Praxis: A Writing Center Journal is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published triannually by the University Writing Center at the University of Texas at Austin. As a forum for writing-center practitioners, Praxis publishes articles from writing-center consultants, administrators, and others concerned with issues related to writing-center training, consulting, labor, administration, and initiatives.


Our editorial board welcomes clearly written, scholarly essays on writing-center consulting, research, administration, and training. Focus article submissions may be based in theoretical and critical approaches, applied practices, or empirical research (qualitative or quantitative). Focus article submissions are sent out to our national editorial board for blind review.

Praxis also welcomes responses to previous issues' articles (in the form of column essays), column essays on tutoring and consulting, blog posts and and book reviews on subjects pertinent to writing-center work. These submissions (columns, blog posts and book reviews) do not go through the peer-review process. 

For information about submitting an article or the journal's blind review process, or to suggest themes for future issues, please email the Managing Editors at



All submissions to Praxis should be emailed to the Managing Editors at Recommended length is 5000 to 8000 words for articles and 1000-1500 words for column essays and book reviews. Articles should conform to current MLA style (8th edition). Please use double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12pt. font and one-inch margins. Please only use one space after a period. Please use italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses) and keep italics to a minimum. Please use endnotes rather than footnotes. Please include Works Cited and endnotes in your total word count. Do not format your paper in any other way. Images, figures, and tables within the document should adhere to current MLA (8th edition) formatting guidelines and be sent as separate supplemental files in jpeg format. When submitting your manuscript, please indicate in the subject line of your email if your document is to be considered for our “Focus Article,” “Column,” "Blog" or “Book Review” section.  

As of Spring 2019, if your study incorporated human participants, we ask that your submission include a statement that your research received approval from your institution’s institutional review board (IRB), or your institution’s equivalent human subjects review board. We also ask that you indicate this approval, and that your research was conducted in accordance with your institution’s human research guidelines in your manuscript, as well.

Please include an abstract (under 250 words) with focus article submissions. Please include brief biographies for all authors and keywords with ALL submissions. Previously published authors should include a fresh biography with each submission.

The editors of Praxis reserve the right to reject any submission that does not conform to the journal's submission guidelines.


We run three review cycles (one in the fall [Sep. 1-Nov. 1], one in the spring [Feb. 1-Mar. 15], and one in the summer [June 1-Aug. 1]).

For consideration in the fall review cycle, please submit your manuscript by August 15.
For consideration in the spring review cycle, please submit your manuscript by January 15.
For consideration in the summer review cycle, please submit your manuscript by May 15.

Our current backlog means that publication of articles and columns generally occurs within a year of acceptance. 


All submissions intended for the AXIS blog should be emailed to the Managing Editors at Recommended length is 750 words or fewer, but we have published longer pieces (between 1000 and 1500 words) before.

Because AXIS is on a bi-weekly schedule (new posts every other Monday) and because it is a blog, this is a good venue for writers with less experience or with a more informal, anecdotal approach to discussing writing centers; AXIS has hosted work from undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scholars. Unlike submissions for Praxis, we use an entirely in-house review process for AXIS submissions, meaning that you will generally receive a quick response from one of our editors. We encourage submissions of all kinds: anecdotes/advice about writing consultations, reflections on the benefits of writing center experience, etc. If you are not certain AXIS is the right venue for your idea, feel free to send us a 100-word pitch for your blog post, detailing its subject and expected length. When submitting something for possible inclusion in AXIS, please indicate in the subject line of your email whether you are sending a manuscript (Word .doc or Word .docx format, please) or a pitch. 


  • Focus article length is under 8000 words

  • Column & book review length is under 1500 words

  • Blog Post length is under 750 words

  • Manuscript follows all required formatting guidelines

  • Include abstract with focus articles

  • Include short bios for each author and keywords with all submissions


Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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or to any other party.

Questions? Contact Managing Editors at