Submission checklist for articles and other types of scholarships

  • SFUEdR accepts manuscripts of up to 9,000 words including abstract, and appendixes. References are not counted in the word limit.
  • The word limit for abstracts is 350 words. 
  • All text must be double-spaced. Type size must be at least 12 point in Times New Roman with 1-inch margins on all sides, and paper size should be set to 8.5 x 11, even if printed on A4 paper.
  • The journal defers to author preference in decisions about the naming and capitalization of racial, ethnic, and cultural groups. Manuscripts should be internally consistent in this regard.
  • For all manuscripts, authors will use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for reference and citation formats version 7. References must be in APA's latest version format. Manuscripts with references and/or citations in another form will be returned to the author(s).
  • We recommend Purdue OWL as a quick APA reference. [Link] 
  • Authors should indicate whether they are submitting their manuscript as a research article, narratitive/story, or reflections. 
  • Keywords: Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of six keywords.  These keywords will be used for indexing and to improve searchability of the submission through the journal system and Google.

Artistic and Creative Expressions (visual art pieces, drawings, paintings, photos, collages.)

Submissions of these types must be accompanied by written text to contextualize the work.  Written text should include a title and be a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 1000 words, and can include references.

Review Process (Special Issue Only)

For this Special Issue, invited authors will submit their work on SFU Ed Review journal submission platform.  Submissions are first assessed for alignment with the theme and guidelines for that section.  Then, if applicable, the submissions will be checked for common writing errors.  If errors are substantive, the submission will be sent back to the author for revision.   The author may work with the Editors to ensure that comments and revisions are sufficiently addressed.

Articles and other types of scholarships submitted to SFU Educational Review must not be submitted simultaneously to other journals.

Copyright Notice

The copyright for content in SFU Educational Review is retained by the author(s), with first publication rights granted to the SFU Educational Review. By virtue of the open access policy of SFU Educational Review, content may be used by others with proper attribution (to both the author and SFU Educational Review) for educational and other non-commercial use. No restrictions are placed on reuse of content by the author(s).

All contributors to the SFU Educational Review are required to sign an author contract.

Submission Procedure

SFU Educational Review Journal uses an electronic submission process. To submit a manuscript for consideration, please visit: and follow the specific instructions for your intended manuscript type.

SFU Educational Review Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is a serious offense that undermines the integrity of academic research and publication. This policy outlines the guidelines and expectations for authors, reviewers, and editors regarding the prevention and detection of plagiarism in articles submitted to SFU Educational Review. It is essential to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity to ensure the credibility and reliability of the journal.

Plagiarism is defined as presenting someone else's work, ideas, or intellectual property as one's own without proper acknowledgment, regardless of whether it is done with or without the original author's consent. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

a) Verbatim copying of text, data, or other media without proper citation and quotation marks.
b) Paraphrasing or summarizing another person's work without appropriate attribution.
c) Using images, illustrations, graphs, computer code, or any other material without proper acknowledgment.
d) Self-plagiarism, which involves reusing one's own previously published work without citation or permission, unless explicitly allowed by the journal.

i) Authors must ensure that their submissions are original and properly cited.
ii) Properly attribute and cite all sources, including their own previous work.
iii) Obtain permission for the use of copyrighted material and provide appropriate acknowledgments.
iv) Clearly identify and reference any collaborative work or contributions from others.

i) Reviewers should promptly report any suspicions or concerns regarding plagiarism to the journal editor.
ii) Evaluate the originality of the manuscript and notify the editor of any potential cases of plagiarism.

i) Editors are responsible for ensuring that all submitted articles undergo thorough plagiarism checks.
ii) Utilize plagiarism detection software, such as Turnitin or similar tools, to screen all submissions.
iii) Investigate any suspected cases of plagiarism and take appropriate actions as outlined in this policy. iv) Maintain confidentiality and handle plagiarism allegations with fairness and impartiality.

Plagiarism Detection and Handling Procedures Initial Plagiarism Check:
i) All submitted articles will undergo an initial plagiarism check using reliable plagiarism detection software.
ii) The results will be reviewed by the editor to identify potential instances of plagiarism. Suspected

Plagiarism: i
) If plagiarism is suspected, the editor will conduct a detailed analysis to determine the extent and severity of the plagiarism.
ii) The author(s) will be notified and given an opportunity to respond to the allegations within a specified timeframe.

Plagiarism Investigation:
i) The editor will investigate the matter further by comparing the allegedly plagiarized content with the original source(s) or previously published work.
ii) If plagiarism is confirmed, the editor will take appropriate actions, which may include but are not limited to:

- Rejecting the manuscript.
- Retracting previously published articles found to be plagiarized.
- Informing the author's institution or employer about the misconduct.
- Banning the author(s) from future submissions to the journal.

Policy on Preserving and Archiving Articles Using LOCKSS

Effective Date: June 19, 2023

Preserving and archiving articles is a crucial aspect of maintaining the scholarly record and ensuring long-term access to valuable research publications. To fulfill this objective, SFU Educational Journal has adopted the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) program, which offers a reliable and distributed digital preservation system.