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Writing for The Journal of Adventist Education

The Journal of Adventist Education® is the professional publication for Seventh-day Adventist® teachers and educational administrators, worldwide. Articles submitted for publication should address topics of interest to that group.

The Journal is published five times yearly, with approximately eight articles appearing in each issue. Articles by freelance authors are welcome. The following aspects may be of particular interest to prospective authors:

   Focus and audience
   Preferred topics
   Submission procedures
   Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts
   Guidelines for Submitting Photographs
   Peer Review

Focus and Audience Top

Articles may deal with educational theory or practice, although the Journal seeks to emphasize the practical. Articles dealing with the creative and effective use of methods to enhance teaching skills or learning in the classroom are especially welcome. Whether theoretical or practical, such essays should demonstrate the skillful integration of Seventh-day Adventist faith/values and learning. Clear, sharp, color photographs and appropriate charts and graphs are a welcome adjunct.

Periodically, issues will deal extensively with a single topic or issue. Articles representing various approaches or the in-depth discussion of aspects of the issue will be welcome.

The target audience of an article may be teachers: elementary, secondary, or college/university level; or educational administrators. The Journal's constituency is international, a fact writers should keep in mind as they explore the implications or applications of a given topic. Special attention, where applicable, should be given to the concerns of minorities and students with special needs. Writers should define their target group precisely and address its concerns in a specific manner.

Preferred Topics Top

  • A call for action on some problem (drug use, need for physical activity, lack of computer access, minority graduation rates, violence, sexual harassment, teacher burnout and morale, hazards at school); with suggestions about how to solve it
  • Addressing the needs of students with special needs, learning disabilities, physical handicaps
  • New methods and approaches; applying educational research in the classroom
  • Church projects related to education
  • Classroom climate, interpersonal skills, counseling, discipline
  • New methods and approaches, such as cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, individualized instruction, thematic instruction, etc.
  • Educational administration
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Ideas for professional enrichment, staff development, teacher training
  • Ideas for worships, religious activities
  • Inspirational articles related to the task of the teacher, goals of Adventist® education
  • Integration of faith and learning
  • Issues relating to multigrade and multicultural classrooms
  • Legal issues in schools
  • Marketing, promoting Adventist® education
  • Personal experience or inspirational articles (school-related)
  • Pro and con on a controversial topic
  • Relations with boards, parents, administrators
  • Reports on innovative programs and projects or research on Adventist® education
  • School libraries
  • Service and outreach activities
  • Teaching techniques, innovative and practical methods of presenting specific topics and subjects
  • Testing and assessment
  • Use of technology in the classroom

Submission Procedures Top

Articles by freelance authors are welcome. Please call, fax, or write the Editor, however, before submitting a finished manuscript, to be sure that the topic is usable and that the Journal has not printed anything recently on the same subject.

If the article has already been printed elsewhere, please include information regarding publisher, source, and date of issue.

Manuscripts must be submitted to the Journal through Editorial Manager: The Journal utilizes a process of double-blind peer review so kindly make sure that all personal identification is removed from the manuscript. Details such as your name, employer, and current position will now be collected through the Editorial Manager system as part of the author registration process.

Final manuscripts should be submitted at least six months prior to publication. For additional information feel free to contact the Journal Office:

The Journal of Adventist Education
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600

Phone: (301) 680-5069
Fax: (301) 622-9627

Due to space limitations, accepted articles may not be published immediately. The editorial staff reserve the right to edit all manuscripts as they deem necessary.

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts Top

  • Articles should be six to eight pages long, with a maximum of 10 pages in length, including references/endnotes.
  • Two-part articles will be considered.
  • Material should be double-spaced, using 12-point type, a 70-character line (one-inch margins at top and bottom and right and left), and standard paragraph indention.
  • Subheads should be inserted at appropriate intervals.
  • All articles must be submitted in electronic format. Articles submitted on disk or by e-mail as attached files are welcome. If you submit a CD or thumb drive, be sure to include a printed copy of the article along with the electronic version.
  • Please submit articles in MS Word (.doc, .docx) format. If you are unable to do so, send in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Do not submit articles as .pdf files.
  • Submit graphs, charts, and other graphics in one of the following formats: .pdf, .pps, .eps, .jpg, .tiff.
  • Quotations should be clearly indicated. Please follow the instructions in the Chicago Manual of Style for bibliography and endnotes. Endnotes, in numerical order, should include complete bibliographic information: full name of author, title of work, volume and number if applicable, city of publication, publisher, year of publication (include month[s] if a periodical), and page number(s).
  • Please enclose photocopied pages to verify facts and quotations. The information to be photocopied is as follows: the page(s) on which the fact or quotation occurs, the title page of the book or journal, and copyright information. For electronic references, include the date when the Website was accessed.
  • Authors should obtain permission for reprints of charts, graphs, and photos (see Guidelines for Submitting Photos).

