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Author Guidelines

Currently, JUME IS NOT accepting new manuscripts for publication consideration. This year’s Volume 11 (Nos. 1&2) is an invitation only special double issue volume celebrating JUME’s 10th year anniversary.

JUME is in search of a new editor in chief, editorial team, and academic home. Please check the JUME website periodically for updates.

The peer-review process (double-blind and open) at JUME requires all submissions to be sent in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF). We asks that authors refrain from submitting compressed files. Submissions to JUME should go through the automated submission process. Material submitted to JUME should be original, coherent, understandable, and interesting, and not under consideration by another journal. Only manuscripts written in British or American English will be accepted; language must be consistent throughout. Additionally, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and the mechanical elements of manuscripts should be reviewed prior to submission. If funding or grant money is used in any aspect of submitted work, this support should be acknowledged in manuscript content.

JUME manuscripts MUST conform to APA standards as outlined in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009), with the exception of tables, graphics, and figures (see the Tables, Figures, and Graphics section below for submission information regarding these supplements). Manuscripts should be in Times New Roman font, 12 point; double-spaced, with one-inch margins throughout; when needed, use footnotes, NOT endnotes. JUME is an Open Access Academic Journal; there are NO FEES to authors or readers of JUME at anytime.

Length: JUME welcomes research manuscripts that are approximately 5,000-15,000 words in length (inclusive of references, appendices, footnotes, figures, tables, etc.). Accompanying the manuscript should be an informative abstract of 150-200 words. In addition, meaningful headings and subheadings should organize manuscript content.
Title Page: Title sheets should not be included in research manuscript submissions. Research manuscripts submitted to JUME are double-blind reviewed; therefore, authors must be certain that all identifying information has been removed (i.e., university name, author's name, location, etc.).
Citations: Follow the APA author-date method of citations within text. Whenever applicable, provide page numbers for direct quotes. References must be listed in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. All names of contributing authors should be included in the references. Unlike APA, however, please include both volume number and issue number irrespective of how the journal is paginated when listing journals in the references. Additionally, all JUME articles listed in the references should contain the retrieved from information as well as volume, number, and page numbers (e.g., Stinson, D. W. (2011). Race in mathematics education research: Are we a community of cowards? [Editorial]. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 4(1), 1–6. Retrieved from
Tables, Figures, and Graphics: All tables, figures, and graphics must be embedded in the correct locations within the document to ensure that copyeditors know the proper placement of such material. In addition, these items that correspond with the manuscript must be submitted as separate/supplementary files.

JUME accepts research manuscripts in (3) three general areas; below, please find a brief description of each area (research manuscripts undergo a double-blind, peer-review process, for details about the review process please see Peer Review Process, which is found under ABOUT):
1. Focus on Research - Empirical (qualitative and quantitative) manuscripts evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain.
2. Focus on Theory/Policy - Theoretical and policy manuscripts evaluated on their basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain.
3. Perspectives from the Field - Field-based accounts of the innovation of urban practitioners. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of writing, and potential to positively impact the practice of mathematics teaching and learning in urban schools. Action research and accounts from teachers and administrators are especially encouraged. An emphasis will be placed on publishing those manuscripts that provide clear examples of practice based directly on research applied in K-16 settings. While a detailed literature review and analysis of underlying theory are not required, manuscripts are expected to describe a literature-supported practice and provide citations that document the relevant literature.

In addition to research manuscripts, JUME also accepts Commentary, Response Commentary, Public Story, and Book Review manuscripts (solicited or unsolicited). For details of these journal sections please see Section Policies, which is found under ABOUT. Manuscripts submitted to one of these four sections should be noted in the submission process. Manuscripts submitted to these sections are open peer reviewed by the Editor and members of the Editorial Team and should be between 1,500-6,500 words in length (inclusive of references, appendices, footnotes, figures, tables, etc.).

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post items submitted to JUME on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses Times New Roman 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. All figures and illustrations will also be attached as separate files.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found under ABOUT.
  6. If submitting to a double-blind, peer-reviewed section of JUME (i.e., Research Articles section), the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

The copyright for articles in JUME is retained by author(s), with first use publication rights granted to JUME. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use with proper attribution in educational and other non-commercial settings.


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