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Author Guidelines


Length: Manuscripts should typically not exceed 15 pages, excluding references.

Format: Manuscripts should be written in 12 pt. Times New Roman font and double-spaced throughout, including quotations and reference list, and composed using a recent version of Microsoft Word.

Style: Manuscripts must adhere to the latest edition of APA Style. Authors must ensure that all sources in the reference list are formatted according to APA Style and that all in-text citations for quoted material from print text includes page numbers. Please note: a cover page is not necessary or desired.

Blinding: Manuscripts must be blinded. Names of submitting authors should not appear anywhere in the manuscript. If authors cite their own published work, they must delete their names and other identifying information and place substitute words in brackets, for example [name deleted to maintain integrity of review process] or [Author 1], [Author 2]. This should occur both in the manuscript and the references list. Authors will add self-citation information back into manuscript before submitting the final draft.

Abstract and Keywords: All practitioner pieces, scholarly articles, reflective essays, interviews, conversation pieces, and Kansas-specific articles must include an abstract (no more than 200 words) and a list of keywords.



All manuscripts—except for reviews of young adult literature—should be submitted electronically as an attachment to the Editor of Kansas English at During the academic year, look for a confirmation email from the Editor within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your submission, please resubmit.

In a single email, authors should complete the following tasks:

1. In the subject line, write Kansas English Manuscript Submission.

2. In the body of the email, please include all of the following information:

a. Full names of authors. If there is more than one author, indicate author order (e.g., first author, second author).

b. Affiliation for all authors (e.g., school, university, organization)

c. Email addresses for all authors

d. Type of submission (e.g., practitioner piece, scholarly article, reflective essay); this informs the peer review process.

e. Statement that the article is original, has not been published previously in other journals and/or books, and is not a simultaneous submission.

3. Attach the manuscript as a single attachment, ensuring that all manuscript requirements (see previous page) are met.


Each manuscript receives a blind review by at least two members of the review board, unless the content or length makes it inappropriate for the journal. The review board typically makes a final decision regarding publication within 3-4 months of the posted submission deadline, with the journal published online, and freely accessible to anyone, by August. Submitted manuscripts may be edited for clarity, accuracy, readability, and publication style.

YA Book Review Requirements
YA book reviews should feature books published within the past five years and be 300-500 words in length. Reviews should include (1) a relevant and catchy title, (2) the book’s year of publication and author, (3) textual information (e.g., character, conflict, plot, setting, theme), (4) how/why the book will appeal to middle/high school readers, (5) how the book could be included in a course curriculum, (6) possible challenges that might arise from teaching the book, and (7) a description of what you like best about the book.
Submission Process for YA Book Reviews
Email your review as a Microsoft Word document attachment to the Kansas English YA Book Review Editor John Franklin at In the subject line write: Kansas English Book Review submission. In a separate attachment, include: your name, your affiliation (school), a brief biography (no more than 150 words), and a statement that this review is original, unpublished and is not being submitted elsewhere. During the academic year, look for a confirmation email from the YA Book Review Editor within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your submission, please resubmit.