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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The submission meets word length requirements for the manuscript type, which includes article text, references, tables, and figures.
  • The submission indicates that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) human subjects approval was secured, or explains why it was not required.
  • The submission includes a maximum of four tables and figures uploaded as separate files, if applicable.
  • The submission adheres to word count and APA 7 stylistic and bibliographic requirements.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All identifying information has been removed from all documents and file names.

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th Edition, including title page (without author names), abstract, keywords, in-text citations, pagination, headings, tables, figures, and reference list. Article text, references, tables, and figures are included in the word count. View a short overview of notable changes from APA 6 to APA 7.

Authors are encouraged to carefully review JSARD's aims & scope and submit work that marks a new and demonstratively significant advancement to the field. Authors are also encouraged to review the peer review process used to evaluate manuscripts, which includes a double-blind review.

The following information will guide authors as they make a submission in the online system. You may begin your submission and return to edit it anytime until you decide to finalize the submission by clicking on the Finish Submission button. You may wish to review the visual, step-by-step guide on Submitting an Article.

JSARD is an open-access journal. There are no fees to individual authors, and authors are allowed to self-archive their work. Read our full Statement on Open Access.

All published articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 4.0 Unported License.

JSARD aims to return reviewed manuscripts to authors within 90 days of initial submission, although some manuscripts take more or less time in order for us to provide high-quality, thoughtful, constructive reviews that are a hallmark of our journal.

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Research Article

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To ensure an anonymous review, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors checking to take the following steps with regard to the text and the file properties: author identification has been removed from Microsoft Office documents and authors have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

Cover Letter. Upload a Cover Letter to the Editors (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) about the alignment of the submission with the journal's Aim & Scope.

Anonymized Manuscript. Upload an Anonymized Manuscript as one document (.doc, .docx, or .rtf) that includes a title page (without author names), abstract, main article text with a maximum of 4 tables and figures, and reference list. Documents must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and use 12-point Times New Roman font. Remove author(s) names, affiliation, country, and bio information, as well as all identifying information from the Microsoft Office document.

Embed tables and figures in the manuscript, if applicable. Figures should be in JPG or PNG format (300 dpi resolution). Authors should limit the total number of tables and/or figures to a maximum of four (4) and refer to APA recommendations for table and figure use. All reproduced images (including tables) should be accompanied by an APA Style copyright permission statement and have a reference list entry.

Authors should follow APA 7 guidelines in the select selection of quotation content in length in qualitative research articles. Footnotes, endnotes, and appendices are not allowed.

Non-Anonymized Manuscript. Upload a Non-Anonymized Manuscript including a title page (with author names and affiliations), abstract, manuscript with tables and figures placed in-text, and reference list. The document should include all author bios on the last page with a brief biographical statement for each author with each author's department, highest education level, and research interests. Please follow the format of the example: FIRST AND LAST NAME, PhD, is a Position Title in the Department at Institution in Country. Her major research interests lie in the area of academic literacies, academic integrity, higher education research, and multiculturalism. Email:

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Title and Abstract. Enter a title and 100-200 word abstract in paragraph form.

List of Contributors. Enter author(s) information in the online form, including name, email, country, ORCID iD (optional), institution/affiliation, and a short bio statement that describes the author(s) department, rank, and research interests. Indicate which author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence.

Keywords. Provide four to seven keywords for the submission. Authors are encouraged to include one or more Subject Terms from the ERIC Thesaurus.

Funding data. Add funder name and identification and grant numbers, if applicable.

Click the “Finish Submission” button. Authors will receive an email confirmation with a Submission Acknowledgement message and link to track the submission during the review process.

Manuscript Types

Research Articles

Research articles present original research conducted by the authors on topics listed below.  Along with an abstract, these articles should include a form of the following sections: introduction, review of literature, methods, results, discussion, implications, and conclusions.  The organization and development of each section may depend upon the methodology of the study.  Research articles should be no longer than 6,000 words, including all figures, tables, and references. Articles should have no more than a total of four tables and/or figures. 

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews explore, integrate, and/or synthesize significant literature within the scope of this journal.   Reviews should include an abstract, an introduction, and headings as required.  They should be no longer than 4,000 words, including all figures, tables, and references.

Best Practice Articles

Best practice articles are research-based articles that describe current best practices in the field; present new educational ideas; or analyze educational programs, practice, or theory.   Best practices articles should include an abstract, an introduction, and headings as required.  They should be no longer than 4,000 words, including all figures, tables, and references. Articles should have no more than a total of four tables and/or figures. 

Essays and Commentaries

Essays and commentaries include professional commentary on current educational practices, policy, theory or reforms. They should be no longer than 2,000 words, including references and a maximum of two figures or tables.

Special Issue

Occasionally, JSARD publishes a special issue on a compelling topic within the field of educational leadership. For guidelines and other details, see the Call for Papers or contact the editor at

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