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Multicultural Learning and Teaching

Editor-in-Chief: Obiakor, Festus / Algozzine, Robert

Managing Editor: Banks, Tachelle

2 Issues per year

Aims and Scope

Multicultural Learning and Teaching is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed international journal devoted to the education of people with diverse multicultural life experiences and backgrounds. Emphasis is on the interpretation of research literature, as well as recommendations for the improvement of the practice of multicultural education. MLT focuses more on the broader implications of multicultural learning and teaching practices, less on the scientific analysis of educational impacts.

Appropriate topics for articles include, but are not limited to, identification, assessment, labeling/categorization, placement, and instruction of underachieving, at-risk, urban, suburban, rural, linguistically different, and exceptional children, youth, and adults with diverse multicultural life experiences and backgrounds. Manuscripts on family or community-related services, legislation, litigation, and professional preparation are also of interest.

Types of articles published:

Reports of Research: Articles must have potential for setting future directions in multicultural learning and teaching and clear practical implications.

Literature Reviews, Research Syntheses, Perspectives, and Position Papers: Articles must deal with problems common to multicultural learning and teaching.

Topical Issues: On occasion, invited manuscripts will be published in special issues addressing topics with clear and explicit implications for improving multicultural learning and teaching.

Type of Publication:

Multicultural Learning and Teaching (MLT) is a multidisciplinary international journal that explores the education of people from diverse multicultural backgrounds in a variety of learning environments, inside and outside the classroom. The journal focuses on the broad implications of multicultural learning and teaching practices around the world, going beyond traditional education journals to offer analysis and practical recommendations of interest to teachers, counseling and community-service providers, school administrators, urban program specialists, education policymakers, and any professionals who grapple with questions of multicultural communication. Edited by leading education scholars Festus E. Obiakor (Valdosta State University) and Bob Algozzine (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), the editorial board is comprised of prominent scholars who reflect the journal's international and multidisciplinary scope.

Publication History

2 issues/year
Content available since 2006 (Volume 1, Issue 1)

Instructions for Authors


This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication. 

The manuscript submission and review process is handled through ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscripts should be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dgmlt.

The journal's current acceptance rate is 20%.


Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.

Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Multicultural Learning and Teaching. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.


The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.


All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English.  If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.

Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details. 

• Alexandra Griswold
Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics

• Cyndy Brown
Areas of expertise: political science, social sciences, humanities, ethics

• Donna Reeder
Reeder Literary Services
Areas of expertise: political science, economics, mathematical economics, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, law, humanities, liberal arts, literary studies, health and medicine 

• Dorothy Schepps
Areas of expertise: political science, emergency management, homeland security, community/land use planning, law, economics, cyber terrorism, and cyber security 

• Jane Cotnoir
Areas of expertise: Local government management, international crime and terrorism, emergency/disaster management, humanities, social science

• Patience Kramer
Areas of expertise: Health and Medicine (CAM and drug policy and analysis), Economics and Business (with a focus on marketing) 

• Steve Peter
Areas of expertise: LaTeX, Linguistics, economics, mathematics 

• Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files
• If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc. please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file. This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission process can be corrected accurately.
• Write your article in English
• Use the following document structure:
1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
2. Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.
3. Appendices (if any).
4. Explanation of symbols mentioned in the text.
5. References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines in the References section below.
6.  Please supply figures in separate files, not embedded in the text. Please see the “Tables, Figures, and Graphs” section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.


• Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page.


For authors working with LaTeX files, please see the related files and documentation at http://www.degruyter.com/staticfiles/pdfs/DeGruyter_LaTeX_template_package.zip, including a template for author use and instructions for working with the files.


• Only use Unicode fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial)


• Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. De Gruyter encourages authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, images, and graphs. However, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black and white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.


• To indicate text you wish to emphasize, use italics rather than underlining. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.
• Foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.
• Titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.


The use of abbreviations and acronyms is permitted provided they are defined the first time they are used.


Headings (e.g., title of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text:
• Clearly indicate the heading hierarchy.
• Be consistent in whether or not you use headline case, or you capitalize the first word and leave the rest in lower-case.

• Footnotes must appear at the bottom of the page on which they are referenced rather than at the end of the paper.
• Excessively long footnotes are better handled in an appendix.


