Author and Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit?

The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis is committed to providing space for emerging scholars, educators, and activists to engage in open, socially-just dialogue. As such, anyone can submit an article for one of the Journal’s special issues. We encourage submissions from graduate students, faculty members, practitioners, activists, etc. Our reviewers provide developmental feedback that is meaningful for the manuscript and for the author(s).

Submission Instructions

The BePress submission system offers step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the process. Be prepared to input the following information into the provided text fields:

  • Author name(s), email(s), and institution(s)
  • Article title
  • Abstract (200 words or less)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Article type
  • Keywords

Submissions should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages, including references, tables, and figures.

Style Guide

The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis is not an open call journal - manuscripts must adhere to the theme of the journal’s call for papers. Submissions should be clear, concise, and well-organized. The most recent edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) style guide should be followed for formatting, references, and citations. When preparing a manuscript for initial submission, authors should follow the instructions below:

  • Submissions should be in Microsoft Word (.docx) format.
  • Use 12-point Times New Roman Font, one-inch margins, and double-space all text, including references and block quotes. See the most recent APA style guide for proper formatting of headings, titles, references, and in-text citations. Indent paragraphs using the tab key rather than user-defined margins.
  • Include an abstract (200 words or less) on the first page of the manuscript. All tables and figures should be located at the end of the manuscript – table and figure placement will be determined by the copy editor. Please include one table or figure per page.
  • Avoid footnotes when possible. See APA guidelines for footnote usage.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and quotations. Authors should make sure they are correct, in substance and style.
  • Language is a powerful tool. Authors are reminded to use words that cannot be read as biased, oppressive, or offensive by reasonable people. For example, avoid the use of the term “subject.” Use more specific references such as “student,” “client,” or “participant” instead.

The peer review process is blind. Submissions should not contain any clues to the identity of the author(s). Double-check manuscripts for (a) self-citations; (b) institution name; and (c) references to institution-specific documents.

See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for further details.

Book Review Guidelines

The Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis welcomes book reviews about recent, relevant, multidisciplinary works related to social justice. If you are interested in reviewing a book for the next issue of the Journal, please email us at jctp@iastate.edu and adhere to the following requirements:

  • Select a book published within the past two years, unless you are specifically interested in doing a critical update or reflection on a historical (but foundational) work.
  • Consider whether the book fits with the Journal’s special call – this is not a requirement.
  • Write a statement giving essential information about the book, including title, author, first copyright date, general subject matter, and ISBN.
  • Provide a brief description of your background – current role or position, expertise in the subject area of the book, why you are interested in reviewing the book, etc.

If the Journal agrees to accept your book review, please use the following guidelines when drafting your review:

  • State the author(s) main argument(s) and offer the reader a sense of the scope of the topic(s) covered in the book. Some questions to consider are: What is the standpoint of the author(s) and who is their intended audience? Did they situate their study/work in a specific field and if so, what elements might be missing with regards to other research or knowledge in that area?
  • Offer praise and critique. What does the book afford us to see? What are some of the limitations of the book? While thinking about praise and critique ask the following four questions: “Is the review fair and accurate in its presentation of the evidence, arguments, and methodology of the book?” “Does the review present a reasoned evaluation of the book and its conclusions?” Is the review “written in a manner that will promote understanding and further discussion,” specifically of social justice themes?
  • Evaluate the book for interest, accuracy, and objectivity, as well as importance, thoroughness, and usefulness to its intended audience. Explain the ways in which the works relate to other work on the subject. Note the extent to which the authors address appropriate issues of social justice and inequalities.
  • Offer a reading recommendation. Should people read this book, and if so, who amongst people? It is unlikely that everyone should read the book so think about who might benefit from a read. Here it might be helpful to reflect on how the book helps you think about your own work.
  • Try to find further information about the author - reputation, qualifications, influences, biographical, etc. – any information that is relevant to the book being reviewed and that would help to establish the author's authority. Can you discern any connections between the author's philosophy, life experience, and the reviewed book?
  • Book reviews should not exceed 1,500 to 2,000 words and should be typed using double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. See the most recent APA style guide for any references and in-text citations.


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