Submitting Manuscripts to Radical Teacher
- MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION
- Process for Considering Unsolicited, "Open Call" Manuscripts
We invite you to correspond with us in advance of sending manuscripts. If you have an idea for a possible article, you can ask whether it seems suitable for RT and if so, how it might best be developed. You can also send us a one-page proposal or, if you prefer, just your manuscript without these preliminaries. All submissions will receive full review (see below) if they fit RT's editorial priorities and limits. We strongly recommend that authors familiarize themselves with the magazine before sending manuscripts. Do check back issues, keeping in mind RT's focus on the "theory and practice of teaching" and its self-definition as "socialist, feminist, and anti-racist."
When we get an unsolicited article, unless it is clearly outside our boundaries, the Manuscript Editors send it to readers from the editorial group. The Manuscript Editors also evaluate the article. Usually some readers will be fairly expert in the subject of the article, while others will be in different areas or levels of educational work. We critique articles for current knowledge usable by our readers and for general interest and readability.
When all the readings are in, the Manuscript Editors weigh the readers' opinions and make a decision based on them. That decision may be a plain "accept" or "reject," or it may be one of the following: (1) We will accept the article based on specified revisions. (2) We encourage revision, provide suggestions (often detailed), and offer to work with the writer, but do not guarantee publication. (3) We tell the authors that we would be glad to read a drastic revision or a different kind of essay on the same subject. We always try to give authors helpful criticism and to get the article and the critique back to them in a timely fashion. When re-submitted, revisions may go to the original readers or to new readers from the editorial group.
Correspondence, proposals, and manuscripts should be sent electronically to the Manuscript Editors, Frinde Maher and Linda Dittmar, at
- Process for Submitting Manuscripts for specific "Clusters" as announced in RT's Calls for Papers (CFPs)
Our website includes announcements of forthcoming issues where a cluster of essays will focus on a specific topic. Articles written for such a cluster may have been solicited from authors or developed in response to the CFP. Either way, they should go directly to the cluster editors as announced in the CFP. The review process for cluster articles is the same as for out-of-cluster submissions: if suitable, they will be forwarded to board members for review. For "cluster" articles, contributors correspond with the designated cluster editors (announced in the CFP) rather than the Manuscript Editors.
Unlike "open call" manuscripts, which can be submitted any time, cluster CFPs have specific deadlines in order to meet publication schedule. Late submissions that miss the deadline can nonetheless be forwarded to the general Manuscript Editors for consideration as out-of-cluster submissions. If we end up publishing a second installment of the same cluster, late submissions may be forwarded again to the cluster editors.
- FORMAT FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS (Open Call and Clusters)
- Radical Teacher articles average 4,000 words.
- Submissions should be in a Word document format, double spaced, pages numbered.
- Citations should follow a consistent form: APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.
- The document's title should not include your name. Rather, it should echo the essay's title as specific titles help us identify each submission. (difficult_text.doc and empire_advertising.doc are two specific examples.) Please do not title your .doc generically (e.g, Radical_Teacher_essay.doc) as this confuses us.
- When emailing to us, please include your name in the subject heading so that we'll be able to identify this correspondence easily.
- Your submission should include a title page with the author's name, email address (affiliation etc. optional), the essay's title, and the .doc's title.
- The body of the article should not include the author's name. If you wish, you can use the .doc title on each page by way of identification.