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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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced with 0 pt before and after, uses a 12-point Times New Roman font, employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses), and is in APA 7 format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Pagination is not used in the submission.

Authors are required to adhere to the latest version of APA (American Psychological Association) style and to the guidelines outlined here. Submissions not following the style guide will be returned to the authors.

Papers must be prepared in Microsoft Word docx format. Use double-spaced text (with 0 pt before and after) in Times New Roman 12-point font and employ italics rather than underlining, except with URL addresses.

Length of papers for the thematic and general sections is approximately 4,000-8,000 words, including references. Book reviews and shorter conceptual discussions should be approximately 1,000-3,000 words, including references.

The first page of the paper should include the title of the paper, names of all authors, their affiliations and professional degrees. Include the email of the corresponding author and a brief biographical statement (100-130 words) for each author.

The second page has a 100-150 word abstract and 5-6 keywords. The body of the paper begins after the keywords.

Except for the title page, the author(s) name(s) should be removed from the paper and replaced with the word author. 

References should appear as a separate section titled References at the end of the paper. References should conform to APA publication format. Please do not use endnotes or footnotes.

Minimize the use of graphics, figures, models, and tables. If they are necessary, authors of papers accepted for publication will be asked to supply print-ready artwork.

Graphics must be black-and-white. Graphics should be embedded in the manuscript to show placement, but please also supply the original graphic separately.

Basic Rules: Author names are alphabetized in the References section according to the last name.

For a journal:

Chametzky, B. (2013). Generalizability and the theory of offsetting the affective filter. Grounded Theory Review, 12(2), 3-10. http://groundedtheoryreview.com

Notice that the URL is not hyperlinked.

Glaser, B. (2002b). Conceptualization: On theory and theorizing using grounded theory. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 1(2), 23-38. https://doi.org/

For a book:

Glaser, B. (1992). Basics of grounded theory analysis. Sociology Press.

Notice the period at the end of the reference entry.

For a dissertation:

Gatin, G. (2009). Keeping your distance: A basic social process (Doctoral dissertation, Fielding Graduate University). http://gradworks.umi.com/33/71/3371263.html

For an article with a colon in the name:

Chametzky, B. (2014). Andragogy and engagement in online learning: Tenets and solutions. Creative Education, 5(10). http://www.scirp.org/journal/CE/

Notice that the first word of the title, any acronyms, proper nouns, and the first word after the colon are capitalized. All other words in a title are lowercase.

For a chapter in an edited book:

Chametzky, B. (2010). E-Learning experiences in a t-learning environment. In Shaw, M., McDaniel, H., & Walters, K. (Eds.), Translating online learning to professional practice (pp. 49-63). http://www.theelearninginstitute.org/

Some Common Issues/Concerns

  • There is one space after all periods in APA.
  • All paragraphs are to be indented.
  • Use the term classic (not Glaserian or classical) grounded theory, which is not capitalized.
  • Do not capitalize any concepts or theories about which you might write.
  • The paper can be written in either American or British English.
  • In APA, the word “data” is plural not singular.
  • In American English, punctuation such as commas, semi-colons, periods, question and exclamation marks occur within quotation marks.
  • A period is required after the “al” as in “et al.”
  • Whenever appropriate, please use Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in your references. DOIs can be obtained from http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery/ .
  • If you need additional APA headings, please use them. A description of APA headings is found at https://apastyle.apa.org/style-grammar-guidelines/paper-format/headings .
  • For quotes of 40 words or more, please block indent the entire quotation and do not use quotation marks.


Please include the following statements in your manuscript:

Declaration of Conflicting Interests: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Funding: The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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Note:  The author retains copyright for papers published in the GT Review.

Please note, too, that when you upload your paper, there is a Rights component that is required. For that component, please add this copyright information:

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