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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.
  • In addition to the items on this checklist, all information requested in the Author Guidelines must be compiled and reported to the Lead Editor in the Comments to the Editor at the time of submission. Submissions that do not include this information will not be processed. The Author Guidelines can be found below the Submission Checklist.
  • The submission addresses educational policy and adheres to the focus and scope of the journal.
  • The submission has a title, a set of 3-5 keywords, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and total text of no more than 10,000 words (2,000 words if a commentary). This word count does not include references (maximum of 50), or text written into tables, figures, or other graphic displays (no more than 5).
  • The text is submitted in a single file, formatted with 1" margins (2.54 cm) on all sides, flush left, in Microsoft Word or RTF format (including tables, figures, or other graphic displays).
  • The main text is double-spaced, written in 12-point (preferably Garamond) font, contains no numbered or bulleted paragraphs, and adheres to the guidelines of 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), unless otherwise specified.
  • The prose is written in readable, professional English, Spanish, or Portuguese (chosen usage must be consistent), and has been appropriately proofread for grammar (e.g., active voice, limited personification) and conventions (e.g., spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphing). Non-native speakers of English submitting manuscripts in English are strongly encouraged to use a copyediting service prior to submission.
  • The submission is entirely the work of the author(s) and the first and last names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and ORCiDs of all author(s) are included with the submission. Artificial intelligence (AI) tools cannot be considered or listed as an author of a submission. The use of AI tools such as ChatGPT to assist in the production of manuscripts is an emerging issue in research. Like most journals, EPAA requires that the author(s) be responsible for the creation and interpretation of their work and accountable for its accuracy, integrity, and validity. Any use of AI to produce the submission should be detailed in the appropriate sections of the manuscript, and any text or analyses produced using AI should be checked for accuracy, refined, and elaborated by the author(s).
  • The submission is fully anonymized, with Author names and all identifying information removed. If Author(s) are cited, only “Authors(s)” and Year are to be used in the text and references. Acknowledgements and information embedded in the automatic functions of word processing programs (e.g., Author(s)’ names in file “properties”) must be removed, and the file should not contain any comments or tracked changes. Read more about requirements for anonymization at
  • The submission is not under consideration for publication by another journal, nor has it been previously published, unless an explanation of a special circumstance is provided in Comments to the Editor.
  • If the research detailed in the text involved human participants, the Author(s) complied with the applicable ethical and legal obligations for their countries, including approvals from appropriate institutional review boards (IRBs). IRB approval should be indicated in the methods section, or elsewhere (e.g., a footnote). Author(s) understand their professional obligation to maintain notes and data sets for a minimum of three years after publication.
  • The first author of the manuscript agrees to participate as a reviewer for EPAA/AAPE, especially if the manuscript is accepted.
  • Author(s) confirm that there are no conflicts of interest to report.
  • All necessary permissions for extensive excerpts, original or revised figures, etc. have been acquired prior to submission.
  • EPAA/AAPE does not charge Author(s) a fee to publish, and we ask Author(s) to assist in the final formatting of their accepted articles. This assistance includes inserting the final, accepted version in the EPAA/AAPE journal template, in accordance with the EPAA/AAPE style guide, and conducting a final proofreading of the article 3-4 weeks prior to official publication. Lack of assistance on the part of Author(s) will, at minimum, cause a delay in publication.
  • SPECIAL NOTE: Given increasing numbers of submissions and varying demands required of editors and reviewers, EPAA/EPAA will not process submissions in English, Spanish, or Portuguese during the following periods:
    - mid-December to mid-January
    - the month of July

Author Guidelines

Important requirement submissions in all languages starting August 2023: The following information must be compiled and reported in the text box, Comments to the Editor, in Step 1 of the submission process:

  1. Word count, excluding references.
  2. Number of references.
  3. Number of tables (if applicable).
  4. Number of figures (if applicable).
  5. Number of other graphics (if applicable).
  6. Confirmation that the MS has been formatting according to APA 7th edition style.
  7. If the MS is a systematic literature review, ONE combined reference list with items included in the review identified by an asterisk (*) with a note or footnote describing this point.
  8. Confirmation that the MS has been fully anonymized, including removing all author information from the front page of the manuscript, all information embedded in the file properties, and all tracked changes removed. Please also inform the Editor if there are additional considerations regarding anonymization within the text or citations.
  9. Confirmation that the First Author agrees to serve as a reviewer for EPAA/AAPE in the future.
  10. For Spanish-language submissions only: authors confirm the geographic region covered in their manuscript is appropriate for the Spanish qualitative/quantitative section selected. 

Submissions that do not include this information above will be desk rejected.

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  • Do not use long article titles
  • Pick 5-8 keywords using a mix of generic and more specific terms on the article subject(s)
  • Include some keywords in the title of the article
  • Use the maximum amount of keywords in the first two sentences of the abstract
  • Use some of the keywords in level 1 headings

Spanish Qualitative/Quantitative (South America)

Please submit to this section if your manuscript is written in Spanish and your topic involves South American countries (for example, Argentina, Chile, Peru, etc.)  

Spanish Qualitative/Quantitative (Mexico and Central America)

Please submit to this section if your manuscript is written in Spanish and your topic involves Mexico or Central American countries. 

Spanish Qualitative/Quantitative (Spain and EU)

Please submit to this section if your manuscript is written in Spanish and your geographic region covers Spain or an EU country.

Transforming School Systems: Questions of Power, Resistance, Equity, and Community

Call for special issue submissions in English, Portuguese, and Spanish on school governance and organization in local, regional, and national contexts. Abstracts due September 1, 2023.

Research on Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers

This is an invited special issue, and only submissions invited by the guest editors will be considered.


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