Dr. Fenwick W. English
R. Wendell Eaves Distinguished Professor of Educational LeadershipThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1.
Study the publication to which you desire to submit your manuscript.2.
Don’t submit manuscripts blindly without knowing what that journal usuallypublishes.3.
Know something about the journal’s reviewers, their backgrounds, andscholarship.4.
Don’t be sloppy. Before submitting your manuscript be sure it adheres to all thestipulations and standards outlined for that journal.5.
Some journals are for primarily an academic audience. Others are forpractitioners. They are different. Standards of evidence are different.6.
All journals are not the same. Know the differences.
Dr. Jeanne Marcum Gerlach
Associate Vice President for K-16 and DeanCollege of EducationThe University of Texas at Arlington1.
Be sure to narrow your focus for the article. One article cannot reportsubstantively on five or six questions.2.
The author should have a clear theoretical framework to support the study.3.
The author should review relevant literature to support the study.4.
Be sure to define and operationalize key terms.5.
The author should provide a rational for the study itself, not just the methodologyused in the work.6.
Be sure to provide a theoretical framework which will guide the interpretation of the data garnered for the study.7.
Be careful not to confuse quantitative research terminology with qualitativeresearch terminology.8.
The author should give a rationale for the population being studied.