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About the Journal

The NCMLE Journal is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal published by NCMLE.  The NCMLE Journal publishes manuscripts on topics related to reformation as it correlates with the education of young adolescent learners and effective middle level leadership.  The NCMLE Journal is published two times each year by NCMLE, in the Fall and Spring.

Typically, submissions fall into one of the following categories:

  • Research:  Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research can be submitted
  • Practitioner-Focused:  Creative and practical advice / tips for current teachers and / or administrators.
  • Best Practices:  Unique and meaningful strategies for current teachers and / or administrators regarding classroom instruction, classroom management, questioning, and other related topic

Length of Submissions

The length of submissions vary, however all submissions are considered.  A typical submission ranges from 1,000-3,000 words.  Topics and submissions should be current, totally free of all errors, and solely submitted to NCMLE for consideration.  NCMLE does not publish work that has been previously published to other organizations.  NCMLE will review single authors and teams of authors.  If a submission is accepted for publication and not published within 18 months, rights are automatically returned to the original author(s).

What rules should I follow when submitting?

  • Include a title page (page one) with article title, author, position, organization, and contact email
  • Include an abstract with keywords (page two)
  • All submissions should be double-spaced in a WORD document
  • All pages should be numbered
  • Use 1-inch margins
  • Use Times New Roman
  • Include a reference page
  • Follow APA format (6th edition)
  • We have no preference with footnotes and endnotes
  • Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts.

Submissions not following the above criteria will not be reviewed.  

The NCMLE Journal is clearly linked to the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform and the Schools to Watch Initiative / Rubric 


The Schools To Watch Program® is a copyright protected program of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Criteria established by the National Forum is used as the basis for the Forum’s Schools To Watch Program, which focuses on school improvement efforts characterized by a continuous trajectory toward success. 

The rubric is divided into four domains: 

  1. Academic Excellence
  2. Developmental Responsiveness
  3. Social Equity
  4. Organizational Support and Processes

All submissions must be clearly and strongly linked to one of the four domains.   

How do I submit something that I want considered for publication?

Send your manuscript, after you have checked it carefully, as an attachment to an email, to:

Do not paste your submission into the body of an email, send it via a Google Doc, or request a fax number for submission.  We will verify that we have received your submission within 48 hours. 

What happens after I submit something to be considered for publication?

If your submission makes it through our blind reviews and is accepted for publication, you will be made aware.  You will have the opportunity to accept our offer and then complete and submit the required paperwork.  If your submission is not accepted, we will also advise you.  If we suggest or require edits, we will also communicate that with all authors. 

Contact the Journal

     Comments, questions, or suggestions? Contact Dr. James Davis at