New Jersey English Journal

Submission Guidelines

This document provides details on formatting your manuscript for submission to New Jersey English Journal.


  • All submissions to NJEJ must be the original work of the author(s). Submissions should not have been previously published or under review elsewhere.
  • Length

  • Research and Practitioner-Oriented pieces: 1000-2000 words
  • Personal Essays: 700-1000 words
  • Poetry: ~1-5 pages
  • Formatting Requirements

  • Submit your manuscript as a single file (Microsoft Word files are preferred, but PDF files are also accepted).
  • Double space your text in 12-pt. Times New Roman font. Pages should be 8.5 x 11-inches with 1-inch margins.
  • Do not include a title page or abstract in your document. (When you upload your submission, you will be prompted to provide an abstract separately.)
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
  • If headings are included, use MLA heading levels 1 and 2. See OWL Purdue for details.
  • If tables or figures are included, place them in the document near where they are referenced. Follow current MLA guidelines for formatting.
  • Style

  • Since submissions must be anonymous, be sure to remove any identifying references to the author(s). In place of your name, use the word “Author,” or “Author 1,” “Author 2,” etc. for the initial review.
  • Avoid deficit-oriented language when discussing learners, teachers, and communities.
  • Use the singular pronouns “they,” “them,” “their,” and “theirs” unless a specific pronoun is otherwise indicated. Refer to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Statement on Gender and Language for details.
  • References

  • It is the author's obligation to provide complete and accurate references.
  • Provide a Works Cited list following MLA style. Authors should follow the current edition of the MLA Handbook.
  • Begin your Works Cited on the same page immediately after the last line of your manuscript, if possible.
  • Send any queries to .