Call for Manuscripts

The editors of the Middle Grades Review are pleased to announce a call for the next two issues. 

Issue 5(2): Open Call 

Submission Date: April 15, 2019, Anticipated Publication Date: September, 2019

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. In this general issue, the Review seeks pieces that explore the three key themes of democratic education, innovation, and social justice, in relation to middle grades education and early adolescence

Issue 5(3): Theme Issue: Democracy in Middle Grades Education 

Submission Date: September 15, 2019, Anticipated Publication Date: December, 2019

Recently, scholars, media outlets and social commentators across the globe have remarked on the erosion of democratic principles, noting a polarized political discourse, interference in electoral processes, and restricted voting rights. At the same time, we observe a growing gap in economic mobility and prosperity while social institutions serve fewer and fewer individuals. The tension between democracy and capitalism affects schools in myriad ways. With this call, the  Review invites research accounts, essays, and practitioner perspectives that examine democracy in action, within the context of middle grades education. The focus of this call-- Democracy in Middle Grades Education-- is intentionally broad. Possible topics may include student voice in the middle grades classroom; civic and/or global studies; democratic governance in middle schools; integrating democratic principles into teacher preparation; and the purpose of middle schooling in relation to society, among others.

Types of Submission

1. Essays pose opinion, positing or discussing theory, and/or offering critique (under 3000 words, excluding references).


2. Research and Inquiry are 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 are accounts of teacher and/or student practice (under 3000 words, excluding references).


 4. Responses are 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).

Because the Review is an online venue, authors are encouraged to include 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.