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Author Guidelines

The submission deadline for the 2018 Issue of IJRSLCE is May 1st, 2018. Please use our new manuscript submission portal at

IJRSLCE is currently seeking the following types of articles/manuscripts related to six areas of scholarship in service-learning and community engagement represented in the journal sections: Advances in Theory and Methodology; Student Outcomes, K-20; Faculty Roles and Related Issues, Institutional Issues; Community Partnerships/Impacts; and International Service-Learning and Community Engagement Research. Types of manuscripts that will be considered for each section include:

Research Articles reporting on the findings from empirical studies of service-learning, community engagement and/or related civic education and civic engagement efforts. (Peer reviewed.)

Theoretical or Conceptual Articles examining potential or existing theoretical or conceptual bases of service-learning and community engagement. (Peer reviewed).

Review Articles that take a critical look at emerging findings and practices in the fields of service-learning and community engagement to assess the state of knowledge in the field and/or the significance of existing literature. (Peer reviewed.)

IJRSLCE also invites submissions of Book Reviews of recent publications in the service-learning, community engagement, or civic education field. (1500 words or less).


For a more detailed description of the types of articles sought for IJRSLCE, authors should review journal policies.

Submission of Manuscripts

The recommended manuscript length for all articles is 6,000-8,000 words, including abstract, references, and appendices.

Please be aware that by submitting a manuscript to the IJRSLCE, you understand and agree to the following:

  • Your submission indicates a commitment to publish in IJRSLCE if your manuscript is accepted for publication
  • You permit IJRSLCE to publish the manuscript and you assign all rights to IJRSLCE
  • You retain the right to use the substance of the published manuscript, provided you acknowledge prior publication in IJRSLCE
  • The IJRSLCE reserves the right to make editorial changes for publication suitability
  • The IJRSLCE reserves the right to not publish the manuscript for any reason; if so, the rights revert to you as the author
  • If the submitted manuscript has more than one author, all co-authors have agreed to the submission, including the order of names in the publication and all submission guidelines and agreements


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font (Times New Roman); 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.
  4. Manuscripts should be no more than 8,000 words, including the main text, references, notes, and appendices.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA style).
  6. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  7. The submission does not infringe upon others' rights, and does not include bias such as racial, ethnic, religious, gender, or other forms.
  8. For consistency, use 'service-learning' with a hyphen.
  9. The submission includes a brief abstract of 150 words, inserted between the title and the beginning of the manuscript's text.
  10. Any submitted research data should be recent (i.e. obtained within the past 1-5 years. Please explain exceptions in the Comments to the Editor(s).
  11. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please ensure all guidelines have been followed (in addition to the other IJRSLCE submission guidelines).
  12. The type of manuscript (research article, theoretical/conceptual article, review article, or book review) is identified.
  13. For the purposes of review and correct placement, the appropriate journal section for the submission is identified as: Advances in Theory and Methodology, Student Outcomes, Faculty Roles and Institutional Issues, Community Partnerships/Impacts, or International Service-Learning and Community Engagement Research.

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