Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Education Finance are processed as follows. Upon receipt, the manuscript is initially reviewed by the staff. If the manuscript does not fall within the scope of the Journal, it will be returned to the author.
If the manuscript is suitable for review, all references to the author’s name and affiliation are removed, and the manuscript is submitted to two or more members of the Editorial Advisory Board. With the advice of these reviewers, the Editor will make one of four decisions: accept, accept contingent on revision, revise and resubmit, or reject. In the case of conditional acceptance, the Editor will specify the necessary revisions in writing to the author. In the case of a request for revision and resubmission, the Editor will suggest or specify revisions in writing to the author. Upon resubmission, the manuscript will be treated as a new manuscript and will be submitted to the same blind review as the initial process.
Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Education Finance cannot be under consideration for publication by other journals. If a paper has been presented at a meeting or conference, the author should state where and when the paper was presented. After acceptance, the paper or any portion of it may not be published elsewhere without written approval from the Journal of Education Finance.
If the manuscript is accepted, the author will be notified and given an indication of the volume and issue in which it will be published.
The staff of the Journal of Education Finance agrees to process manuscripts promptly. In most cases, an editorial decision may be expected 12 to 16 weeks after submission.
The Editorial Staff and Board welcome any inquiries concerning the policies and processes of the Journal of Education Finance.
Technical and Stylistic
JEF prefers that manuscripts submitted for review be in Word format. Copy should be double-spaced with margins of 1" at top, bottom, and both sides. The manuscript should contain an abstract, introduction, and conclusion. There should be no hyphenated words on line endings, no printed borders, and no numbered line indicators on the left margin. Clearly indicate heading levels throughout manuscript. Tables and graphs should be kept to a maximum of five.
There should be no author name in the main file. Submit a title page as a separate Word file. The title page should be a separate document and contain the following: title of the paper; the author’s(s’) full name; institutional affiliation and position, telephone number, and email address; statement of place and date of previous oral presentation of the paper, if any; and a disclaimer statement, if applicable. All correspondence and contact during the review and production processes will be addressed to the first author listed. The Journal of Education Finance does not publish statements of acknowledgment to colleagues who assisted in the preparation of the manuscript.
The title of the manuscript should appear at the top of the first page. The name of the author should not appear on the first page or on any subsequent pages.
Electronic submissions are accepted via email or on disk along with graphics or illustrations.
Follow The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), 16th ed., for general style issues.
References and Footnotes
Citations can be provided as footnotes or as a combination of parenthetical citations, e.g., “(Alexander, 2004, p. 11),” and a reference list. A mix of the two documentation systems should not be used. Consistency is paramount. Footnotes should always be used for legal references, such as citing a court case or legal finding.
If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author must submit all tables and figures in electronic form, and NOT embedded within the text. All graphs and illustrative materials must be provided as black-and-white .jpg or .pdf files. All text elements included in graphs or other illustrative materials should be in 9 pt. Times Roman font.
If any part of the article has been previously published elsewhere, the author is responsible for obtaining permission and for supplying credit lines for the material.