General requirements: All illustrations must be of reproduction-ready quality and in EPS, TIF, or JPG format. They will be reduced in size to fit, whenever possible, the width of a single column. Lettering of all figures within the article should be uniform in style (preferably a sans serif typeface like Helvetica) and of sufficient size (ca. 8 pt.).Uppercase letters A, B, C, etc. should be used to identify parts of multi-part figures. Cite all figures in the text in numerical order. Indicate the approximate placement of each figure. Do not embed figures within the text body of the manuscript; submit figures in separate files. Only figures (graphs, line drawings, photographs, etc) should be labeled as ‘figures’, not tables or equations.                        
Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit color illustrations. We are pleased to offer both Print and Online publication of color figures free of charge.the services of a professional language editor.
Line drawings must be of reproduction-ready quality. Please note that faint shading may be lost upon reproduction. When drawing bar graphs, use patterning instead of grey scales. Lettering of all figures should be uniform in style. A resolution of 1200 dpi is recommended.
Figure legends: Provide a short descriptive title and a legend to make each figure self-explanatory on separate pages. Explain all symbols used in the figures. Remember to use the same abbreviations as in the text body.
Permissions: It is the authors’ responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce original or modified material that has been previously published.  Any permissions fees are the responsibility of the author(s).
Offprints: The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Paper offprints can be ordered in addition; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned with the corrected proofs immediately.
• Please do not embed figures in the text. Instead, they should be referenced in the text and submitted in separate files.
• Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Tables should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Provide a short descriptive title, column headings, and (if necessary) footnotes to make each table self-explanatory. Refer to tables in the text as Table 1, 2, etc. Use Table 1, etc. in the table legends.
• Tables must not be displayed as images.


• Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables must be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Subscripts and superscripts must be a smaller font size than the main text.
• Type short mathematical expressions inline.
• Longer expressions must appear as display math, as must expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as fractions).
• Ensure that Equations are typed or created with a plug-in, such as Word Formula Editor or MathType. Mathematical expressions must not be displayed as images
• Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.
• Number your equations sequentially.
• Insert a blank line before and after each equation.
• Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, make sure to be consistent in this.
• When proofing your document, pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other-than-standard fonts.


Please use the APA Style author-date system for parenthetical citation in the text and the related reference list entry. For more specific details please visit: http://www.apastyle.org/ and click on "Learning APA Style."

Multicultural Learning and Teaching is covered by the following services:

  • Celdes
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • EBSCO - TOC Premier
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ReadCube
  • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Executive Editors
Festus E. Obiakor, Valdosta State University
Bob Algozzine, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Executive Managing Editor 
Tachelle Banks, Cleveland State University 
Executive Associate Editors 
Jeffrey P. Bakken, Bradley University
Gwendolyn Cartledge, Ohio State University
Vivian Correa, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Bridgie A. Ford, University of Akron
Laurel M. Garrick Duhaney, State University of New York, New Paltz
Robert Rueda, University of Southern California
Marty Sapp, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Sean Warner, Clark Atlanta University
Lynn Wilder, Florida Gulf Coast University
Paul Zionts, DePaul University
Associate Editors 
Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, Dalton State College
Floyd Beachum, Lehigh University
Clifford Bennett, Cleveland State University
Lyndal Bullock, University of North Texas
Brian Gerber, Valdosta State University
Brian Harper, Cleveland State University
Richard Hartshorne, University of Central Florida
William B. Harvey, North Carolina A&T State University
Donald Leech, Valdosta State University
Kagendo Mutua, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Mary Anne Prater, Brigham Young University
Terri Purcell, Cleveland State University
Anthony Scheffler, Valdosta State University
Scott Sparks, Ohio University
Cheryl Utley, Chicago State University
Editorial Board Members 
Selete Avoke, U.S. Department of Education
Jessica Baxter Graves, Valdosta State University
Marvin Berlowitz, University of Cincinnati
Elizabeth Dooley, West Virginia University
Barbara Dray, University of Colorado, Denver
Don Drennon-Gala, Educational Consultants Network, Inc.
Ralph Gardner, III, Ohio State University
Lenwood Gibson, Queens College, CUNY
Patrick Grant, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Satasha Green, Chicago State University
Kelly Heckaman, Valdosta State University
Samuel Hodge, Ohio State University
Carol Huang, The City College of New York, CUNY
E. Lincoln James, Washington State University
James Martinez, Valdosta State University
Kas Mazurek, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Michelle McCollin, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Carlos McCray, Fordham University
Angela McIntosh, San Diego State University
Ying Hui-Michael, Rhode Island University
Gathogo Mukuria, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Sunday O. Obi, Kentucky State University
Helen Oliver, Rust College
Otensia Peets-Allamby, Charlotte Amalie High School, St. Thomas, VI
Lynda Quamina-Aiyejina, University of West Indies, St. Aug., Trinidad
Barbara Radcliffe, Valdosta State University
Alicja Rieger, Valdosta State University

Marla Sanders, Columbia College
Jenna Min Shim, University of Wyoming
Fred Spooner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Shaunita Strozier, Valdosta State University
Rudo Tsemunhu, Valdosta State University
Elia Vazquez-Montilla, Florida Gulf Coast University
Chuang Wang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Margaret A. Winzer, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Christopher Yawn, The City College of New York, CUNY

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