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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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format and includes line numbers.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Submission is prepared for Ensuring a Blind Review; includes a coverpage, abstract and key words.

Author Guidelines

Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice encourages the submission of research articles and essays written by academics and practitioners that will meaningfully contribute to the development of theory, policy, and practice for the improved preparation of PK-20 educational leaders in education doctorate programs (EdD). Three types of submissions will be considered: Research Manuscripts, Research Manuscripts derived from Dissertations in Practice, Essays, and Book Reviews.

I. RESEARCH MANUSCRIPTS

Research articles provide empirical evidence of promising practices, new models, or other insights for Education Doctorates. Based on theory and data, these manuscripts strengthen, improve, and support the EdD as a professional practice degree that develops scholarly practitioners. IE challenges authors to offer evidence of the best ways to prepare practitioners to address the educational challenges of the 21st century. Research manuscripts present research that strengthens, improves, supports, and promotes a) the redesign and implementation of education doctorate programs that produce scholarly-practitioners, and/or b) the impact of these programs on schools of education, practitioners, and PK-20 educational practice. A broad range of methodologies will be considered – qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods as well as evaluation studies, improvement science, action research, and the like. Research manuscripts will range between 5000-7000 words, not counting references, tables, or figures, and may contain up to 40 references. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1 in. margins and must be accompanied by an abstract of about 100–150 words and a list of 3–5 keywords. The editors encourage contributors to avoid including explanatory notes whose material can be incorporated into the text.

All manuscripts will undergo peer review, which may be solicited or unsolicited.

To submit, first, authors must register and assign themselves as an author with the journal. Next, you may make a new submission under the Research Articles section.

II. RESEARCH MANUSCRIPTS DERIVED FROM DISSERTATIONS IN PRACTICE

An article derived from a Dissertation in Practice will be considered if the author/s shape the scholarly piece in a way that improves the understanding of how a Dissertation in Practice (i.e., process and product) advances the notion of preparing the Scholarly Practitioner. IE challenges author/s to explain a problem of practice and attend to both the process of inquiry and the particular context-specific research outcomes that fostered improved understanding of the problem and value added to the field of educational practice. In addition, author/s should include a personal reflection that:

  • Addresses one or more of CPED¹s Principles for EdD program development (available at cpedintiative.org),
  • Describes how inquiry and research skills are now an integral part of professional practice and how these skills have or will help impact pressing problems found in practice beyond the Dissertation in Practice experience.   

These manuscripts will range between 5000-7000 words, not counting references, tables, or figures, and may contain up to 40 references. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1 in. margins and must be accompanied by an abstract of about 100–150 words as well as by a list of 3–5 keywords. The editors encourage contributors to avoid including explanatory notes whose material can be incorporated into the text.

All manuscripts will undergo peer review that may be solicited or unsolicited.

To submit, first, authors must register and assign themselves as an author with the journal. Next, you may make a new submission under the Dissertation in Practice Research Articles section.

III. ESSAYS

Essays are theory and/or research-based and aimed at conveying evidence of impact of Education Doctorates on practice. For academic authors, submissions may describe new program developments of broad significance or highlight unresolved questions and future directions for the Education Doctorate. For practitioner authors, submissions should clearly explain the impact their Education Doctorate has had on their professional practice. Examples might include describing the impact of what was learned in coursework, the impact that doing a dissertation in practice in their professional setting had, or evidence of their scholarly practitioner knowledge, skills, and dispositions as developed by their EdD program. Dissertation in Practice work is suitable for this type of submission if it provides insight into programmatic influence and is contextualized in what was learned. Ideas above also provide a list into the type of articles that would be suitable.

Essays will range between 2,000-5,000 words, not counting references, tables, or figures, and may contain up to 20 references. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1 in. margins and must be accompanied by an abstract of about 100–150 words as well as by a list of 3–5 keywords. The editors encourage contributors to avoid including explanatory notes whose material can be incorporated into the text.

All essays will undergo peer review that may be solicited or unsolicited.

To submit, first, authors must register and assign themselves as an author with the journal. Next, you may make a new submission under the Essays section.

IV. BOOK REVIEWS

A section of the journal will be reserved for reviews of current books that meaningfully contribute to the development of theory, policy, and practice for the improved preparation of PK-20 educational leaders in education doctorate programs. They are written by individuals who have read the book (other than the authors or editors) and found it to be useful to support learning opportunities for those interested in improving professional preparation. The review should give readers an engaging, informative, and critical discussion of the work.

A full book review may concern only one book or monograph or several works.

Length should not exceed 2,500 words. Reviews should be double-spaced with .75 in margins

All book reviews will undergo peer review that may be solicited or unsolicited. Not all reviews submitted may be published. Selection for publication depends upon the Editor’s review and the needs of the journal.

To submit, first, authors must register and assign themselves as an author with the journal. Next, you may make a new submission under the Book Reviews section.

V. THEMED or SPECIAL SECTIONS

Both research manuscripts and essays on an identified theme or special topic may from time to time be posed. Such themes or special topics will be sufficiently compelling or have broad-based significance for the EdD or the advancement of professional preparation. Themed or special topic sections may be solicited by the journal or proposed by a group of authors. Please contact the editors for guidance.

