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WFATE Journal Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines and Template Information

The WFATE Journal is an electronic educational research and development journal. All articles are peer-reviewed. We publish articles focusing on empirically driven research in major areas of education, carefully developed issue analyses, and clearly focused development articles.

To be reviewed, manuscripts must conform to the following guidelines. The WFATE Journal does not have a copy editor. Thus, authors are responsible for ensuring that their submissions meet the following criteria. Since the journal is an electronic journal, special formatting guidelines must be followed in order to ensure the readability of the paper by reviewers using a wide range of word-processing software. Also, the guidelines below and in the template ensure the accurate rendering of the article on our Web site, irrespective of readers' platforms and systems, should it be accepted for publication.

You may choose to use the template information below. Turn off ALL auto-formatting before you begin preparing your manuscript. If you are planning to send us a manuscript prepared outside of the template (e.g., one that had been sent to another publication outlet first), then you may have to "correct" your manuscript for several auto-formats that we will not accept (these are detailed below). To find some of them, use the "View Hidden Characters" command in MS-Word. This will reveal many tabs, extra spaces, and other formats. You will still have to scan your paper for other formats that are not in keeping with submission guidelines.

  1. Please give the document file a short name. We prefer "lastnameWFATE.doc" (e.g., "troyerWFATE.doc").
  2. Set up the page size for 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper size (US Letter) with one-inch margins on all sides . All pages must be in portrait layout. Do not use a landscape layout for any pages.
  3. TITLE (14-PT TIMES OR TIMES NEW ROMAN FONT, ALL BOLD, JUSTIFY LEFT) and include: AuthorFirst AuthorLast, Affiliation
    • Abstract body in Italic 12-point Times New Roman or Times Font.
    • Use a new page and repeat title.
    • All paragraphs are single-spaced, justified-left only, with a single blank line between paragraphs and between headers and paragraphs.
    • Use only 12-point Times or Times New Roman font.
    • Do not use any symbols (spell out symbols such as "Chi-square").
    • Do not use super- or sub-scripts.
    • Do not insert page-breaks or section-breaks. Let the text flow naturally.
    • Do not insert headers or footers (this includes page numbers).
    • Do not use auto-numbering or auto-bulleting.
    • Do not use tabs or multiple spaces to place text in a particular position on a page.
    • Do not indent any text (see above, all text is justified left only).
    • All non-proprietary stimulus materials, instruments, and questionnaires must be included (usually in an appendix, following the REFERENCES section).
    • Use American Psychological Aassociation format for in-text citation styles (author last name and year of publication in text, with a "REFERENCES" section at the end of the paper).


Frequently Asked Questions:

Why not use MS-Word styles and auto-formatted text?
Because these features of MS-Word do not translate well to HTML and do not display in a reliable manner across different platforms, systems, browsers, and browser versions. In addition, they unnecessarily inflate the size of the files.

What about Tables?
You can use the MS-Word Table Editor (i.e., "Insert --> Table" function in Word, from the "Table" menu). Do not, however, merge cells to remove blank cells. It is hard to predict how the translator will handle merged cells and your table rows and columns may end up misaligned. Place your tables in the text immediately following the paragraph in which they are first mentioned.

What about Figures?
They are rarely necessary and we discourage authors from including them because they tend to take up unnecessary space. Usually the elements of a figure can be explained through text and tables. if you need to use figures, please ensure that they are in .wpg format.

What about Footnotes?
If the information is important, it belongs in the text. In the event that notes are warranted, use endnotes. Indicate the note number in a square bracket in the text (e.g., [1]). Add an ENDNOTES section as indicated below, with the added information.



[1] Use these only if they are truly necessary!


This is where you might place a questionnaire.


This is where you might place a correlation matrix.


This is the place to acknowledge entities who helped you with your work: Individuals, institutions, or funding agencies


This is where you can put a few lines of information about yourself. Include your e-mail address. Do not include a postal mail address. For example:

Kelly Jones is an Assistant Professor of Education at Ashland University. Professor Jones conducts research on the curriculum. E-mail is: