Manuscript Guidelines/Information

Aims and Scope

Educational Research: Theory and Practice (ERTP) Is published by the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (NRMERA). ERTP publishes articles that report, synthesize, review, or analyze scholarly inquiry, with emphasis placed on articles that focus on the interpretation, implication, or significance of research work in education. Manuscripts should be of interest to the broad community of educational researchers and practitioners.

Editorial Board

All officers and representatives of NRMERA also serve as the Editorial Board for ERTP. A list of board members and the responsibilities of the board can be found at on the Editorial Board webpage


All manuscripts should be submitted electronically as MS Word documents, including any figures and tables, to the email address listed below. Figures and tables may be inserted into the manuscript approximately where they belong in the text, or may be attached as separate documents. Manuscripts are subject to a double blind peer review process.

Submissions should include:
(1) a blinded manuscript for peer review, and
(2) a separate title page.
When blinding, please make sure to also remove author information from the file information.

Manuscripts should NOT have been previously published nor be under consideration for publication in any other journal.

All manuscripts must be submitted in current APA style.

Source of Publication Guidelines

The most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (currently 7th edition) will serve as the authority on format requirements.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be from 4,000 – 6,500 words (12 – 20 pages), not including references, and include an abstract of up to 200 words. Manuscripts should be in MS Word format and be suitably formatted for blind review. Each submission should include:
(1) a manuscript for blind review with all author information removed, and
(2) a separate title page to include title, authors, affiliations, contact information (email, phone number, mailing address) for the corresponding author, plus other author notes if applicable.

Research manuscripts should contain:

  • Literature review (including theoretical perspective)
  • Design and methodology
  • Analysis of data
  • Conclusions based on results related to professional practice and literature
  • Enough information to enable study replication

Incomplete and poorly developed manuscripts will be rejected without review.

Manuscripts submitted for review will be evaluated on the following:

  • Relevance, timeliness and significance to the audience
  • Writing that is explicit, clear, logical, and concise
  • Quality of the literature review
  • Design
  • Methodology
  • Analysis of data
  • Conclusions based on results
  • Results related to professional practices and literature
  • Sufficient information to enable replication


  • Corresponding authors can typically expect acknowledgement of submission and a desk decision within one week.
  • Corresponding authors of manuscripts sent out for initial peer review may expect feedback in 6-8 weeks. Manuscripts are sent to two or more reviewers.
  • Time between initial review and final decision will depend on time for revisions, if recommended, as well as time for additional rounds of review.
  • Corresponding authors of manuscripts accepted for publication will receive a formatting proof before publication.

Graduate Student Manuscripts

If you are a graduate student and are submitting a manuscript for the first time, NRMERA would be honored for you to consider us to be your first publication home. We know that publishing your first scholarly work can be difficult and we would like to provide mentorship if needed. Please indicate on your email submission page that you are submitting a graduate student manuscript. Your manuscript will be directed for review to those reviewers who have indicated an interest in providing additional mentorship to graduate students so that the reviews you receive will be constructive and designed to support your growth as a scholar.


ERTP does not charge any processing or submission fees. Some expenses for producing ERTP are covered by the operating funds of NRMERA.

Copyright and Licensing

Authors retain copyright and subsequent publishing rights for their own work which is published in ERTP. Works published in ERTP are covered under a Creative Commons-BY (CC-BY) license that permits users to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the work, even commercially, as long as they credit authors for the original creation.

Circulation data

  • Readership: Educational researchers, teacher educators, PreK-Graduate teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students
  • Frequency: One regular issue each spring. One regular issue each fall. One conference proceedings issue annually. Occasional special issues.
  • Publication Method: Online
  • Sponsorship: NRMERA
  • Time to Review: Blind review up to 3 months


To submit your manuscript, send it to editor@nrmera.org.
Thank you. 

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