- Description of the
The monograph is a narrowly focused, practical
description of a project or topic of interest to middle level teachers,
principals or schools in North Carolina. This publication is 10,000 to 20,000
words long and should focus on practical application of ideas.
- Submission Guidelines and Timelines:
1. An announcement for monograph
proposals will appear in the NCMSA Advocate and/or the Journal. The
Announcement will include:
· description of monograph with details
about specific or narrowly defined topic
· deadline for submission,
specifics for submitting prospectus,
· guidelines for authors
and/or name for more information.
2. Submitted proposals should be
mailed to the middle school office where files are created for each
3. A monograph coordinator will be selected by the committee.
The coordinator will be responsible for setting up meetings, making sure the
process is moving forward.
4. The publications committee will review
proposals using a "two round" process. The first round will be a blind review
of the submitted proposals. Readers will review proposals using a review
sheet. The monograph coordinator with the support of the NCMSA executive
assistant will send out the proposals. Reviewers will receive a packet of
proposals (approximately 5) and review them within two weeks. The coordinator
will prioritize proposals using review sheets. The second round will occur
during a meeting of the publications committee. During this meeting (held soon
after proposals are returned), resumes of authors of selected proposals are
reviewed and a selection is made. If necessary, references may be called and
writing samples requested. A final decision may be delayed if sample
references or writing samples are requested.
- 5. Once an author and topic are chosen, a monograph managing editor will
be selected. The editor will be a member of the publication committee. A
managing editor may be selected from the state board or affiliates of the
NCMSA organization if an expert is known.
- 6. The managing editor will work with the author(s) for a period of six
months [maximum time to complete monograph].
7. After monograph is complete, members of the publication committee
may review monograph.
8. Once approved by the publication committee,
the monograph will be printed.
9. The entire process should take no
more than 11 months.
General Guidelines for
- 1. Potential authors should submit a well-developed annotated outline and
resume along with a Prospective Author Information Sheet (see below). Sample
writings may be requested by NCMSA.
- 2. The length of the monograph is 10,000 to 20,000 words.
Authors are advised to avoid educational jargon. Simple, straight-forward
prose that makes ample use of examples, anecdotes and case studies is
preferred. Any citations must be complete and based on the American
Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.
4. Tables, charts and
graphs should be used only if necessary.
5. Photos may be submitted.
Clear, high resolution jpg, gif, or tiff formats are preferred. A release must
be provided for all persons who can be identified in the photograph.
Photographs become the property of the NCMSA. It will be the final decision of
NCMSA which photos will be used.
6. Monograph costs are incurred by
NCMSA. Published monographs become the property of the organization.
Each monograph author will be assigned a managing editor who will work with
the author to successfully complete the project.
- 8. Completed work should be submitted in print and electronically in
Microsoft Word format.
Prospective Author Information
Complete the three sections as completely as possible. Any
questions should be directed to the NCMSA office.
- I. General Information
- A. Working Title:
- B. Brief statement of monograph's purpose:
- C. Intended Audience:
- D. Benefits to NCMSA members :
- E. Anticipated length:
- II. Provide an outline of the monograph. Give annotated details for each
section. Furnish enough information so a reader will understand each section.
- III. Attach a short resume highlighting teaching/administrative experience
and other professional experience related to middle level education.
- IV. Contact Information:
Name (contact person if more than one author):
(Home)________________ (Work) _______________ (Fax) _______________
Occupation: (Contact author)__________________________________________________
- (Other authors) ___________________________________________________
- List any writing experience of the author(s) (none is required):
- Please direct all questions and submit all forms & information
regarding prospective monographs to:
Dr. John A. Harrison, Executive
PO Box 5216
- Prospective Monograph Rating
- This is the form that reviewers will use when considering a proposed
- Monograph # _________________ Reviewer:__________________________
Rate the strength (1=Poor to 4=Excellent) of this proposal
in each of the categories listed below.
1. Relevance of
2. Clarity of Outline___________
- 3. Appropriate for NC Readers ________
- 4. Practicality of Topic ________
- 5. Accuracy of Topic _________
- 6. Beneficial to our Readers ________
- Other comments:
- Additional questions about the proposal that you have at this point: