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Author Guidelines

Contributions may take three forms:

  1. Empirical Research: Articles documenting findings from authors’ original research based on  quantitative or qualitative data.  Manuscripts that report the results of experimental, descriptive, comparative, historical  and ethnographic investigations are welcome.  

  2. Critical Reviews of the Literature: Reviews provide a synthesis of a particular topic based on previously published scholarly research and suggest new conclusions and recommendations for practice based on a critical analysis of existing literature.

  3. Theoretical Essay: Essays of a theoretical nature build on existing literature to link new theories to current thinking or to critically analyze current theories. Both approaches share the goal of expanding the theoretical foundation of Montessori education and research related to it.


Format and style of submissions All submissions must be English, original and previously unpublished, either in print or in electronic format. Contributors acknowledge that manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Montessori Research will not be submitted for publication elsewhere while under review.

Due to the blind peer-review process, contributors should not include their names in the manuscript document itself. If available, authors should provide their ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) when submitting articles. More information available at

Manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word format and include an abstract of no more than 250 words. The entire document (including endnotes, tables, and references) should be double-spaced with one-inch margins. All manuscripts should be between 15 and 30 pages (approximately 3,500 to 7,500 words), including references and figures, with all figures at the end of the document. Journal of Montessori Research uses the APA (American Psychological Association) Style Guide, 6th Edition. Any manuscript not meeting these standards will be returned without consideration.

Form of Submission We require authors to submit their work using the journal's online submission system. For questions regarding submissions or the online submission system, please contact Angela Murray at

Graphics Submission Guidelines Electronic images are required in .JPG, PNG or .TIF format. We will not be able to use images/figures inserted in Word documents. As stated in the Guidelines for Ethical Montessori Research, photographic data will be collected with permission of participants, and authors are responsible for obtaining permission for any images they wish to use. If permission to reproduce the image is needed, we require the appropriate documentation granting that permission. Where necessary, the appropriate wording granting permission, which will be placed under the photograph or at the end of the article (“Reproduced by permission of . . . .,” etc.) should also be included.

Format for references For Indexing purposes the system will ask you to submit your reference list into the website during the submission process.  If available, the digital object identifier (DOI) of the published version of any works cited must be included. You MUST still include your full list of references in the MSWord file of your submitted manuscript.

Plagiarism Detection The journal actively checks for plagiarism through the use of SafeAssign software to review submissions for originality.

Article Processing Charges This journal does not charge APCs or submission charges.


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.

  1. The submitting authors’ ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) has been provided on the user's account profile (More information about ORCID is available at
  2. The manuscript is a Word document that is double spaced, with 12 point font, page numbers, and 1" margins.

  3. Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are provided for the published version of any works cited, if available.
  4. All footnotes/endnotes are in Arabic numerals, not Roman numerals.
  5. All figures and images are placed at the end of the manuscript.
  6. The manuscript follows the APA 6th Edition Style Guide.
  7. The author agrees to not submit the manuscript for publication elsewhere while under review by Journal of Montessori Research.
  8. The abstract is no longer than 250 words.
  9. The author has removed all identifying information from the manuscript.  See
  10. The author has not included acknowledgements in the review version of the manuscript.  Acknowledgements can serve to identify the author, so they may be added during the proofing process after blind reviews are complete.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. Authors can view article download statistics for published articles within their accounts.

Journal of Montessori Research
Author Agreement

The following is an agreement between the Author (the “Corresponding Author”) acting on behalf of all authors of the work (“Authors”) and the Journal of Montessori Research (the “Journal”) regarding your article (the “Work”) that is being submitted for consideration.  

Whereas the parties desire to promote effective scholarly communication that promotes local control of intellectual assets, the parties for valuable consideration agree as follows.

After being accepted for publication, the Corresponding Author grants to the Journal, during the full term of copyright and any extensions or renewals of that term, the following:
1.    An irrevocable non-exclusive right to reproduce, republish, transmit, sell, distribute, and otherwise use the Work in electronic and print editions of the Journal and in derivative works throughout the world, in all languages, and in all media now known or later developed.
2.    An irrevocable non-exclusive right to create and store electronic archival copies of theWork, including the right to deposit the Work in open access digital repositories.
3.    An irrevocable non-exclusive right to license others to reproduce, republish, transmit,and distribute the Work under the condition that the Authors are attributed. (Currently this is carried out by publishing the content under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (CC BY-NC.)
4.    Copyright in the Work remains with the Authors.

1.    When distributing or re-publishing the Work, the Corresponding Author agrees to credit the Journal as the place of first publication.
2.    The Corresponding Author agrees to inform the Journal of any changes in contact information.

The Corresponding Author represents and warrants that the Work is the Authors’ original work and that it does not violate or infringe the law or the rights of any third party and, specifically, that the Work contains no matter that is defamatory or that infringes literary or proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, or any rights of privacy. The Corresponding Author also warrants that he or she has the full power to make this agreement, and if the Work was prepared jointly, the Corresponding Author agrees to inform the Authors of the terms of this Agreement and to obtain their written permission to sign on their behalf. The Corresponding Author agrees to hold the Journal harmless from any breach of the aforestated representations.

In consideration of the Author’s grant of rights, the Journal agrees to publish the Work, attributing the Work to the Authors.

This agreement reflects the entire understanding of the parties. This agreement may be amended only in writing by an addendum signed by the parties. Amendments are incorporated by reference to this agreement.


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