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Author Guidelines

*Thank you for your interest in publishing in IJEA. IJEA is an all-volunteer journal. Due to the limited number of volunteers, submissions are suspended from June 1, 2024 to August 31, 2024.

The International Journal of Education & the Arts (IJEA) is a publication of Penn State Libraries Open Publishing and hosted by Penn State’s School of Visual Arts.

Unless otherwise noted on the website, IJEA welcomes article submissions at any time.

IJEA uses the OJS online system for the submission of manuscripts. Please go to and create an account at the site to start the online submission process. Please read the author guidelines below carefully. To avoid important messages from our automated system from going to your spam folder, please identify the email address coming from OJS as a trusted email, or by marking it as “not junk” or “not spam.” 

Important notes:

  1. Your submission will be returned without review if you do not follow the submission guidelines. In order to ensure the blind review, you must remove the author name in Microsoft Word found in the File menu (see here for how to remove author information in MS Word). 
  2. If there are multiple authors, the lead author should create an account and submit the manuscript. 
  3. We do not accept abstract submissions. Please submit your full manuscript for consideration.

* Inquiry of your submission should be sent to

Authors and Authors’ Responsibilities

Because IJEA is published electronically, a wider array of representational forms and formats are possible than in print journals. These include musical, pictorial, and videographic, as well as verbal/print. Multi-media formats are especially welcome. Whatever the mode employed, articles (as examples of good art) should provide important insights into, or suggest provocative questions about, the phenomena of arts education. The originality, educational significance, and technical quality of submissions are important criteria in the review and selection processes. Manuscripts employing a verbal/print format may use interpretive, narrative, arts-based, contextualized quantitative, and critical approaches to studying education in the arts.

IJEA is a double-blind peer reviewed journal and serves the academic community. There is no charge for submitting and publishing in IJEA.

The timeline of the review process varies but it is our goal to get feedback to authors as quickly as possible.

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 who do not adhere to these guidelines:

  • Written manuscripts should be in American English and as the IJEA provides a venue for scholarship that takes advantage of several aspects of emerging technologies, there is no page limit to submissions (However, see word limit for text below).
  • Submissions must follow the style in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition), available from the American Psychological Association.
  • Submission files should be Microsoft Word .docx files. Any supplemental files should be in Microsoft Word (.docx), .jpeg, .gif, .flw, .mp3, or Excel (.xlsx) format. PDFs are NOT acceptable. Utilization of graphics, photographs, video streaming, as well as other technologies are welcome.
  • Supply complete contact information for all authors on a separate title page file: Name, affiliation, complete street address, e-mail address, fax, phone numbers (the more, the better). Clearly indicate the first-named author or the co-author who will be handling the correspondence and clearing galleys with the editors and associate editors.
  • All manuscript submissions, excluding media reviews and video essays, must be between 4,000 and 6,000 words inclusive of the abstract and keywords, but exclusive of references, tables, and figures. 
  • All manuscripts should include an abstract of 100—150 words.
  • The complete name of the author(s) should be typed only on the separate title page file to ensure anonymity in the review process. The main manuscript should have no author names. Information in text or references that would identify the author should be deleted from the manuscript including both text citations and the reference list. These may be reinserted in the final draft.
  • Author Identification. IJEA is a double-blind peer reviewed journal. The author's name should be removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu (see here for how to remove author information in MS Word).
  • Notes and references. Notes should be typed as footnotes using MS Word footnote function and should be numbered consecutively throughout the article. A reference list contains only references that are cited in the text. Its accuracy and completeness are the responsibility of the author(s). Personal communications (letters, memos, telephone conversations) are cited in the text after the name with as exact a date as possible. (NB. Personal communications are not cited in the reference list.) Please do not use space bar or hard return (Enter) to format the reference.
  • Tables, Figures, Illustrations, & Other Technologies. The purpose of tables and figures is to present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. The author should not describe the data in the text in such detail that illustration or text is redundant. Utilization of graphics, photographs, video streaming, as well as other technologies are welcome. The images may be embedded in the initial submission. However, in addition to the embedded images, all graphics and photographs must be sent in jpeg or gif format in the final accepted version for publishing. If an image is embedded in the text, indicate the corresponding name of the .jpeg (i.e., Insert Image 1, [name of image] here.)
  • Once an article has been accepted, all tables, figures, illustrations and audio/video files should be e-mailed to the assigned associate editor along with the manuscript and an author bio of no more than 100 words.

The timeline of the review process varies but it is our goal to get feedback to authors as quickly as possible.

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