Submission Guidelines

The Editors welcome manuscripts on all aspects of Catholic elementary, secondary, and higher education for peer review and possible publication. The Journal of Catholic Education features original empirical qualitative and quantitative research, literature reviews, theoretical works, and book reviews.

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Online submissions

Submissions must be made through the online submission system. Mailed or emailed submissions will not be accepted.

The online submission process follows the following four steps:

  1. Read and accept the Article Submission Agreement
  2. Provide information about yourself
  3. Provide information about any other authors
  4. Upload your article and related items

Submission preparation checklist

Please be sure to follow the submission preparation checklist when preparing submissions. Before submitting, Authors should be able to answer “YES” to all of the following:

  1. The manuscript is an original submission not previously published or under consideration of another publication.
  2. The manuscript is well organized, uses headings and subheadings to guide readers through the paper, and follows the publication guidelines found in the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.).
  3. The manuscript is between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including references.
  4. Author/Authors’ name(s), address(es), position(s), affiliation(s), or other potentially identifying information do not appear anywhere in the text, headers/footers, title, keywords, abstract, document name, or file properties.
  5. References are complete, correctly formatted in APA (6th ed.) style, and include URLs and DOIs for electronic resources as available.
  6. Tables, Figures, and Appendices are embedded in the manuscript. Figures are high-resolution (300 dpi) .jpg. .tif or .png files.
  7. Manuscript DOES NOT include a title page or abstract. (These will be provided by the system.)
  8. Author has obtained any necessary approvals from his/her institution and/or other agencies to conduct and publish research involving human subjects.
  9. Author has obtained any necessary copyright permission to reproduce tables, figures, or excerpts.

Before you begin the article submission process, please be sure you have the following items available:

  • Article Title
  • An abstract (approximately 150 words, separate from the manuscript body)
  • 4-6 keywords for your article
  • Blinded manuscript (with embedded tables and figures, appendices, and references) in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Rich Text (.rtf) format.

Book review guidelines

Book reviews should be 900-1,200 words in length. Please include the following information about the book at the beginning of your review:

  • Author(s)
  • Title
  • Editor(s) (if applicable)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
  • Price
  • Number of pages of the book

No abstract or keywords are required for book reviews. Book reviews are not peer reviewed; they will be vetted by the Editors.

Describe the content of the book concisely, avoiding a chapter-by-chapter précis or excessive detail. Be sure to evaluate the work critically, judging the strengths and shortcomings of the work as it pertains particularly to Catholic education. The focus of the review should be on evaluating the book, ideally integrating a description of the book within the evaluation. Be sure to maintain a courteous tone, respecting the work of the author and providing a balanced critique. If citing directly from the book, indicate the page number in parentheses.

Click here for a list of books currently available for review.

Style Guide

All works should follow APA Style guidelines (6th ed., 2009). The following provides a brief overview of key elements of APA style, including several common citations formats.

Headings and Subheadings

The body text should be subdivided into different sections with appropriate headings. APA style includes five levels of heading. Each section of a manuscript starts with the highest level of heading and proceeds in order through the levels of subheading.

Format for Five Levels of Heading in APA Style
Level of heading Format
1 Centered, Boldfaced, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
2 Flush Left, Boldfaced, Uppercase and Lowercase Heading
3       Indented, boldfaced, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
4       Indented, boldfaced, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
5       Indented, italicized, lowercase paragraph heading ending with a period.
(APA Publication Manual, 6th ed., section 3.03)

Figures and Tables

Figures and tables should be embedded in the manuscript and formatted according to APA (6th) guidelines (See APA Publication Manual, 6 th ed., sections 5.04-5.25).

Figures should be embedded as high-resolution (300 dpi) .jpg. .tif or .png files. The use of color images is encouraged.

Style Mechanics

The following notes are provided to assist authors in avoiding common APA style errors; this is not an exhaustive list. Authors are encouraged to consult the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) and apastyle.org for complete style guidelines.

  • Use two spaces after punctuation marks at the end of a sentence.
  • Use italics rather than underline in the text to show emphasis.
  • When citing multiple authors in the text, use “and”; in citations, use “&”.


    Smith and Jones (2013) found that apples are tastier than oranges.

    Some researchers have found that apples are tastier than oranges (Smith & Jones, 2013).

  • When citing a work with three or more authors, list all authors’ names in the first citation and the first author’s name followed by “et al.” in all subsequent citations. (See APA Publication Manual, 6th ed., section 6.15 for more detail.)
  • Use double quotation marks to note quotations in the text. Close the quotation marks before the citation, but place sentence punctuation after the citation.
  • Use block quotations for quotes more than 40 words. Do not use quotation marks to note a block quotation. Sentence Punctuation goes before the citation.
  • In the text, use words to express numbers under ten; use numerals to express numbers 10 and above.
  • References

    The following information and examples cover reference formats frequently used in Catholic Education articles. A complete guide to reference formatting can be found in the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.)

