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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOI hyperlinks (or URLs if no DOI) for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • References and in-text citiations are prepared according to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • All authors have reviewed the publication agreement.

Author Guidelines

Canadian Social Studies, since its inception, has both drawn from and pointed to the multiple historical, sociological, geographical, and philosophical/theoretical/political perspectives that constitute the field of social studies education. Focusing on education’s role in helping to foster a better future, the journal publishes original, peer reviewed conceptual and empirical studies. Its purpose is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and research findings that will further the understanding and development of social studies education. CSS is especially interested in contributions that make strong connections between theory and practice. To this end, and recognizing the many sites in which social studies is practiced, we have three sections for potential contributions:

  1. Articles should be up to 8000 words inclusive of references and documentation. Shorter pieces are also welcomed. Please also include an abstract of less than 150 words.
  2. Book reviews are usually short (less than 1200 words), but longer reviews are possible upon consultation with the editor. Book reviews do not require an abstract.
  3. Loose Threads are also welcomed as submissions. The editors recognize the value of diverse representations for issues that effect social studies education. For this section, editors invite non-textual products from artists, teachers, and students. These may be: uncommon expressions of thoughtful exploration, including art in all its forms (with a brief artist statement of 250-1000 words). 

References and in-text citiations are prepared according to the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Authors must blind their manuscripts for review (i.e., concealing or removing author names) only when leaving in author names would reveal their identity. This citation practice often looks like (Author, 2020) in text. Authors should keep the original citation unless it identifies them by context. In many cases, blinding the author's name will unintentionally reveal the author's identity (particularly, if the author's work is unique). The American Educational Research Journal (AERJ) has detailed examples of this practice on their submission site.

Notes on Formatting

  • Left, right, top, and bottom margins should be 2.54 cm / 1 inch
  • Use only one space between sentences (not two)
  • Font should be Times New Roman 12-point size font, with the exception of footnote text, which should be Times New Roman 10-point font.
  • Set the line spacing for your file to “double” for all content, including reference entries and text extracts. Do not insert extra spaces between paragraphs.
  • Use the "hanging indent" function instead of tabs in the reference list
  • Please follow APA Style for headings, quotations, citations, reference list, etc. 

Articles

Articles should be up to 8000 words inclusive of references and documentation. Shorter pieces are also welcomed. Please also include an abstract of less than 150 words. Research articles are internally reviewed before sending out for blind review to relevant board members and or members of the profession with expertise. Next, the editors examine reviews and offer decisions and ways forward, either to improve the piece for other submissions or towards eventual publication through re-review with original reviewers and editors.

Book Reviews

Book reviews are usually short (less than 1200 words), but longer reviews are possible upon consultation with the editor. Book reviews do not require an abstract. Book reviewers are selected upon consultation amongst editors and published when editorial feedback has been integrated.

Loose Threads

Loose Threads are also welcomed as submissions. The editors recognize the value of diverse representations for issues that effect social studies education. For this section, editors invite non-textual products from artists, teachers, and students. These may be: uncommon expressions of thoughtful exploration, including art in all its forms (with a brief artist statement of 250-1000 words).

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