Manuscript Guidelines

    This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Journal of Prison Education Research. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically on our website. E-mail submissions are not accepted. Submitting authors will be asked to confirm that the manuscript has been submitted solely to this journal and is not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere. Authors are strongly encouraged to follow the submission preparation checklist below. Unless otherwise specified, all steps are required for both Researcher and Practitioner submissions.

    Formatting Requirements

    • APA style is required for all written work. Please follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.
    • Please remove all identifying author information in your original submission.
    • Do not include a title page.
    • Include 3-5 keyswords and an abstract of 150-words.
    • Be written in standard English. It is advised that non-native English-speaking authors have their manuscripts checked by an English language native speaker before submission; this will ensure that submissions are judged on quality and relevance of content.
    • Submit your manuscript as a single file (Word, RTF or PDF files are accepted).
    • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
    • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches, including your tables and figures.
    • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as Encapsulated PostScript.
    • Copyedit your manuscript.

    Additional Requirements

    Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification

    • Indent all paragraphs.
    • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
    • Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.

    Article Length

    • Research manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words (including all references, unavoidable footnotes, tables and other text).
    • Practitioner pieces should be no longer than 4,000 words (including all references, unavoidable footnotes, tables and other text).


    • Headings(e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text using APA, 7th edition guidelines.
    • There should be space above and below headings.

    Main text

    • The font for the main body of text must be black and in Times New Roman or closest comparable font available.


    • Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc. should be set in italics rather than underlined.


    • Footnotes should appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.
    • Footnotes should be in 10 pt. Times New Roman or closest comparable font available.
    • Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation.
    • Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix.

    Tables and Figures

    • To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves.
    • Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file.


    • It is the author's obligation to provide references in compliance with APA style, 7th edition.

    Biographical Sketch

    • Authors should complete a two or three sentence biographical sketch on the submission page. This biographical sketch will be published alongside accepted articles.