Information for Authors

Published three times a year, the American Journal of Play® (AJP) features original peer-reviewed research, interviews, and book reviews that advance scholarly and public discussions around play. We accept year-round submissions that explore the history, science, and culture of play.

As a multidisciplinary publication, AJP welcomes submissions that advance the study of play in both the social sciences and the humanities, including education and child development, cultural studies, and psychology as well as sociology, media and game studies, anthropology, and history.

We encourage prospective authors to look through some recent AJP issues to get a sense of a possible fit with our journal. In general, we seek timely research on:

  • play in learning and development from infancy to adulthood
  • cultural histories of playthings and ways of playing
  • practices of play therapy and health (physical, behavioral, mental)
  • intersections of play and gender, race, class, and sexuality
  • public policy issues involving and impacting play
  • historical and contemporary representations of play or players
  • evaluations of major themes and theories in traditional and emerging play scholarship

The American Journal of Play is a peer-reviewed journal and adheres to a rigorous double-blind review process to ensure integrity and scholarly standard. Before any external review consideration, all submissions undergo an internal review by the editorial team to evaluate the manuscript’s research focus, timeliness, quality, and overall fit with the Journal.

The AJP does not accept manuscripts previously published elsewhere (in print or online) or manuscripts currently under consideration for publication elsewhere as an article, book chapter, or additional format.

Preparing Your Manuscript

To ensure timely response, please follow these guidelines before you submit:

1. Review the American Journal of Play style guide for formatting requirements
All text, including quotations, references, and endnotes, should be prepared in double-spaced, 12-point typescript. Submissions must reflect the most recent Chicago Manual of Style edition and any Journal-specific deviations outlined in our style requirements.

2. Create separate cover sheet with author(s) information.
In adherence with double-blind review, any author information should only appear on a separate cover sheet submitted with your manuscript. On the cover sheet, the following information is required for each author: complete mailing address, email, academic/professional title, and institutional affiliation.

3. Check the suitability of the manuscript length.
While final articles vary in word count, a typical paper published in the American Journal of Play is 6,500 to 8,000 words (not including endnotes). 

4. Include an abstract and keywords.
On the manuscript, please include a one-paragraph abstract (100 to 150 words) detailing both the argument and the significance of the piece. With the abstract, provide five toseven keywords or terms that reflect the manuscript’s focus.

5. Attach images, tables, figures, and illustrations separately.
Any images, tables, figures, and illustrations should not be embedded into the manuscript document. Instead, the author should provide these assets as separate email attachments in higher resolution JPEG or TIFF formats. Please refer to the style guide for additional information.

Where to Submit

All submissions should be saved as a Word document and sent as an email attachment to

Additional correspondence may be directed to:

American Journal of Play
The Strong
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607