RTDE Manuscript Guidelines & Submissions
Manuscripts must be submitted through this online form. Issues with this form may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Manuscripts that detail original research (case studies, ethnographies, statistical treatments) are appropriate submissions. Implications for developmental educators should be clearly described in the research report.
- Manuscripts that address teaching practices, program design or measurement will be considered for publication provided the research and/or theory that inform them are clearly articulated in the manuscript.
- Abstracts of a body of research in pertinent fields (e.g., counseling, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science, etc.) will be considered for publication.
- In addition, the author of an acceptable submission will:
- Email a Microsoft Word document of the manuscript as an attachment or submit electronically through our online form.
- Please do not add any formatting or decorative embellishments to your document (no headers, no footers, no embedded formatting of any kind as this makes the printing process difficult)
- Use APA bibliographic style for all documentation in the manuscript.
- Make clear to the readers why the author is inviting their attention to his/her ideas. The significance of the topic should be explicitly stated and not belabored.
- State the purpose or intention of the manuscript so readers have a clear sense of direction and content.
- Demonstrate that the author is familiar with others' work in the field. Extensive summaries or reviews of research are not necessary; however, references to works and to questions addressed should be included when the references enable readers to understand how the manuscript represents a departure from, or an elaboration or refinement of, other works.
- Limit references to the author's other publications or works in progress. The manuscript should reflect a broad base of research.
- Be as concise as possible. Background information that is not absolutely essential to understanding or documenting the ideas being discussed should not be included in the manuscript.
- Avoid technical language or jargon as much as possible. Vocabulary should be clear and concise. Technical terms should be clearly defined.
- Support conclusions with sufficient evidence.
- Discuss importance of conclusions and the implications for teaching and/or further research.