NEXT DEADLINE: February 10, 2020

Submissions Guidelines and Information

Between the Keys (BtK) welcomes submissions in English on all topics related to the development of pedagogic materials. Between the Keys is distributed online in PDF format.

We invite any person with something to say about materials writing to submit articles of the following types:

  • main research articles for vetting team inclusion (between 2000-4000 words)*
  • research articles (between 1500-3000 words). Longer articles may be divided into sections and published in subsequent issues. 
  • perspective/opinion pieces (up to 1500 words) 
  • book reviews (up to 1000 words) 
  • annotated bibliographies  (up to 1000 words, but this can vary depending on the number of inclusions)
  • short summaries/reviews of journal articles  (up to 1000 words)
  • responses to BtK articles descriptions/reviews of websites related to pedagogic materials development (up to 1000 words)
  • letters to the editor  (up to 500 words)
  • My Share-type articles showing materials in use  (See My Share Template and Example)
  • interviews with materials-related writers, publishers, academics  (up to 1500 words)
  • reviews of materials-related technology for upcoming issues (up to 1000 words)

*BtK is not a refereed publication on the whole. However, at least one article per issue will be. This is to improve the quality of materials development research and to further promote individual author's careers.

Main article submissions must follow our Submission Guidelines.

Publication Schedule and Deadlines

Between the Keys is published three times a year, in:

  • March (issue one), 
  • August (issue two) 
  • and December (issue three). 

Submissions for consideration for any issue should be received by the editor by the 10th of the month prior to publication at the latest, i.e. February 10, July 10 and November 10.

Most articles will be published at the discretion of the editor except for refereed main articles, which will be reviewed by the MW-SIG vetting committee. If you wish your article to be our Main Article, please indicate so in your cover letter.

You can consult the BtK archive to compare your article for general style, length and appropriacy.

The copyright statement is: "All articles contained in Between the Keys © 2020 by their respective authors. This newsletter © 2020 by Materials Writers SIG."

This means that individual authors are free to disseminate their own works on, for example, their websites and in open access repositories, but that must be limited to their own article only and not the whole publication.

Furthermore, copyright for the formatting and layout belong to the Materials Writers SIG, and so any content that is published outside must not be a copy of the BtK article but only the text.

Submissions process

  • Send an email to publications @ (take spaces out) with your article attached 
  • Send an email to publications @ stating your intention to submit before the next deadline. This is very useful in planning the next issue. 
  • If the document includes graphics, drawings, etc., they should be save as separate files and sent as e-mail attachments. 

If you are unsure of the format to use, please ask the editor.

Editor Contact Information: publications @ (take out spaces)


Anyone with questions can reach the editor at the email address above.