Communiqué Author Guidelines

CQ_Cover_V44N1The primary purpose of Communiqué is to keep members informed about the activities of the Association and about critical issues and current practices in the profession. In addition to articles submitted by the Contributing Editors, unsolicited manuscripts from members and readers are encouraged.

Communiqué is primarily read by busy practitioners who need concise, interesting reading about important issues in the field. Its articles are intended to provide new information to help them improve their practice.

Guidelines for Writing

When writing, be sure to use formal language and proper grammar. Use spell check, but also remember to proofread your manuscript! Make sure your listed references match your in-text citations and that any URLs are current. NASP uses the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition for its publications; a brief tutorial is available on the APA website.

Manuscripts should be submitted in MS-Word or RTF files, in 12 point Times New Roman font. Do not use unusual formatting (e.g., multiple font styles, boxes around words), as this is time-consuming for the editor to remove.

The editors will suggest revisions with the intention of enhancing the quality and clarity of the article. Try not to personalize these comments, but rather make the revisions that you feel are appropriate. If you disagree with the suggestions, contact your editor to discuss your concerns. Although Communiqué is not a peer-reviewed journal, research-based and best practice articles are usually sent for blind, independent review.

It is assumed that any manuscript submitted is not being considered concurrently by another journal, including School Psychology Review. If the article has been submitted to or published previously in another newsletter, such as a state association newsletter, the author should so indicate in order to obtain permission to reprint and to give proper credit to the original source, should it be accepted by Communiqué. The editor reserves the right to edit the manuscript as necessary for publication, including editing due to space or layout limitations.

Because of a limited amount of discretionary space available each month, articles are frequently accepted well in advance of their publication date.

Note. NASP will hold copyright on all articles accepted and published in the Communiqué.

Types of Articles

Columns. Ongoing columns, such as IDEA in Practice and Just a Click Away, are generally the one feature for which unsolicited manuscripts are not accepted.

Communication Matters. This feature provides diverse ideas and insights for making improvements across the range of comprehensive school psychological service. We are particularly interested in strategies you used to encourage participation in the new approaches for which you advocated.

Research-Based Practice. These substantive articles provide a brief review of research literature that is then tied to implications and suggestions for school practice. These are the longest (3,500 words) and most stringently reviewed articles.

Professional Practice. These articles cover legal issues, professional standards, and ethical practice. Length is typically between 1,700 and 3,500 words.

Advocacy. These articles describe advocating for school psychology services at the local, state, and national levels and the skills employed to do so. Length is 3,500 words or shorter.

Crisis Management. These articles vary, from reviews of research in crisis management, to descriptions of crisis interventions, to articles about training for crisis preparedness and response. Length is 1,700–3,500 words.

Transitions. These articles are about negotiating changes in careers, such as starting a first job, changing from an academic to a practitioner position, or moving into retirement. Length is 1,700–3,500 words.

Opinion. Letters to the editor are brief commentary (450–850 words) about a previously published article. Viewpoints are informed opinion about an issue in school psychology, broadly defined (850–1,700 words).

Student Connections. This regular column, written primarily by graduate students, helps inform student members about the activities, ideas, and experiences of other school psychology students.

Graduate Education. These articles, written by university professors, deal with issues in school psychology graduate education. Maximum word count should be 3,500.

Handouts. Handouts cover a wide variety of topics and are intended for distribution to parents and educators. They range 850–1,700 words in length.

Reviews. Book reviews are written by practitioners, professors, and students. Watch for Calls for Book Reviewers in Communiqué in the December and June issues.

Manuscript Submissions

Submit articles to editor John Desrochers, including the following:

  • Manuscript file in MS-Word or RTF format (3,500 words is the preferred length, but consideration will be given to longer articles).
  • A 2–3 sentence abstract.
  • 3–5 keywords chosen from our keyword list.
  • Cover letter containing the author's name, title (include degree and NCSP certification if applicable), and institutional affiliation.
  • Signed copyright release form (DOC) for each author faxed to NASP Publications at 301-657-3127 or e-mailed to Martha Spath.

Related Resources

School Psychology Review Guidelines
Manuscripts that communicate scholarly advances in research, training, and practice related to psychology and education are perfect for submission to our journal School Psychology Review (SPR).

Communiqué General Information
Staff, deadlines, and mailing dates for the newspaper of the National Association of School Psychologists.

Copyright Permission Form
Get permission to reprint or adapt material from any NASP publication (including figures and tables) for use in another publication.