Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit?

As a journal whose mission is to provide experiential opportunities for graduate students regarding peer-review processes and scholarly journal publications—both as authors and reviewers—we invite graduate-level students, currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning, to submit manuscripts for review with The William & Mary Educational Review.

General Guidelines:

Manuscript submissions may include any paper that contains original research or design and relates to the fields of education and counseling. We welcome scholarship inclusive of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods; literature reviews that disclose gaps in existing research; theoretical analyses; policy analysis papers and briefs; and historical papers.

  • Manuscripts should be uploaded as a Microsoft Word file (.docx).
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages, inclusive of references and appendices.
  • Abstracts may be no longer than 200 words.
  • Manuscripts should be written in English and adhere to guidelines set forth in the current (6th) edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  • Authors should use brackets to indicate masking of particular identifying information. For example, do not refer to Matthew Whaley Elementary School as the location of your practicum or internship. Instead, refer to the [elementary school]. This will help to protect your anonymity and preserve the integrity of our peer-review process.
  • Authors with accepted manuscripts detailing research conducted with human participants will be asked to submit evidence of IRB approval.
  • Authors are required to submit written permission to reprint from the original publisher any quoted material of 300 words or more from a single source; any quoted material from a newspaper or fictional source, such as a poem, novel, or song; and any table, figure, or image reproduced from another work.

Formatting Guidelines:

  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Do not include a title page in your Microsoft Word submission file. Instead, begin your document with the abstract on the first page.
  • Include page numbers.
  • Do not include headers, or footers. If footnotes are required, refer to APA for usage guidelines.
  • Use 1-inch margins, 8.5 X 11-inch pages, and a single column layout.
  • Place all formatted tables and figures at the end of the manuscript rather than within the body of the manuscript.
  • Additional Recommendations:

    • Set the font color to black for most of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures; however, this may cause some readers difficulty when printing the manuscript on a black and white printer.
    • Use italics, rather than underlining, to emphasize text.