Journal of Educational Measurement

Cover image for Vol. 53 Issue 4

Edited By: George Engelhard, Jr. and Jonathan Templin

Impact Factor: 1.528

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 7/13 (Psychology Mathematical); 23/57 (Psychology Educational); 34/79 (Psychology Applied)

Online ISSN: 1745-3984

Associated Title(s): Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines for Submitting a Manuscript

1. Before submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Educational Measurement (JEM), make sure the content of your manuscript is a good fit for the journal. Please read the overview of JEM to determine if your manuscript would or would not be a good fit. The overview is available at .

2. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are original material and are not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. The latest issue of JEM contains the name and address of the person to whom manuscripts should be submitted.

3. The text of manuscripts submitted for publication should conform to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) For details, see The basic elements of the APA format are summarized below.

  1. Manuscripts should be typed, doubled-spaced on U.S. letter size paper (8.5 inch * 11 inch) with 1-inch margins on all sides. All the text should be Times New Roman font with 12 point. Generally, manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages; manuscripts longer than 30 pages frequently will have to be edited for length to meet our publisher’s page limitations. Subheadings should be used to effectively organize and develop your ideas and to aid the reader's comprehension and break the monotony of lengthy texts. Abbreviations and acronyms must be written out completely and followed immediately by its abbreviation in parentheses on its first appearance. All pages should be numbered consecutively. All figures and tables submitted with the final, accepted manuscript should be camera ready.

4. Each manuscript must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 120 words. The first text page of the article should have the complete title. APA recommends that the length for a title does not exceed 12 words. Subsequent pages may carry a running head. All information including author identification must be removed from the manuscript.

  1. Submitting authors should keep their identities anonymous by not citing their own work excessively or gratuitously. For example, references to unpublished reports or conference papers should be avoided. Please do not blind a reference to a previous publication (i.e., “Author YYYY”) if it is clearly relevant to the present study as this simply makes the identity of the submitting author(s) all the more obvious.

5. Acceptable formats for submitted manuscripts are Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or LaTeX.

6. All tables, charts, graphs, and equations must be submitted in an editable format (e.g., Microsoft Excel, Equation Editor, or LaTeX).

  1. There are three preferred formats for digital artwork submission: Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). We suggest that line art be saved as EPS files. Alternately, these may be saved as PDF files at 600 dots per inch (dpi) or better at final size. Tone art, or photographic images, should be saved as TIFF files with a resolution of 300 dpi at final size. For combination figures, or artwork that contains both photographs and labeling, we recommend saving figures as EPS files, or as PDF files with a resolution of 600 dpi or better at final size. A guide to submitting digital artwork is available at .

7. Any manuscript with significant deviations from the guidelines above will not be sent out for review.

Logistics of Manuscript Submission

The Journal of Educational Measurement prefers to receive all manuscript submissions electronically using ScholarOne Manuscripts. To submit a manuscript, please follow the instructions below.

Getting Started

1. Launch your web browser and go to the JEM ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage (

2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.

3. If you are creating a new account.

After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information, and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important.

Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”

Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.

4. If you have an account but have forgotten your login details, go to “Password Help” on the JEM ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage and enter your email address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and password reminder.

5. Log-in and select “Author Center.” Submitting Your Manuscript

6. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.

7. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.

8. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.

9. You are required to upload your files.

  • Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
  • Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
  • When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.

Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to JEM. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. JEM will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Getting Help With Your Submission

Each page of the ScholarOne Manuscripts website has a ‘Get Help Now’ icon connecting directly to the online support system at Queries can also be emailed to and telephone support is available by calling 1-888-503-1050 or 1-434-964-4100. ScholarOne Support is open Monday 12:00 AM to Friday 8:30 PM Eastern time. For other questions, please contact the Editorial assistant, Jue Wang by e-mail,


JEM uses the Wiley Author Licensing Service to assign copyright to NCME. Authors of accepted manuscripts sign the copyright electronically after their articles are submitted for production at Wiley.

Manuscript Review Procedures

Each manuscript submitted to JEM will be screened for consistency with the editorial policies of the journal. If found to be appropriate for JEM, manuscripts will be sent, with author identification removed, to at least three qualified reviewers. Upon receiving the recommendations of reviewers, the Editor will report a decision to the author, including reasons for the decision and the comments of reviewers. (NOTE: Reviewers remain anonymous to the author. Each reviewer receives a copy of the Editor's letter to the author and the other reviewers' comments. The review process typically takes two to three months, but exceptional cases may require more or less time.)

Final Manuscript

The tables and figures to be published are reproduced photographically from camera-ready copy provided by the author. Final version of accepted manuscripts must include originals of all figures and tables, as hard copy and/or appropriate electronic format. All figures should be submitted one to a page, with titles on a separate page. Tables must be presented one to a page in APA style, with the exceptions that (a) the table number and title should be centered and not underlined and (b) single rather than double spacing should be used; all table columns must have a heading.

Supplementary Materials

The NCME Website can be used for the posting of supplementary materials associated with articles in JEM if the author of the journal article chooses to do so. These materials might include software, reference data sets, appendices, graphs, and tables. The material is to be posted only upon publication of the journal article and will have no bearing whatsoever on publication decisions.

JEM Review Section

The Editor of JEM appoints a Review Editor, subject to Board approval. The Review Editor solicits and manages reviews of publications of interest to the readership of JEM.

Reviews are included in JEM to provide up-to-date information about the content and quality of new publications and software in the field of educational measurement. Reviews of all publications and materials, including software, are expected to be both descriptive and evaluative in character. They are intended primarily, although not exclusively, for readers who make practical use of measurement in various kinds of educational settings.

The policy of JEM is to publish only solicited reviews. At least two reviews of the same publication will occasionally be included. Insofar as feasible, authors of publications will be invited to respond to reviews that are critical of their works.

The Review Editor welcomes suggestions regarding particular publications or types of publications for which reviews would be most helpful.


Comments on technical or substantive issues addressed in articles previously published in JEM are encouraged. Comments will be reviewed, and the author of the original article will be invited to respond. In keeping with NCME policy, the final decision on whether to publish the comment and/or the response will rest with the Editor.

Special Issues

It has been traditional practice for each JEM Editor to publish one special issue of invited papers during that Editor's term; a Guest Editor may be selected for the special issue. Such an issue is devoted to a topic of major current importance in educational measurement. The papers for a special issue are subject to the same review process as unsolicited papers.

Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley’s Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.