Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted in English and in Microsoft Word format (.doc files only). The following Submission Guidelines pertain to all manuscript types, that is, Research Articles, Instructional Articles, and Review Articles. Ultimately, authors should follow the guidelines set forth in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). The sixth edition is the most recent edition; however, on January 18, 2018, APA released new journal article reporting standards. You are encouraged to review those standards prior to manuscript submission. Manuscripts that are not formatted to APA guidelines may be rejected upon initial review. These submission guidelines are also available in pdf format.

Please note: All submissions to the IJTLHE must consist of a single electronic file that adheres to the guidelines set below. Any pictures or graphics should be embedded in the MSWord .doc file.
General Manuscript Structure

All manuscripts should conform to the following general structure:

1. Title Page
2. Abstract and Keywords
3. Body of Manuscript (see APA guidelines for section headings)
4. Acknowledgements
5. References
6. Appendices
7. Biographical Notes of Authors (accepted manuscripts only)

Specific Guidelines

Title Page: Include the manuscript title only. Do not include the authors' names, affiliations, email addresses, or phone numbers. Author information will be obtained during the online submission process. Do not bold face or italicized anything on the title page.

Abstract: Include a 100-200 word abstract describing and summarizing the manuscript. The abstract should provide the reader with a summarization of the contents of the manuscript.

Keywords: At the bottom of the Abstract page include 3-5 keywords, separated by commas that may be used to index the manuscript.

Body of Manuscript: The body of the manuscript should conform to the following guidelines.

  • Length: Manuscript length will depend on the type of manuscript submitted: Research Article (15-25 pages), Instructional Article (10-20 pages), and Review Article (3-5 pages). These lengths include only the text of the manuscript and not the abstract, references, and appendices. Manuscripts of greater length will be considered as space and interest provide.

  • Manuscript Preparation: All manuscripts should conform to the APA preparation guidelines. Specifically, manuscripts should use:
    • double-spaced text;
    • 12-point standard font (e.g., Times, Times Roman);
    • 1-inch margins (i.e., top, bottom, left, right);
    • italics, as needed, but no underlining;
    • page numbers, in the upper right corner of the page header; and
    • section headers, as needed.

  • Manuscript Style: All manuscripts should conform to the APA style guidelines for punctuation, spelling, capitalization, italics, abbreviations, headings, quotations, numbers, tables, and figures. In addition, authors should follow the APA style guidelines for reducing bias in language.

  • Footnotes and Endnotes: Footnotes and endnotes should not be used. Relevant information, which might normally be placed in a footnote or endnote, should be included in the manuscript text.

Acknowledgements: Any acknowledgements of persons, institutions, or granting agencies should be brief.

References: All manuscripts should conform to the APA guidelines for citations and references. The following examples are provided for clarity, however, authors should consult the APA guidelines for specific formats.

Articles (No DOI): Habron, G., & Dann, S. (2002). Breathing life into the case study approach: Active learning in an introductory natural resource management class. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 13(2/3), 41-58.

Article (with DOI): Resta, P., & Laferriere, T. (2007). Technology in support of collaborative learning. Educational Psychology Review, 19, 65-83. doi:10.1007/s10648-007-9042-7

Books: Bruner, J. (1990). Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Chapters: Butcher-Powell, L. M. (2004). Teaching, learning, and multimedia. In S. Mishra & R. C. Sharma (Eds.), Interactive multimedia in education and training (pp. 60-72). Hershey, PA: Idea Group.

Web Pages: Anderson, J. R., Reder, L. M., & Simon, H. A. (1995). Applications and misapplications of cognitive psychology to mathematics education. Retrieved June 29, 2002, from

Tables and Figures: All manuscripts should conform to the APA guidelines for the inclusion of Tables and Figures. Tables and Figures should be numbered sequentially (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, and Figure 1, Figure 2) and include descriptive titles.

This resource may be helpful as a final checklist regarding APA formatting. Problems in these areas are typically reasons why a manuscript might be rejected upon initial review. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list of APA requirements. Authors should consult the latest version of the APA publication manual for more detailed information.


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