About This Journal

Middle Grades Review provides a provocative forum for debate within the field of middle grades education. Inviting a critical perspective, the Review is a peer-reviewed, multi-media venue for scholars and practitioners who wish to broaden the discourse of middle grades education by challenging conventional wisdom. The Review seeks pieces that explore three themes: Democratic Education, Innovation, and Social Justice, in relation to middle grades education and early adolescence.

Types of Submission:

1. Essays                      

Essays posing opinion, positing or discussing theory, and/or offering critique

(under 3000 words, excluding references)

 2. Research and Inquiry  
Research reports of original research that represent any paradigm or methodology. The Review prioritizes inquiry that involves middle grades students in at least one of the following ways: as participants, consultants or co-researchers

(under 7500 words, excluding references)

 3. Practitioner Perspectives                    
Accounts of teacher and/or student practice
(under 3000 words, excluding references)

4. Responses
Brief responses to previous articles in any of the above three categories. Responses should stimulate debate in the middle grades community by extending the original manuscript’s content, or by presenting an opposing interpretation or perspective.
(under 2000 words, excluding references. Longer responses should be submitted as an Essay)

Because the Review is an online forum, authors are encouraged to include any digital media that support the manuscript. These include links to other sites, embedded audio and/or visual, and visual representations of student work or other data. Submissions must not have not been previously published, nor should they be under review elsewhere.  All manuscripts are written in APA format, 6th edition.  Submissions first undergo editorial review. If found suitable, manuscripts are then peer-reviewed by university faculty, middle level education researchers, and middle grades teachers.

All articles in Middle Grades Review are free to access immediately from the data of publication. There are no article processing or submission charges. All content, unless otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license, which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided that it is properly attributed. This journal is abstracted/indexed in Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) and in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Middle Grades Review  is published by the University Libraries of the University of Vermont through the ScholarWorks @ UVM Institutional Repository. The repository is hosted on the bepress Digital Commons system, which provides infrastructure and maintenance services.

Journal editors can be reached for questions and comments at penny.bishop@maine.edu and jnagle2@smcvt.edu, or at the journal's physical address: Dr. Penny Bishop, Co-Editor, Middle Grades Review , University of Maine, 5766 Shibles Hall, Orono, Maine 04469-5766

Indexed in DOAJ, Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) and Cabell's.