The Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship: Author Guidelines
Author Guidelines

JOSEA Mission

The mission of the Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship (JOSEA) is to publish quality graduate student and early career faculty research and foster research-based practices for children and youth with exceptionalities. The practitioner column aims to present a diverse and practical range of interventions, strategies, and practices in a format that is accessible for practitioners working with children with exceptionalities.

Types of Articles: Research Articles

JOSEA publishes original research articles and scholarly reviews on broad special education topics. Research articles summarize outcomes of studies using traditional experimental, quasi-experimental, single case, and qualitative research designs. Manuscripts should include an introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections. Generally research manuscripts range from 20-30 doubled spaced pages including tables, figures, and references.

Practitioner Articles

JOSEA readers include prospective and practicing practitioners. Language in the practitioner articles should be user-friendly to facilitate educator use of the strategies discussed in the article. Articles should feature evidence-based interventions, strategies, and practices. Typically, practitioner articles range from 10 to 15 double spaced pages including tables, figures, and references.

Manuscript Preparation

Guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010) should be followed. Make sure to follow the APA policy on non-sexist language, avoiding ethnic bias, and disabilities. NOTE. Authors for Whom English Is a Second Language: It is highly recommended to have a colleague or copyeditor who is fluent in English review the manuscript before submission.

Specific requirements:
  1. Authors must submit a SEPARATE TITLE PAGE FILE with (1) article title; (2) first name, middle initial, and last name of each author, with highest academic degrees; (3) names of institutions to which each author is affiliated, along with complete addresses AND e-mail addresses; and (4) any acknowledgments, financial disclosure information, author notes, and/or other text that could identify the authors to reviewers.
  2. Abstract: For all manuscripts, including Departments, please provide an abstract and keywords on p. 1 of the main text file. 3. Format: 8½ x 11 in. document; 1-in. margins; double spacing, left alignment, Times New Roman, 12-pt. type. Include title and abstract.
  3. Heads: Do not use small capital letters.
  4. Tables: Tables should be included in the text. Tables should be double-spaced; please use Word's table functions. All tables must be cited in text. Follow the guidelines in the APA Publication Manual. Make sure you construct your table properly in regards to (a) length/descriptiveness of title, (b) structure of headings, and (c) style for different types of table notes. Pay particular attention to the content and set up of column heads and subheads (see APA, p. 145).
  5. Use tab key and centering functions for head alignment, paragraph indents, and so forth. DO NOT USE THE SPACE BAR.
  6. Use endnotes sparingly. Number with Arabic numerals starting with 1 and continuing through the article. Example: (see Note 1). NO footnotes.
  7. Appendices are allowable, but they must help inform the reader (i.e. questionnaires used in a survey study) and be used sparingly.
Artwork: Figures should be inserted in the text. Figures must be black and white only and production-ready. Because most art will be reduced to fit, use bold type that is large enough to be reduced and still be readable, and make sure rules/tick marks are at least 1 pt. Acceptable electronic formats for art: TIFF, EPS, Word, or Excel.

Permissions: Obtaining written permission for material such as figures, tables, art, and extensive quotes taken directly −or adapted in minor ways− from another source is the author's responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may require. Permissions often take a considerable amount of time to be granted; start the request process early. Material taken from software or from the Internet also requires obtaining permission. Failure to obtain permission will result in either removal of the particular item or pulling the article from the journal issue.

Article Submission

Manuscripts submitted to JOSEA must be original, scientifically accurate, and adhere to APA stylistic guidelines. Manuscripts are accepted electronically to Dr. Brittany Hott and Dr. Beth Jones at