Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Tapestry Journal's objective is to disseminate emerging research and best practices and seeks articles and commentaries concerning any aspect of educating English language learners in P-12 classrooms in the contexts where English is the main language of instruction, education approaches, standards-based education, best practices in teaching language and content, technology-assisted instruction, assessment, accountability issues, counseling, social services, and community initiatives. The journal reaches out to those who assist ELLs in their daily lives and those who prepare for such a career. The editors are particularly interested in manuscripts that focus on the following:

  • Research and Theory pertaining to the education of English language learners in mainstream classrooms;
  • Effective Practices impacting classroom instruction, student achievement, clinical experiences, and student or family services; and
  • Commentaries describing policies, practices, issues, and challenges affecting the education of English language learners.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

All article manuscripts submitted to The Tapestry Journal go through a multi-step review process.

Initial internal review. The editors and associate editor of the journal first review each manuscript to see if it meets the basic requirements for articles published in the journal (i.e., fit with one of the three categories; that it reports on original research or presents an original framework linking previous research, educational theory, and teaching practices, or present promising practices involving a variety of school-based personnel or social and community services), that it is of sufficient quality to merit external review, and that it conforms to APA (6th edition) format. This initial step takes approximately 1–2 weeks.

External review. Submissions that meet the requirements above are then sent out for blind peer review from two experts in the field. Reviewers are typically selected from the journal’s editorial board. In cases where the article’s topic does not match current reviewers’ expertise, the editors may solicit additional reviewers that possess the necessary experience. This second review process takes approximately 6 weeks.

Editorial review. Following the external review, the editors discuss the reviewers’ findings and make publication decisions. Authors are sent copies of the external reviewers’ comments and are notified as to the decision (accept as it is, accept pending changes, revise and resubmit, or reject). Articles and commentaries that require minor changes will be reviewed by the editors when the manuscripts are resubmitted. Contributions requiring major revisions will be sent back to the initial reviewers for a second review.

Once an article or commentary has been accepted for publication, the associate editor sends an Assignment of Copyright form to the (first) author that must be signed and returned before the work can be published.

The Tapestry Journal seeks to publish three to five full-length articles and up to two commentaries in each issue. Articles and commentaries accepted for publication are typically included in the next available issue, except if the work represents a good fit with an occasional special themed issue. The editors discuss this option with the author upon the initial notification of the publication decision.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.