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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, practitioner pieces, and book reviews.

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Article Submission Guidelines

Education in Practice Section Guidelines

Book Review Guidelines

Special Issues

Style Guide

 

Article Submission Guidelines

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

Articles submitted to the main article section will undergo blind peer review. Authors can expect the peer review process to take approximately 12-16 weeks from submission to first decision.

Before submitting, Authors should be able to answer YES all of the following

  • The manuscript is an original submission not previously published or under consideration of another publication.
  • 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.
  • The manuscript is between 6,000 and 8,000 words, including references.
  • 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.
  • References are complete, correctly formatted in APA (6th ed.), and include URLs and DOIs for electronic resources.
  • Tables, Figures, and Appendices are embedded in the manuscript. Figures are high-resolution (300 dpi) .jpg. .tif or .png files.
  • Manuscript DOES NOT include a title page or abstract. (These will be provided by the system.)
  • Author has obtained any necessary approvals from his/her institutional review board (IRB) and/or other agencies to conduct and publish research involving human subjects.
  • Author has obtained any necessary copyright permission to reproduce tables, figures, or excerpts

Please be sure to have the following items available when submitting an article:

  • Name, affiliation, and email address for all authors
  • 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.

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Education in Practice Submission Guidelines

This section features articles focused on effective practices in PK-12 Catholic education written by teachers, administrators, counselors, and other Catholic school personnel. It is not required that articles for this section have a research focus or that the activities have been evaluated. Articles submitted to this section will undergo Editorial review.

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.

Submissions to the Education in Practice Section should be made through the online system. Mailed or emailed submissions will not be accepted.

Before submitting, Authors should be able to answer YES all of the following

  • The manuscript is an original submission not previously published or under consideration of another publication.
  • The manuscript is well organized and uses headings and subheadings to guide readers through the paper.
  • The manuscript is between 1,000 and 3,000 words, including references.
  • 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.
  • Manuscript DOES NOT include a title page.
  • If the manuscript includes references, they are complete, correctly formatted in APA (6th ed.), and include URLs and DOIs for electronic resources.
  • Tables, figures, images, and appendices are embedded in the manuscript. Figures and images are high-resolution (300 dpi) .jpg. .tif or .png files.
  • Author has obtained any necessary approvals from participants and his/her school to publish information related to classroom practices. (E.g. if photos of students are included, Author has obtained parental permission via a school media release to use the photos for this purpose.)
  • Author has obtained any necessary copyright permission to reproduce tables, figures, or excerpts

Please be sure to have the following items available when submitting an article to the Education in Practice section:

  • Name, affiliation, and email address for all authors
  • 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.

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Book Review Guidelines

The Journal publishes reviews of recent books on topics related to Catholic education at the PK-12 and higher education levels. Book reviews are not peer reviewed; they are vetted by the Editors.

The Journal maintains a list of books available for review: BOOKS FOR REVIEW

Authors interested in reviewing a book should contact the Managing Editor to request a copy.

Book reviews should be 900-1,200 words in length; authors are not required to provide an abstract, but are encouraged to identify 4-6 keywords.

In addition, please include the following information about the book at the beginning of your review:

  • Name of Author(s)
  • Name of Editor(s) (if applicable)
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
  • Price (hardcover, paperback, and/or electronic)
  • Number of pages in the book

Describe the content of the book concisely, avoiding a chapter-by-chapter precis 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.

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Special Issues

In addition to the annual Fall and Spring issues, the Journal also publishes occasional special issues on topics relevant to Catholic Education. Guest Editors for special issues are faculty researchers and experts in the area(s) of focus for the special issue.

Researchers interested in proposing a special issue of the Journal of Catholic Education should contact the Managing Editor for more information on the proposal process and expectations for Guest Editors. The Journal's Governing Board is responsible for reviewing and approving proposals for special issues.

Follow this link for a list of upcoming special issue topics and CFPs: SPECIAL ISSUES

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Style Guide

All works should follow APA Style guidelines (6th ed., 2009). Follow this link to download the Journal's style guidelines: STYLE GUIDE

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