Research in the Schools: Information for Authors (updated September, 2009)

Statement of Purpose

RESEARCH IN THE SCHOOLS (ISSN 1085-5300) is a nationally/internationally refereed journal co-sponsored by the Mid-South Educational Research Association and Sam Houston State University. The journal publishes original contributions in the following areas: (1) Research in Practice--empirical studies focusing on the results of applied educational research including cross-cultural studies, (2) Topical Articles--scholarly reviews of research, perspectives on the use of research findings, theoretical articles, and related articles, (3) Methods and Techniques--descriptions of technology applications in the classroom, descriptions of innovative teaching strategies in research/measurement/statistics, evaluations of teaching methods, and similar articles of interest to instructors of research-oriented courses, (4) Assessment--empirical studies of norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, and informal tests in the areas of cognitive ability, academic achievement, personality, vocational interests, neuropsychological functioning, and the like, (5) Educational Policy, Reform, and Accountability-empirical studies or conceptual pieces focusing on educational policy, school and educator accountability, politics of education, or educational responses to reform mandates, and (6) Other topics of interest to educational researchers. RESEARCH IN THE SCHOOLS is devoted to research conducted in any educational setting from a conventional elementary school or high school to a training program conducted within an industry. Likewise, there are no age restrictions on the sample, since the educational settings may include preschools, continuing education classes for adults, or adaptive skills courses in nursing homes. Studies conducted in settings such as clinics, hospitals, or prisons are ordinarily inappropriate for RESEARCH IN THE SCHOOLS unless they involve an educational program within such a setting. One goal of RESEARCH IN THE SCHOOLS is to provide a training ground for graduate students to learn effective reviewing techniques. Consequently, the journal utilizes a Graduate Student Editorial Board composed mostly of students in educational psychology and educational research. Members of this Editorial Board, each sponsored by a professor, provide supplementary reviews for a selection of submitted articles, and receive both direct and indirect feedback of the quality of these reviews.

Preparing Manuscripts

Authors should prepare manuscripts in accordance with the stylistic rules and guidelines delineated in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed., 2001), which is available from: Order Department, American Psychological Association, PO Box 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784. Authors should also refer to the guidelines editorial from the Fall 2005 issue of Research in the Schools (Volume 12, Number 2) or at, as well as the guidelines for following APA format addressed in the editorial in the Spring 2007 issue (Volume 14, Number 1). Number the pages consecutively. All manuscripts will be subject to editing for sexist language. All reporting of statistical significance must include estimates of effect size.

Beginning January 1, 2010, authors should prepare manuscripts for submission in accordance with the stylistic rules and guidelines delineated in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009), which is available from: APA Order Department, American Psychological Association, PO Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090-2984 or can be ordered online at

Submission of Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, Co-Editor, RESEARCH IN THE SCHOOLS. Please direct questions via email to  All manuscripts will undergo a rigorous internal review process to ensure that the manuscript is within the scope of RITS, is of sufficient quality, and conforms to APA style guidelines. Only manuscripts that satisfy all of the following requirements will be sent out for external review:

Authors are encouraged to keep an electronic copy of the manuscript to guard against loss. The editorial team will "blind" all manuscripts before sending them for external review.  Review time is 3-4 months.

Copyright and Permissions

Authors are granted permission to reproduce their own articles for personal use. Others must request permission to reproduce tables, figures, or more than 500 words of text from the editors. Copyright © 2009 by the Mid-South Educational Research Association.

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