Make a new submission to the Themed Section.

Themed or special sections also require review and approval of the editors-in-chief.    

Research Manuscripts

Research articles provide empirical evidence of promising practices, new models, or other insights for Education Doctorates. Based on theory and data these manuscripts strengthen, improve, and support the EdD as a degree that develops scholarly practitioners. IE challenges authors to offer evidence of the best ways to prepare practitioners to address the educational challenges of the 21st century.

All research manuscripts will undergo peer review.

Requirements:
Research manuscripts will range between 5000-7000 words and may contain up to 40 references. They may be solicited or unsolicited. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with .75 in. margins and must be accompanied by an abstract of about 100–150 words as well as by a list of 3–5 keywords. The editors encourage contributors to avoid including explanatory notes whose material can be incorporated into the text.

To Submit: Authors must register and assign yourself as an author with the journal. Then you may submit HERE.  

Research Articles from Dissertations in Practice

An article derived from a Dissertation in Practice will be considered if the author/s shape the scholarly piece in a way that improves the understanding of how a Dissertation in Practice (i.e., process and product) advances the notion of preparing the Scholarly Practitioner.

IE challenges author/s to explain a problem of practice and attend to both the process of inquiry and the particular, context-specific research outcomes that fostered improved understanding of the problem and value added to the field of educational practice. In addition, author/s should include a personal reflection that:

  • Addresses one or more of CPED¹s Principles for EdD program development (available at cpedintiative.org),
  • Describes how inquiry and research skills are now an integral part of professional practice and how these skills have or will help impact pressing problems found in practice beyond the Dissertation in Practice experience.

These articles will undergo peer review.

Requirements: Articles from Dissertations in Practice will range between 5000-7000 words and may contain up to 40 references. They may be solicited or unsolicited. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with .75 in. margins and must be accompanied by an abstract of about 100–150 words as well as by a list of 3–5 keywords. The editors encourage contributors to avoid including explanatory notes whose material can be incorporated into the text. 

To Submit: Authors must register and assign yourself as an author with the journal. Then you may submit HERE

Essays

Essays are theory and/or research-based and aimed at conveying evidence of impact of Education Doctorates on practice. For academic authors, submissions may describe new program developments of broad significance or highlight unresolved questions and future directions for the Education Doctorate. For practitioner authors, submissions should clearly explain the impact their Education Doctorate has had on their professional practice. Examples might include describing the impact of what was learned in coursework, the impact that doing a dissertation in practice in their professional setting had, or evidence of their scholarly practitioner knowledge, skills, and dispositions as developed by their EdD program. Dissertation in Practice work is suitable for this type of submission if it provides insight into programmatic influence and is contextualized in what was learned. Ideas above also provide a list into the type of articles that would be suitable. All essays will undergo peer review.

Requirements:
Essays will range between 2,000-5,000 words and may contain up to 20 references. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1 in. margins and must be accompanied by an abstract of about 100–150 words as well as by a list of 3–5 keywords. The editors encourage contributors to avoid including explanatory notes whose material can be incorporated into the text. They may be solicited or unsolicited.

To Submit: Authors must register with the journal and assign yourself as an author. You can then submit your essay HERE.

Book Reviews

A section of the journal will be reserved for reviews of current books that meaningfully contribute to the development of theory, policy and practice for the improved preparation of PK-20 educational leaders in education doctorate programs. They are written by individuals who have read the book (other than the authors or editors) and found  it to be useful to support learning opportunities for those interested in improving professional preparation.

A full book review may concern only one book or monograph or several works.

Length should be between 750-1000 words. The review should give readers an engaging, informative, and critical discussion of the work. The review should consider:

  • The intended audience for the book and who would find it useful;
  • The background of the author;
  • The main ideas and major objectives of the book and how effectively these are accomplished;
  • The soundness of methods and information sources used;
  • The context or impetus for the book - - political controversy, review research or policy, etc.;
  • A comparison with other works on this subject;
  • Constructive comments about the strength and weaknesses of the book;
  • For edited books: dominant themes with reference to specific chapters as appropriate; and implications of the book for research, policy, practice, or theory.

The header of review should include:

  • Author(s) or editor(s) first and last name(s) (please indicate if it is an edited book)
  • Title of book
  • Year of publication
  • Place of publication
  • Publisher
  • Number of pages
  • Price (please indicate paperback or hard cover) if available
  • ISBN

The end of the review should include:

  • Your first and last name
  • Institution affiliation
  • A brief biographical note including your name, degree & field from what institution and current position.

Style Guide:

  • Reviews should be double-spaced with .75 in margins
  • Length should be between 750-1000 words.  
  • Any references should be included in APA style. 

Themed Section

This section is reserved for special themed manuscripts that are solicited by the editorial team.

From CPED Headquarters

Publications in this section are invited by the Editor/Editorial Board only and seeks to present materials and findings that are generated from the CPED organization. For more information, contact the Editor directly.

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