Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

RADICAL TEACHER, founded in 1975, is a socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal dedicated to the theory and practice of teaching. It serves the community of educators who are working for democratic process, peace, and justice. The magazine examines the root causes of inequality and promotes progressive social change.

RADICAL TEACHER publishes articles on classroom practices and curriculum, as well as on educational issues related to gender and sexuality, disability, culture, globalization, privatization, race, class, and other similar topics.

We welcome inquiries and ideas for articles, issues, or conferences from people actively engaged in progressive education. Radical Teacher is a peer-reviewed journal. Please visit our website for more information at radicalteacher.net

 

Section Policies

Articles

  1. MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION
    1. Process for Considering Unsolicited, "Open Call" Manuscripts

      We invite you to correspond with us in advance of sending manuscripts. If you have an idea for a possible article, you can ask whether it seems suitable for RT and if so, how it might best be developed. You can also send us a one-page proposal or, if you prefer, just your manuscript without these preliminaries. All submissions will receive full review (see below) if they fit RT's editorial priorities and limits. We strongly recommend that authors familiarize themselves with the magazine before sending manuscripts. Do check back issues, keeping in mind RT's focus on the "theory and practice of teaching" and its self-definition as "socialist, feminist, and anti-racist."

      When we get an unsolicited article, unless it is clearly outside our boundaries, the Manuscript Editors send it to readers from the editorial group. The Manuscript Editors also evaluate the article. Usually some readers will be fairly expert in the subject of the article, while others will be in different areas or levels of educational work. We critique articles for current knowledge usable by our readers and for general interest and readability.

      When all the readings are in, the Manuscript Editors weigh the readers' opinions and make a decision based on them. That decision may be a plain "accept" or "reject," or it may be one of the following: (1) We will accept the article based on specified revisions. (2) We encourage revision, provide suggestions (often detailed), and offer to work with the writer, but do not guarantee publication. (3) We tell the authors that we would be glad to read a drastic revision or a different kind of essay on the same subject. We always try to give authors helpful criticism and to get the article and the critique back to them in a timely fashion. When re-submitted, revisions may go to the original readers or to new readers from the editorial group.

      The Manuscript Editors, Sarah Chinn and Linda Dittmar, can be reached at manuscripts@radicalteacher.org

    2. Process for Submitting Manuscripts for specific "Clusters" as announced in RT's Calls for Papers (CFPs)

      Our website includes announcements of forthcoming issues where a cluster of essays will focus on a specific topic. Articles written for such a cluster may have been solicited from authors or developed in response to the CFP. The review process for cluster articles is the same as for out-of-cluster submissions: if suitable, they will be forwarded to board members for review. For "cluster" articles, contributors correspond with the designated cluster editors (announced in the CFP) rather than the Manuscript Editors.

      Unlike "open call" manuscripts, which can be submitted any time, cluster CFPs have specific deadlines in order to meet publication schedule. Late submissions that miss the deadline can nonetheless be forwarded to the general Manuscript Editors for consideration as out-of-cluster submissions. If we end up publishing a second installment of the same cluster, late submissions may be forwarded again to the cluster editors.

  2. FORMAT FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS (Open Call and Clusters)
    1. Radical Teacher articles average 4,000 words.
    2. Submissions should be in a Word document format, double spaced, pages numbered.
    3. Citations should follow a consistent form: APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.
    4. The document's title should not include your name. Rather, it should echo the essay's title as specific titles help us identify each submission. (difficult_text.doc and empire_advertising.doc are two specific examples.) Please do not title your .doc generically (e.g, Radical_Teacher_essay.doc) as this confuses us.
    5. When emailing to us, please include your name in the subject heading so that we'll be able to identify this correspondence easily.
    6. Your submission should include a title page with the author's name, email address (affiliation etc. optional), the essay's title, and the .doc's title.
    7. The body of the article should not include the author's name. If you wish, you can use the .doc title on each page by way of identification.

Editors
  • Michael Bennett
  • Sarah Chinn
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews

Editors
  • Sarah Chinn
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Teaching Notes

     Is there a book, film, essay, poem, or story that you've found particularly useful in the classroom and want to share with other Radical Teacher readers? We are especially interested in Teaching Notes on new materials not widely known, but we would also like to hear about newly rediscovered older works, as well as new ways of teaching familiar ones.

     Or has something challenging, encouraging, or frustrating happened in class?  If you think our readers can learn from your experience -- whether you handled things well, handled them badly, or are still trying to decide – we’d like to hear about it.

   Contributions should run about 500 to 1,500 words.  If you’d like to see some sample Teaching Notes, check out the CURRENT issue and the ARCHIVES on this site.

     Please submit your Teaching Note through this web site and also send an e-mail, with the header "Teaching Note," to: rosenr@wpunj.edu

Editors
  • Bob Rosen
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News for Educational Workers

Is there a news item, call for papers, upcoming conference, resource, teaching tool or other information related to progressive education that you would like to share with other Radical Teacher readers? Conference announcements and calls for papers should be at least six months ahead of date. Items, which will be used as found appropriate by Radical Teacher, cannot be returned. Send hard copy to Leonard Vogt, Department of English, LaGuardia Community College (CUNY), 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, New York 11101—or email items to: nfew@radicalteacher.org.

Editors
  • Leonard Vogt
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Teaching About Climate Change

Editors
  • James Davis
  • Bob Rosen
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

100 Anniversary Issue

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Teaching Across Borders

Editors
  • Linda Dittmar
  • Frances Maher
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Mini-Cluster

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Radical Teaching About Human Rights

Editors
  • Michael Bennett
  • Susan O'Malley
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Teaching Black Lives Matter

Editors
  • Paula Austin
  • Christopher Kennedy
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Archives and Radical Education

Editors
  • Linda Dittmar
  • Joseph Entin
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Teaching Critical University Studies

Editors
  • James Davis
  • Richard Ohmann
  • Robert Samuels
  • Ellen Schrecker
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Poetry

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Toward Public Pedagogies

Editors
  • Pamela Annas
  • Linda Dittmar
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

110 Miscellany

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts undergo editorial screening and full articles are double-blind peer-reviewed. Upon submission, issue editors determine whether the article falls within the scope of the journal, and then assign the article to two reviewers drawn from the editorial board of the journal. These reviewers are responsible for assessing the contribution and quality of the submission. Teaching Notes, Reviews, and News for Educational Workers are not peer reviewed. 

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. Our publisher, the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh, abides by the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of Open Access:

 

“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”

 

Researchers engage in discovery for the public good, yet because of cost barriers or use restrictions imposed by other publishers, research results are not available to the full community of potential users. It is our mission to support a greater global exchange of knowledge by making the research published in this journal open to the public and reusable under the terms of a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license.

 

Furthermore, we encourage authors to post their pre-publication manuscript in institutional repositories or on their Web sites prior to and during the submission process, and to post the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version after publication. These practices benefit authors with productive exchanges as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


There are no article processing charges, submissions fees, or any other costs required of authors to submit articles to this journal.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...