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Voices from the Middle Submission Guidelines

Voices from the Middle (VM) is the peer-reviewed journal of the Middle Level Section of the National Council of Teachers of English. VM publishes original contributions by middle level teachers, students, teacher educators, and researchers in response to specific themes that focus on our discipline, our teaching, and our students.  VM offers middle level teachers innovative and practical ideas for classroom use that are rooted in current research; this is a journal for teachers by teachers.

Editors through the May 2016 issue are Douglas Fisher, Diane Lapp, and Nancy Frey, all of San Diego State University. Questions regarding articles submitted before May 1, 2015, should be directed to this team at


The incoming editors (first issue: September 2016, Volume 24), who are now receiving and assessing submissions, are Sara Kajder (University of Georgia) and Shelbie Witte (Oklahoma State University). Questions for them should go to


Manuscripts should address the following guidelines: 1) be a minimum of 1,250 and a maximum of 2,000 words and, when appropriate, include high-resolution (300 dpi) files—as tiff, jpg, or pdf—of student work, photographs of students working, charts, diagrams, or other visuals; 2) address the theme listed in the call for manuscripts for that issue; 3) be double spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point font; 4) include 100-word abstract and bulleted list of key points; and 5) follow the current edition of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association—please do not include an abstract, footnotes, endnotes, or author identification within the body of the text. Should a manuscript contain excerpts from previously published sources that require a reprint fee, the fee payment is the responsibility of the author.


To submit a manuscript: All manuscripts should be submitted electronically. Please register as an author at our Web-based manuscript submission and review system, Editorial Manager. Once logged in to the system, follow the instructions to upload your submission. Be sure to indicate in the comments section the issue date for which you are submitting (e.g., September 2016). Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email. NOTE: The review process will begin once the submission deadline has passed.


Consent/permission forms: All authors should submit a completed, signed Consent-to-Publish form. If you use student work or photos of students in your manuscript, please include the appropriate Student Consent-to-Publish form(s) completed by the student's parent/guardian. f you reprint previously published, copyrighted material, secure the necessary permission using the Permission form. When you have completed the forms, please scan and upload each as a Submission Item OR mail the completed forms to the Voices editorial office.


Manuscript review: Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by at least two members of the VM editorial review board.

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