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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currenlty under review with another journal.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format. Please advise the editor if you only have access to other software.
  • Where available, URLs and DOI for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 10-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); avoids footnotes,, and all illustrations, figures, and tables in the manuscript come at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the article has been prepared for blind review.

Author Guidelines




As Other Education is a no budget journal, we have very limited capacity for editing and formatting your contribution. It is therefore greatly appreciated if you can submit the final version of your text as closely as possible according to our formatting guidelines. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Please submit your text as a Microsoft Word document, ideally as a Word 97-2003 document (which is a 'doc' document, not a 'docx' document).



Word count should normally be between 6,000-8,000 words.


You do not need to worry about the margins. Just use a standard setting (e.g., one inch from top and bottom and left and right, or 2 cm).

Make sure that your manuscript is single spaced and spacing (before and after) is set to 0 pt (zero point. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT; you can find the menu for this under 'page layout' and then the submenu 'paragraph').

Use the same typeface for the whole text (including footnotes and references), ideally Times New Roman pt12.

Align all text to the left.


Start with the title of your piece. Use title capitals (NOT: For the joy of other education  INSTEAD: For the Joy of Other Education).

On the next line put your name.

On the next line put your institutional affiliation, plus the country. (For example: University of New York, USA). If you are not affiliated to an institution, put 'Independent scholar'.

One white line.

Put your abstract here, starting with the word 'Abstract.' The abstract should be between 100 and 200 words.

One white line

Put between 3 and 8 keywords here, starting with the word "Keywords" and insert three white spaces.

One white line.


Then start with your text.

Each section should have a title (including the first section which, if you don't have a specific section title, can simply be called 'Introduction'). First level headings are in bold; second level headings are without bold; third level headings are in italics without bold.

Use title formatting for your section headings (NOT The ends of education, BUT The Ends of Education).

There should be no white line between a section title and the text.

The first line of the section should not have a tab.

For each new paragraph use a tab, NOT a white line.

There should only be white lines between sections.

Ensure your text is entirely in black (and not dark grey in places) by highlighting all text and choosing font colour black.

If quoting more than 40 words, create a block quotation. No need for quotation marks. Indent by one cm either side of block and leave a space of one line above and below.

If quote is less than 40 words, leave in text, with double quotation marks  " " around. Where reported speech is embedded within this, put single '  ' mark around this only and close quotation at end with standard quotation double mark ".

Use footnotes, not endnotes. Use the word footnote option and put footnotes in the same font and font size you are using for the main text.

After the final line of your text: one white line.

Then a section with the title References.

Put your references in alphabetical order, with no white lines between references. Make sure you follow the formatting guidelines for APA 5th extremely carefully (see below).

After the references you have the opportunity for an acknowledgement. If you want to make use of this, separate it from the references with one white line, use the title 'Acknowledgements' and type your acknowledgements below the title.

Another white line.

Heading 'Author Details'

Below this heading put a very brief statement about yourself. Followed by your contract address. Use the following example:

Author Details

Jo Smith is Professor of Education at the University of Normington. Contact address: School of Education, University of Normington, Place City, PC1 QTA, Country. E-mail: [email protected]



We follow the APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines for referencing (a useful summary of the main principles can be found at


In the text you need to use an author date system, the main formatting requirements are:

- a comma after the author's name

- a comma after the year of publication

- p. or pp. for the page numbers

- if there are two authors use '&' and not 'and'

- if there are three authors use a comma after the first and & after the second author

- if there are more than three authors, use the first author's name, followed by 'et al' (no need for full stop after 'al')

- multiple references should be separated by a semi-colon


(Cook, 1992, p.14)

(Cook, 1992, pp.116-118)

(Cook & Campbell, 2007, p.31)

(Cook et al., pp.14-21)

(Cook et al., pp.14-21; see also Campbell 2009, p.8)


For the reference list:

Double check the references you have cited in text appear in the reference list in the end.  List references alphabetically and where a name is repeated, in year order with earliest first to most recent.


Blumer, H.F. (1969). Symbolic interaction. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

some things to note:

only use an initial for the author, not the full first name

put the year of publication in brackets, followed by a full stop

put the title of the book in italics; only capitalize the first word (and names of people and places)

a subtitle should begin again with a capital

put a full stop at the end of the title


journal article

Trankle, S. A., & Haw, J. (2009). Predicting Australian health behaviour from health beliefs. Electronic Journal of Applied Psychology, 5(2), 9-17

some things to note:

if there is more than one author, use the '&' sign, not 'and'

put the year of publication in brackets followed by a full stop

the first letter of the title of the article should have a capital (and also names of people and places)

a full stop at the end of the article's title

the journal's name should be in italics using capitals

it should be followed by a comma

the volume number should be in italics, followed by the issue number in brackets (not space), NOT in italics

then a comma

then the page numbers (WITHOUT 'pp.')


