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Author Guidelines

To publish a book in The Theory and History of Education Monograph Series authors should follow the guidelines outlined below. Submissions which do not conform to these guidelines will not be considered for publication. Book manuscripts should contain original work. The submission of a manuscript to the press implies that it has not been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere and that the work contained therein is the author’s own. Permissions for any copyrighted illustrations or text that fall beyond the reasonable limits of fair use must be obtained. The author is responsible for acquiring the appropriate permissions, and providing documentation of those permissions to the press.

Submission Pathways

Authors are not required to be associated with Queen's University or the THEIR Group to be eligible to submit to THE monograph series. All submissions undergo peer review and may be officially accepted only after peer review and evaluation of subsequent author revisions. Submissions to the monograph series can follow two pathways.

1. Completed manuscripts in draft format: we require authors to follow our normal submission guidelines as outlined below.

2. Early-stage manuscripts: authors with manuscripts in the early stages of conceptualisation must submit a new prospectus [include link to form or guidelines], along with 1 sample chapter.

As a rule, the monograph series will not accept unedited doctoral theses or dissertations, and so those projects will follow the second pathway. In both submission pathways the Editorial Team (the Senior Editor, Associate Editors, Managing Editor, and Digitial Section Editor) handles the publication decision.  The Editorial Team confers with the Advisory Council on issues concerning the direction of the THE monograph series, and consults the Editorial Board as needed.

Blind Peer Review Process

All submissions to this monograph series go through a blind peer review process. Information about the author or authors should be written on a separate cover page. In the body of the manuscript there should no information or references that could permit a peer reviewer to identify the author or authors of the manuscript.


Book manuscripts must be written in English. Manuscripts should adhere to Canadian Oxford Dictionary or Concise Oxford Dictionary spelling. Articles that are not written in the native language of the authors require professional translation if the author does not have an excellent level of proficiency.

The monograph series will not cover costs dealing with translations or intensive copyediting.


Book manuscripts should not exceed [limit] words including endnotes but excluding abstracts and key words. The authors should use Times New Roman font, size 12, and line spacing 1.5 lines. Pages should be numbered consecutively throughout, from the first page of the front matter to the last page of the back matter. Do not number each chapter individually.

The manuscripts should strictly adhere to either The Chicago Manual of Style (17th Edition) guidelines in the case of works in the fields of History or Philosophy, or to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association guidelines (6th edition) for works in the areas of Education and Educational Practice. Both systems now require the inclusion of a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for each reference when available. Please use endnotes rather than footnotes. Endnotes can be collected either at the end of each chapter or at the end of the manuscript, and in either case the endnotes must be numbered in a separate sequence for each chapter. Titles, subtitles, and heading styles must have a standard format. Please, consult the last issue to conform to this style.

Abstract and Author Biographies

Each book manuscript should be accompanied by an English abstract of 150 words and a maximum of six key words, and a biography of each author of not more than 100 words in English.


Images, tables, diagrams, and charts should be submitted as separate files, clearly marked and referenced, with short descriptive titles. Additional information (such as legends) should be added as a note. Their placement in the text should be clearly marked. Encounters supports JPEG files for graphics, and Microsoft Word, Word Perfect or RTF files for text.


Indexes are the responsibility of the author.  The author should either complete the index on their own, or arrange for a professional indexer to complete that part of the manuscript after the peer review process has been completed.

This press supports the elimination of sexual, racial, and ethnic stereotyping and refers all potential authors to the appropriate guidelines in The Canadian Style/Le guide du redacteur.

Order of book elements (as needed)

Front Matter (before body text)

  • Title page
  • Dedication
  • Epigraph
  • Table of Contents (called “Contents”)
  • List of Illustrations (called “Illustrations”)
  • List of Tables (called “Tables”)
  • Foreword
  • Preface (may include acknowledgments)
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Abbreviations (if used in text)

Back Matter (after body text)

  • Appendixes
  • Abbreviations (if used in back matter)
  • Notes
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography or References
  • List of Contributors (if edited volume)
  • Index (will be prepared at a later stage.

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