The Journal of Adventist Education® is the professional publication for Seventh-day Adventist® teachers and educational administrators worldwide. Articles submitted for publication should address topics of interest to that group.

All manuscripts should be submitted via the Editorial Manager system at

The Journal is published quarterly, with approximately eight articles appearing in each issue. Articles by freelance authors are welcome. The following aspects may be of particular interest to prospective authors:

Focus and Audience

Articles may deal with educational theory or practice, although the Journal seeks to emphasize the practical. Articles dealing with the creative and effective use of methods to enhance teaching skills or learning in the classroom are especially welcome. Such essays should demonstrate the skillful integration of Seventh-day Adventist faith/values and learning, whether theoretical or practical.

Periodically, issues will deal extensively with a single topic or issue. Articles representing various approaches or the in-depth discussion of aspects of the issue will be welcome.

The target audience of an article may be teachers: elementary, secondary, or college/university level; or educational administrators. The Journal's constituency is international, a fact writers should keep in mind as they explore the implications or applications of a given topic. Special attention, where applicable, should be given to the concerns of under-resourced student populations and students with special needs. Writers should define their target group precisely and address its concerns in a specific manner.

Preferred Topics

  • A call for action on some problem (drug use, need for physical activity, lack of computer access, minority graduation rates, violence, sexual harassment, teacher burnout and morale, hazards at school); with suggestions about how to solve it
  • Addressing the needs of students with special needs, learning disabilities, physical handicaps
  • New methods and approaches; applying educational research in the classroom
  • Church projects related to education
  • Classroom climate, interpersonal skills, counseling, discipline
  • New methods and approaches, such as cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, individualized instruction, thematic instruction, etc.
  • Educational administration
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Ideas for professional enrichment, staff development, teacher training
  • Ideas for worship, religious activities
  • Inspirational articles related to the task of the teacher, goals of Adventist® education
  • Integration of faith and learning
  • Issues relating to multigrade and multicultural classrooms
  • Legal issues in schools
  • Marketing, promoting Adventist® education
  • Personal experience or inspirational articles (school-related)
  • Pro and con on a controversial topic
  • Relations with boards, parents, administrators
  • Reports on innovative programs and projects or research on Adventist® education
  • School libraries
  • Service and outreach activities
  • Teaching techniques, innovative and practical methods of presenting specific topics and subjects
  • Testing and assessment
  • Use of technology in the classroom

Submission Procedures

Articles by freelance authors are welcome. Please contact the Editor before submitting a finished manuscript to ensure that the topic is usable and that the Journal has not printed anything recently on the same subject.

If the article has already been printed elsewhere, please include information regarding the publisher, source, and issue date.

Manuscripts must be submitted to the Journal through Editorial Manager: The Journal also utilizes a double-blind peer review process, so all personal identification should be removed from the manuscript. Details such as your name, employer, and current position will now be collected through the Editorial Manager system as part of the author registration process.

For additional information, feel free to contact the Journal Office:

The Journal of Adventist Education
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904-6600

Phone: (301) 680-5069
Fax: (301) 622-9627

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts

  • Articles should be six to eight pages long (2500-3000 words), with a maximum of 10 pages in length, including references/endnotes; manuscripts for the “Best Practices at Work” column should be 3-6 pages (1500-2000 words).
  • Two-part articles will be considered.
  • Material should be double-spaced, using 12-point type, a 70-character line (one-inch margins at top and bottom and right and left), and standard paragraph indention.
  • Subheads should be inserted at appropriate intervals.
  • All articles must be submitted in electronic format.
  • Please submit articles in MS Word (.doc, .docx) format. If you cannot do so, send in Rich Text Format (.rtf). Do not submit articles as .pdf files.
  • Submit graphs, charts, and other graphics in one of the following formats: .pdf, .pps, .eps, .jpg, .tiff.
  • Quotations should be indicated. Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style instructions for the bibliography and endnotes. Endnotes, in numerical order, should include complete bibliographic information: full name of the author, title of work, volume and number if applicable, city of publication, publisher, year of publication (include month[s] if a periodical), and page number(s).
  • Please enclose photocopied pages to verify facts and quotations. The information to be photocopied is as follows: the page(s) on which the fact or quotation occurs, the title page of the book or journal, and copyright information. For electronic references, include the date when the Website was accessed.
  • Authors should obtain permission to reprint charts, graphs, and photos (see "Guidelines for Submitting Photographs" below).


