General Guidelines:

  • To be acceptable for publication, manuscripts must be relevant, well-written, thought-provoking, and of interest to our MinneTESOL readers.
  • Submissions should be written in an accessible and conversational style.
  • We seek contributions from a variety of language learning contexts. All contributions should include references to research and other work related to the topic.  Examples from various classroom contexts are welcomed.
  • This is an online journal, so authors are encouraged to include graphics, visuals, web links, or other enhancements to written texts.

 Submission Types: We are looking for a variety of submission types, including:

  • Articles describing research-based ESL/EFL/migrant education classroom strategies.
  • Program descriptions (school, district, or state).
  • Reviews of language teaching resources, books and classroom materials.
  • Opinion pieces that connect research, experiences and ideas.
  • Research-based discussions of current common issues in language teaching.
  • Contributions from EFL contexts, with relevance to MinneTESOL readers.
  • Other, if deemed relevant and of interest to MinneTESOL members.

 Length and Format of Manuscripts:

  1. Manuscripts should be between 1,500-2,500 words, including references.
  2. Please include an engaging title (no longer than 35 characters).
  3. Include a 1-2 sentence summarizing statement (if published, this will be included on the journal main page right underneath the article heading). Example: Title: Teaching for Developmental Diversity: An Approach to Academic Language and Critical Thinking Summarizing statement: For a successful transition into college, ABE learners will benefit from academic language and critical thinking practice that is informed by constructive-developmental theory.
  4. A web-based, interactive article will be broken into sections for ease of reading. Each section should be between 1-4 paragraphs in length and include a descriptive heading. For example, rather than title a section as Discussion, choose an engaging section title such as “What makes teaching summarizing so hard?”
  5. Please use Microsoft Word, and choose an easy-to-read format such as Times New Roman or Arial.
  6. Double-space all copy and number all pages.
  7. Authors are encouraged to include a short list of additional resources, such as readings, websites, etc. with their submission.
  8. When using images and other media from the web, it is the author’s responsibility to ensure these are Creative Commons licensed. If not, please seek and receive permission from the author/owner/artist before using the media in your manuscript.  General information about fair use in educational materials can be found here: and here:
  9. Submissions for both the Fall issue and Spring issue will have the option of blind-review, so please hide names of authors within the in-text references of the manuscript if you are choosing that option.

APA Style: Given the less technical writing style of the MinneTESOL Journal and our mission to be accessible and meaningful for readers, we will allow some flexibility in formatting and style.  As a general rule, however, submissions should conform to the specifications outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.  Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, figures, and facts.

Artwork and Photographs:

  • We welcome the inclusion of photographs and other visuals related to your manuscript. Note that digital photos must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. When submitting, please include the name of the photographer or the source as well as a note to explain visuals, such as the name of a school or connection to your manuscript.  This information helps us when we write captions.
  • Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permissions to use any photographs or artwork they provide. If we decide to use your photographs for publication, you will be asked to sign and return a MinneTESOL Journal photo permission form giving us permission  to use the photographs in your article and guaranteeing that all persons in each photograph have given their permission for the photograph to be published.

Review of Manuscripts

  • First authors for each manuscript will be notified if their submissions are selected for publication or not.  For manuscripts accepted for publication, the editors may suggest revisions and resubmission.
  • Before final publication, the editors reserve the right to make minor changes in the manuscript to enhance clarity or style.


  • Submissions for the Fall issue are due August 15; submissions for the Spring issue are due February 15.
  • Submit a separate cover page with your manuscript that includes the following:
    • Name and email address for each of the authors
    • A 100-word biography for each author
    • We use the Interest Section and Standing Committees of MinneTESOL as tags to facilitate searches for readers. Please identify one or more tags that are applicable to your manuscript:
      • Adult
      • College
      • Elementary
      • Middle School
      • Retired Teachers
      • Secondary
      • SLIFE (Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Schooling)
      • Teacher Education
  • You are welcome to submit a photo or other visual enhancement relevant to your manuscript.  If your manuscript is accepted for publication, you will be required to provide documentation of permission for use of photos/visuals.
  • Submit your manuscript (1,500-2,500 words) via Scholastica (specify in your submission whether you are submitting your manuscript for blind peer review or MinneTESOL Journal Editorial Board review):
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Published Articles and Creative Commons We support open access to the knowledge and information published in this online journal, so we do not require payment or a license to view content posted here. We also support the authors who share work here. We have chosen to adopt a Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives license.  As an author, this means that anyone with the link to the journal can read your work, but cannot profit from your work and they must give you credit  if they refer to it.

Questions? Any questions about topics or guidelines for submission to the MinneTESOL Journal should be addressed to the Journal Editors: