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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Submission files associated with activities or assignments are combined into a single pdf when possible. The submission file sizes are not greater than 4MB. The submission file types are one of the accepted file types: jpg, png, jpeg, gif, doc, docx, pdf, xls, xlsx, mpg, mpeg, avi, rtf, mov, txt, ppt, pptx, mp3, odt, ods, and odp.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and ASA Style Guide.
  • Only the first 50 words of your abstract will display on the TRAILS website. Users must download your resource to read the full abstract. Please make sure your first 50 words effectively summarize your resource. When possible, please move any information that requires citing to Usage Notes rather than the Abstract.
  • We recommend you compose your abstract, learning goals, goals assessment and usage notes off-line in text-only format, and then cut and paste into the submission forms. This will prevent you losing work if the system times out due to several minutes of inactivity.

Author Guidelines

Why Should You Submit to TRAILS?

  • TRAILS cover pages, in conjunction with the electronic user agreement, create a citation system for teaching, allowing TRAILS authors to cite their teaching accomplishments alongside their research and service accomplishments on their curriculum vitae. 
  • TRAILS provides a traditional and more objective form of evidence for teaching excellence to support individuals undergoing promotion and tenure review. 
  • TRAILS helps restructure the faculty award system to consider the scholarship of teaching and learning through the peer review of teaching resources. 


TRAILS Acceptance Criteria-Syllabi Only

TRAILS Acceptance Criteria for High School Resources

TRAILS Acceptance Criteria-All Other Resources

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