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Unpublished Work

To be considered for publication in the Journal of Faculty Development (JFD), manuscripts, in whole or part, may not have been previously published or be currently under review for publication elsewhere.

Authors Guidelines

JFD requires authors to prepare their manuscripts using the following guidelines and checklists.

I. APA Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to JFD must follow the style guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition.

To make formatting manuscripts with APA style easier, JFD created an APA Guidelines Checklist for authors. This checklist assists authors in several ways:

  1. Helps them format their manuscripts to meet APA Style requirements
  2. Lessens the turnaround time between review, revision, and publication
  3. Increases a manuscript’s chance of being accepted during the blind review process
  4. Decreases the likelihood that a manuscript will be completely rejected or sent back for extensive revision
  5. Increases awareness of common and uncommon issues in APA style formatting routinely encountered by JFD editors

Link to APA Guidelines Checklist
> Link to Common and Uncommon Mistakes in APA Style

Also, carefully review rule 8.03 on “Author Responsibilities” in Chapter 8 of the APA Manual, 6th Edition.

II. JFD Initial Submission Checklist

JFD requires that manuscripts fit the theme and purpose of the journal. Therefore, authors should use the Initial Submission Checklist listed below as a guide for formatting their manuscripts to meet the journal’s standards and requirements.

Initial Submission Checklist

  1. __ Clear introduction related to faculty development
  2. __ Clear conclusion related to faculty development (including theory and practice)
  3. __ References related to faculty development (see section III. above)
  4. __ Word count/length within parameters (see item #7 in the linked document VI.  Manuscript Formatting Requirements)
  5. __ Attention to broad-based faculty development readership
  6. __ Abstract within 100 words or less

III. Manuscript Formatting Requirements

Authors must format their manuscripts according to the requirements listed below:

> Link to Manuscript Formatting Requirements

IV. Faculty Development Definition

JFD welcomes manuscript submissions that advance theoretical and practical understandings of faculty development in post-secondary institutions.

Therefore, articles submitted to JFD should address, but are not limited to:

  • Advancement of faculty
  • Teaching and learning
  • Issues of importance to development of successful faculty

Authors are encouraged to read through the information listed at the following links to help them better understand issues and topics related to faculty development:

According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language (4th Edition, 2000), the definition of the word “faculty” is collective:

  1. Any of the divisions or comprehensive branches of learning at a college or university: the faculty of law.
  2. The teachers and instructors within such a division.
  3. A body of teachers.
  4. All of the members of a learned profession: the medical faculty.

Therefore, referring to a single individual as “a faculty” is incorrect. The correct form is “faculty member.”

V. Common and Uncommon Errors in APA Style

JFD receives a large volume of manuscripts, and during the initial review process, the editors often encounter manuscripts with mistakes and inconsistencies in APA style usage and formatting.

To help authors submit manuscripts that clearly adhere to APA style standards (6th Edition), the editors have compiled a list of common and uncommon errors most often seen in manuscripts submitted to JFD.

Authors are highly encouraged to click on the link below to open a document containing a list of common and uncommon errors in APA style, and to use the document to check their manuscripts before submitting them for review.

> Link to Common and Uncommon Usage Errors in APA Style

VI. Writing Style

While each manuscript must adhere to JFD and APA Guidelines, the editors recognize that authors have their own writing style, and while we welcome diversity in voice and style, we recommend authors review the following writing style guidelines.

JFD Writing Style Guidelines

> Authors should review these additional writing style suggestions before initial submission.

APA Writing Style Guidelines

> Carefully review rules 3.053.11 in Chapter 3 of the APA Style Manual, 6th Edition.

VII. Blind Review Manuscript

Manuscripts submitted to JFD undergo an anonymous review process. Therefore, authors are required to take the necessary steps to ensure that their manuscripts are unidentifiable to reviewers.

JFD Blind Review Process

  • Authors are responsible for removing identifying information from their manuscripts that may reveal identity or affiliations to reviewers.
  • All submitted manuscripts should mask the author’s(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and institutional references.
  • Authors will then add identifying information that was redacted for initial submission during the copyediting phase of the publication process.

JFD editors frequently encounter manuscripts that are not fully blinded, which means identifying author information is left in the manuscript. Identifying author information is problematic because manuscripts that fail to meet the blind review requirements cannot be sent to the reviewers.

We ask that authors use the following checklist to help them ensure they have properly blinded their manuscripts.

  1. ___Double-check that the Title, References, Acknowledgements, and Running Header do not contain information that identifies the author(s)
  2. ___If referring to author work within the manuscript or Reference page, simply put Author Citation and the year.
  3. ___When submitting notes related to a revision, please blind the notes so reviewers will not be able to identify the author(s).

For example:

  • In the manuscript it would read, Author Citation, 2001
  • While the Reference page would contain (Author Citation, 2001).
  • In-text references to studies or research would read, “During our 2001 research study (MSAuthor),…”

APA Guidelines for Manuscript Blinding

APA offers specific information related to the “Publication Process” for scholarly and research-based manuscripts.

Please refer to Chapter 8 of the APA Publication Manual (6th Edition), before submitting a manuscript to JFD.

VIII. Electronic Submission

The JFD welcomes electronic submissions.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, email the document file as a Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF attachment to

IX. JFD Review Process

All manuscripts will undergo a preliminary review by the Editor. After a preliminary review by the Editor, manuscripts that are suitable for consideration will be sent to at least three peer reviewers.

Reviewers may recommend JFD:

  • accept the manuscript without revision;
  • accept the manuscript with minor revisions;
  • revise and resubmit the manuscript for major revisions;
  • reject the manuscript.

General criteria used for manuscript review include:

  • logic and organization of the manuscript;
  • quality of writing;
  • clarity of the thesis, argument, or question;
  • quality of support for thesis/argument/question;
  • extent to which the implications are explored;
  • pertinence to scholars and practitioners in postsecondary education.

Suitability criteria for JFD include:

  • introduces new research to the field;
  • represents a completely innovative contribution to the field;
  • makes a contribution that is practical and useful (but not necessarily ground-breaking);
  • describes novel ideas, concepts, or techniques;
  • applies existing concepts and techniques in novel ways;
  • integrates existing research in useful ways
  • provides a useful synthesis of ideas in the field.

X. Author Remuneration

One copy of the volume in which the article appears will be sent to each author, and reprints may be ordered at cost. In addition to the New Forums Press website, printed copies of each issue may be ordered on, and JFD is also available in an electronic version through the New Forums Press website.

XI. Copyrighted Materials

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for any copyrighted material used in the manuscript, including illustrations. In addition, authors are expected to adhere to the standards for intellectual property rights and plagiarism and assume full responsibility for the content of their submissions.

Contact the Editor

Russell Carpenter, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
Associate Professor of English
Eastern Kentucky University

Twitter: @rustycarpenter