Summary of Instructions to Authors


  1. All manuscripts must follow the 6th edition of APA style with the exception of not including DOIs in the reference citations.

  2. Do not use any footnotes or “acknowledgement” language.

  3. All manuscripts of empirical studies must contain only the following major headings:

    • Method
      Results
      Discussion
      Limitations & Future Research

    • The manuscript may include subheadings, in proper APA style, as warranted and only when beneficial to specific large information passages. 

    • Do not use any additional headings, except the ones identified above, for empirical studies (i.e., where data was collected). JEQR papers without a thoughtful Limitations & Future Research section will be returned for immediate revision.  Revisit your overall research design and qualitative research pursuits in this section.

  4. Authors must provide or a rationale for the number of participants selected for the study. Likewise, the author must provide a justification regarding how the number of participants gives credibility to the overall study and its findings. For example, an author should explain why, say, 18 science teachers was an optimum number of participants for multiple case study about middle school science instruction for students with learning disabilities.  For more information regarding this matter, see the section regarding Increasing Publication Likelihood in JEQR.

  5. Manuscripts should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (excluding references, abstract, and title page). If your manuscript is longer, please contact the managing editor well in advance of submission.

  6. All tables and figures are to be placed at the end of the manuscript, identifying approximately where in the document they should be located.


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  8. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the journal's editors with an initial decision made regarding whether the manuscript will be routed for peer-review. The peer-reviewers will use the following rubric when evaluating the manuscript: Evaluation Rubric. The final decision regarding the article's publication, following blind peer-review, is made by the journal's managing editor. 

  9. Normally, authors will be notified within four months of submission whether or not their manuscript is accepted for publication.

  10. The manuscript's title page must contain the following information for each author: name, institutional affiliation, rank and department (e.g., associate professor of education), and e-mail address.

  11. Following is a PDF sample copy of a manuscript in order to provide a sense of what the final product will look like when completed. Authors will receive a complimentary copy of the printed journal issue in which their publication appears as well as a PDF copy of the article for their own scholarship use and purposes.

  12. Submit manuscripts as a Word document attachment at jeqr@comcast.net. Address all manuscript or publication questions to Dr. John Palladino, the journal's managing editor, at this same e-mail address. Other inquiries regarding the journal may be sent to Dr. Michael Firmin, the journal's executive editor, at firmin@cedarville.edu.

  13. Some stylistic tips and helps regarding for what the editorial team appraises in quality manuscripts is located at the following website page: JEQR Publication. Following these guides will substantially increase the chances of the manuscript's acceptance for publication.

  14. Submission to JEQR assumes the manuscript has not been previously published elsewhere nor is under consideration by any other journal.

  15. At a minimum, all authors must conduct a complete spelling, grammar, and stylistic check of    their manuscript via their computer software program and prior to submission. The managing editor will likewise do the same immediately upon receipt of the manuscript and will deny a blind review for any manuscript with such errors.

  16. Authors must verify that all cited scholarship appears in the references and vice versa.

  17. We remind authors that the editors and reviewers are volunteers who cannot provide extensive feedback and guidance necessary for certain manuscripts to succeed with publication. Editorial feedback is not all-inclusive. Authors should use the feedback as a starting point for conducting their own self-editing and/or for consultation with other scholars and/or professional editors who might provide valuable guidance with the revision process. Works in progress, rough drafts, and initial sample pages should not be submitted for consideration.

  18. We acknowledge that certain authors have conducted qualitative research as part of a larger mixed-methods study. Authors should provide a general overview of the larger project for readers to understand its scope. Beyond the initial overview, the remainder of the manuscript should address the qualitative component; avoid quantitative data reporting. The qualitative data must “stand alone” and be just as rigorous as a qualitative study not conducted as part of a mixed-methods study.