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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.
  • The submission meets word length requirements for the manuscript type, which includes article text, references, tables, and figures.
  • The submission indicates that the Institutional Review Board (IRB) human subjects approval was secured, or explains why it was not required.
  • The submission includes a maximum of four tables and figures uploaded as separate files, if applicable.
  • The submission adheres to word count and APA 7 stylistic and bibliographic requirements.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • All identifying information has been removed from all documents and file names.

Author Guidelines

Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th Edition, including title page (without author names), abstract, keywords, in-text citations, pagination, headings, tables, figures, and reference list. Article text, references, tables, and figures are included in the word count. View a short overview of notable changes from APA 6 to APA 7.

Authors are encouraged to carefully review JSARD's aims & scope and submit work that marks a new and demonstratively significant advancement to the field. Authors are also encouraged to review the peer review process used to evaluate manuscripts, which includes a double-blind review.

The following information will guide authors as they make a submission in the online system. You may begin your submission and return to edit it anytime until you decide to finalize the submission by clicking on the Finish Submission button. You may wish to review the visual, step-by-step guide on Submitting an Article.

JSARD is an open access journal. There are no fees to individual authors, and authors are allowed to self-archive their work. Read our full Statement on Open Access.

Manuscript Types

Research Articles

Research articles present original research conducted by the authors on topics listed below.  Along with an abstract, these articles should include a form of the following sections: introduction, review of literature, methods, results, discussion, implications, and conclusions.  The organization and development of each section may depend upon the methodology of the study.  Research articles should be no longer than 6,000 words, including all figures, tables, and references.

Literature Reviews

Literature reviews explore, integrate, and/or synthesize significant literature within the scope of this journal.   Reviews should include an abstract, an introduction, and headings as required.  They should be no longer than 4,000 words, including all figures, tables, and references.

Best Practice Articles

Best practice articles are research-based articles that describe current best practices in the field; present new educational ideas; or analyze educational programs, practice, or theory.   Best practices/essays should include an abstract, an introduction, and headings as required.  They should be no longer than 4,000 words, including all figures, tables, and references.

Essays and Commentaries

Essays and commentaries include professional commentary on current educational practices, policy, theory or reforms. They should be no longer than 2,000 words, including references and a maximum of two figures or tables.

Special Issue

Occasionally, JSARD publishes a special issue on a compelling topic within the field of educational leadership. For guidelines and other details, see the Call for Papers or contact the editor at

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