Author and Submission Guidelines

Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Email the editor, Romaisha Rahman, at intersections@unm.edu with questions regarding submissions.

Submission Types

Full length articles

Articles/Essays: Manuscripts in this category are based on primary and secondary research on critical topics in education. The length of the manuscript should not exceed 9000 words including references, tables, and figures. The manuscript should also include an abstract which must not exceed 150 words. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the article.

Interviews (transcripts): Manuscripts in this category must be first person interviews conducted through email or any other written medium. The text should follow a transcription style template in which the questions from the interviewer and comments made by the interviewee should be made distinguishable. The transcript must not include paralanguage (such as hmm, like, well, etc.) Submissions must not exceed 5000 words. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the transcript (for video or audio interview submission, follow the instructions provided for the interview category in the Creative Studio section).

Commentary: Submissions in this category must be in-depth evidence-driven commentary on current critical topics in education along with an analysis of how and why the chosen topic is important to discuss. Word limit for this category is set to 3000 words. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the manuscript.

If you want to propose a Special Issue, please email the editor, Romaisha Rahman, at intersections@unm.edu

Creative Studio

Interviews (video/audio):Submissions in this category are primarily video and audio interviews in which the interviewer and interviewee take turns in asking and answering questions, respectively. Audio or video files that are submitted should not be longer than 15 minutes.
Please include this required consent form when you submit an audio/video file. Click on the link to download the required consent form that needs to be submitted along with the video/audio file.

Poetry:Submissions in this category are not limited to structured and free verse poetry. The poems must capture and reflect critical issues in education. Poems should not exceed 500 words.

Audio/Video:Submissions in this category can be any evidence-driven and well-articulated commentary or refutation of any published materials that can help boost discussions on the critical issues in education. Refutation can be, but is not limited to, classroom or round-table discussions on critical topics in education. The video/audio file must not be longer than 15 minutes maximum.
Acceptable video formats: 3gp, asx, avi, f4v, flv, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, wmv
Acceptable audio formats: aac, ac3, aiff, flac, m4a, mp3, wav, wma

Photo Voice:Submissions in this category should include a collage of photos that tell a story. Meaning, it should be a collection of photos with backstories on a chosen theme. Photovoice generally is a visual methodology in which individuals take photos and then share their perspectives on why they took the photo, what that photo is about, what that photo means to them, and what kind of message the photo is sending out. The main purpose of photo voice is to understand topics from various points of view and then take steps to bring about the needed changes. For this category, the submissions must follow themes that are related to critical issues in education. Photo voice can be either submitted in the video format or in the written medium.
Acceptable video formats: 3gp, asx, avi, f4v, flv, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, wmv

First person narrative reflections: This category is dedicated for submissions of personal narratives in which the authors discuss critical issues that they have experienced or witnessed in education. Submissions should not exceed 3000 words including references and other supporting texts.

Short stories:Submissions in this category call for text that tells a critical story, either from a first-, second-, or third-person perspective. The story must focus on critical issues in education. Illustrations that go with the theme of the short story are encouraged for this category but are not required. Short stories that you submit must not exceed 3000 words.

PechaKucha:Submissions in this category must include 20 photos in a slideshow video with each slide being presented for 20 seconds while you verbally explain the theme of your presentation. The theme of the presentation and the photos must be related to critical issues in education. The video should follow the structure of introduction, discussion, and conclusion as the photos run in the background. The total length of the video must not exceed 7 minutes. You can visit the PechaKucha website for further information.
Acceptable video formats: 3gp, asx, avi, f4v, flv, mkv, mov, mp4, mpg, wmv

If you want to propose a special creative studio submission not on the list, please email the editor, Romaisha Rahman, at intersections@unm.edu

Book Reviews

Intersections accepts book and media reviews that cover current critical topics in education. Books or media that are reviewed should not be older than five years from the publication date. Please contact the editor, Romaisha Rahman, intersections@unm.edu for inquiries and indication of your interests before writing/submitting any book or media review as unsolicited book reviews will be automatically rejected. Since we are operating under a budget, we will not be able to provide copies of books for review. You must purchase the books on your own.
Reviews must not exceed 1500 words.



All manuscripts must be submitted electronically in MS Word format. Guidelines specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) should be followed. Please pay particular attention to the sections on non-sexist language and avoiding bias related to racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation, age, and disability. Provide a statement guaranteeing that the manuscript has not been published or submitted elsewhere. NOTE: If you are referring to your own work in the manuscript, cite yourself as you would any other author; meaning, you would cite your last name with the date instead of referring to yourself as the "author".

Authors must submit a SEPARATE TITLE PAGE FILE that includes:

  • title of the manuscript
  • first name, middle initial, and last name of each author, with highest academic degrees
  • names of institutions to which each author is affiliated
  • short biographical statements for each author (100 words maximum)
  • address, phone number, and email address of corresponding author
  • any acknowledgements, author notes, and/or other text that could identify the authors to the reviewers are removed
  • 3 -5 keywords (so piece can be indexed)

Figures must be production-ready. Because figures may be reduced to fit, use bold type that is large enough to be reduced and still readable. Artwork should be 300 dpi or higher. Acceptable formats for artwork are TIFF, MS Word, or Excel. Submit artwork as a separate file. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. For movie submissions, upload to an accessible venue (e.g. YouTube).


Obtaining written permission for material such as figures, tables, art, and extensive quotes taken directly from another source is the author’s responsibility, as is payment of any fees the copyright holder may require. Material taken from software or from the Internet also requires obtaining permission.

Human subjects

For creative or scholarly work involving human subjects, send appropriate permissions with your submission.

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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 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.