Login or Register to make a submission.

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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Review Process

For the first several issues, we will be soliciting submissions from key scholars. The Editor or Guest Editor will disseminate authors' works to a minimum of two reviewers, who will conduct a single-blind review (authors will be known to reviewers/reviewers will not be known by authors). One reviewer will be a social studies education scholar who will review the article for its fidelity to the research published previously in full form (i.e., articles for academia). The second reviewer will be a practicing social studies teacher who will review the article for its readability and the extent to which the author is able to communicate how their research can be applied practically in the social studies classroom. Reviewers can provide the following evaluations: accept as is; revise and resubmit with minor revisions; revise and resubmit with major revisions; reject.

We will make every effort to submit works to reviewers with a knowledge of the area of scholarship. 

We expect reviewers to provide constructive and specific feedback (regardless of their recommendation). D-bag reviews are unprofessional. Writers of d-bag reviews will be blacklisted, and their reviews discarded. Fists will be shaken and curses will be uttered!


We aim to publish using an Ariel 12pt font for the sake of readability. Please use the APA 7 format for your manuscripts.

Your writing should be professional, but colloquial. We expect authors to use first person, active voice. This is not a journal for academics, so you should avoid jargon or stuffy, pretentious language. You are are free to make use of word play, humor, slang or nonstandard English (nonstandard uses may require additional explanatory notes).

Section Limits

Each article we publish should focus its attention on the implications of their research for practice. We ask that authors to stick to the following section limits with a total word count of 1500 words (references excluded)

  • Description of the research process (300 words)
  • Description of the findings/implications (500 words)
  • Description of ideas for incorporating research into practice (700 words)

Q & A Companion Piece

We brought this piece to life at the behest of our practitioners who articulated how helpful it would be to their practice.

After your manuscript has been reviewed and either been accepted or needs only minor revisions, we will provide you with a series of five questions posed by practitioners about your work. Your answers to these questions will be published as a companion work and considered a distinct publication.

The purposes of the Q & A are to extend teachers' opportunities to learn from you, to clarify any confusion that may arise on the part of your article, and to respond directly to teachers' concerns and interests.

Unique Publication Statement

Although the articles published in ASSERT are intended to summaries of already published peer-reviewed research, we intend to offer our readers unique contributions that they will not find elsewhere. As such, we ask that authors will sign a statement that affirms they have not published this work in any other venue.

Copyright Clearance

You are responsible for obtaining written copyright permission for the use of any visual elements of your article and must provide us with copyright permission when you submit your manuscript.

Privacy Statement

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication. 

This journal’s editorial team and its hosting service, the University of Alberta Library, use this data to guide their work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal, the University of Alberta Library, or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here. 

This website uses Google Analytics, a service which transmits website traffic data to Google servers in the United States. Google Analytics does not identify individual users or associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. This journal uses reports provided by Google Analytics to help us understand website traffic and webpage usage, and report on such usage to funding agencies, association members, and other agencies. You can opt out of Google Analytics by installing this browser add-on.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.