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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.


Manuscripts should address the following guidelines: 1) be approximately 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) offer specific classroom practices that are grounded in research; 4) be double-spaced with 1-inch margins in 12-point font; and 5) include 100-word abstract and bulleted list of key points; and 6) 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: 1) submit an electronic copy sent via email in a Microsoft Word file to; and 2) 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. Be sure to indicate in the subject line of the email the issue date for which you are submitting (e.g., May 2011 VM). Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email.

            Other correspondence may be sent to that same email address or mailed to:

Voices from the Middle, School of Teacher Education, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182.


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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