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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The title page has been removed from the manuscript file (this should be uploaded separately).
  • The manuscript file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The manuscript file name does not contain any identifying information
  • The manuscript file has had ALL author, state, and affiliation identifiers removed.
  • The manuscript figures/tables are in black and white only.
  • The manuscript adheres to the APA 7th edition style guide found at
  • The manuscript has 3 -5 keywords that relate to can be used for indexing.
  • The manuscript is be no more than 20 pages in length (excluding title page, figures, tables, and references). Tables are no more than one page in length.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously nor is it currently under review by another journal.
  • The manuscript is based on the scholarship of teaching and learning, theoretical models, and on case studies in which the teaching and learning experience is examined through a theoretical frmalework.
  • The manuscript, if involving human subjects, has been vetted and approved or has been designated exempt by an Institutional Research Ethics Board (IRB).
  • The manuscript does not deal with the technical subject matter in agronomy, animal science, economics, etc. (not involving teaching and learning).
  • The manuscript may be subjected to anti-plagiarism software. If plagiarism is observed, the manuscript will be promptly rejected.

Author Guidelines

The NACTA Journal invites contributions from teachers, researchers, and community educators in agricultural and other applied life science disciplines. Manuscripts should primarily address the teacher’s role as an educator and communicator, skills, techniques, philosophies and methods used in teaching and learning, and aspects of learning environment management, leadership, supervision, and administration essential to effective teaching and learning.

NACTA Journal research manuscripts may take various forms including the following:

  • New method or theory: a study presenting a logical, systematic, and coherent explanation of phenomena to explain within boundaries or conditions.
  • Empirical research: a report of quantitative or qualitative data derived from observation or experience to generate knowledge.
  • Case study: an in-depth, multi-dimensional understanding of a complex issue in a real-life context.
  • Proposal for action: a response to dealing with the current teaching and learning environment.
  • Commentary: an in-depth analysis written to draw attention to published work with an emphasis on analysis and interpretation for contemporary issues.
  • Chronicle of profession: a study of past events to interpret the facts, explain the cause, and understand effect on the present.

The NACTA Journal has adopted APA 7 guidelines for formatting manuscripts. 

If you need help formatting your submission into APA 7th ed, we have provided some resources to help get you started:

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