Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale

This document provides general instructions to authors, formatting and referencing requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale.

General instructions

  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word or RTF are accepted).
  • Articles should not exceed 8,000 words (including quotations, notes, and references); and book reviews 1,000 words.
  • Do not include a title page.
  • Submit your manuscript in either English or French. English spelling follows the most recent edition of the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
  • Double space your manuscript and include page numbers.
  • An abstract (in either French or English) of 100-150 words should summarize the purpose of the study, the procedures employed, the results obtained, and the conclusions reached. A list of keywords should also be included after the abstract.
  • Manuscripts must be double-spaced (excluding longer quotations, notes, & references).
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inches (2.5 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Do not include any information identifying the author(s).
  • Try to avoid self-citation. If it is necessary to cite your own work, delete the names of authors and other identifying information and place substitute words in brackets, such as: [name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process]. Also if you do need to refer to your own work, do so in the third person. For example, write "Jonas and Barabas (2010) have demonstrated" and not "We have previously demonstrated (Jonas and Barabas, 2010)..." In the reference list, you should delete the citation and add it before submitting your final draft.
  • When you submit the final draft of the manuscript for publication, you will need to put back any references to yourself, your institution, etc.
  • Check that all identifiers have been removed from electronic files. Personal or hidden information is stored in File Properties. These properties include Author, Manager, Company and Last Saved By. Hidden information includes hidden text, revised text, comments, or field codes, and these can remain in a document even though you can't see them. If you entered your name or email address when you registered your software, this will be stored as part of the document. Information contained in custom fields that you add to the document, such as an ‘author' or ‘owner' field, is not automatically removed. You must edit or remove the custom field to remove that information. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the Security tab. Select the Remove personal information from file properties on save check box.
  • Tables, figures, and graphic material are accepted only when necessary for the rigour of the argument. For visual aids not easily produced via word processing, pdfs can be submitted.
  • Include page numbers.
  • Font:
    1. Main Body—12 pt. Times New Roman
    2. Footnotes—10 pt. Times New Roman
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
  • For all manuscripts, non-discriminatory language is mandatory.
  • You are encouraged to review articles in the area you are addressing which have been previously published in this journal, and when appropriate, to reference them. This will enhance context, coherence and continuity for our readers.
  • You are also encouraged to situate your study within the existing literature from the field of comparative and international education, and clarify how your study fits into that field of study.
  • Authors are to submit articles through our online system.

Formatting Requirements

Use the Word template to format your file.


Use the most recent (6th) edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Go to the APA website http://www.apastyle.org/ and see details regarding referencing in APA style. Here is some basic information for citing references in text:

Use the author-date citation system, which allows readers to find the sources cited in the text in the reference list. To insert a citation in the text, include the author’s surname and year of publication. For a direct quotation, include the page number or specific location of the phrase or sentences in the original work. For example:

  • Pinar (2009) found that children were the most likely ...
  • In 2011, Abdi’s study of African educational...
  • Early results from a study of language use amongst Inuit children (Anayak, 2009),

For your reference list, see details on the APA website or download this document:

Manuscripts submitted that do not conform exactly to the APA style in referencing will be returned to the author(s) for revision.

Book Review Guidelines

It is intended that book reviews for the Canadian and International Education journal will reflect the interests of CIESC and its membership and support efforts to make our journal an important forum for scholars working in this exciting field. Whilst recent books of international importance in the area of comparative and international education will continue to be reviewed, first preference will be given to research published by CIESC members, research conducted by Canadian authors, and/or comparative research which addresses Canadian educational contexts. As a matter of policy, CIE journal will not publish unsolicited reviews. CIE journal does, however, welcome general expressions of interest from CIESC members and other scholars who are willing to review books. Authors or publishers wishing to have their published works reviewed in the CIE journal should contact the book review editor. Readers’ suggestions for items to be reviewed are also welcome. Book reviews should be 500-1,000 words in length, including publication details.