors understand their professional obligation to maintain notes and data sets for a minimum of 3 years after publication.
- The first author of the manuscript also agrees to participate as a reviewer for EPAA/AAPE if the manuscript is accepted. Generally, the expectation is that the first author will review one manuscript between acceptance and publication and another manuscript within a year of acceptance.
4. The following information is on hand before starting the submission process:
- The first and last name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author.
- The title of the paper and an abstract that is under 200 words.
- A list of appropriate keywords, including geospatial coverage, time period, sample characteristics, methods/approach, and subject classification (see the ERIC Thesaurus for subject classifications in education).
5. The prose is written in readable, professional American English and has been appropriately proofread. Before submitting manuscripts to this journal, non-native speakers of English should consider using a copyediting service that specializes in academic journal preparation assistance for non-English-speaking writers.
6. While EPAA/AAPE does not charge fees for publication, the journal may request payment of reasonable fees for professional copyediting or layout services if accepted manuscripts require extraordinary preparation. EPAA/AAPE reserves the right to charge fees in advance for accepted manuscripts in the categories below if the editor views it as necessary to complete the professional preparation of an article:
- Manuscripts longer than 50 double-spaced pages.
- Manuscripts with more than 6 tables.
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