Theory and Research in Social Education

Statement of Purpose

Theory and Research in Social Education is designed to stimulate and communicate systematic research and thinking in social education. Its purpose is to foster the creation and exchange of ideas and research findings that will expand knowledge and understanding of the purposes, conditions, and effects of schooling and education about society and social relations. Manuscripts reporting conceptual or empirical studies of social education are welcomed.

Submission of Manuscripts

Theory & Research in Social Education receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at: ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via If you have any other requests please contact Wayne Journell, the journal’s editor, at

Specifications for Manuscripts

All material submitted for publication must conform to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. All manuscripts should be sent with an abstract of 100-150 words. Keywords (3 – 7_ should be isted after the abstract. The first text page of the article should have the complete title, but no list of the authors. Subsequent pages should carry only a running head. Subheads should be used at reasonable intervals to break the monotony of lengthy texts. Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelled out at first mention unless found as entries in their abbreviated form in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. Pages should be numbered consecutively. Manuscripts should typically run between 25-35 typed pages. The text of manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (excluding abstract, appendices, notes, reference list, and tables/charts).

Author Identification

The complete title of the manuscript and the name(s) of the author(s) should be typed on a separate sheet to assure anonymity in the review process. The first-named author or the corresponding author should submit a complete address, telephone number and electronic mail address.

Notes and References

Footnotes are explanations or amplifications of textual material. They are distracting to readers and expensive to set and should be avoided whenever possible. When they must occur, they should be typed on a separate sheet and numbered consecutively throughout the manuscript. A reference list contains only those references cited in the text. Their accuracy and completeness are the responsibility of the author(s).

Tables, Figures, and Illustrations

The purpose of tables and figures is to present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. The author should not describe the data in the text in such detail that illustrations or text are redundant. Figures and tables should be keyed to the text. Tables should be typed on a separate sheet and attached at the end of the manuscript. All tables must be formatted as tables. Do not use tabs or spaces to format tables. Figure captions also should be typed on a separate sheet.

Review Process

Manuscripts will be acknowledged by the editor upon receipt. Following preliminary editorial review, manuscripts will be sent to reviewers who have expertise in the subject of the article. The review process takes approximately three months. Authors should expect to hear from the editor within that time regarding the status of their manuscript. Theory and Research in Social Education uses the blind review system. The names of referees are published annually in the fall issue of the journal.

Right to Reply

The right to reply policy encourages comments on recently published articles in Theory and Research in Social Education. They are, of course, subject to the same editorial review and decision. If the comment is accepted for publication, the editor shall inform the author of the original article. If the author submits a reply to the comments, the reply is also subject to editorial review and decision. The editor may allot a specific amount of journal space for the comment (ordinarily about 1,500 words) and for the reply (ordinarily about 750 words). The reply may appear in the same issue as the comment or in a later issue.

Media Reviews

Media reviews are normally solicited, however, unsolicited reviews will be considered for publication. Authors should send a Word version of the review by email to Brooke Blevins at

The length may vary from 500 to 3,500 words. The format for the top of the first page is as follows:

Books: Author (last name first). Date of publication (in parentheses). Title (in italics). City of publication: Publisher, total number of pages, list price (for both hard and softcover, if available). ISBN number.

Films: Producer (last name first), & Director (last name first). Date of production (in parentheses). Title (in italics). If available in DVD, insert [DVD]. Country of Origin: Studio. If available in DVD, ISBN number. Each of the above should be followed by: Reviewer's name (in capital letters), followed by institutional address, complete with postal code.

If you would like a book or film to be considered for review, send the item to: Dr. Brooke Blevins, Book/Media Review Editor, Theory & Research in Social Education, Baylor University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, One Bear Place #97314, Baylor, TX, 76798-7314