Articles should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words (including citations) and should include an abstract of approximately 200 words. Topics addressed should be relevant to the writing center community. We are particularly interested in RAD research (replicable, aggregable, data-supported) and 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. (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.
Manuscript receipt is acknowledged by email. After initial review by the editors (typically within 4-8 weeks), strong manuscripts will be submitted for blind review 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.
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Copyright of all articles published in The Writing Center Journal, including the right to reproduce them in any form or media, is assigned solely to The Writing Center Journal. The WCJ does not print advertisements. All inquiries regarding subscriptions, announcements, and reprint permissions should be addressed to the editors at writingcenterjournal [at] ou [dot] edu.
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. Manuscripts should be submitted as Word attachments via email to writingcenterjournal [at] ou [dot] edu.