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Author Guidelines

The chapter you are preparing will be one of 10 to 12 chapters in the yearbook volume for which you have been asked to write. You should be working with the editor of the volume to ensure that your chapter is proceeding according to plan.

The Audience

You should assume that the readers of this book will be people with a strong interest in the field of education. Most of them, however, will not be specialists in the field with which your chapter deals. In your writing, strive for clarity for such a general audience. Keep the reader in mind as you write. Your chapter is most likely to be well received if it is free from jargon that may not be understood by the general reader, and if you define any technical terms and concepts that you use.

Yearbook chapters should be contextualized as much and as appropriately as possible. An important element of the mission of the yearbooks is to provide a foundational perspective, examining educational issues in their philosophical, sociological, historical, psychological, and other foundational contexts.


Your manuscript should be double-spaced, in APA style. When submitting your chapter to the editor, please include a brief outline of the chapter showing headings for major subdivisions. The editorial office needs this information when preparing the chapter for publication so that we can be confident that our rank ordering of headings is what you intend. Also, attach a cover sheet to your manuscript giving your name exactly as you wish it to appear in the publication, your position at the institution with which you are affiliated, your address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. We need to know how to get in touch with you promptly in case an issue arises as the manuscript is reviewed and is being prepared for publication.

Keep the overall length of your chapter in mind as you write.  About 25 manuscript pages translate into roughly 16-17 yearbook pages. As our volumes are limited to 300 pages, please be sure to work carefully with your editor to manage the length of your chapter.


All chapters of a volume must be in APA style.


You should feel free to refer to materials published elsewhere when such references will enhance what you have to say about your topic. We do not use footnotes at the bottom of each page. Instead, we place all notes at the end of the chapter. Endnotes must be used sparingly, although we do not wish to discourage their use in situations where careful scholarship requires appropriate documentation. Because notes are primarily seen as a service to readers, they must be accurate and complete if they are to be helpful.


The style used for references should be APA. In citing a book, give the full title and subtitle, place and year of publication, and publisher. When citing a journal article, give the title of the journal, volume number, year of publication, and inclusive pages. If the citation is for a quotation, please be sure that the page number on which the quotation is found is given and that every part of the quotation is accurate. For electronic resources, please be sure to include the title, the name of the web page, and the retrieval date as well as the URL. Please be sure to double-check that every cited reference is included in your bibliography.

Tables, Figures, Charts

These should be on separate pages, camera-ready, with an indication in your manuscript of where you want them to appear.


Secure permission from publishers to (a) include a quote of more than 150 words, and (b) use figures or tables previously published elsewhere. For your protection and ours, attach to your manuscript any documents giving such permission.

Submissions of Final Versions of Chapters

Please send the final draft of your chapter in electronic form to your volume editor. Consult with your editor to determine if s/he is using the online submission system or prefers to receive your chapter as an e-mail attachment.

Timelines and Review Process

Your careful observation of the deadlines communicated by your volume editor will help us get this book out by the announced publication date. Please note that your editor, external reviewers, and the editorial office will review your chapter. The editorial office, as sponsor and publisher of these yearbooks, maintains the right of final acceptance of all chapters and volumes it publishes.


Teachers College retains copyright of the materials it publishes, and editors will provide you with a copyright form to sign and return.

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