South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Journal



Who Can Submit?

Classroom teachers, administrators, teacher educators, pre-service teachers, graduate students, and researchers are invited to submit manuscripts to the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education (SCAMLE) professional journal. The SCAMLE Journal welcomes high-quality manuscripts of varying lengths that address the issues and needs of young adolescents. We accept practical, theoretical, and empirical papers, literature reviews, and book reviews specific to middle level education. We also accept creative writing and original artwork from middle level students and educators.

Annual Timeline:

  • Manuscript Submission Deadline: November 30
  • Manuscript Review Period: December 1- January 15
  • Final Revisions Due: February 15
  • Publication: March 1

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Preparing Your Manuscript

  1. Include a separate cover letter.
    • List your name and school name, mailing address, and email address.
    • List any co-authors in preferred order with the above information for each.
    • Include a title, abstract (approximately 100 words), and key words.
    • Confirm that this work is original and has not been published elsewhere, nor is it currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  2. The body of the manuscript should not exceed 15 pages. Text should be double-spaced in 12-point font, preferably in Microsoft Word.
  3. No identifying characteristics may appear in the body of the manuscript (i.e., names of participants, authors, or schools must not appear in your manuscript).
  4. All submissions must conform to the style found in the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Full references for all citations should be included, following APA guidelines.
  5. If student artifacts are included (i.e., artwork, photos, writing, etc.), authors must provide written permission releases for the use of the artifacts.
  6. Images should be in .jpg format.

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Review of Your Manuscript

The review process includes a preliminary evaluation by the journal editor for appropriateness, followed by a double-blind peer-review process with at least two reviewers from the SCAMLE Journal Editorial Review Board. Acceptance is determined by the reviewers’ recommendations and balance of topics in the annual issue. Your manuscript will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Value to Practitioner
  2. Significance to Field
  3. Readability
  4. How well the manuscript is supported by research
  5. How well the manuscript adheres to APA 7th edition guidelines
  6. Clarity and quality of writing
  7. How the manuscript provides significant, valuable information that will help teachers, counselors, administrators and other middle level educators do their jobs more effectively.
  8. How the manuscript provides significant, valuable information that will help teachers, counselors, administrators and other middle level educators do their jobs more effectively.

A decision is typically rendered within 8-10 weeks from the call deadline. Please send questions about manuscript submission to the Editor, Deborah McMurtrie, at DeborahMc@usca.edu or SCAMLEJournal@usca.edu

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

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Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Scholar Commons 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
  • 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; and
  • 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.

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