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Author Guidelines

What to Send
When sending your submission, it is important to note that you must send it in two different files, each containing the following information:

The “blank” Submission: In this copy you are to include the title followed by an abstract of about 100 words describing your submission (abstracts are published separately to help readers choose the articles they wish to read). The body of the work should not exceed 6,000 words in length excluding references. Nowhere in this text can the author(s) name appear, or any related details to their identity (i.e., publications, names of colleagues, schools, etc). Submissions are to adhere to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition). They must also be sent in double-spaced 12 pt format with Times Roman (or similar) font.

Authorship Information: Include in this separate file, a brief autobiography of the author(s) to facilitate a blind review process. Such information as current position, professional affiliation, academic background, and areas of current research interest should be included. Please include your mailing address and e-mail address. A photo of the author (s) may be included.

Manuscripts will be accepted throughout the year and will be published in any of the three issues at the discretion of the editorial staff. There is no remuneration for contributors.

As mentioned above, the referencing style used in the Canadian Journal of Action Research is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition). References should be indicated in the text by giving the author's name followed by the year in parentheses, e.g. '... early research by John So and James So (1975) showed ...'; alternatively this could be shown as '... early research (So & So, 1975) showed ...'. All written quotes should have a page number included in the reference. For example, "Work is love made visible" (Gibran, 1923, p.15). Use p. as the abbreviation for page, not pg.

In-text references, when there are more than one, should be in alphabetical order. For example (Arnold, 1994; Jones and Demp, 1990; Lee, 2001; Smith and Yuan, 1983).

The full references should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the paper using the following style:


Mills, G. E. (2000). Action research: A guide for the teacher researcher. Columbus, OH: Merrill.

Pearsall, J. (Ed.). (2001). New Oxford Dictionary of English. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Journal Article

Miller, H. M. (2002). The SSR handbook: How to organize and manage a Sustained Silent Reading program. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 45(5), 434-435.

Articles in Edited Works

Slee, R. (1991) Institutional approaches to discipline. In M. Lovegrove and R. Lewis, (eds) Classroom Discipline, Melbourne: Longman Cheshire.


D’Oria, T. (2004) How I Improved My Teaching Practice in Grade 9 Boys’ Physical Education to Increase Students’ Participation and Enjoyment. Unpublished Master of Education thesis, Nipissing University.

Unpublished Works

McGaw, B. (1993) Improving education and training research. Unpublished manuscript, Melbourne: Australian Council for Educational Research.

Online Sources

Education Quality and Accountability Office. (2003, October). Ontario secondary school literacy test: Report of provincial results, Highlights. Retrieved November 26, 2004 from


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

Copyrighted material allows the author to quote briefly (up to 100 words) for scholarly purposes from most published materials, providing the source is correctly cited within the manuscript. If the author wishes to use figures, tables, or longer quotations, written permission must be obtained from the writer or publisher to reprint the material. Under such circumstances, the author needs to provide a permission summary with their manuscript submission. Written permissions must also be provided by subjects in any photographs or audio or video segments. If the subjects are children, a signed release from a parent or guardian must be provided for each child visible in the photograph or video segment, or heard on an audio clip.
In addition, although linking to another site does not require permission, replication (such as "screen shots") or description of a site within the manuscript requires permission to be sought from originator of web site, including those created by students, teachers, or schools.




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