PTN seeks brief articles (1,000 – 2,000 words) that are helpful to practicing K-6 teachers.

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  1. Guidelines for Writers for PTN
  2. What we look for
  3. How to Submit Your Article
  4. What style should be used
  5. The editing process
  6. What about photographs/images
  7. Submission of Articles

Guidelines for Writers for PTN

PTN is a state based association whose goal is to ensure high-quality professional learning for all teachers every day in order to improve student learning.

PTN members require solid, credible articles by classroom teachers, reports of effective programs and practices, book reviews, and columns. PTN is seeking articles that are interesting, thought provoking, timely, practical, informative, concise, and complete.

In general, articles that are appropriate to classroom practitioners and are approved by PTN will appear in the research and/or the resource section of the PTN website.

PTN offers payment for articles by practicing teachers. Decisions regarding publication are made by the board of Management and independent experts in the relevant area. PTN reserves the right to reject poor quality or untimely material, whether solicited or otherwise, at any time during the editing process.

What we look for

PTN seeks brief articles (1,000 – 2,000 words) that are helpful to practicing K-6 teachers. Teachers in primary schools across NSW who value professional development for classroom teachers are the target audience for these articles.

We prefer articles written in an informal, conversational style. We are not looking for conventional research reports.

Writers should emphasize what they have learned from their experiences.

At the beginning of each article, they should describe what they have learned and what they are trying to share with readers. Articles should emphasize the implications of their discoveries/findings for practitioners.

We will not accept articles about programs that are proposed.

Highest consideration will be given to work that is aligned with the NSW Institute of Teachers Professional Teaching Standards and can provide data demonstrating improvements in student learning.

Writers should avoid educational jargon and complicated phrasing. They should write in simple, direct sentences.

If methodology is essential for understanding, please include it as a footnote and not in the main text of the manuscript. Writers also can include a list of additional resources (books, articles, videos, web sites) that are not referenced directly in the article; where appropriate, graphs and charts also can be used to illustrate key points. Writers should provide the raw data for these charts. They are not required to produce a publishable graphic.

How to Submit Your Article

PTN acknowledges in writing every article that is received.

The PTN BOM reviews each submission to determine its appropriateness for the Research and/or Resource section of the website. Articles are either accepted as submitted, returned for revisions, or rejected.

PTN prefers submissions by e-mail, and as attachments in Microsoft Word format.

If submitting an article by mail, please send three (3) copies by registered mail to:

The Editor, PTN
PO Box 577
Leichhardt 2040

Articles should be double-spaced with generous margins on both sides of the main body of the text.

Articles are not to exceed 12 pages, including references and charts. Please number the pages and include the author’s name next to the page number on each page.

Cover page should include :

  • Suggested title of article.
  • Writer’s name.
  • Complete contact information for the writer(s), including phone, address, fax, and e-mail address. This information is essential for follow up contact.
  • Writer’s current professional position. You may also identify any major articles or books you have recently published.
  • A word count.

What style should be used

Writers are responsible for providing complete and accurate references, as appropriate. For references, PTN follows The Harvard referencing style [PDF] Harvard Referencing Guide

Writers are expecting to ensure that their references compile with those guidelines.

Cite references in text, e.g. (Tsolakis, 2009), and list them in bibliographic form at the end of the article.

Authors bear full responsibility for the accuracy of citations, quotations, and information supplied for figures and charts. For questions of spelling, we use the Oxford English Dictionary.

Where appropriate, writers also can include a list of additional resources, even if they are not directly cited in the article.

The editing process

If your article is accepted it will be edited for publication on the PTN website by the PTN editor.

During this process, the editor is likely to contact you to clarify certain points. An editor may also want to e-mail you to review or clarify aspects of your article.

High quality writing is a priority for PTN. Therefore your article may be subject to substantial editing, including some rewriting and reorganizing. This is a normal part of the editing process for any publication with high standards. The editor’s goal is to produce the most readable and interesting article possible for the target audience.

Your help and understanding in this process is greatly appreciated.

Prior to the article appearing on the PTN website you will receive an edited version to review, correct, and approve. Typically, you will be asked to return the article within a negotiated timeframe.

When you receive this final edited version, you also will receive a copyright form. Signing that form gives PTN permission to post the article on our web site, and to use it for other electronic purposes.

What about photographs/images?

PTN encourages writers to submit appropriate photographs to illustrate their articles. We prefer high-resolution JPGs.

All photographs require a completed consent form for each person appearing in a photograph. Where a person is a minor the consent form must be completed by that person’s legal guardian.

When a photograph has been accepted, please include a note with each photograph that:

  • Identifies the individuals pictured;
  • Describes what they are doing and where; and
  • Names the photographer.

NB: Writers are responsible for obtaining written permission for publication from the subjects of the photographs.

If photographs have been published by a newspaper or magazine, writers are responsible for obtaining written permission for publication from the media outlet.

Submission of Articles:

Articles, editorial correspondence, and questions about submissions should be sent attention to the Editor at: contactus@ptn.org.au