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Author Guidelines

Articles should report original research, present an original framework that links previous research, educational theory, and teaching practices, or present promising practices involving a variety of school-based personnel or social and community services. Full-length articles should contain no more than 7,000 words, including any figures, drawings, and tables, as well as an abstract of no more than 150 words. Author bios and affiliations should not exceed 50 words. Commentaries and book reviews should not exceed 3,000 words.

Manuscripts are being solicited in the following categories:

RESEARCH AND THEORY ARTICLES
Description of and research on innovative approaches that address the educational needs of ELLS. This may include perspectives from a variety of disciplines, focusing both on instructional and support services. For example:
  • Description of and research on innovative models of teacher training or of collaboration between ESOL-specialists and mainstream teachers and other school personnel.
  • Discussion of policy making, standards or assessment development that directly impact English language learners and their families.
  • Description of and research on innovative applications of technology in the teaching of language skills that foster academic growth.
EFFECTIVE PRACTICES FROM THE FIELD ARTICLES
Description of successful application of successful or promising practices in instructing and providing support services to ELLs. For example:
  • Descriptions of classroom instruction that fosters student achievement.
  • Descriptions of how standards and assessment influence classroom instruction.
  • Descriptions of the roles of school- and support personnel directly charged with the education of English language learners.
  • Descriptions of clinical experiences or special programs for school- and support personnel (guidance counselors, speech pathologists, school nurses, social workers).
COMMENTARIES
Discussion of issues of concern to ELLs and their families, supported by research and/or theory, including reactions to issues presented in books or articles.

BOOK REVIEWS
Reviews of recent (published within past two years) professional books, textbooks, or electronic resources published for researchers and practitioners in the field of educating school-aged English language learners.

General Publication Policies

The following policies are applied to all articles, reviews, and commentaries submitted for consideration or published:

  1. All submissions must conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and citations, which must be in the required format. Manuscripts may be rejected if they do not meet the APA requirements.
  2. Manuscripts that have already been published elsewhere or are being considered for publication elsewhere are not eligible to be considered for publication in The Tapestry Journal. The (first) author is responsible to inform the editor of the existence of any similar work that is already published elsewhere or is under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  3. Authors of accepted manuscripts will assign to The Tapestry Journal the permanent right to electronically distribute the article.
  4. The editors of The Tapestry Journal reserve the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication for the sake of style or clarity. Authors will be consulted only if the changes are substantial.
  5. The views expressed in The Tapestry Journal do not necessarily represent the views of the journal editors, the institutions associated with the ESOL MIAMI grant, or the U.S. Department of Education.
  6. The Tapestry Journal expects authors to adhere to ethical standards for research involving human subjects. All manuscripts submitted for consideration must meet the human subjects review established by your institution.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

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 that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text conforms to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and citations, which must be in the required format. Manuscripts may be rejected if they do not meet the APA requirements.
  6. The text is within the word count limit for the category it falls under:

    1. Full-length articles should contain no more than 7,000 words, including any figures, drawings, and tables, as well as an abstract of no more than 150 words. Author bios and affiliations should not exceed 50 words.
    2. Commentaries and book reviews should not exceed 3,000 words.

 

Copyright Notice

Authors of accepted manuscripts will assign to The Tapestry Journal the permanent right to electronically distribute the article.

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.

 

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