Plagiarism, submitting someone else’s work as one's own, or the use of another’s words, ideas, or content without attribution, whether intentional or accidental, is unacceptable. Prior to publication, articles submitted to The Journal of Adventist Education® are screened for plagiarism using multiple approaches. These are as follows:

1. Editorial review by editors and reviewers.

2. Reference and citation checks by the copy editor.

3. Duplication checks via Editorial Manager.

4. Utilization of CrossRef’s plagiarism checker as part of the Editorial Manager process.

Post-publication, if it becomes clear that there was misconduct in the collection and/or use of data or that the Work was plagiarized, or published elsewhere without appropriate permissions submitted to The Journal of Adventist Education, said Work will be retracted from publication with a statement clearly stating the reason for retraction. This action is separate from issuing corrections for honest errors within the manuscript.

Guidelines for Submitting Photographs

  • Photos on all subjects relating to education are welcome. Do not send a large number of photos as e-mail attachments to a single message (the combined size of all attachments to one e-mail should be no more than about 8 megabytes). If you are sending many photos, store them on a CD-ROM and mail them to the Editor’s office. Include your name as part of the photo file name and your contact information (name, address, e-mail).
  • To ensure high-quality photos, use the highest setting on your digital camera or smartphone.
  • Submit graphs, charts, and other graphics in one of the following formats: .pdf, .pps, .eps, .jpg, .tiff.
  • All photos must be in the following formats: .jpg or .tiff.
  • Send only high-resolution photos. To reproduce well, photo files should be at least 500 kilobytes, preferably 1-5 megabytes (or larger).
  • Glossy prints are acceptable; also, please indicate if you wish for them to be returned.
  • If you are using a photo-editing program or e-mail program that asks you to select the resolution/size of photos to send, choose “Large,” “Original size,” or “High resolution.”
  • Do not send photos copied/downloaded from the Internet. They usually have too low a resolution to print well and may have copyright restrictions.
  • Before sending any photo, ensure that you are either the owner or have permission from the owner/copyright holder to submit it for publication in the Journal.
  • Do not embed photos in Word files or e-mails. Send as attached files.
  • Bio photos: Please provide a formal photo, wearing professional work or church clothes, with a plain background and only one person in the photo.
  • If you submit photos with people in them, contact the Editor for a model release form. All people in every photo must sign this release; a parental signature is required for minors.
  • Send articles and photos as e-mail attachments to the Editor or mail them on a CD-ROM or thumb drive to

The Journal of Adventist Education
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904 U.S.A.

Peer Review

Articles printed in the Journal are peer-reviewed.

A double-blind process is used for peer review; the editorial staff shields the author’s identity from the peer reviewers, and authors are not told who reviewed their article. This process is facilitated by Editorial Manager.

The reviewers evaluate the article on a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest score) in the following areas:

  • Relevance to Seventh-day Adventist teachers and educational administrators worldwide
  • Use of research, source materials
  • Subject covered adequately and from a defensible viewpoint
  • Author’s conclusions/recommendations (if any) are appropriate and adequate
  • Overall quality of manuscript (writing, clarity, logic, organization)

Then the reviewers are asked to choose from the following options for Overall Recommendations:

  1. Outstanding manuscript, accept
  2. Accept with minor revisions;
  3. Accept with major revisions (please specify)
  4. Inappropriate topic, refer to another journal

  5. Reject.

The reviewers are encouraged to make specific recommendations for revision and are allowed to insert comments and suggestions into the manuscript. They are also asked to suggest illustrations, charts, or other supporting features that would make the article more accessible to readers.

