Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Empowering Research for Educators

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Empowering Research for Educators.

Formatting Requirements

  • Use APA 6th edition for formatting requirements.
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
  • Write your article in English, though the use of other languages is permitted with associated translations.
  • Submit your tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a separate file.
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.

Submission Types

We accept a variety of submission types within Empowering Research for Educators.


Commentaries are research- and/or evidence-based responses to current issues or strategies in education. The format and length of these submissions may vary, but all should focus on a singular topic or question with the goal of relaying salient information to practitioners thinking about or trying out the concept.

Research Summaries

Rather than full-scope, empirical research studies, the research summaries we seek to publish condense the focus and results of research projects in such a way that is accessible to practitioners, present and future, in education. For instance, the depth of literature review and methodology explanations of a traditional research article would be truncated in a research summary in lieu of focus on the application or implications of findings to practitioners.

Article Reviews

Article reviews in Empowering Research for Educators are focused inquiry into the research that informs a particular topic. Whereas a traditional literature review is lengthy, usually spanning dozens of articles at least, our vision of article reviews involves the author drawing upon and reviewing no more than seven and no less than three articles related to a chosen topic in education. The goal of the review should be to coalesce key findings toward application in education settings.

Book Reviews

This journal accepts unsolicited book reviews. The focus should be on drawing out key concepts from the text and explaining the usefulness of the book to practitioners in education.

Additional Recommendations

Article Length

Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications. We are happy, therefore, to let authors take advantage of this greater "bandwidth" to include material that they might otherwise have to cut to get into a print journal. This said, authors should exercise some discretion with respect to length.


It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. Use APA 6th edition to format reference pages.