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Voices from the Middle Submission Guidelines - Previous Revision


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 on all facets of language arts learning, teaching, and research focusing on young adolescents. VM offers middle level educators a practical guide to best practices in middle schools.


Voices from the Middle follows specific submission guidelines. Articles should:

  • be approximately 3,500 words and, when appropriate, include photocopied (originals will be requested upon acceptance) samples of students’ work, photographs of students working, charts, diagrams, or other visuals (work submitted by students may be of any length up to 3,500 words);
  • address the theme listed in the call for manuscripts for that issue; 
  • offer specific classroom practices that are grounded in research; 
  • be double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point font; 
  • include 100-word abstract and bulleted list of key points; 
  • 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.
  • identify any excerpts from previously published sources; should their use require a reprint fee, the fee payment is the responsibility of the author.


To submit a manuscript: 

  • submit three copies of your manuscript* along with an electronic copy sent via email in a Microsoft Word file to Voices from the Middle Editorial Office, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, TX 78249,
  • attach a cover letter that includes your name, affiliation, home and work addresses and telephone numbers, fax number, email address, and issue for which you are submitting. Your name should not appear anywhere in the text.
  • make sure that when sending an electronic submission, you indicate in the subject line of the email the issue date for which you are submitting (e.g., May 2008 VM).

*Authors outside of the United States and Canada may forego submission of hard copies of manuscripts in favor of electronic submission only. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledge by email.



Manuscript review: Manuscripts are reviewed anonymously by at least two members of the VM editorial review board. All submissions are acted upon as soon as possible. Usually decisions are made within three months.

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