Submission Guidelines

Wisconsin English Journal welcomes all types of writing related to the teaching of English at any grade level that foregrounds classroom practice contextualized in sound research, thus showing real students and instructors engaged in authentic teaching and learning.

Submit all writing to the editor, John Pruitt, at wi.english.journal @

Feature articles (typically 2,500-5,000 words) will detail a completed traditional or action research investigation or offer a critical review of a number of investigations that share a common theme or topic. We welcome research that addresses literacy learning as a motivating, intriguing, and successful venture for students at all grade levels, such as:

–Critical reflections on teaching
–Descriptions of effective teaching methods and instructional tools
–Lesson studies
–Outstanding lesson plans and original assignments
–Vignettes from the classroom

Instructional Notes serve the purpose of providing evidence-based, research-situated discussions of innovative teaching practices/approaches. A publishable instructional note accomplishes the following:

  1. Establishes an exigency by identifying a teaching problem to be addressed that requires some innovative strategy in order to reach the desired outcomes. What is the exigency for the project? What are the desired outcomes? On what basis does the author’s claim that this is an important teaching or learning problem rest?
  2. Situates the strategy in the context of the ongoing discussion. In other words, a literature review is expected, albeit not the comprehensive type that would be expected in a feature article. Strong notes will identify how their ideas reflect or challenge current disciplinary thinking about the teaching or learning questions being discussed. Effective instructional notes will also situate the author’s pedagogical ideas within local circumstances by describing the course, the curriculum, the campus, and the students to some extent.
  3. Presents the process of implementing the instructional strategy. The pedagogical approach is outlined in sufficient detail to reproduce in another instructor’s classroom. Further, as experienced instructors, readers know that no plans proceed without a snag. What challenges can readers expect? What bumps in the road did the writer have to problem solve? How were they resolved, and if they weren’t, why not?
  4. Offers Clear Outcomes. Instructional Notes conclude by offering evidence of student outcomes either through a case study of student work, anecdotal evidence of what transpired, student reflections on their experiences, or other assessment measures appropriate to the activity. These should be used with permission from students or from the appropriate institutional review board.

WEJ also publishes work of interest to teacher educators and administrators, including:

–Profiles of and interviews with outstanding English teachers, researchers, teacher educators, policy makers, or others involved in the field of English language arts who do interesting work
–Annotated bibliographies and literature reviews
–Policy statements and information about new state or national legislation relevant to the profession
–Reports of language and literacy research


Submission Checklist
1. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are original material and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors who wish to use their published manuscript in an edited book or other compilation of articles may do so but first must obtain written permission from the editor.

2. Cover page with full title plus full name of each author with current affiliation, position held, and e-mail address.

3. Manuscripts should be prepared following guidelines established in the publication manual of the American Psychological Association.

4. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF file format.

5. We highly encourage graphics, videos, and hyperlinks to online multimedia objects or other online materials. Authors should label graphs and tables appropriately and ensure that all links are active at the time of submission.

6. All research must have approval of the Institutional Review Board if the author is affiliated with a post-secondary institution. Otherwise, authors must have, in their possession, participants’ consent letters for the conducted research.

7. Include an abstract of 150-250 words.

Once the editor determines that the manuscript’s format and content are appropriate for the journal, the manuscript is then sent through a blind peer-review process. Names of reviewers will not be released to authors, nor will reviewers know the identities of authors whose work they review. The review process will take 4-8 weeks. Authors will be notified of the recommendations of the review panel and will be provided with the reviewers’ comments.

Submit all writing to the editor, John Pruitt, at wi.english.journal @