Write for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

  • The editors of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME) encourage the submission of a variety of manuscripts. Most manuscripts are submitted through JRME Online Submission and Review System.

    Submission Types

    Research Reports

    JRME publishes a wide variety of research reports that move the field of mathematics education forward. These include, but are not limited to, various genres and designs of empirical research; philosophical, methodological, and historical studies in mathematics education; and literature reviews, syntheses, and theoretical analyses of research in mathematics education.

    The maximum length for Research Reports is 12,000 words (excluding references, tables, and figures).

    Papers that review well for JRME generally include these Characteristics of a High Quality Manuscript. The editors strongly encourage all authors to consider these characteristics when preparing a submission to JRME.

    Correspondence regarding manuscripts should be sent to:

    Jinfa Cai, JRME Editor
    523 Ewing Hall
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716

    Patricio Herbst, Editor Designate c/o JRME
    School of Education, University of Michigan
    601 E. University Ave.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

    Brief Reports

    Brief reports of research are appropriate when a fuller report is available elsewhere or when a more comprehensive follow-up study is planned.

    • A brief report of a first study on some topic might stress the rationale, hypotheses, and plans for further work.
    • A brief report of a replication or extension of a previously reported study might contrast the results of the two studies, referring to the earlier study for methodological details.
    • A brief report of a monograph or other lengthy non-journal publication might summarize the key findings and implications or might highlight an unusual observation or methodological approach.
    • A brief report might provide an executive summary of a large study.

    The maximum length for Brief Reports is 4,000 words (excluding references, tables, and figures). If source materials are needed to evaluate a brief report manuscript, a copy should be included.

    Correspondence regarding manuscripts should be sent to:

    Jinfa Cai, JRME Editor
    523 Ewing Hall
    University of Delaware
    Newark, DE 19716

    Patricio Herbst, Editor Designate c/o JRME
    School of Education, University of Michigan
    610 E. University Ave.
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1259

    Research Commentaries

    The journal publishes brief, peer-reviewed commentaries on issues pertaining to mathematics education research. Research Commentaries differ from Research Reports in that their focus is not to present new findings or empirical results, but rather to comment on issues of interest to the broader research community.  Commentaries are intended to engage the community and increase the breadth of topics published in JRME

    Topics for this section may include, but are not restricted to:

    • Discussion of connections between research and Principles to Actions
    • Commentaries on research methods
    • Discussions of connections between research, policy, and practice
    • Analyses of trends in policies for funding research
    • Examinations of evaluation studies
    • Critical essays on research publications
    • Commentaries or interpretations of previously published research in JRME that bring insights from an equity lens
    • Exchanges among scholars holding contrasting views about research-related issues

    The maximum length for Research Commentaries is 4,000 words (excluding references, tables, and figures).

    Correspondence regarding manuscripts should be sent to:

    Daniel Chazan, JRME Research Commentary Editor
    College of Education, University of Maryland

    Book Reviews

    The journal publishes critiques of newly published books that are highly relevant to the mathematics education research community. This includes full reviews of single books and thematic reviews of sets of related books. A full review of a book is meant to introduce the book and provide evaluative information about the significance of its research findings, the methods employed, and future directions for research in the area. A thematic review additionally draws connections across a set of books which touch on the same theme.

    The maximum length for Book Reviews is 1,800 words, although there is some leeway for a thematic review of a set of books. Although book reviews situate newly published work in the extant literature, references are generally limited due to space limitations.

    Review copies of new books and other publications should be sent to:

    Sarah Lubienski, JRME Book Review Editor
    Indiana University
    Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    W.W. Wright Education Building
    201 N. Rose Ave.
    Bloomington, IN 47405


    The JRME monograph series is published as a supplement to the journal for manuscripts in the range of about 200 manuscript pages. Each monograph has a single theme related to the learning or teaching of mathematics. A JRME monograph should be:

    To be considered for publication, a manuscript should be:

    • a single treatise that examines a major research issue,
    • multiple papers that examine a major research issue,
    • a report of a single research study that is too lengthy to be published as a journal article
    • a report of a series of coordinated studies, or
    • a synthesis of a large body of research.

    Rather than submitting the entire monograph immediately, prospective authors are asked to send the following materials directly to the monograph series editor:

    • A cover letter briefly describing the purpose of the work, the authors’ or editors’ background or relation to the work, the name and affiliation of all contributing authors, and the estimated length of the complete monograph.
    • An abstract of the monograph.
    • A prospectus (4,500-word maximum, not including references) that describes the focus of the proposed work, situates it within the relevant literature, establishes the work’s significance to the field, and explains the contribution of each chapter to the overall thesis of the monograph.
    • A detailed table of contents or annotated outline that includes a brief description of each chapter.
    • An appendix that includes a detailed abstract (500-word maximum) for each chapter.
    • A sample chapter that would be included in the monograph (preferably the introduction chapter).

