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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and preferred length is 12-15 pages, 3,600- 4,500 words.
  • The text is in English and adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Authors must submit the Copyright Transfer and Photo Release Agreement (download pdf of forms.
  • Camera-ready diagrams, tables, or figures are acceptable. Photographs are encouraged (prints, black-and-white, or color, with complete captions and credit lines) Digital files should be 300 dpi. Authors are asked to obtain model releases for photographs (photographs and diskettes returned upon publication).

Author Guidelines

Authors must register with the journal prior to submitting work or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.

All Submissions and Sections:

Reference style should be consistent with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

International Journal of the Whole Child is a refereed journal. Unsolicited manuscripts are anonymously reviewed by at least two reviewers. The reviewers will have expertise in the content area of the manuscripts that they review. The final decision rests with the senior editor, who is guided by the reviewers’ comments and such considerations as space, timeliness, and projected plans. The review process takes about four weeks. The senior editor cannot consider proposals or outlines. Send completed manuscripts only.

Publication: accepted manuscripts will be published according to timeliness of subject matter, space availability and projected schedule. All manuscripts are edited to conform to the journal’s editorial standards and space requirements. Prior to publication, authors are furnished with galley proofs.

Remuneration: Authors receive no remuneration. Articles and illustrations are considered a contribution to the profession.

Fees: There are no article submission or processing fees associated with this journal.


Emerging Student Scholars Submission Guidelines

The IJWC editorial team invites students (undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels) to submit papers including problem resolutions, literature reviews, and research designs (qualitative, mixed, quantitative, action). The topic choices remain broad with the primary focus on how this content supports all children’s holistic learning and development. IJWC editors remain committed to providing student-authors with relevant, productive and concrete feedback. Importantly, a student may identify additional authors; the key factor is for the student to be identified as “first author.”

The manuscript will be forwarded for a blind review by two editors. Feedback and recommendations will be provided. IJWC editors encourage students to consider submitting their manuscripts for review and possible publication.

The IJWC mission remains committed to a promotion of an understanding of holistic learning and development for all children.  In particular, IJWC editors believe by supporting student authors with modeling, feedback, and mentoring, IJWC strengthens and extends understanding, recognition, and implementation of “best practices” into the next generation of educational professionals and child advocates.