When the Editor has received the peer reviews, the evaluations are combined into one master form. After review by the Editor and the Journal’s departmental advisor, they are shared with the author, along with any comments the reviewers have inserted into the manuscript and the Editor’s recommendations for revising the article.

In cases where the article is part of a theme issue, the coordinator for the issue also reviews the manuscript and makes recommendations regarding revisions.

The author is given time to complete the revisions and resubmit the article.

Publication & Licensing Agreement 

The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (the “GC”), on behalf of its Education Department and The Journal of Adventist Education® retains the right to distribute Work accepted for publication on GC Education’s website, in blogs, and in other media.

  1. The Author(s) agree that the Work is an original manuscript. The Author(s) also agree that the Work has not been previously published and that they have not sold or agreed to sell rights to the Work to anyone other than the GC. If the article has been previously published, the Author(s) agree to give full disclosure regarding the previous publication.
  2. The Author(s) warrant that the Work is not libelous and that publication of the Work will not infringe upon any copyright, right to privacy, proprietary, or any other right of any person, corporation, or other entity. All copyrighted material to be included in the article must be clearly identified as such, and complete bibliographic information must be supplied in order for the GC to accept the Work.
  3. In the event that the Work infringes on the intellectual property rights of any third party, the Author(s) agree to defend and indemnify the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and hold us harmless from all costs and damages resulting to us from such alleged infringement, including without limitation all related defense costs (this provision survives termination of this Agreement).
  4. The Author(s) warrant that they have not agreed to give any person(s) any editorial approval or control over the article; that any necessary permissions will have been obtained; and those copies of such permission will be delivered to us upon request. You further agree to provide pertinent source materials to the GC for the purpose of pre-publication review for accuracy and libel or in the event of any legal action arising from the Work’s publication.
  5. In consideration of the mutual promises and representations herein, the Author(s) agree to grant the GC:
  6. the right to modify the Work as needed, including editing Work. The GC will not make substantive changes to the Work without permission from the Author(s).
  7. Exclusive, first publication rights in the article in all languages, including but not limited to the right to publish the Work in whole or in part in any and all forms of media, including electronic, effective as of the date of this Agreement;
  8. Nonexclusive worldwide republication rights, including the right to translate the Work and publish the translated version in all languages in any form or medium, including but not limited to electronic databases after initial publication;
  9. The right to use the Author(s) name, likeness, and the Work, or any portion thereof, in connection with the promotion of publications of The Journal of Adventist Education®. You agree that we shall receive suitable credit such as “First published in of The Journal of Adventist Education®, and the original publication date” upon the exercise of any of the rights retained by the Author(s) in the Work.
  10. Nothing in this Agreement is meant to construe that either party is an agent, employer, or employee of the other or that a legal relationship is being entered into other than for the purchase and copyright transfer of the article indicated above. This contains the entire and complete understanding of the parties and is made in and will be governed by Maryland law and can only be changed by an agreement in writing signed by each of us. The Author(s) must not assign any of their rights under this Agreement or delegate the performance of any of their duties hereunder without the prior written consent of the GC. If any term, clause, or provision of the Agreement is judged to be invalid for any reason whatsoever, that invalidity will not affect the validity or operation of any other term, clause, or provision and will be deemed to have been deleted from the Agreement.

Remuneration & Repository Information

Upon publication, authors receive an honorarium, a PDF of the individual article, and a PDF of the whole issue. In addition, authors will receive a link to the web-based HTML version of the article, along with the recommended citation. For authors residing in the United States, the honorarium will, as required by law, be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

Published versions of the Author(s) Work published in The Journal of Adventist Education® may be deposited in institutional or other repositories as per the Author(s) need.