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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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Types of Submissions & Guidelines

Book Reviews

  1. Choose a recent book in the field of Early Childhood Education then write a review giving a detailed analysis of the book’s content.
  2. Book review should be in Word format, on 8.5 x 11” paper, having 1 inch margins on all sides, and all pages should be numbered.
  3. Book review should be 5-7 pages, including references. In all cases, reviews will be considered for publication on the basis of the quality of the evaluation and description of the book, relevance and importance of the book to the field.

Dialog from the Field:

  1. A dialog from the field describes innovative practices, reports the practical experience of Head Start staff, or comments on current issues in the fields of developmental psychology, early childhood education, or family development.
  2. Authors are expected to connect their commentary and reports to research in the field and provide critical review of the topics they address.
  3. A brief abstract stating the principal points should be included in your submission. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words.

Research Article

  1. The journal article submission should demonstrate clear thoughts and analyses of the author by choosing words composed in direct, responsible and active syntax.
  2. A brief abstract stating the principal points, overview of findings and recommendations should be included in your submission. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words.
  3. Illustrations/graphics and tables must be properly referenced in the text of the article, and numbered chronologically. Please add them in the same file as the article.
  4. References should be alphabetically listed and cited properly throughout the document. Sources should be properly referenced, indicating the author/s’ name, initials, the title of the source article, journal or book, volume, initial page number and the year of source publication.
  5. Footnotes should be AVOIDED.
  6. Journal submissions for review and publication should be submitted online. Submission of a manuscript is a representation that the paper has not been previously submitted in any publication elsewhere or published in any open literature. It also represents that the author/s have not assigned or transferred copyright for the material.
  7. If the manuscript is accepted, a Word document version should be submitted for copyediting.

Research-to-Practice Summaries

  1. RTP provides practitioners with a summary of the literature review and findings from the research article in a way that is accessible for Head Start practitioners, and provide them with specific tips and suggestions for practice that stem from the study.
  2. Title and running head should be different from the Research Article's.
  3. A brief abstract stating the principal points should be included in your submission. The abstract should be no longer than 150 words.
  4. Research-to-Practice Summaries normally have from 5 to 6 pages when single-spaced (about 1000-2000 words).

Please submit a blinded manuscript, without any details about the authors, and use APA format.

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