Editorial Calendar and Submission Guidelines
You're an expert in education. Please share your knowledge and experience with your fellow school leaders in Principal Leadership magazine.
Write about one of the following themes or submit an article on another topic of interest to principals, assistant principals, or aspiring principals.
Principal Leadership is your magazine—help make it an even more valuable resource by writing an article or passing these themes on to a colleague who has a great program or unique perspective.
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2015/2016 Editorial Calendar
Assistant Principals, Safety, and Literacy
Submission deadline: May 31, 2015
Suspensions and Technology Integration
Submission deadline: June 30, 2015
Submission deadline: July 31, 2015
Diversity and Legal Issues
Submission deadline: August 31, 2015
Ignite '16 Preview and Principal of the Year
Submission deadline: September 30, 2015
Ignite '16 Issue & College and Career Readiness
Submission deadline: October 31, 2015
Cyberbullying and Parent Involvement
Submission deadline: November 30, 2015
Submission deadline: December 31, 2015
Developing and Supporting Teachers
Submission deadline: January 31, 2016
Principal Leadership Submission Guidelines
We encourage writers from all disciplines to submit articles for publication. If you are an expert in your field, have an interesting story to tell about a recent achievement in your industry, or would like to share a tip that could apply to a variety of industries, please follow these guidelines for submission. Please note authors are not compensated monetarily or by advertising trade for their submissions, whether the piece is submitted voluntarily or is requested by a member of the editorial team.
Manuscripts should explore one of the monthly themes or other topics of professional interest to secondary school leaders. Manuscripts are evaluated by NASSP staff members and are judged on their relevance, interest to principals, timeliness, originality, readability, and credibility. Principal Leadership seeks articles that:
- Describe best practices and exemplary programs objectively and include evidence of success as well as a discussion of barriers or problems
- Address replicability and provide details about planning and process
- Include research as appropriate and necessary
- Explain how principals can act on the information
- Include tips, advice, resources, and examples for sidebars
- Offer opinions on some topic of professional interest to principals.
Formatting the Document
- It is not necessary to indent paragraphs. An extra line space between paragraphs is sufficient.
- Please use only one space between sentences.
- Subheadings throughout your piece help guide the reader, and sometimes help you organize your thoughts. It is helpful if you bold subheadings throughout the article. Note: Avoid the subheading “Conclusion.” The end of your article should tie all the pieces together and lend itself to a thought-provoking subheading.
- Submit your article as a .doc or .docx file, Times New Roman font, size 12, double-spaced.
- At the top of your article, include the magazine name, the title of your piece, and your name. Please do not include page numbers or other information in headers or footers.
- When saving your file, please include the following information: the magazine name, your last name, your article title (or an abbreviated version, if it’s lengthy), and the word DRAFT on the end.
Manuscripts should be no more than 2,000 words, and it is preferred that manuscripts not include citations and references; they will be requested if necessary. Successful manuscripts are written in a tone and style appropriate to a magazine; are well-organized; clearly establish the purpose of the article; use specific examples—it is best to show, not tell; summarize relevant research succinctly; and adhere to the rules of grammar. Manuscripts should also adhere to the Associated Press stylebook. Research manuscripts with extensive notes and references are more appropriately submitted to the NASSP Bulletin, a peer-reviewed journal.
How to Submit
Please send your manuscript to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- The manuscript prepared in MS Word.
- A cover letter that indicates your intention to submit the manuscript to Principal Leadership magazine and stipulates whether the manuscript has been submitted elsewhere.
- Contact information for each author: affiliation and title, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
- A two-sentence author identification for publication. The first sentence should include a current title, affiliation, and e-mail address; the second sentence should highlight key accomplishments or reinforce your authority in discussing the topic.
If you'd like to send photos to accompany your article, please attach the JPEG files to an e-mail and send them to email@example.com. Please do not embed graphs or images in the Word document. (Photos should be at least 4"x6" at 300 dpi.) Include a photo credit and a brief caption that identifies the school and the context. NASSP does not identify individual students and does not require release forms. If no photos are available, NASSP will select file or stock art to enhance the article.
We may request a headshot or other professional photo to accompany your piece. You may submit the photo along with your article draft as an email attachment. Photos submitted should be high resolution at 300 dpi and 4"x6" in dimension or larger.
If you use an extended quotation (including charts, graphs, and tables) from another publication, you must obtain written permission from that publisher before submitting the manuscript to Principal Leadership. This permission must accompany the manuscript and be properly credited.
As publisher, NASSP protects its rights and those of its authors from copyright infringement. An author who requests permission to republish his or her submission generally receives it, with the understanding that the author will cite NASSP as the original publisher. Each author is responsible for the accuracy of references, quotations, tables, and photo releases and should inform NASSP if the article has been published elsewhere. In accepting a manuscript, we ask the author to sign a statement that:
- The submission is original
- NASSP has permission to edit, publish, and copyright the submission
- NASSP may republish the submission or any part of it in any future publication
- NASSP may grant the right to reprint the submission in whole or in part.
- Within a few days, you'll receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of the manuscript.
- Within 8 to 10 weeks, you will receive a letter of decision. If a manuscript is accepted, it may be months before a publication date is assigned.
- If the article is accepted, you will receive an Intellectual Property Transfer to sign. (See previous section for a discussion of copyright.)
- Editors will be in occasional contact with you to discuss revisions.
If you have questions, please contact:
Senior Editor: Michael Levin-Epstein
Managing Editor: Ashley Reid
firstname.lastname@example.org (Please include the publication title in your email subject when corresponding.)