Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception to this rule in the non-academic world might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer). Please remove all identifying information from your manuscript before submission to facilitate the blind peer review process.


General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: publication in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, the material should not currently be under review at another journal (electronic or print). You must agree not to submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process.  

If you have concerns about the submission terms, please contact the editors.


Submissions can take the following forms:


  • Research Papers. These are academic publications from any discipline, generally framed with a review of literature, statement of the problem, research questions, methodology, findings, and discussion.
  • Voices in the Field. These are professional publications addressing a matter of practice relevant to the readers of the Journal of Media Literacy Education. These publications may be descriptive in nature and use the first-person voice.
  • Essays. Published occasionally, these are commentaries or other expressive forms of writing that offer insight to readers of the Journal of Media Literacy Education.
  • Book/Media Reviews. Reviews describe key features of books, films, videos, websites, games or other resources relevant to the readers of the Journal of Media Literacy Education.



Be sure that all citations in the manuscript are included in the reference list and that no additional titles are included in the reference list. It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. References should appear right after the end of the main document. You are encouraged to use the citation style of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th edition) but we also will accept manuscripts that use MLA, Harvard or Chicago style references. 


Formatting Requirements

Remove all identifying information from your manuscript before submission. Please include an abstract and keywords at the top of your manuscript. Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors. Write your article in English. Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, WordPerfect, RTF, or PDF files are accepted). Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches. All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures. Single space your text. Use a single column layout, right justified Font: Main Body - 12 pt. Times New Roman or the closest comparable font available; Footnotes - 10 pt. Times New Roman or the closest comparable font available.


Additional Recommendations

Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification:

Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 5 em-spaces. Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below. Language and Grammar:

All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided. Authors should use proper, standard English grammar.


Article Length

In general, submissions are 6,000 - 8,000 words for a scholarly research article and 3,000 words for Voices in the Field. Essays and Book/Media reviews may be 750 – 2500 words. Because this journal publishes electronically, page limits are not as relevant as they are in the world of print publications.



Headings (e.g., start of sections) use the following hierarchy: (1) centered and bolded; (2) right justified, bolded; (3) in-line paragraph, italicized.


Colored Text

Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black-and-white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible. Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)


Emphasized Text

Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.


Foreign Terms

Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.



Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.



Only use footnotes for special content that is not appropriate for the body of the text. Footnotes should be in 12 pt. Times New Roman or closest comparable font available, they should be single spaced, and there should be a footnote separator rule (line). Footnote numbers or symbols in the text must follow, rather than precede, punctuation. Excessively long footnotes are probably better handled in an appendix. All footnotes should be left and right-justified (i.e., flush with the right margin), unless this creates awkward spacing.


Tables and Figures

To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.



Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text. Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline.


Rights for Authors

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies:

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exception or by written agreement of the editors, requires credit to a copyright holder.


Personal-Use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series);
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.


General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the website and/or software agree not to misuse the service or software in any way. The failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.