Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Australian Journal of Teacher Education provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer). Authors are limited to two submissions in an 18 month period.

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General Submission Rules

The Journal is interested in publishing papers relating to both K-12 and tertiary education. Those that address issues such as, but not limited to, proposals for or descriptions of: • developments in the purpose, structure and methodology of teacher education; • general social, ideological or political issues relating to teacher education; or • curriculum issues, curriculum integration or implementation; are particularly acceptable welcome. However, the Journal is reasonably flexible it its definition of teacher education. Please contact the editor to discuss intended submissions if you are unsure as to their suitability. Authors for whom English is a second language may wish to engage a commercial academic editor to revise their paper for academic English style and usage. A Google search of ‘academic editorial services’ will produce a list of Australian and other providers. The fact that a paper has been professionally edited for academic English does not guarantee its publication in the Journal but does assist reviewers to understand its content.

The recommended word count for submissions is approximately 6000-8000.

The Australian Journal of Teacher Education is blind, peer reviewed by a minimum of two members of the Editorial Board.

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Formatting Requirements

Australian Journal of Teacher Education has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See below for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

  • Capitalized (all words except for short connectives should start with a capital letter);
  • Centered between the margins
  • Serif typeface (e.g. Times or Times New Roman);
  • 14 point
  • Bold font; and
  • No title page.
Name and affiliation of each author
  • Leave 2 blank lines after title;
  • Write name and institution of each author on separate lines,
  • Include country if not Australian institution;
  • Centered;
  • Serif typeface (e.g. Times or Times New Roman);
  • 12 point;
  • Not bold or italics;
  • Leave 2 blank lines after the last author; and
  • No acknowledgements here.
  • Leave 2 blank lines after name and affiliation of each author;
  • 75-150 words in length;
  • Indent 2 cm from left and right margins;
  • Start the abstract with the sequence "Abstract:" (without the quotes);
  • No line break after "Abstract:";
  • 12 point italic text; and
  • Leave 2 lines after abstract.
  • The body of the paper should begin immediately after the title, author text and abstract.
  • Serif font (e.g. Times or Times New Roman);
  • 12 point;
  • Indent the start of each paragraph one tab;
  • Single line spacing for normal text;
  • Bold type and underlining should be avoided;
  • Left justified so that the right margin is ragged; and
  • All text should be single-spaced
  • Separate footnotes from the preceding main text by a line from the left to the centre of the page.
  • Start the footnote with the sequence "[n]", where n is the unique number of that footnote (unique means that this number can only appear once on a page); and
  • 9 point font.
  • Serif font (e.g. Times or Times New Roman);
  • Leave 2 lines above and 1 line below the headings;
  • If a heading is directly followed by a lower level heading then the 2 blank lines before the lower level heading should be omitted;
  • All headings should be capitalized (i.e. all words except for short connectives should have a capital initial);
  • All (except title) headings should be left-justified; and
  • Heading levels:
    • Title: centered, 14 point, bold
    • 1st-level heading: left-justified, 12 point, bold
    • 2nd-level heading: left-justified, 10 point, bold
    • 3rd-level heading: left-justified, 10 point, bold, italic
  • Start with first (not title heading) level header: "References".
  • Optional
  • Appear at the end of the article after References.
  • Start the acknowledgements section with the sequence "Acknowledgements" in 12 point, left justified, followed by a single blank line.
Figures and Tables
  • Centered;
  • One blank line above
  • Insert the text "Figure n: description" or "Table n: description" after figure or table (n is a unique number);
  • 10 point font;
  • Bold; and
  • One blank line below
  • Please insert Table or Figure at correct place in text - do not use “Place Table n here” in text with the Table at the end of the text.
In text references
  • Quote only when it is said better in the quote than can be said in your own words;
  • Place quotes within parentheses, in normal text style, if 40 words or less;
  • Insert the sequence "(Name, year, page number)" (without the quotes) into the running text for a citation to a literature reference;
  • Indent 2cm from each margin, without parentheses, single spaced, for 40 words or more. The page number for this reference is placed at the end of the quote;
  • Name is the second name of the author and year is the year of printing.
  • A citation to several authors is allowed. In this case the single authors must be delimited either by commas or the word "&". The phrase "et al." is also valid if authors are listed in full, first time;
  • Year should be written in long form (i.e. 1992). Use a lower case literal, if you refer to more than one article of an author of the same year (ie 1992a). The word "see" and the brackets around the year are optional;
  • Insert the sequence "(Fig. n)" (without the quotes) into the running text to refer to a Figure contained in the current document;
  • Insert the sequence "(Tab. n)" (without the quotes) into the running text for a markup to a table contained in the current document; and
  • For a reference to a footnote, use the form [n], where n is the unique number of the footnote [see Footnotes]. Please note that footnotes should only be used when unavoidable.
End text references (Reference list)
  • Every Reference must start with the sequence "Name (Year)." (without the quotes). Name and year must match the citation in the running text [see Citations];
  • The single information fields of a Reference (Author1, Author2, Title...) should be divided by commas or semicolons; and
  • Use APA style when referencing a book or journal article making sure to precede the reference with the bracketed information described above.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Authors retain copyright for their paper but should seek permission from the Journal to republish the article elsewhere or in another form. The following do not require permission:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an permission, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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