International Journal of ePortfolio

Submission Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted in English and in Microsoft Word format. For those using Open Office, please save your manuscript in the ".doc" format prior to submission. The following Submission Guidelines pertain to all manuscript types; that is, Instructional Articles; Assessment Articles; and Technology, Policy, and Review Articles. Ultimately, authors should follow the guidelines set forth in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). The seventh edition is the most recent edition. You are encouraged to review those standards prior to manuscript submission. Those new to APA are encouraged to review this free online tutorial as well.

Please note: All submissions to the IJeP must consist of a single electronic file that adheres to the guidelines set below. Any pictures or graphics should be embedded in the Microsoft Word (.doc) file. Those submitting manuscripts to IJeP can expect the review process to take approximately 90 days.

General Manuscript Structure

All manuscripts should conform to the following general structure:

  1. Title Page
  2. Abstract and Keywords
  3. Body of Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. References
  6. Appendices
  7. Biographical Notes of Authors (accepted manuscripts only)

Specific Guidelines

Title Page: Include the manuscript title only. Do not include the authors' names, affiliations, email addresses, or phone numbers. Author information will be obtained during the online submission process. Do not bold face or italicized anything on the title page.

Abstract: Include a 100-200 word abstract describing and summarizing the manuscript. The abstract should be self-explanatory and provide the reader with a summarization of the contents of the manuscript.

Keywords: At the bottom of the Abstract page, include 3-5 keywords, separated by commas, that may be used to index the manuscript.

Body of Manuscript: The body of the manuscript should conform to the following guidelines.

  • Length: Manuscript length will depend on the type of manuscript submitted: Instructional Articles (15-25 pages); Assessment Articles (15-25 pages); and Technology, Policy, and Management Articles (10-25 pages). These lengths include only the text of the manuscript and not the abstract, references, and appendices. Manuscripts of greater length will be considered as space and interest provide.
  • Manuscript Preparation: All manuscripts should conform to current APA preparation guidelines. Specifically, manuscripts should use:
    • double-spaced text;
    • 12-point standard font (e.g., Times, Times Roman);
    • 1-inch margins (i.e., top, bottom, left, right);
    • italics, as needed, but no underlining;
    • page numbers, in the upper right corner of the page header; and
    • section headers, as needed.
  • Manuscript Style: All manuscripts should conform to the APA style guidelines for punctuation, spelling, capitalization, italics, abbreviations, headings, quotations, numbers, tables, and figures. In addition, authors should follow the APA style guidelines for reducing bias in language.
  • Footnotes and Endnotes: Footnotes and endnotes should not be used. Relevant information, which might normally be placed in a footnote or endnote, should be included in the manuscript text.

Acknowledgements: Any acknowledgements of persons, institutions, or granting agencies should be brief.

References: All manuscripts should conform to the APA guidelines for citations and references. The following examples are provided for clarity; however, authors should consult the APA guidelines for specific formats, indention, etc.



Moreno, R., & Valdez, A. (2007).  Immediate and delayed effects of using a classroom case exemplar in teacher education:  The role of presentation format.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(1), 194-206.  doi:10.1037/0022-0663.99.1.194



Bruner, J. (1990). Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.



Watson, C.E., Zaldivar, M., & Summers, T. (2010).  ePortfolios for learning, assessment, and professional development.  In R. Donnelly, J. Harvey, & K.C. O’Rourke (Eds.),  Critical design and effective tools for elearning in higher education:  Theory into practice (pp. 157-175)Hershey, PA:  IGI Global.


Web Pages:

Anderson, J. R., Reder, L. M., & Simon, H. A. (1995). Applications and misapplications of cognitive psychology to mathematics education. Retrieved from http://act.psy.cmu.edu/personal/ja/misapplied.html

Tables and Figures: All manuscripts should conform to current APA guidelines for the inclusion of Tables and Figures. Tables and Figures should be numbered sequentially (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, and Figure 1, Figure 2) and include descriptive titles.

Author Biographies (for accepted manuscripts only): All authors of accepted manuscripts must include short biographies, approximately 50-100 words, which include the authors’ institutional affiliation, current job title, and relevant accomplishments, positions, publications, and teaching responsibilities. Upon manuscript acceptance, authors will be asked to submit this short bio.