chapter in book

Ramsey, J. K., & McGrew, W. C. (2005). Object play in great apes: studies in nature and captivity. In A. D. Pellegrini & P. K. Smith (Eds.), The nature of play: Great apes and humans (pp. 89-112). New York: Guilford Press.

some things to note

the first letter of the title of the chapter should have a capital (and also names of people and places)

a full stop at the end of the chapter's title, followed by the word 'In' with a capital 'I'

use 'Ed.' or 'Eds.' with a capital (note that APA requires a full stop after Eds, which is grammatically not correct)

make sure you included the pages for the chapter in brackets after the title of the book



Peer Reviewed Articles

Articles are welcomed from affiliated and non affiliated scholars. The average word length for contributions is 6,000 words (including references, but excluding the abstract). The maximum length of published contributions is 7,000 words. Only VERY exceptionally will we publish any article over 7k. This is a new, stricter word limit as of 2022. Please ensure your article meets this guideline. Thank you.

Other Contributions

Text in this section is not subject to peer review, beyond a decision by the editors. Articles, interviews, reports and overviews as well as any other ideas that people might wish to suggest can be published in the Other Contributions section in order to widen our knowledge and understanding of educational alternatives.

Contributions in this section, as with articles in the peer reviewed section, are the opinions of the authors and contributors entirely and not those of the editors or editorial board of Other Education.

We encourage anyone - academic or non academic - to suggest pieces for this section. The presentation does not have to follow standard academic conventions. We welcome different genres, topics and styles as well as content so long as it contributes to the wider aims of this section and the journal more generally.

We are particularly interested to hear from people working in or with:

  • NGOs
  • Charities
  • Schools
  • Out-of-school settings
  • Home education
  • Adult education settings
  • Journalism
  • Local action-for-change groups
  • and any other relevant parties, including academics.

Contributions in this section are between approximately 500 - 3000 words. Providing weblinks wherever possible is helpful. A contribution would normally be concerned with practical, political, social, artistic and academic initiatives of interest to the readership of Other Education.

Inclusion in this section is at the discretion of the editors, to whom an email can be directly sent as a submission enquiry.


Book Reviews/Review Essays

Guidelines - general info
Please consider the focus and scope of Other Education when proposing a book to review. We are grateful to reviewers who commit themselves to this process. 
Book Reviews
More than a summary, a book review is intended to provide an engaged evaluation of the themes, arguments and approaches to the text, as well as to provoke further contemplation and interaction with what the book has (or, if found lacking, needs) to offer. Please try and contextualise the book being reviewed within the field of other related publications, if possible and appropriate for a comprehensive review. We encourage you to hold strong opinions but ask that you judge a book fairly, compassionately and rigorously based on academic standards of evaluation. The best kind of review is not just praise but a treatment of the book which may include consideration of what the book isn't doing but in such a case any justification of why something has not been achieved or included is welcome because a book is - or should be - an art form and we respect that. We would like to see book reviews which delve into analysis of author's motivations and reasoning for writing what they write and how they write it. We assume authors of books are intelligent and have reasons but we may not agree with their reasons or decisions. Comments on price points, publisher strategies or presentation, covers and other publishing matters are welcome. Comments on a book author's previous work of any kind that illuminates the present publication may add interest to a review. Some elements of a review essay (see below) can enter into a book review, but in brief.
Review Essays
A review essay is an enlarged and more lengthy opportunity to write beyond the book being reviewed to incorporate your own work/thinking/imagining, opening up and expanding debates that the book generates and contributes to. A larger word count is intended to facilitate a deeper engagement with the themes of the text placed in conversation with personal/professional reflections.
Other Reviews
In keeping with the journal's aims, potential reviewers are encouraged to consider and attempt departures, deviations, blurrings and otherwise experiment with standard academic review practice. This too applies to what is considered an educational book/a book on education. The above notes therefore are offered as guiding notes. 
Unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon, the format of book reviews/review essays are to follow Other Education manuscript guidelines: Book review format. A review may be returned to the author with suggestions for clarification and/or revision. 
Word Count
Book Reviews ~ circa 1000 words
Book Review Essays ~ 1500-3000 words

If you are interested in contributing a review, thank you! We will be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Cammie and Maryam via [email protected] to discuss the book you would like to review and, if we like the idea, we will endeavour to get that book for you to read and review.


This section is for those who would like to advertise conferences held, of relevance of the readership of Other Education.

Art and Poetry (Alt Ed)

This section holds art and poetry relating to alternative education, broadly conceived.

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This privacy policy

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