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Author Guidelines

General Submission Types and Their Criteria

JAAACS seeks situated explorations of contemporary literature relevant to the U.S. field of curriculum studies. The New York Review of Books serves as a general model of the sort of essay the journal seeks in the sense that NYRB essays generally explore the scholarly context from which a text emerges in addition to treating the work's relationship to other works in the field. Dynamic juxtapositions between recently released works and other related works are particularly welcome.

Authors generally situate their theoritical discussions historically and politically, and may also draw upon the multidisciplinary lenses integrated into the Reconceptualized curriculum studies field. For example, these lenses include those developed within critical theory and cultural studies, and in literary, religious, and psychoanalytic theory. Critical considerations of the social sciences as these relate to the world of educational practice are also welcome.

Typically, the articles published will correspond to one of the four forms characterized below. All of these can vary considerably in length, but the first three will generally fall within the 4,000 to 8,000-word range; pieces written for the final form may be briefer still. In addition to these specified forms, the journal also publishes invited lectures and presentations delivered during the annual AAACP conference, which directly precedes the annual American Educational Research Association conference and meets in the same location.

Critical Review Essays
A critical review essay places one or more new works of North American literature relevant to the study of curriculum into relationship with the existing North American curriculum studies field. These essays explore the focal literature in considerably depth, providing readers with a sense of what this work offers to the field and the ways in which it builds upon and contrasts with other established work.

Theoretical Analyses
Theoretical analyses share most of the attributes of the critical review essay, the primary distinction being that they do not focus on literature that is new to the North American curriculum studies field. While these essays do tend to center on the analysis of published work in the North American field, they may offer new perspective on established works by placing works into new relationships with each other or viewing them through a new theoretical lens.

International Dialogues
International dialogues decenter the North American field by introducing traditions of educational and cultural criticism from beyond U. S., North American, or Anglophone traditions and are informed by what some now refer to as 'alter-global' understandings and values. In contrast to the above forms, international dialogues may situate these traditions in relation to diverse socio-political contexts, including but not limited to those of North America. In addition to including some sense of the historical origins of the focal literature, these papers also generally consider that literature's historical significance within its cultural context of origin.

Multi-vocal Response and Discussion
This is a series of shorter response pieces, written by a collection of scholars who may also have positioned themselves into conversation with each other to varying degrees. Often these papers will have been originally written for a conference panel and then are further developed for publication prior to their submission. In such cases, the author of the work discussed may also have responded to the panel papers, which then may be edited in response, creating multiple layers of response. The papers in an MVRD will share the basic attributes of a critical review essay, but will generally be somewhat briefer and may also be more tightly focused on a more immediate and perhaps personal line of response.


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.

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  2. The submission has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration elsewhere.

  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF formats.

  4. The submission follows the most recent American Psychological Association Style Guide or APA Style Guide.

  5. Where available, “digital object identifier system” or dois per APA specifications are added to each reference in the submission’s references.

  6. The text is in Palatino 12 pt font single-spaced; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the manuscript.

  7. A blinded copy of the manuscript is uploaded that removes all identifying marks from the submission. Additionally, an un-blinded coverage page is uploaded with the Author’s or Authors’ identifying information followed by brief autobiographic sketches (2-3 sentences).  Follow the link for the guidelines for a Blind Review: Ensuring a Blind Review.

  8. All first submissions are accompanied by a Letter to the Editor that briefly explains the central issue or topic of the piece and its importance to the field of curriculum studies. In addition, the author may want to describe something of the submission’s history and the ways in which it can be seen to fit into a larger body of work.  

  9. All revised submissions are submitted as marked up manuscripts, with all changes documented, and are accompanied by a detailed Letter to the Editor that explains how each of the reviewer’s suggestions was variously integrated into the manuscript or addressed. Where authors disagree with particular suggestions for revision, they will explain their reasons for doing so. Revised manuscripts cannot be reviewed in the absence of a clear explanation and record of the edits that have or have not been made in response to reviewer comments.

  10. The Letter to the Editor should be uploaded as its own supplementary file during the submission process.


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