Journal of Character Education


The Journal of Character Education welcomes an array of manuscript types, and articles may well cover more than one of the following areas, although the primary focus is on school-based outcome research:

  • The research side of character education – quantitative or qualitative reports of a character education research program, focusing on research results;
  • The method side of character education research – explanation and discussion of new or unusual educational practices, and/or critique of currently used research or evaluation methods and analysis techniques;
  • The school side of character education – first person accounts, reflections, and advice from the field on organizational management, program implementation, community involvement, lessons learned;
  • The philosophical side of character theory – reflection on the discourse used in character education, definitions, assumptions, arguments; exploring the philosophical tradition from which current incarnations of character and virtue stem;
  • The moral psychology side of character development – models of character, of self, motivation, the development of reason, choice, learning, responsibility, identity formation, and healthy human development.

All manuscripts submitted must conform to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition. Manuscripts must be typewritten, double spaced throughout with 1” to 1.5” margins all around. Manuscripts typically should run between 10-20 pages in length, excluding references, but length is flexible given the needs of the work itself. Photographs are not usually published. All manuscripts typically include an abstract of 100-150 words and a separate title page that includes the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the authors as well as contact information for the lead author: address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

Following preliminary editorial review, manuscripts are sent for blind review to reviewers who have expertise in the subject of the article. The title page will be removed before the manuscript is distributed to reviewers. Our manuscript acceptance rate is approximately 30%. Submission of manuscripts and correspondence with authors will ideally be done electronically. Manuscripts and inquiries can be sent to the editors at