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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. A typical paper for this journal should be between 2000 and 6000 words, inclusive of tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


General articles and research manuscripts

All manuscripts must be submitted to or using email ( 

Please note that IDEAL uses a blind review process; therefore, writers must exclude authors’ names, institutions, and clues to the authors’ identities that exist within the manuscript.

Manuscript Criteria

The fitness of a manuscript for publication in IDEAL is carefully reviewed based on each of the dimensions listed below.

  1. Significance/relevance to education
  2. Conceptual framework (connections to relevant constructs in literature)
  3. Methods/ appropriateness to questions, an adequate description of methods (including data collection and analysis), and rigor of methods
  4. Findings/conclusions are data-based
  5. Overall contribution to the field
  6. Writing style/composition/clarity

Manuscript General Format

Title, Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review/Theoretical/Conceptual Framework, Methods, Findings/Results, Discussion, Conclusion/Implications, References, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgements,


For writing and editorial style, authors must follow guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009). Authors should number all text pages.

Abstract and keywords

All research manuscripts for IDEAL must include an abstract and a few keywords. Abstracts describing the essence of the manuscript must be between 150 and 250 words. Authors should select keywords from the menu on the manuscript submission system so that readers may search for the article after it is published.

References and citation

References should be cited both in text and in the references list and should conform to the most recent APA 6th edition style guide.

Tables and Figures

IDEAL requires all tables and figures to conform to the most recent APA style guide.

Professional Editing Services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing and/or translation should contact

More than one author

Notice to Authors of Joint Works (articles with more than one author). This journal uses a contributor agreement that requires just one author (the Corresponding Author) to sign on behalf of all authors. Please identify the Corresponding Author for your work when submitting your manuscript for review to IDEAL.

Conflict of interest

Please provide a conflict of interest statement. If there is no conflict of interest, state that. (It should be placed in a separate section after the conclusion and before the References).


Acknowledgment of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section after the References.


Supplementary material should be collected in an Appendix (after references). 




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