Guidelines for Submitting Photographs Top

  • Photos on all subjects relating to education are welcome. Do not send a large number of photos as e-mail attachments to a single message (the combined size of all attachments to one e-mail should be no more than about 8 megabytes). If you are sending a large number of photos, store them on a CD-ROM and mail it to the Editor’s office. Include your name as part of the photo file name, and include your contact information (name, address, e-mail).
  • To ensure high-quality photos, use the highest setting on your digital camera or smartphone.
  • Submit graphs, charts, and other graphics in one of the following formats: .pdf, .pps, .eps, .jpg, .tiff.
  • All photos must be in the following formats: .jpg or .tiff.
  • Send only high-resolution photos. To reproduce well, photo files should be at least 500 kilobytes; preferably 1-5 megabytes (or larger) in size.
  • Glossy prints are acceptable, also; please indicate if you wish for them to be returned.
  • If you are using a photo-editing program or e-mail program that asks you to select the resolution/size of photos to send, choose “Large,” “Original size,” or “High resolution.”
  • Do not send photos copied/downloaded from the Internet. They usually have too low a resolution to print well and may have copyright restrictions.
  • Before sending any photo, make sure that you are either the owner or have permission from the owner/copyright holder to submit it for publication in the Journal.
  • Do not embed photos in Word files or e-mails. Send as attached files.
  • Bio photos: Please provide a formal photo; wearing professional work or church clothes, with plain background, and only one person in the photo.
  • If you are submitting photos with people in them, contact the for a model release form. All people in every photo must sign this release; for minors, a parental signature is required.
  • Send articles and photos as e-mail attachments to the or mail on a CD-ROM or thumb drive to

    The Journal of Adventist Education
    12501 Old Columbia Pike
    Silver Spring, MD 20904 U.S.A.

Peer Review Top

Most articles printed in the Journal are peer reviewed.

A double-blind process is used for peer review; that is, the editorial staff shields the author’s identity from the peer reviewers, and authors are not told who reviewed their article.

The reviewers evaluate the article on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest score) the following areas:

  • Relevance to Seventh-day Adventist teachers and educational administrators worldwide
  • Use of research, source materials
  • Subject covered adequately and from a defensible viewpoint
  • Author’s conclusions/recommendations (if any) are appropriate and adequate
  • Overall quality of manuscript (writing, clarity, logic, organization)

Then the reviewers are asked to choose from the following options for Overall Recommendations:

  1. Outstanding manuscript, accept
  2. Accept with minor revisions;
  3. Accept with major revisions (please specify)
  4. Inappropriate topic, refer to another journal

  5. Reject.

The reviewers are encouraged to make specific recommendations for revision and are allowed to insert comments and suggestions into the manuscript. They are also asked to suggest illustrations, charts, or other supporting features that would make the article more accessible to readers.

When the peer reviews have been received by the Editor, the evaluations are combined onto one master form, and after review by the Editor and the Journal’s departmental advisor, are shared with the author, along with any comments the reviewers have inserted into the manuscript and the Editor’s recommendations for revising the article.

In cases where the article is part of a theme issue, the coordinator for the issue also reviews the manuscript and makes recommendations regarding revisions to be made.

The author is given time to complete the revisions and resubmit the article.

Remuneration Top

The Journal of Adventist Education® purchases first North American rights for each article it prints, unless other arrangements are made. Authors are paid upon publication of their articles. Amount varies, depending on length and other factors. Authors also receive two copies of the finished magazine in which their article appears, and may purchase additional copies (a discount will be offered on orders of 10 or more copies).

Articles will be posted on the Journal's Website one year after publication, and may be translated and printed in the international edition of the Journal (French, Spanish, and Portuguese), and posted in those languages on the Journal's Website.

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