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Manuscript Submission Guidelines for Authors


Teaching of Psychology is devoted to improvement of the teaching and learning processes at all educational levels from secondary school through college and graduate school to continuing education. The journal includes empirical research on teaching and learning; studies of teacher or student characteristics subject matter or content reviews for class use; investigations of student, course, or teacher assessment; professional problems of teachers; innovative course descriptions and evaluation; curriculum designs; and demonstrations and laboratory projects. All submissions should ideally include empirical assessment of the contribution. The empirical assessment should directly measure the impact of the technique on the student learning rather than a student self-report of learning.

TOPICAL ARTICLES include a range of content from broader to more specialized applicability. Articles may vary in length from 2,500 to 7,000 words. The editor may solicit manuscripts deemed to be of significance to the readership.

FACULTY FORUM items may cover the full range of the journal’s content policy. Brief contributions of innovative procedures, courses, or other materials are especially appropriate (approximately 1,600-2000 words), particularly those with an assessment of outcomes.

Submit manuscripts to be considered as Topical Articles and Faculty Forum articles as attachments in Microsoft Word to Andrew Christopher:

 METHODS AND TECHNIQUES papers are those describing demonstrations, laboratory projects, other learning/teaching devices, or instrumentation (1,500-3,000 words). Articles for this section typically include strong empirical evidence of the pedagogical effectiveness of the technique in promoting learning outcomes.  Evidence based exclusively on one-group prepost designs would typically be considered preliminary rather than convincing. Submit manuscripts to be considered as Methods and Techniques articles to Pam Marek:

Word counts do not include title page, abstract, references, footnotes and other back matter.


All submissions will be double-blind reviewed. Please include all identifying information on the title page only. To facilitate the double-blind review process, each submission should include two files.  One file should contain the complete manuscript, tables, and figures as described in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association (PM); however, the title page that is included in this file should only contain the page number and title.  The second file should contain the complete title page with all identifying information required by the PM; this file will not be sent to reviewers.  All manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word and submitted as email attachments.

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere, that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere, and that the work does not constitute a conflict of interest for the authors. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of American Psychological Association. Manuscripts should include an abstract that does not exceed 120 words. Avoid abbreviation, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract. The cover letter should include a word count for the manuscript (not including title page, abstract, or references) and an email address and a telephone number of the author to whom editorial correspondence is to be addressed. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper, including tables, figures, and appendices.


Placement and format of tables and figures should follow APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) guidelines.  Each table and figure should be on a separate page following the References section.  Each table and figure must be cited in the text.  Tables are to be numbered with Arabic numerals (e.g., Table 1, Table 2) in the order in which they are cited in the text.  The same numbering system is to be used for figures (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2).
Tables should be typed (double-spaced throughout).  The table number and short descriptive title should appear above each table.  Columns and rows in each table should be labeled in sufficient detail to allow understanding without reference to the text.  If needed for clarification, footnotes should be included below the table.  Use tabs, not vertical rules, to separate columns.  Excel tables are acceptable.  
Figures submitted (graphs, line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files.  The figure number and a double-spaced figure caption should appear below each figure.  The legend and caption should provide sufficient detail to allow understanding without reference to the text.  Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  1. 300 dpi or higher
  2. Sized to fit on journal page
  3. JPG format preferred

Address correspondence about news items to Cynthia S. Koenig, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Department of Psychology, 18952 E Fisher Road, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686-3001; e-mail;

Address other inquiries to Andrew N. Christopher, Department of Psychology, Albion College, 611 E. Porter Street, Albion, MI 49224, e-mail:

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