Submit a Study

If you wish to submit a research study for possible inclusion in ArtsEdSearch, please begin by reviewing the Criteria for Inclusion. Please read carefully to ensure that the study you would like to submit meets these criteria; studies that do not meet the criteria are not eligible for inclusion in ArtsEdSearch.

If after reviewing the criteria you feel your study is a strong candidate for inclusion in ArtsEdSearch, please click here to submit the study to the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) for review. Please include with your submission: 1) the study title; 2) the study author; 3) a short description of the study (200 words or less); 4) a contact name and email (to whom AEP should respond when the study has been reviewed); and 5) a PDF of the study or URL where AEP may download the study.

AEP will review the submitted study to ensure that it meets the criteria for inclusion in ArtsEdSearch. If the study is accepted, AEP will contact the study authors to submit an 800 word summary of the study using a provided template.

All summaries submitted to ArtsEdSearch are subject to approval by AEP and will be edited to ensure consistency of voice, accuracy of content, and clarity of findings.

Criteria for Inclusion in ArtsEdSearch

Part 1: Absolute Criteria Checklist

  • The article or report describes a formal research project or evaluation, as opposed to a journalistic or descriptive account. Its intent is to answer one or more questions or investigate one or more hypotheses.
  • The research project involves the collection of new data and is not a review of existing literature or research (meta-analyses that use prior studies as data and analyze them to investigate a research question or hypothesis are ok).
  • The study focuses on learning in or through the arts via some formal or structured program, project, or component, not simply an isolated arts activity or experience. The program can take place in school or in an out-of-school setting.
  • The study examines one or more outcomes of arts education for students or educators.
  • The report explains how the researcher/s measured or observed outcomes, including a description of methods used for data collection and analysis.
  • The article or report describes one or more findings about the outcomes of arts education for students and/or educators yielded from the study's methods.

Part 2: Quality Rating

A team of researchers rates each study based on the following dimensions:

  • The report fully and explicitly describes methods used and populations studied in the research.
  • The identified methods are substantially and logically related to the research objectives, questions, or hypotheses.
  • The statement of the study design includes specific attention to issues of reliability and validity.
  • The report identifies the population(s) studied and explains sampling procedures when appropriate.
  • The report identifies the population(s), if any, to which the findings can be generalized.
  • If the research seeks to establish causal explanations, the study substantially reduces plausible competing explanations for results via one or more of the following:
    • Experimental or carefully controlled quasi-experimental design.
    • Other robust designs, such as longitudinal research, case control methods, statistical matching, or time series analyses.
    • Naturalistic or ethnographic research that carefully analyzes and examines descriptive data.
    • Triangulation of multiple methods.
  • The findings include development of a logical, evidence-based chain of reasoning.
  • Data and analysis are adequate to support findings.
  • The report fully and candidly presents any limitations to the findings, including remaining threats to validity and possible competing explanations.
  • The report is written in a clear manner and avoids sensationalism or speculations not bound by the methodology and findings.
  • Researchers and their affiliations are identified.
  • If the research is ethnographic or naturalistic, the report substantially quotes or excerpts original sources (e.g., interviews, observation notes).
Publication and Dissemination
  • The study includes sufficient access to the data and methodology for secondary analysis, replication, or the opportunity to further test findings
  • The report is widely available, either via email request or electronic download.


AEP developed the Criteria for Inclusion in consultation with the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association, drawing on their guiding principles for scientifically-based research, evaluation, and humanities-oriented research:

American Educational Research Association (AERA): Definition of Scientifically Based Research

American Educational Research Association (AERA): Standards for Reporting on Humanities-Oriented Research in AERA Publications

American Evaluation Association Guiding Principles for Evaluators