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Articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including citations) and should include an abstract of approximately 200 words. (Please submit an anonymous copy of your work, without author names or institutions, to facilitate a blind review - please also check any appendices for identifying information.) Topics addressed should be relevant to the writing center community. We are particularly interested in empirical studies that go beyond conjecture and hypothesis. Authors should submit studies that offer practical applications and transportable instruments; however, we will also consider non-empirical studies that make theoretical contributions with strong explanatory power. Researchers who work with human participants should include the IRB approval number for their studies as a separate document and indicate that their study was IRB-approved in their manuscript. (See the WCJ style sheet for more information.) 




We are also interested in book reviews and review essays. These submissions should follow the same formatting guidelines above and in The WCJ style sheet. Book reviews should be approximately 2,000 words; review essays which address multiple works should be no more than 6,000 words. Though reviewed books need not address writing centers exclusively, reviews of such works should make explicit connections with writing center studies and should address what the reviewed texts contribute to theory and practice of tutoring, writing center administration, and/or working with writers. The WCJ publishes book reviews that move beyond summary or promotion; writers should situate reviewed books in broader conversations in the field and should include critique of the reviewed works as warranted. Please contact us with your interest in writing a book review or review essay before submitting it.




Manuscript receipt is acknowledged by an automated email. (Please check your spam folder if you do not receive an automated email after you submit). After initial review by the editors, strong manuscripts will be submitted for blind review and read by at least two external readers. The editors will keep authors informed of their manuscript status and will provide feedback even to those essays that we decline to send out for peer review. Please take a look at our WCJ Review Form; it gives a sense of what we ask our reviewers to read for and what we want WCJ manuscripts to accomplish. If you do not hear about the status of your manuscript within twelve to fourteen weeks, please contact us at



The editors invite submissions of original empirical research and theoretical scholarship on topics of interest to the writing center community. The WCJ aims to reflect the diversity of writing center contexts and encourages submissions related to a wide variety of institutional types and other environments. We are inclined toward empirical research—but not exclusively so. We recognize the value of theoretical exploration, of exceptional thinking, of insight. And we take an expansive view of what constitutes empirical. We thus welcome submissions that challenge our field’s boundaries through an ethos of questioning.

Only manuscripts that have not been published and are not under review elsewhere are accepted for consideration in The WCJ. The WCJ uses a modified version of APA, and all submissions should be consistent with the WCJ style sheet. Reviewer guidelines, which can help with your submission, are available here