American Educator is the professional journal of the American Federation of Teachers, covering research and ideas from early childhood through higher education. We are interested in a wide range of articles on curriculum and instruction; social and emotional development; the science of how students learn; the high school to college transition; history, civics, and democracy; diversifying the teaching profession and the professoriate; confronting bias in schools and on college campuses; supporting teacher professionalism and protecting academic freedom, among other educational topics and trends. We also welcome articles on international affairs and labor issues of interest to teachers and professors as AFT members.
American Educator’s readers are professionals with many different areas of expertise, so articles should be accessible to a wide audience. We do not publish research papers, doctoral theses, etc., as articles. If you have been involved in a study or research project that you think would be of interest to our readers, we would prefer an essay that explains the significance of the research, summarizes its findings, and offer suggestions for practical applications.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Narratives that focus primarily on personal experience are read with interest, but few are published. Those selected for publication are short, to the point, and timely.
- Articles may vary in length from 1,000 to 5,000 words, depending on the topic. Avoid overwriting. A well-written article of 2,500 words, for example, has a much better chance of being accepted than a lengthy, rambling one. Pay careful attention to grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. We use the Chicago Manual of Style as our stylebook.
- If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive a publishing agreement that you will have to return prior to publication. Unless otherwise indicated, we assume that your article has not been published elsewhere. The editor reserves the right to edit manuscripts for clarity, length, and style; all substantive edits are made in collaboration with authors.
Please submit manuscripts for consideration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We attempt to answer every manuscript query within four weeks.
Manuscripts may also be mailed to:
555 New Jersey Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-2079
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact us at email@example.com.