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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.
  • The electronic file format of text materials should be MS Word, RTF, OpenOffice 2.0 or plain text. Please note that if accepted (and after any revisions), the file will be converted to HTML and PDF for online publication.
  • All written submissions are to be in English.
  • Use the American Psychological Association (APA) 7 format as the basis for references.
  • The title page should contain the submission title, author(s) name, position/affiliation, institution, address, phone number, email address, as well as a 100–250 word abstract and a list of 4–12 keywords. Please upload your title page as a separate document from your blinded manuscript.
  • We expect our authors to remove any potentially identifying information from their submission. This includes, but is not limited to author name(s), institution(s), and program or unit names.
  • Labelled tables, graphs, images, and illustrations are to be placed at the appropriate places within the body of the submission with suitable titles and subtitles. If colour or grayscale images are used, they should be tested on a black and white printer to ensure legibility when downloaded.
  • Citations, and suggested sources should be placed at the end of the submission.

Author Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in publishing your work with Tranformative Dialogues.  The following guidelines are intended to inform how you prepare your manuscript for submission. 


Tranformative Dialogues recommends the use of American Psychological Association (APA) version 7 (APA 7) for formatting your manuscript.  We do make exceptions for those whose disciplines or backgrounds do not make use of APA style. 

Please note that the editors are more interested in quality of content (with some formatting accommodations for readability) versus perfectly APA formatted, but weak submissions. The editors encourage the use of tables, figures, images, diagrams, etc. to illustrate and support text, as well as, between 5 and 30 references and/or suitable reflections on process (depending on the submission type).

Article Length 

We accept previously unpublished articles in the following categories: 

  • Scholarly (Inquiry) Articles on applied innovations and professional developments, research reports, and general articles and literature surveys (approximately 4,000 to 8,000 words);
  • Personal or Speculative Reflections (be imaginative and provocative to invite dialogue), and tutorials (approximately 3,000 words);
  • Diverse format submissions such as presentations, poetry, interviews, videos, images, and other (new) media, etc. (500 to 1,500 words or equivalent). 

Other Considerations

The readership for Transformative Dialogues is international.   We ask that you use language that is respectful of differences in higher education systems.  The word "faculty" for example means a body of instructors in the United States, but it often refers to an academic division or unit, e.g., the faculty of medcine, in Europe.  If you are not certain about a term, then we suggest you simply provide a definition for how you are using it in the context of your article. 

Tranformative Dialogues was originally housed in Canada, so there is precedent for following Canadian spelling conventions.  In general, we accept most spelling conventions, including British English, as long as they are used consistently and appropriately.  At this time, we are only able to consider manuscripts that are written in English.  

Please provide full attribution and permissions for any and all figures, images, or other materials that have been generated by others.  If you include photographs that reflect identifiable information, including faces, we ask that you provide a  statement indicating that you have followed clear and appropriate procedures for obtaining consent from every person whose identities are apparent in the image. 



ABER Proposal

Special Issue on Transformative Dialogues in and across Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER)

For this special issue of Transformative Dialogues, we are hoping to hear from scholars who engage in poetic inquiry (e.g., Prendergast, 2009; James, 2017; Vincent, 2018), narrative inquiry (e.g., Connelly & Clandinin, 1990; Clandinin, 2013), performative inquiry (e.g., Saldaña, 1999; Fels & Belliveau, 2008), making (e.g., Sameshima & Morchel, 2019) and other forms of arts-based and/or arts informed educational research processes. This issue will amplify diverse voices and highlight collaborative and convergent research studies that use art as a part of their transformative teaching and learning practices.

We are especially interested in submissions that link ABER to larger discussions around teaching and learning, those that explore the need for balance between art and academic purposes and studies that support the proliferation of these types of approaches across various levels of academia.

Authors selected to participate in this issue will also be expected to review (double-blind) at least three other submissions.

Recent examples of ABER from Transformative Dialogues include:

  • Attas, R., Lindstrom, G., Easton, L. & Yeo, M. (2021) Nitawahsin Nanni and Disrupting Journeys. Transformative Dialogues, 14 (1).
  • Vincent, A. (2020) Poem as literature review: Poetic rumination on the history of Poetic Inquiry. Transformative Dialogues, 13 (2).

Proposals Due October 15, 2021.

Proposal text will answer the following questions in 250-500 words.

  • What’s the proposed title?
  • What is proposed format for the piece?
  • How does the work address the theme?
  • How does the work connect to larger discussions about teaching and learning?

We can accept submissions in the form of prose, poetry, image files, video files, and audio files (or a mixture).  All submissions must be in the form of the original file—not a link.

We presume that the author or authors have obtained necessary permissions to share media and these permissions should be stated in the submission.

Submitting the ABER Proposal

Activate the ABER proposal link below. Review author guidelines.  The proposal text document may include author information.  Log in or register as an author and select New Submission. 

  1. Start
    • For Section, select ABER Proposal.
    • Read and acknowledge all submission requirements. All boxes must be checked to advance. As previously noted, authors’ names may remain on the same page as proposal text.
    • Agree to privacy statement.
    • Save and continue.
  2. Submit Submission
    • Select ABER Proposal as the Article Component and follow prompts to upload the document.
  3. Enter Metadata
    • Proposed title is the only required input in this section.
  4. Confirmation
    • Finish submission and confirm to complete.

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