    Correspondence regarding monographs should be sent to:

    Janine Remillard, JRME Monograph Series Editor
    Graduate School of Education
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA

    Preparing Manuscripts

    As early in the process as possible, see Characteristics of a High Quality Manuscript for recommendations about what makes a strong manuscript.

    Manuscript style should conform to the conventions specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). This publication is available from the American Psychological Association ( www.apa.org), 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

    Use as a model the sample paper included in the current APA manual on pages 40-59. Give particular attention to the content and format illustrated on pages 41 and 42 for the cover sheet, abstract, and first sheet of actual manuscript text. Also note the use of a running head on subsequent manuscript pages. If the manuscript is based on dissertation research, a funded research project, or a paper presented at a professional meeting, a footnote on the cover sheet should provide the relevant facts, including the director of the dissertation or the organization sponsoring the project.

    Manuscript Length
    The maximum length of a Research Report is 12,000 words. The maximum length of a Brief Report or Research Commentary is 4,000 words. The maximum length of a book review is 1,800 words. This does not include references, tables, and figures. Longer manuscripts may be reviewed at the discretion of the editor.

    Figures and Tables
    Figures and tables must be embedded in the text, not appended to the end of the document. Figures need to be clear and efficiently constructed in order to keep file sizes from exceeding what the system can handle. All figures submitted must be camera ready. Digital files should be 300 dpi.

    120-Word Abstract
    The numbered pages of a manuscript submitted as a feature article should begin with an abstract of about 120 words on a separate sheet. Manuscripts submitted as brief reports, critiques, forum articles, and reviews do not require abstracts.
    It is important to craft a 120-word abstract that accurately captures the nature and contribution of your manuscript. This abstract and the manuscript title are the only things potential reviewers see when they are invited to review your paper.

    Accuracy and Permissions
    Authors must accept sole responsibility for the factual accuracy of their contributions and for obtaining permission to quote lengthy excerpts from copyrighted sources.

    Creating Blinded and Unblinded Versions
    Microsoft Word is the recommended text environment. If you use a different means for producing the document, the file must be converted to Word and pdf versions before it can be submitted.
    Two Versions of the manuscript, blinded and unblinded, need to be submitted.

    Letter of Changes (only necessary if the manuscript is a revision of an earlier submission that received a Reject but Encourage Revision)
    This letter should outline how you addressed the points raised in the Editor's Decision Letter and the reviewers' comments.

    Cover Letter (optional, but encouraged)

    Submitting Manuscripts

    If you do not already have a user account with JRME, you must register prior to attempting to submit your manuscript. Your account will be verified by JRME staff and you will receive a password by email. The creation of an account is not an instantaneous process; please allow a few days for your account to be verified.

    To submit your prepared files, visit the JRME Online Manuscript Submission and Review System.

    Information Required

    • User ID and password to enter the site
    • Full names of any co-authors
    • Type of submission (selecting one of Research Report, Brief Report, Research Commentary, or Critique of Articles)
    • Number of pages (not counting figures, tables, references, images)
    • Abstract of 120 words or less, which should also be included as the second page of your original (unblinded) manuscript and blinded version
    • Files to Upload:
      • Two versions of the manuscript, prepared as separate files
        • Unblinded manuscript (PDF file)
        • Blinded version (Word file)
      • Other files, as appropriate
        • Cover letter (optional but encouraged)
        • Blinded letter of changes (if needed– see related information.)

    Review and Decision

    When a manuscript arrives at the JRME editorial office, the editor checks to see if it falls within the journal's domain of interests and meets the journal's technical and stylistic requirements. If the manuscript is not appropriate for JRME, it is returned to the author without further consideration.

    If the manuscript falls within the journal's domain but does not meet its technical or stylistic requirements, the manuscript is returned to the author for revision before processing will continue. The reviewing process is greatly facilitated when manuscripts are submitted in proper form.

    After receiving peer reviewers the JRME editor makes one of three decisions:

    • to accept the manuscript for JRME publication, often pending some revision by the author or editor (Accept with Revisions);
    • to reconsider the manuscript following substantial revision by the author and further evaluation by reviewers (Revise and Resubmit); or
    • to reject the manuscript (Reject).

    The editor communicates the decision to the author, including suggestions for a revision or an indication of the reasons for a rejection.

    The JRME editorial office works to process manuscripts expeditiously. The goal is to complete the reviewing process within four months. Occasionally, a longer time is required.

    After a manuscript has been accepted for publication, various factors contribute to determining the issue in which it will appear: manuscript backlog, lead time for production (copy editing and printing), manuscript length, and other considerations pertaining to the content and makeup of particular JRME issues. Manuscripts are not necessarily published in the order in which they are received or accepted.

    Assignment of copyright for the article to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is required as a condition of publication. After acceptance by JRME, a manuscript may not be published elsewhere, including on the internet, without written permission from NCTM. Each author of a paper published in JRME will receive five complimentary copies of the issue in which the paper appears.