Instructions for Authors

EDITORIAL REVIEW PROCEDURES: All papers submitted to Curriculum Inquiry are subjected to a preliminary internal review, and those deemed appropriate for publication in the journal are sent anonymously to readers. The editors rely heavily on the judgments of those readers but are not bound by them. Intending contributors should note that the editors favor clean, cogent prose. Manuscripts are accepted for publication subject to nonsubstantive editing with the understanding that CI has the right of first publication.

Curriculum Inquiry conducts a double blind review process. To assure anonymity, only the title should appear on the manuscript and all references to the author(s) in the manuscript, including the reference list, should be removed. Submit a separate cover page with title, name, and affiliation.

Curriculum Inquiry's policy is to present original publications which are available for the first time through our journal. For these reasons, during the online submission process authors must confirm that the submitted manuscript is an original work, has not been published before, or posted electronically, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere either in printed or electronic form. Notwithstanding the foregoing, sharing print or electronic copies of the unpublished Article (as long as acknowledgment of submission to Curriculum Inquiry is clearly visible) with a limited audience, such as colleagues, or students, but not including posting to a widely accessible (online) website, would not prejudice acceptance. If unsure, please communicate with the Curriculum Inquiry editorial office.


  • All manuscripts must be submitted via the online journal submission site at
  • Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words including tables, captions, reference list and endnotes.
  • All copy – including quotations, indented matter, footnotes, and references – should be typed doublespaced, on standard letter size (8.5 x11 inch) pages, with 1-inch margins at top and bottom and 1.25-inch margins right and left sides, using 12-point font.
  • Footnotes should be in the form of Endnotes and should be used for commentary only, not for references.
  • Manuscripts must be accompanied by an Abstract of 200–250 words included in the main document. The Abstract should give the reader a vivid sense of the issues, findings, and conclusions of the article.
  • A separate title or cover page for the manuscript should be uploaded which has the title of the manuscript, author(s) names, institutional affiliation, and contact information.
  • Tables: Type each table on a separate page. Refer to each table in numerical order in the text. Prepare tables without vertical lines.


  • Authors must provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour.
  • Figures must be saved separate to text. Do not embed figures in the manuscript file.
  • Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the manuscript (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).
  • Figure captions must be saved separately, as part of the file containing the complete text of the manuscript, and numbered correspondingly.
  • The filename for a graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure1, Figure2a.

REFERENCING AND BIBLIOGRAPHIC STANDARDS FOR AUTHORS: Authors preparing manuscripts for Curriculum Inquiry should refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition for bibliographic and referencing style. Numbered notes should only be used for acknowledgments and commentary, and should appear as endnotes. In-text citations should include, in parentheses, author surname, year of publication, and page numbers where appropriate (see sections 6.11–6.21 of the APA manual for details and examples).

In all cases, a reference list formatted according to APA style must be provided at the end of the manuscript.  Examples of APA REFERENCE LIST style:

Journal Articles

Kernis, M. H., Cornell, D. P., Sun C.-R., Berry, A., & Harlow, T. (1993). There’s more to self-esteem than whether it is high or low: The importance of stability of self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1190–1204.
Leibowitz, A., & Klerman, J. (1995). Explaining changes in married mothers’ employment over time. Demography, 32, 365–378.


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington, DC: Author.
Beck, C. A. J., & Sales, B. D. (2001). Family mediation: Facts, myths, and future prospects. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Atkinson, P., & Delamont, S. (1976). Mock-ups and cock-ups: The management of guided discovery instruction. In M. Hammersley & P. Woods (Eds.), The process of schooling (pp. 133–142). London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 
Elder, G., George, L., & Shanahan, M. (1996). Psychosocial stress over the life course. In H. Kaplan (Ed.), Psychosocial stress: Perspectives on structure, theory, life-course and methods (pp. 247–292). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.


Provide the DOI if one has been assigned to the content (see 6:31-6:32 of the APA manual for details and examples). Use this format for the DOI in references: doi:xxxxxxx. When a DOI is used no further retrieval information is needed to identify or locate the content. For example:

Abraham, C., & Michie, S. (2008). A taxonomy of behaviour change techniques used in interventions. Health Psychology, 27(3), 379-387. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.27.3.379

If no DOI has been assigned to the content, provide the home page URL of the journal, book or report publisher. Do not include retrieval dates unless the source material may change over time (e.g., Wikis). For example:

Clay, R. (2008, June). Science vs. ideology: Psychologists fight back about the misuse of research. Monitor on Psychology, 39(6). Retrieved from

More detailed instructions for authors are available on the site of Curriculum Inquiry's publisher, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.