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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 opens as a Word Document.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. Please ensure that the DOI URLs are used, and not a restricted link (e.g. University Library Website).
  • The text is single-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. Also ensure that figures and tables are referenced in the text (e.g. "See Table 1", "Table 1 shows...")
  • 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.
  • For Tables, Figures, and References, please ensure that all URLs fit on one line.
  • Accessibility for Text Documents:
    (1) Please make sure that article submissions are in Microsoft Word rather than in PDF.
    (2) When including in-text hyperlinks, ensure all links include meaningful text that indicates where users will be directed (“resource list for teachers,” as opposed to “click here”).
    (3) When including submissions with significant length text (more than a few paragraphs or so), include headings. Headings allow screen readers and other assistive technology to identify and navigate to sections of a document (See: )
    (4) Format lists so they are accessible to assistive technology users (See: )
    (5) Use the automated accessibility checker to help you check for issues. (See: )
    (6) Hyperlink the title of the source in the reference list as well as providing the url. This allows you to create the title as meaningful link text for users with disabilities who need this, as well as to provide the url for good reason.
    (7) Use the “list” feature in Word to make each item in the bibliography a list item. Choose the option not to display bullets for the list. (Not using the list feature for lists disadvantages some assistive technology users.)
  • Accessibility for Multimedia Elements:
    (1) When including images, provide brief alternate-text (to be used for alt tags) that describes each visual being presented. The maximum recommended for screen readers is 125 characters.
    (2) For complex images such as flow charts, graphs, or other visualizations, please provide a caption in your document that fully describes the image.
    (3) For numerical data visualizations, provide the complete data set as an appendix to your document. (See: )
    (4) Please embed images in the document, and include web-resolution original images as .jpgs in a compressed .zip file.
    (5) Videos must be fully captioned and hosted as publicly visible or unlisted videos on YouTube, Vimeo, or When including video media, ensure audio description is available for visual content necessary to understand the video (e.g. a video of a talking head giving a lecture typically would not need an audio description). Audio descriptions are necessary for video projects that rely on visual rather than audible information. Where appropriate, you may provide an alternative audio-described video version for people who have visual disabilities (See for more information about audio description and examples of audio-described videos can be found on ).
    (6) When including audio or video media, provide a link to the recording, hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or along with a full transcript of the spoken text and descriptions of any unspoken sounds as a separate Word document labeled transcript.
    (7) Flash files will not be accepted because support for the platform will be discontinued in the near future.

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