Trends and Issues in Social Studies

Editor: Scott M. Waring, Ph.D. - University of Central Florida
Associate Editor: Alexander S. Butler, Ph.D. - Florida International University

Trends and Issues Advisory Board

The mission of Trends and Issues in Social Studies, the flagship journal of the Florida Council for the Social Studies, is to serve as a forum for a diverse group of educational stakeholders, scholars, teacher candidates, practitioners (PK-12), and others, who seek to engage around social studies education and preparation in PK-12 classrooms. We welcome submissions related, but not limited, to policy, research, practice, theory, and current events about and for social studies such as:

  • Classroom teaching and learning
  • Critical pedagogy in social studies
  • Democratic citizenship education and/or civic education
  • Effective and authentic pedagogical practices across each of the social science content areas
  • Effective social studies pedagogies and curriculum for all levels
  • Impact of standardization on social studies
  • Inclusive and diverse social studies 
  • Innovative curriculum
  • Integration of social studies with other academic disciplines
  • Issues of democracy, citizenship, and religion
  • Social studies for social transformation (e.g., anti-colonialism, issues of representation)
  • Social studies teacher education 
  • Teacher education
  • Teaching social studies for social justice
  • Teaching with primary sources 
  • Testing and policy

The editor can be contacted by email at [email protected] and the associate editor at [email protected], and at Trends and Issues in Social Studies, 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, ED 206 J, Orlando, FL 32816. E-mail is our preferred method of communication.

Manuscript Submission. Each submission will be refereed using a triple-blind peer review process. In the submission cover letter, please confirm that the manuscript has not been published elsewhere nor is it under consideration for publication elsewhere. If accepted, the copyright of the manuscript and accompanying artifacts will be given to Trends and Issues.

*Please note that Trends and Issues in in Social Studies uses a triple-blind review process; therefore, writers must exclude authors’ names, institutions, and clues to the authors’ identities that exist within the manuscript.

Manuscript Criteria. The fitness of a manuscript for publication in Trends and Issues in Social Studies is carefully reviewed based on each of the dimensions listed below.

  1. Significance/relevance to social studies education or themes
  2. Conceptual framework (connections to relevant constructs in social studies literature)
  3. Methods (if manuscript is an empirical study)
    • Appropriateness to questions
    • Adequate description of methods (including data collection and analysis)
    • Rigor of methods
  4. Findings/conclusions are literature or data-based
  5. Overall contribution to the field
  6. Writing style/composition/clarity
  7. Articles should not be under review at another journal or have been previously published.

Trends and Issues in in Social Studies does not publish program evaluations, lesson plans in a traditional sense, or articles solely describing programs, program components, courses, or personal experiences.

Typing. The acceptable format for electronic submission is MSWord. All text, including title, headings, references, quotations, figure captions, and tables, must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font with one-inch margins.

Length. A manuscript, excluding all references, tables, figures, and media needs to be in the range of 2,500 to 5,000 words, although the editors may consider longer manuscripts in some cases. We encourage authors to use tables and figures. Figures/charts and tables created in MS Word should be included in the main text rather than at the end of the document. Figures and other files created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF, EPS, and PDF) should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]")

Book reviews need to be in the range of 800 – 1200 words. Reviews should provide readers with an overview of a book’s argument, assessment of its contribution to the field of social studies and its strengths and weaknesses, and an evaluation of its usefulness for readers’ teaching or research of social studies. Books should be recently published and related to social studies themes or issues. Publishers may be willing to furnish a copy of the book for a review. If the publisher requires a letter of verification from Trends and Issues in Social Studies, please email us at [email protected] with the title of the volume; a brief description of the book’s relevance to the mission of this journal; and the publisher’s name, mailing address, and contact information.

  • Format: Include a cover page as described under the Style section of this page and follow APA guidelines. Include the full book citation on the cover page as well. Avoid citations of other works, but if necessary, please include a reference list at the end of your review.

For writing and editorial style and references, authors must follow guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, 2020). Authors should number all text pages.

  • Title Page
    Include the title of the paper and the name, professional title and affiliation (e.g., Broward County School District, Florida Atlantic University, Florida Law Related Education Association, or Broward County), complete mailing address, e-mail, ORCID, and telephone number(s) of each author. If there are several authors, please indicate who is the corresponding author on the title page. Except for the title, this information should not appear on any other page, so that reviewers may be kept "blind" as to the identity of the author(s). For information about ORCID, please see the description and purpose of its inclusion below.
  • Abstract and keywords.All general and research manuscripts must include an abstract and a few keywords. Abstracts describing the essence of the manuscript must be 150 words or less. Keywords are used so that readers may search for the article after it is published.
  • Photographs, Illustrations, and Figures
    It's great if you can provide illustrations, graphics, photographs, lesson plan materials, figures, and samples of students' work with articles. Do not embed photos or any graphics within the Word document. Photographs must be sent as separate jpeg or tiff files. If photos of young students (or their names or work samples) are included, please provide statements of parental permission.
  • Image Quality
    Images must be of high resolution, providing at least 300 pixels per inch (dpi) at an image size of at least 3 X 5 inches. Low-resolution formats (images saved within a Word document, copied from a website, or placed in a PowerPoint show) will not work.

Professional Editing Services.
 Authors seeking assistance with English language editing and/or translation should consider using a service like SAGE Language Services.  

Notice to Authors of Joint Works (articles with more than one author). This journal uses a contributor agreement that requires just one author (the Corresponding Author) to sign on behalf of all authors. Please identify the Corresponding Author for your work when submitting your manuscript for review.

The Corresponding Author will be responsible for the following:

  • ensuring that all authors are identified on the contributor agreement and notifying the editorial office of any changes to the authorship.
  • securing written permission (via letter or email) from each co-author to sign the contributor agreement on the co-author’s behalf.
  • warranting and indemnifying the journal owner and publisher on behalf of all co-authors.

Although such instances are very rare, you should be aware that in the event a co-author has included content in his or her portion of the article that infringes the copyright of another or is otherwise in violation of any other warranty listed in the agreement, you will be the sole author indemnifying the publisher and the editor of the journal against such violation.

At Trends and Issues in in Social Studies, we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency, and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, we encourage authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles.

Please contact the editor or associate editor if you have any questions.

ORCID. As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent, and fair peer review process, we require all authors to include an ORCID in their biographical information document. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one.