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Principal Magazine Submission Guidelines

  • Principal theme and feature articles should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words, and department articles should be between 800 and 1,000 words.
  • For theme and feature articles, please include a list of relevant Web resources
  • All charts and tables must be clearly labeled and the sources identified.
  • Principal is a magazine, not a journal, so avoid the use of reference lists. For example, instead of using a parenthetical citation, in which case a reference list would be needed, such as:

Schumacher and Deshler (2006) define a learning strategy as “an individual’s approach to a task. It includes how a person thinks and acts when planning, executing, and evaluating performance on a task and its outcomes.”

Write the sentence in such a way that the citation is included in the article text, eliminating the need for a reference list, for example:

In Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities, Don Deshler and Jean Schumacher define a learning strategy as “an individual’s approach to a task. It includes how a person thinks and acts when planning, executing, and evaluating performance on a task and its outcomes.”

Important Information:

  • Articles should be submitted via email to publications@naesp.org. Please make sure all attachments are in Word document (.doc or .docx) format and be sure to provide your full title, affiliation, and contact information on the first page, including your mailing address and e-mail address.
  • Confirmation emails are sent within two weeks of receiving your manuscript. Thus, if you were not sent an email, we have not received your manuscript.
  • Allow eight to twelve weeks for the editors to review your manuscript. It will be evaluated for originality, readability, soundness of content, and interest to our readers. The editors reserve the right to revise any manuscript, subject to the author's review and approval.
  • All published articles are copyrighted by NAESP unless otherwise requested. Do not submit manuscripts that have been published or are being considered for publication elsewhere. Submitted articles may be accepted for publication in another NAESP publication or on the NAESP website.