    Journals/periodicals (see APA Publication Manual, 6th ed., section 7.01)

    Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author C. C. (year). Title of article: Subtitle of article. Title of Periodical, Volume(issue), page             numbers. doi: xx.xxxxxxxxxx

    • Include the digital object identifier (DOI) in the reference if available.
    • For content retrieved online that does not have a DOI assigned, end the reference “Retrieved from” followed by the home page URL for the periodical. No retrieval date is necessary.


    Frabutt, J. M., Holter, A. C., & Nuzzi, R. J. (2013). What are they saying about Catholic schools? Discourse on PK-12             Catholic education, 2005 to 2010. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 22(1), 75-96. doi:

    Denig, S. J., & Dosen, A. J. (2009). The mission of the Catholic school in the pre-observations for the new millennium.
                Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 13(2), 135-156. Retrieved from

    Books/E-books (see APA Publication Manual, 6th ed., section 7.02)

    Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (year). Title of the book: Subtitle of book. Publisher location: Publisher name.

    Editor, A. A. (Ed.). (year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. Publisher location: Publisher name.

    Author, A. A. (year). Title of book: Subtitle of book. [E-reader version]. Retrieved from URL


    Garcia, K. (2012). Academic freedom and the telos of the Catholic university. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

    Marsh, J. L., & Brown, A. J. (Eds.). (2012). Faith, resistance, and the future: Daniel Berrigan’s challenge to Catholic social
    . New York: Fordham University Press.

    Garcia, K. (2012). Academic freedom and the telos of the Catholic university. [Kindle version]. Retrieved from Amazon
                Kindle store.

    Chapter/section in a book (See APA Publication Manual, 6th ed., section 7.03)

    Author, A. A. (year). Title of chapter. In A. A., Editor (Ed.), Title of edited book (pp. xx-xx). Publisher location: Publisher name.


    Riordan, C. (2000). Trends in student demography in Catholic secondary schools, 1972-1992. In J. Youniss & J. J. Convey
                (Eds.), Catholic schools at the crossroads: Survival and transformation (pp. 33-54). New York, NY: Teachers College

    Reports and Church Documents

    Author, A. A. (year). Title of report (Report No. xxx). Publisher location: Publisher.


    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). (2005). Renewing our commitment to Catholic elementary and
                secondary schools in the third millennium
    . Washington, DC: Author.

    U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2006). Student achievement in private schools:
                Results from NAEP 2000-2005
    (Report No. NCES 2006-459). Retrieved from

    Vatican Council II. (1965). Gravissimum educationis [Declaration on Christian education]. Retrieved from

    Internet resource information

    Whenever possible, please include a link (URL) in the reference for works accessed online. If an online resource has a digital object identifier (doi), include that in the place of the URL.

    Call for Proposals: Special Section: Education in Practice

    The Editors of the Journal of Catholic Education invite article proposals from teachers, administrators, counselors, and other school personnel for a special section focused on effective practices in PK-12 Catholic education. This section will be ongoing and will complement the research articles in each issue. We welcome articles focused on creative and innovative activities; it is not required that the articles have a research focus or that the activities have been evaluated.

    We welcome article proposals on all aspects of Catholic education. Possible areas of focus include: assessment practices, approaches to inclusion for students with special needs or English language learners, implementation of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, Common Core implementation in Catholic schools, leadership, professional development programs, technology integration, spiritual formation, or service learning.

    Proposal Format

    To be considered for the special section, interested contributors should submit a 1-page proposal for review by a panel of peer reviewers and the Journal’s Editorial Board.

    The proposal should briefly outline the following elements to be discussed in the article, including:

    • Description of the context
    • Description of the activity, program, policy, etc., including goals, materials, and implementation
    • Outcomes
    • Reflection, including lessons learned
    • Recommendations for other practitioners

    Proposed articles should share concepts, ideas, activities, programs, or policies related to Catholic education in early childhood, elementary, or secondary schools. They should be original submissions to the Journal of Catholic Education and not previously published elsewhere. With appropriate permissions secured by the author, articles may include photographs, videos, or links. Please note in the proposal if you plan to include multimedia.

    Process and Timeline

    Step 1: Write and submit proposal
    Deadline for proposal submissions: October 15, 2015
    Please submit proposals via email to Catholicedjournal@lmu.edu by the deadline to receive full consideration.

    Step 2: Proposal reviewed
    A panel of peer reviewers and the Journal Editors will review all proposals after the submission deadline. Acceptance of proposals will be based on the relevance of the topic to the Journal’s readers, the innovativeness of the approach described, and the general quality of the proposal (organization, writing style, etc.).
    Authors will be notified of the status of their submission by November 15, 2015

    Step 3: Prepare and submit article draft
    Deadline for article submissions: February 1, 2016
    Authors of accepted proposals will be invited to prepare an article, 2,000-3,000 words in length, for the special section and to work with the Journal’s Managing Editor to draft and edit the article according to individualized work plans.

    The first special section will be included in Vol. 19, No. 2. Anticipated release date: March 15, 2016.

    Please contact the with any questions about the special section.