Guidelines for Authors
The William & Mary Educational Review (WMER) accepts contributions from graduate students, practitioners, teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, researchers, scholars, policy makers, and informed observers in education and related fields. In addition to original reports of research and theory, WMER welcomes articles that reflect on teaching and practice in educational settings in the United States and abroad.
WMER has a two-stage review process. In the first stage, all manuscripts that are submitted go through an initial screening process and are read by a minimum of two Editorial Board members. During the second stage, manuscripts are double-blind evaluated by reviewers with a range of experiences, disciplines, and areas of focus. Each cohort of reviewers reads, scores, and provides commentary on each submission independently, and then meets to discuss their responses and make a collective decision regarding your manuscript. Lead reviewers will then compile a detailed letter outlining any potential needed revisions and a decision regarding your manuscript.
It is the policy of WMER to consider for publication only manuscripts that are not simultaneously being considered elsewhere. Similarly, it is journal practice not to publish manuscripts that are currently available online or in print. To this end, WMER requires that authors remove manuscripts from publicly available Web sites before submission.
Please follow the following guidelines in preparing a manuscript for submission.
Types of Articles
Manuscripts reporting original research related to education should include: background and context and/or theoretical/conceptual framework, literature review, methods, findings and analysis, and discussion sections. The literature review should be relevant to the research topic and findings. All methodologies need to be clearly described and should match the research questions or stated purpose of the manuscript. The findings should be clear, and the arguments set forth should emerge from the analysis of the data presented in the manuscript. Accepted manuscripts typically include clear implications of the research.
An essay should have a well-developed argument that answers a particular question or several related questions. This argument may engage with previous work and may take on a subjective point of view. Essays should include reasoning, evidence, and examples to support the author’s thesis. They may also take other forms, including expository or narrative manuscripts.
Expressions: Reflective Accounts of Education [Wren’s Nest]
WMER recognizes the value of experiential knowledge and is committed to featuring the voices of people engaged in various educational activities around the world. We welcome reflective pieces written by students, teachers, parents, community members, and others involved in education whose perspectives can inform policy, practice, and/or research. The power of Expressions: Reflective Accounts of Education articles rests primarily in the voice of the author(s) and its rich grounding in practice, which may be informed by theory and research. Submissions generally contain a detailed narrative that weaves together ideas, situations, and experiences and highlights key learnings.
Occasionally, WMER will have a special section which welcomes submissions in addition to the above categories. If your manuscript does not correspond to any of the above categories, please select this option. On submission, you will be asked to provide a statement of up to 100 words that describes the nature of your manuscript.
Significance and Impact
Manuscripts should focus on questions relevant to the field of education. These questions should be pointed and should also have implications for broader educational problems, nationally and/or globally. Manuscripts should contribute to the work of stakeholders seeking to address educational challenges and should explicitly state their contributions, whether theoretical or practical, in order to identify the populations that would most benefit from its publication, such as teachers, policy makers, or students.
Advancement of the Field
The manuscript should push existing theory in a new direction and/or extend, fill a gap in, or bring a new perspective to current literature.
Clarity and Style
Manuscripts must be well written in clear, concise language and be free of technical jargon. As a generalist journal, WMER strives for all articles to be widely accessible to nonexperts. Previously published WMER articles can serve as examples of the style of writing appropriate for the audience, please see issues 1-7 at https://scholarworks.wm.edu/wmer/. The editors understand that the specific organization of a manuscript may differ according to discipline and the author’s aesthetic.
Authors should indicate whether they are submitting their manuscript as a research article, conceptual paper, essay, feature, expression: reflective accounts of education article, an essay review, or a book review.
WMER accepts manuscripts of up to 5,000 words, including abstract, appendixes, and references, and reserves the right to return any manuscript that exceeds that length. All text must be double-spaced. Type size must be at least 12 point with 1-inch margins on all sides, and paper size should be set to 8.5 x 11, even if printed on A4 paper.
Authors should refer to the (7th) edition of the Publication of the American Psychological Association, (APA) for general questions of style, grammar, punctuation, usage, and form – any manuscript not utilizing APA formatting will be returned to the author(s) without review.
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of six keywords, based on the ERIC list of index descriptors (see https://eric.ed.gov/). Authors may choose to include one or two “free” keywords not included on the ERIC list of descriptors if they wish to do so. These keywords will be used for indexing and to improve searchability