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AACE Journal Submission Guidelines

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Please read through the guidelines below before submitting your paper.

Journal Content

Contributions for all journals may include research papers, case studies, tutorials, courseware experiences, evaluations, review papers, and viewpoints.

General Guidelines

Material must be original, scientifically accurate, and in good form editorially. The manuscript should be informative, summarizing the basic facts and conclusions, and maintaining a coherence and unity of thought.

Tutorial or how-to-do-it articles should preferably include a section on evaluation. Controversial topics should be treated in a factually sound and reasonably unbiased manner.

The format of headings, tables, figures, citations, references, and other details should follow the APA style as described in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, available from APA, 750 1st St., NE, Washington, DC 20002 USA.

NOTE: Only papers written in English (US or British) will be considered for publication. AACE will not edit submitted manuscripts for style or language. Also, reviewers may advise non acceptance of a manuscript if there are an unacceptable number of grammatical errors.

Therefore, authors are expected to ensure that their submissions are sufficiently edited for publication. Non-native speakers of English are advised to have their papers edited and may wish to consider using a copyediting service.


Manuscripts sent to the Editor for review are accepted on a voluntary basis from authors. Before submitting an article, please review the following suggestions. Manuscripts received in correct form serve to expedite the processing and prompt reviewing for early publication.

Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and the mechanical elements of arrangements, spacing, length, and consistency of usage in form and descriptions should be studied before submission. Due to the academic focus of AACE publications, the use of personal pronoun (I, we, etc.) and present tense is strongly discouraged with the exception of qualitative research.


No manuscript will be considered which has already been published or is being considered by another journal.


These journals are copyrighted by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. Material published and so copyrighted may not be published elsewhere without the written permission of AACE.

Author Note(s):

Financial support for work reported or a grant under which a study was made should be noted just prior to the Acknowledgments. Acknowledgments or appreciation to individuals for assistance with the manuscript or with the material reported should be included as a note to appear at the end of the article after the References.

Handling of Manuscripts

All manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt. Review is carried out as promptly as possible. The manuscript will be reviewed by at least two members of the Editorial Review Board, which takes approximately five months. This is a double-blind review process; please be sure that your name does not appear anywhere in the manuscript or in the filename. When a decision for publication or rejection is made, the senior author or author designated to receive correspondence is notified. At the time of notification, the author may be asked to make certain revisions in the manuscript, or the Editor may submit suggested revisions to the author for approval.


Accepted Submission File Formats - All submissions must be sent in electronic form using the Article Submission Form. No hard copy submission papers will be accepted. Do NOT submit compressed files. Do not use any word processing options/tools, such as--strike through, hidden text, comments, merges, and so forth.

Submit your manuscript in either of the following formats:

Manuscripts should be double-spaced and a font size of 12 is preferred.

Length - In general, articles should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Long articles, or articles containing complex material should be broken up by short, meaningful subheads.

Title sheet - Do NOT include a title sheet. Manuscripts are blind reviewed so there should be no indication of the author(s) name on the pages.

Abstract - An informative, comprehensive abstract of 75 to 200 words must accompany the manuscript. This abstract should succinctly summarize the major points of the paper, and the author's summary and/or conclusions.

Tables, Figures & Graphics

All tables and figure graphics must be embedded within the file and of such quality that when printed be in camera-ready form (publication quality). Within the submitted file, number and type captions centered at the top of each table. Figures are labeled at the bottom of the figure, left justified, and numbered in sequence.

Any graphics that go in the article may be requested as separate files. The highest quality master (e.g. TIF) is preferred. Additionally, the graphics must also be embedded in the correct locations within the document so the copyeditors know the proper placement. Please note that any graphics created in Microsoft Word must also be submitted as separate files.

Graphics, tables, figures, photos, and so forth, must be sized to fit a 6" x 9" publication with margins of: top, 1" inside 1" outside, .75" and bottom, 1" an overall measurement of 4.25" X 6.5" is the absolute limit in size. A table or figure sized on a full size 8.5 by 11 piece of paper does not always reduce and remain legible. Please adhere to the size stipulation or your manuscript will be returned for graphics/figures or tables to be re-done.


