Information for Authors

The American Journal of Play® seeks articles that present significant new research about the nature of play; synthesize and put into perspective major themes of play scholarship; summarize emerging areas of research regarding play; illuminate the important role of play in learning and human development throughout the life cycle; examine the relationship of play to other aspects of endeavor; explicate social, cultural, educational, and public policy issues related to play; and explore American cultural history through the window of play.

Manuscript Submissions

The American Journal of Play accepts manuscripts up to 20,000 words in length, but most published pieces are 5,000 to 7,500 words. All text, including quotations, references, and endnotes, should be prepared in double-spaced, 12-point typescript. Each submission should include a one-paragraph description of approximately 150 words in length detailing both the argument and the significance of the piece. If the submission is selected for publication, Journal editors will use the paragraph as the basis for an abstract.

Because submissions are evaluated by double-blind review, the author’s name (and the names of coauthors) should appear only on the cover sheet. Complete addresses for each author, including email, along with academic titles and institutional affiliations, are required.

Submissions should be in Word, WordPerfect, or Rich Text Format and may be submitted on a disk or as an email attachment. Manuscripts should follow American Journal of Play style guidelines.

Direct all submissions to:

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

The Journal does not accept manuscripts previously published elsewhere or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere as either an article or part of a book. Query letters are welcome.