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TESOLers for Social Responsibility Newsletter Submission Guidelines

Please review these guidelines and the newsletter mission statement carefully to ensure that your submission will receive full consideration. You can view archived newsletters online.

General Guidelines

  • Email the editors, Trisha Dowling and John Turnbull. Be sure to put “SRIS Newsletter” in the subject line.
  • Please send your submission and all relevant attachments (photos, tables, etc.) in one email message. Failure to do so could delay or disqualify your submission.

Submission Guidelines

Following these guidelines will ensure that the editors can view your  submission and publish it without any technical issues. The editors reserve the right to edit submissions for style and clarity.

Papers, Essays, Editorials, Letters, and Other Submissions

Submissions should
  • Follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.)
  • be copy ready (with proper grammar, spelling, etc.)
  • have a title in ALL CAPS
  • have a byline: author’s name, email address, affiliation, city, country
  • have a 50-word teaser (abstract). 
  • have a 2- to 3-sentence bio at the end for each author
  • be no longer than 1,750 words (including tables and citations). 
  • contain no more than five citations
  • be formatted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Notepad (.txt or .rtf)
  • not have photos or other graphics embedded in the Word file (see Pictures below). Photos and other graphics should be submitted in the same email message as the text.


  • Please do not embed photos, figures, and other graphics in the text of the submission. Include each one in a separate file instead.
  • Please include photo captions and, if you have them, photographer credits. Please include the names of each person appearing in the photo whenever possible.
  • Please submit a headshot of yourself (alone) with your article (in the same message). Your  photo must be: 
    • a head and shoulder shot 
    • a JPG file 
    • width = 120px height = 160px 
  • All photos must be
    • clear, clean, professional, appropriate to the article 
    • attached as a separate file in the same email as your article
    • File format: GIF, JPG, JPEG
    • Maximum file size: 1MB
    • Quality: Low Resolution (Web quality) 200 dpi

Create a Zip File for Multiple Files 

If sending multiple files, please put them in a ZIP file: 


Please upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo  and send the link to the editors.

Other Types of Submissions

Please email the editors, Trisha Dowling and John Turnbull, to ask how to submit them. Be sure to put “SRIS Newsletter” in the subject line.

Copyright and Permissions

  • Respect the copyright of others online as scrupulously as you would in print.
  • All submissions must accurately and completely credit their sources, including student material and online sources.
  • Copyright rules apply to online as well as published content.
  • Respect fair use and the intellectual property rights of others. For a full copyright FAQ, please visit the U.S. Copyright Office website
  • TESOL requires that all writers get written permission for borrowed material (including photos) that goes beyond fair use. Send signed permissions forms to at the TESOL Office.
  • Reproducing tables and figures from published and online sources requires more than a citation. Authors usually need to secure written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce them. 
  • You may not reproduce material from TESOL Quarterly, TESOL Journal, or the TESOL website (including photos) without written permission from TESOL. 
  • The SRIS newsletter is technically TESOL publications. Failure to respect U.S. copyright law puts you and TESOL at risk legally.
  • Newsletter authors retain their copyright. Please include email addresses with bylines to enable readers to contact authors for permission to reprint their articles.