Journal Submission Rules & Guidelines

The MindBrainEd SIG warmly welcomes submissions for its yearly peer reviewed journal throughout the year from anyone wishing to publish original research papers, interviews, essays, and book or conference reviews.

All submissions should follow APA style guidelines and have plain text formatting (no running heads, etc). Visit and for more information on the APA style. You can also read through this free handbook for advice on publishing academic writing.

Please see below for our general guidelines. If you have any questions, or want to submit an article, please contact us at [email protected]


Research-based Papers

Previously unpublished papers based on original research, with relevance to MBE (Mind, Brain, and/or Education).  Word count should not exceed 6000 words including tables and references, or 4000 without. Papers will initially be screened for relevance and appropriateness to the SIG, then blind peer-reviewed.  For papers which are accepted with corrections, authors will be expected to work with the editor to implement the required changes prior to final acceptance and publication.

Interviews and Essays

Interviews with leading scholars in MBE and essays on MBE, with relevance to teaching or learning foreign languages in Japan. Theoretical essays, which may be grounded in secondary research but may also include some primary research. Such essays should provide up-to-date reviews of a particular area and show how it connects to the Japanese educational context. The word limit for interviews and essays is 4000 words, including references. Interviews and essays will be screened and blind peer-reviewed in the same way as the above section.

Book and Conference Reviews

Book and conference reviews, either of recently published books related to MBE, or related conferences attended by the reviewer in the last 12 months. Word limit should ideally have a maximum word count of 1000 words plus references.  This section will not be peer reviewed, however corrections and suggestions may be made with regards to style and more.