Submission Guidelines

All submissions are subject to review by the publications team. We currently accept submissions from both JALT members and non-members.


The School House is published three times a year (winter, spring, and summer/autumn). 


Submissions for The School House are accepted on an ongoing basis. 

Types of articles:

  • Feature research-based articles (3,000 – 5,000 words)
  • Short articles (maximum 1,500 words)
  • Interviews (1,000 – 3,000 words)
  • Classroom ideas (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Book reviews (700–2,000 words) 700 – 2,000 words)
  • Conference/ presentation reviews (700 – 2,000 words)
  • Text Reviews (700 – 2,000 words based on a text you actually used in class.
  • Language program reviews (600 – 1500 words)

Quick Formatting Guidelines:

Style: The School House follows the APA 7 style for English manuscripts, in particular for research-based articles. 

Font: Times New Roman size 12 for the entire manuscript

Line spacing: 1.5

New pages for: Appendixes and references/bibliography

Title, author’s name(s), and affiliation: Centre

Text: Left aligned. Paragraphs are indented

Headings/subheadings: no numbers.

  • Level 1: Centre bold font Title Case Heading (text begins with an indent)
  • Level 2: Flush left, Bold, Title Case Heading
  • Level 3: Flush left, BoldItalic, Title Case Heading

*Articles other than feature research-based articles may be formatted alternatively.

Submission procedure

  1. Submit a cover sheet with the name(s) and institution(s) of the author(s). Biography(-ies) and photographs of the author(s)’ are also welcome.
  2. Please remove all identifiable references to author(s) and location(s) in the text of the manuscript.
  3. We encourage illustrations, photos, and examples of students’ work to help readers visualize your content.
  4. Please email your (APA formatted) manuscript and cover sheet, in Word (.doc and .docx) format to theschoolhouse.tylsig[@] (remember to remove the []).

Please ensure to:

  • Indicate the type of article you are submitting in the body of the email.
  • Include your name as you want it to appear in the journal.
  • Include your affiliation (the name of where you work).
  • Three, or four key words for your article (if applicable).

Publication of research articles is subject to a double-blind peer review. The evaluation process for research-based articles typically takes about four weeks, after which time the author will be informed of the peer reviewers’ decision.

Non-research articles are proofread to ensure consistency for publishing.