Copy all quoted material exactly as it appears in the original, indicating any omissions by three spaced periods. At the close of the quotation, give the complete source including page numbers. A block quote must be a minimum of 40 words or four lines, single spaced.

Terminology and Abbreviations

Define any words or phrases that cannot be found in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. Define or explain new or highly technical terminology. Write out the first use of a term that you expect to use subsequently in abbreviated form. Abbreviations ( i.e., e.g., etc.) are only acceptable in parenthesis, otherwise they must be spelled out, that is, for example, and so forth, respectively. Please avoid other foreign phrases and words such as via.

Program Listings

Program listings will appear with the published article if space permits. Listings should be publication quality. The brand of computer required should be included. Lengthy program listings (more than four 6 x 9 pages) can not be published, but may be made available from the author; a note to that effect should be included in the article.


Citations should strictly follow American Psychological Association (APA) style guide. Examples of references cited within the texts of articles are as follows: (Williams, Allen, & Jones, 1978) or (Moore, 1990; Smith, 1991) or Terrell (1977). In citations, "et al." can only be used after all authors have been cited or referenced with the exception of six or more authors. As per APA all citations must match the reference list and vice versa. Over use of references is discouraged.


Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references and that all references cited in the text also appear in the Reference section. References should not exceed 30. All references should be in alphabetical order by author (unnumbered) American Psychological Association (APA), style. Citation examples (1) book and (2) periodical:

Knowles, M.S. (1975). Self-directed learning: A guide for learners and teachers. New York: Association Press.

Raybould, B. (1995). Performance support engineering: An emerging development methodology for enabling organizational learning. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 8(1), 7-22.

Citing Electronic Media

The following forms for citing online sources are taken from the APA Publication Guidelines Section I, pages 268-281. Please see the APA manual for additional information on formatting electronic media. A block quote must be a minimum of 40 words or four lines, single spaced (not 20 and double spaced as is presently noted). In citations, et al., can only be used after all authors have been cited or referenced (unless there are six or more). As per APA all citations must match the reference list and vice versa.

Elements of references to online information

Author, I. (date). Title of article. Name of Periodical. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

Author, I., & Author, I. (date). Title of chapter. In I. Author & I. Author (Eds.), Title of full work. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

(Example: Ferguson, B. (1997). Educational technology: An extended literature review. Retrieved October 24, 2002, from

Author, I., & Author, I. (date). Title of chapter. In I. Author & I. Author (Eds.), Title of full work. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

Author, I., Author, I., & Author, I. (date). Title of full work. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

The date element should indicate the year of publication or, if the source undergoes regular revision, the most recent update; if a date cannot be determined, provide an exact date of your search.

An availability statement replaces the location and name of a publisher typically provided for text references. Provide information sufficient to retrieve the material. For example, for material that is widely available on networks, specify the method used to find the material, such as the protocol (Telnet, FTP, Internet, etc.), the directory, and the file name.

Other Electronic Media

Author, I. (Version number) [CD-ROM]. (date). Location of producer/distributor: Name of producer/distributor.

Author, I. (date). Title of article [CD-ROM]. Title of Journal, xx, xxx-xxx. Abstract from: Source and retrieval number

Author, I. (date). Name of Software (Version number) [Computer software]. Location of Location of producer/distributor: Name of producer/distributor.

After the title of the work, insert in brackets as part of the title element (i.e., before the period) the type of medium for the material (current examples include CD-ROM, Electronic data tape, cartridge tape, and computer program).

Include the location and name of the producer and distributor if citing an entire bibliographic database.

Code of Ethics

AACE strives to follow the COPE Codes of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines as a publisher. It also works with its editors to support their adherence to the Code of Conduct for Journal Editors. Finally, it requires all authors submitting articles to adhere to the COPE International Standards for Authors. Both sets of guidelines have been provided through a Creative Commons license; they are also available on the COPE Code of Conduct webpage. Please also see: Wager, E., & Kleinert, S.(2010). Responsible research publication: international standards for authors. Promoting Research Integrity in a Global Environment. Singapore, 309-16.


Upon publication, the contact author will receive complimentary copies of the journal issue in which the article appears for distribution to all of the co-authors.


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