Arkansas English Journal Pandemic Pedagogy Edition

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Arkansas English Journal
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Arkansas English Journal (AEJ) Call for Manuscripts
Issue Theme: Pandemic Pedagogy
Vol 7.1 (2022)
Manuscript Submission Deadline: March 31, 2022

Types of Manuscripts
The Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA) seeks a variety of submissions based on the issue theme. Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work.

  • Featured Articles: Manuscripts concerned with topics related to the issue theme. ACTELA editors welcome articles on any topic concerning language arts teaching at any level.
  • The Voice of Literature: Teaching with quality literature, mentor texts, or recommendations for the latest or greatest in P-16, young Adult, Intermediate grade, or children's literature.
  • Advocating for ELA - Policy and Professional Networks: This is a forum for teachers, teacher educators and members of professional networks to share updates on professional organization news, participatory spaces for advocacy, and policy issues that affect ELA teachers.
  • Teacher Voices: A special space for ELA teachers to share their classroom stories, their funny days, and their poignant memories of teaching reading and writing. 
  • Try This!: Writing Workshop tips? Revision ideas? Text sets? Literature pairings? What's new that's worked for you in ELA curriculum?
  • Reflections: Writing about our mentors, our major moments of critical learning, or simply sharing a poem written in a moment of crisis, sadness, joy or reflection. This space is for you.

Guidelines for Manuscript Submission
The following guidelines are intended to answer the most common questions associated with preparing and submitting manuscripts.

Manuscripts should be sent by email as an attachment to .  Manuscripts should be double spaced throughout (including quotations, endnotes, and works cited), with standard margins. Word 97 or later is preferred. Authors using Macintosh software should save their work as Word for Windows. Please save copies of anything you submit for publication in the AEJ.

In general, manuscripts for articles should be no more than ten to fifteen double-spaced typed pages in length (approximately 2,500 to 3,750 words).  Items to keep in mind:

  • Do not submit work that has been published elsewhere.
  • Number all pages.
  • Use in-text documentation, following APA 6 guidelines.
  • List your name, address, school affiliation, telephone number, and email address on the title page only, not on the manuscript. Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledge by email.
  • Reflections and Teacher Voices submissions can be less than 10 pages in length. 

Peer-Review Guidelines
What is peer-review? Peer-review is the evaluation of work by one or more people of similar competence to the producers of the work. Peer-review constitutes a form of self-regulation by qualified members of a profession within the relevant field. Peer-review for AEJ means that selected scholarly reviewers in the subject area of English Language Arts will review all articles/materials to be published in AEJ for quality of research and adherence to editorial standards of the journal before articles/materials are accepted for publication. As a researcher and/or educator, if you use articles/materials from peer-reviewed publications you have a confidence level that the articles/materials have been vetted by scholars in the field for quality and importance.

AEJ peer-reviewers are given four weeks to evaluate manuscripts based upon the significance of the piece to our state's ELA educators and clarity of the writing. AEJ peer-reviewers are encouraged to provide evidence for claims and assertions made about the manuscript and provide suggestions for revision; ACTELA strives to follow a peer-review process that is educative for all authors. Additionally, all AEJ peer-reviewers select one of the following recommendations for the manuscript:

  • Accept (accept with minor revisions)
  • Accept Conditionally (accept with necessary revisions)
  • Revise and Resubmit for Review (substantial revisions necessary; resubmit with no guarantee of publication)
  • Decline to Publish (not suitable for this publication)