WAESOL Educator Article Submission

Thank you for your interest in submitting an article to WAESOL Educator.  If you have questions, please contact us at editor@waesol.org.
Winter 2022 issue deadline: November 15, 2021

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Submission Guidelines: Questions and Answers
What kinds of articles is WAESOL Educator looking for?
  • From the Classroom: Teaching Reflections and Teaching Tips  These articles focus on well-grounded practices, materials, and methods that lead to successful language acquisition. We encourage you to share lessons that support learners’ growth, projects that can lead to more critical thinking, methods that have changed the way you do what you do, or insights into teaching and learning that have helped you. We all learn from the evolving practices of our peers. Submit an article of 1,000-1,500 words* (excluding references and summary) will most likely include descriptions of your teaching context, the population, objectives, materials used, different stages, and the outcomes. Include images, original materials, or open-access web resources if possible. (Limit references to fewer than seven. All references should be cited in the text.)
  • Scholar-Practitioner Articles in this category focus on investigations into the teaching-learning cycle and research that informs the practice of language teaching. How has the latest research in our field affected the way you teach? Submit an article of 1,500-1,800 words* (excluding references and summary) in an accessible, but clearly academic style that blends a research focus with a practice-oriented lens. (Limit references to fewer than twelve. All references should be cited in the text.) 
    • *Word limits may be extended if absolutely necessary, but not without prior approval from the Editor.
  • Book and Article Reviews Describe thought-provoking texts or compelling articles that we should know more about by writing a summary and a short reflection. Reviews should be 500-700 words.
  • ELT Resources Review Recommend apps, websites, textbooks, materials, or any other beneficial resource to the greater WAESOL community.  Write a summary of the resource in 300-700 words describing its purpose, how you have used it, and why you believe it might be useful to other professionals. Limit references to three or fewer. All references should be cited in the text.
  • Conference Reviews and Professional Development Share insights about a recent conference or inspiring session you have attended; tell us about a stimulating course you organized or took part in; share valuable professional experiences with the rest of the community by describing it in 800-1,000 words.
  • School, Learner, or Teacher Profiles We all benefit from learning about the variety of contexts that our peers experience. In 500–1,000 words, profile a colleague, a school or school program, or a student or group of students. In this category, we welcome an informal, open tone to make it easier for members to get to know others in our wider community. Include related images and links to help members connect or follow the person/institution featured.
  • Calendar If you know of any regional professional development opportunities (courses, conferences, seminars, etc), please let us know by writing a short description with time, place, cost, and other relevant details to editor@waesol.org.
How do I send my article?

To submit your article, please send three files to editor@waesol.org:

  1. your article
    • Prepare an article in an accessible academic style using a Word document in Times New Roman, font size 12, double spaced, with a one-inch margin. At the top of the first page write your name followed by the title of the article, which category it is intended for (‘From the Classroom’, ‘Scholar-Practitioner’, etc), the word count, and a very short summary of the article with up to 4-9 keywords highlighted. (Note that this summary should not be included in your total word count for the article.) Here’s an example.
    • Include in-text citations and references in APA style.
    • If appropriate, indicate where in the text any photos, graphics, or images should appear by adding, in square brackets, [Editor: Insert Figure/Table/Image 1 here.]. You may insert these in the article itself, but you must also include them in the third file, explained below.
    • Name this Word document Familyname(s) Full title of article
  2. your photo and bio
    • Send a recent, good quality (about 300 dpi) photo of the author(s) in standard jpg, gif, or png format inserted into a Word document. (All photos must be original or have a CC BY license.) Add alt text to your photo (eg A photo of the author, Jane Doe).
    • In the same document, write a short (100-150 words) biographical note (written in the third person) of the author(s).
      • For more than one author, please continue to limit the total to 150 words. (If, for example, there are two authors, then a maximum of 75 words per author; if three, then 50 words per author; etc.)
      • Include your full name as you would like it to appear in the byline and conclude the bio with “You may contact her/him/them at” and your preferred email address.
    • Name this Word document Familyname(s) Photo Bio.
  3. figures/tables/graphs/images
    • If applicable, send a separate file with any tables, images, graphs, or figures that you wish to be inserted in your article.
    • All tables, charts, images, etc. must be original to the author, have a CC BY license, or have permission granted by the original author. Images must be of good quality (about 300 dpi).
    • Clearly label each with 3 items: 1. the type, 2. the number, and 3. the title (e.g. Table 2 Number of students by age group or Figure 1 Students self-rated enjoyment of core subjects).
    • Insert them into a Word document. (It is very important that the images be of good quality. Search for an online dpi converter to increase the quality if necessary.)
    • Add alt text to every figure, table, graph, or image you send. This is a very short description for a person who is blind.
    • Name this Word document Familyname(s) Figure# – #.

Submit your article + photo and bio (+ figures/tables/graphs/images if applicable) as attached Word files to editor@waesol.org. In the subject line of the email, write “WAESOL Educator submission + your family name.”

Is there a checklist I can use to streamline this process?

Here is a Checklist for Submissions.

How do I know if my article has been accepted for publishing?

You will receive a confirmation email from the editor upon receipt of your submission. Following the article submission deadline, your submission will be made anonymous and sent to two peer reviewers who will review it and return it to us. The Editorial Board will make a final determination about publishing. In most cases, you will be notified within three weeks after the deadline whether or not your article has been accepted. The two anonymous reviews will be returned to authors who may choose to revise their article based on the comments and suggestions of the peer reviewers.

Will my article be edited?

Your submission should be in its final form. In some cases, we may suggest you rewrite some parts of your work and re-submit it at a later date. If your article is accepted, we may work with you to make minor edits to ensure the quality of the publication. 

How often can I submit an article?

You may submit articles as often as you wish, but we may limit authors to one submission per volume.

Can I submit to more than one journal at a time?

Submissions must not have been previously published and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Who do I talk to if I have questions?

If you have any questions, suggestions, or other submission ideas, please contact editor@waesol.org.

How do I become a peer reviewer for WAESOL Educator?

Peer reviewers for our journal receive between one and three anonymous articles to review for content on the day after the final deadline. Readers have 10 days to comment on the articles and return them to the editor. If you would like to learn more about becoming a peer reviewer, please contact editor@waesol.org.

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your submission!

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