Journal of Developmental Education (JDE)

 *Please Note: Until further notice, the JDE/NCDE is operating with a reduced staff.  Manuscript reviews and the normal manuscript editing times will be extended. 

We highly value all authors and all manuscript submissions, but our ability to respond and get through the revision process has been greatly hampered by loss of staff. We ask that you please be patient with us during this time, and we do apologize for the inevitble delays during this time of transition. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding- JDE and NCDE Staff

Most Recent Issue

Vol 43, Issue 2 - Winter 2020

Mandatory and Scheduled Supplemental Instruction in Remedial Algebra 

Building a Community of Practice for Teaching Developmental Courses

The Effectiveness of Redesigns in Developmental Education

Expanding Approaches for Research: Action Research 

Book Review: Post-Recession Community College Reform: A Decade of Experimentation

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What is The Journal of Developmental Education?

The Journal of Developmental Education (JDE) strives to address the growing need for information, research, and news of the field and to achieve the widest possible dissemination of this information. The JDE is published for YOU - the developmental educator seeking avenues to expand your professional knowledge and expertise in the field. 

The JDE is the official publication of the National Organization for Student Success (NOSS)-  the largest professional association for developmental educators (previously called NADE).


JDE Audience

JDE readers include faculty members, administrative officers, academic officers, and many other professionals concerned with educating academically at-risk college students.

The JDE is published as a forum for educators concerned with the practice, theory, research, and news of the postsecondary developmental and remedial community.

Content focuses on basic skills education and includes topics such as developmental writing, developmental mathematics, reading, tutoring, assessment and placement, and program evaluation.

Emphasis is placed on manuscripts that relate education theory to practical teaching and learning, expand current knowledge, or clearly demonstrate impact on the field.


JDE Features

Developments - Keeps the developmental educator abreast of the latest news from across the nation affecting the postsecondary developmental education community through a series of short reports.

Ideas in Practice - Details original and innovative classroom methods and teaching techniques for the practitioner.

For Your Information - Lists upcoming conferences, workshops, and meetings of interest to readers.


The Review Process

 All manuscripts accepted for review go through a double-blind peer review process. First they are evaluated by the JDE's international Board of Editors.  The Board of Editors are asked to address the following criteria in their manuscript evaluations: Timeliness; Innovation/Challenge; Orgainization; Precise Topic Focus; Research/Theoretical Base; Usefulness; Clarity; Writing Style; Development of Topic.
When all evaluations have been returned, the manuscripts, along with the evaluations are sent to the editor.  Using the evaluations as a guide, the editor carefully reviews each manuscript; revisions remain in the review process until a final publication decision is rendered. 


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The Journal continues to be the leading scholarly journal in its field.  Our current circulation is approximately 4,000 subscribers in all 50 states and 12 foreign countries

For all advertising information, including ad sizes, rates, and deadlines, please follow this link: Advertise with JDE (PDF)

If you would like more information from our current volume's advertisers, please fill out a Reader Service Card and submit your information.


Publication Schedule and Subscription Options

The JDE is published three times each academic year in the Fall, Winter, and Spring by the National Center for Developmental Education.  Subscriptions are available on a one- or two-year basis.



Submitting Manuscripts for Publication*

Author Guidelines

We encourage scholarly submissions to our Journal!

To help authors with their submissions-

         Suggestions for Authors

Please keep our audience in mind when considering submitting a manuscript for review. 

Some things to be especially aware of when preparing a manuscript: we look for the following manuscript elements: Results, Limitations, Discussions, Implications for Practice AND/OR Implications for Future Research, Conclusion.  **If a manuscript is missing many of these elements, we most likely will not accept it for review. Authors are given an opporitunity to revise and resubmit in these instances. **

Prepare documents according to our Author Guidelines.  Manuscripts that are not accepted for review are often missing key elements, or they are done incorrectly.  To help authors avoid many of these issues, we have provided Author Guidelines.

Some authors have found it helpful to review articles previously published in the JDE to get an idea of what is in a manuscript that has been accepted and published (links to some of our Outstanding Articles below).

Advice for Novice Researchers Who Wish to Publish Their Results 

Ready to submit?

Attach the required files to an email directed to Amanda Rogers

Please make sure you use "New Manuscript Submission" in the subject line.

Again- review the Author Guidelines thoroughly before submitting a manuscript for review.  

Manuscript Submission Checklist 


*Reminder: Until further notice, the JDE/NCDE is operating with a reduced staff.  Manuscript reviews and the normal manuscript editing times will be extended. We ask that you please be patient with us during this time, we do apologize for the inevitble delays during this time of transition. 


Some of our Outstanding Articles:

Vol 40, Issue 1 - (Fall, 2016) Boredom: That Which Shall not be Named

Vol 39, Issue 2 - (Winter 2016) Acceleration and Compression in Developmental Mathematics: Faculty Viewpoints

Vol 38, Issue 2 - (Winter 2015) Armstrong, Stahl, and Kantner-Investigating Academic Literacy Expectations: 

Vol 37, Issue 3 - (Spring 2014) Saxon and Morante Effective Student Assessment and Placement

Vol 36, Issue 1 - (Fall 2012) Goudas & Boylan-Addressing Flawed Research in Developmental Educatio


Various Informational Links

Table of Contents and Abstracts from the 10 most recent volumes of the Journal of Developmental Education

Catalog of Interviews spanning nearly 40 years of The Journals History

Index of All Volumes

Micro and Macro Theme Tables 

Board of Editors




 Barbara Calderwood

Director of Publications

Ph- 828-262-6101

Editing questions/manuscript topics/advertising

Amanda Rogers

Acting Publications Office Manager 

Ph- 828-262-2876

Subscription/back issue information/manuscript submission

Journal of Developmental Education
National Center for Developmental Education
ASU Box 32098
Boone, North Carolina 28608-2098

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