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Instructions for authors


Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 
is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published biannually by the Undergraduate Writing Center at the University of Texas at Austin. As a forum for writing-center practitioners, Praxis publishes articles from writing-center consultants, administrators, and others concerned with issues related to writing-center training, consulting, labor, administration, and initiatives.

Our editorial board welcomes clearly written, scholarly essays on writing-center consulting, research, administration, and training. Focus article submissions may be based in theoretical and critical approaches, applied practices, or empirical research (qualitative or quantitative). Focus article submissions are sent out to our national editorial board for a blind review. Praxis also welcomes responses to previous issues' articles (in the form of column essays), column essays on tutoring and consulting, and book reviews on subjects pertinent to writing-center work. These submissions (columns and book reviews) do not go through the peer-review process.


Recommended length is 3000 to 4000 words for articles and 1000 to 1500 words for column essays and reviews.

Articles should conform to current MLA style (7th edition). Please use double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt. font and one-inch margins. Please only use one space after a period. Please use italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Please use endnotes rather than footnotes. Please include Works Cited and endnotes in your total word count. Do not format your paper in any other way.

Images, figures, and tables within the document should adhere to MLA formatting guidelines and be uploaded as separate supplemental files in jpeg format.

When submitting your document, please indicate if your manuscript is to be considered for our “Focus Article,” “Column,” or “Book Review” sections.

If you are submitting a focus article, you must remove all identifying author and institutional information to ensure blind review. Focus article submissions containing identifiable information will be returned to authors without review.

Please include an abstract (under 250 words) with focus article submissions. Please include brief biographies for all authors and keywords with all submissions.


Please submit your manuscript before January 15 to be considered for our Spring issue. Please submit your manuscript before June 15 to be considered for our Fall issue.


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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:

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 Microsoft Word format.
3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
4. The submission is double-spaced with 12-point, Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); uses endnotes rather than footnotes; and includes Works Cited and endnotes in the final word count.
5. All images, figures, and tables within the text adhere to MLA formatting guidelines and are uploaded as separate, supplemental jpeg files.
6. A short abstract (up to 250 words) is provided with focus articles.
Short bios for all authors and keywords are provided with all submissions.
8. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal (i.e., focus articles), the instructions for Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Information

Permission for electronic dissemination of Praxis is granted. Reproduction in hardcopy/print format for educational purposes or by non-profit organizations such as libraries and schools is permitted. For all other uses of Praxis, prior advance written notice is required. Send inquiries to


Contact Sarah Orem & Thomas Spitzer-Hanks, Managing Editors, at