The two key questions used by the editors to determine whether to send a manuscript out for review are 1) Do the results generalize and 2) Is the study likely to alter someone's practice? A study failing either criterion will not be reviewed. Thus, PARE does not accept local evaluations or validity studies.  

Review Criteria
  • Use of evidence -- Introduces the recent evidence that supports a topic.
  • Adequate coverage -- Discusses major issues or points within a topic.
  • Objective presentation -- Presents all sides of an issue, or is clearly identified as having a particular point of view.
  • Clear and concise language -- Adequately presents information in 2000-8000 words (about four to eight pages of text).
  • Accurate -- Presents correct and accurate information.
  • Appropriate -- The content is appropriate for Practical Assessment Research & Evaluation
We generally like to see four sub headings and four to eight valuable references or citations for additional reading.


Please prepare your manuscript as a single-spaced document with the tables and figures inserted in the text of the document.

Send your article to us electronically as an e-mail attachment to in an editable format. We should be able to handle any common word processor format. Microsoft Word is preferred. We will make sure the manuscript is blinded, insert a tracking number, and format your submission as a PDF before sending it out for review.

Review Process

In order to maintain our standards of high quality, we subject all proposed articles to a rigorous review and refinement process. The process typically involves screening, review, and editing.

The editors review the first draft of the article against the criteria mentioned above and makes an determination as to whether the manuscript is suited to Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation. If it is found to be suitable,  a draft version is formatted as a PDF and placed in the editorial board's submission area. All editors are then invited to review the manuscript. We hope to have manuscripts reviewed within three weeks of submission. The author is notified. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, editorial suggestions are made.

FACT Sheet

We have also compiled a Fact Sheet about PARE. This fact sheet discusses the selectivity of PARE and characteristics of the PARE Readership.

Why you should submit to PARE

There are many practical advantages to publishing your article in Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation.

bullet Your article will join others published by leaders in educational assessment, research and evaluation.
bullet Your article will be reviewed by an expert panel.
bullet Your article will have the potential to be seen by an extremely large audience. The typical article in a print journal is read by only 300-500 people. The average number of downloads is well over 10,000 for every article in PARE. You can expect thousands more people to see your paper by publishing your article on-line.
bullet Your article will be indexed in major internet and academic search engines.
bullet You can expect a rapid turn-around time. The typical review should be under four weeks.
bullet Your article can be published using current technology.
bullet PARE is a unique outlet. It is the only peer reviewed journal featuring practical advice on assessment, research and evaluation.