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Submission Preparation Checklist

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 Manuscripted derived from Dissertations in PracticeEssays and Book Reviews.

I. RESEARCH MANUSCRIPTS

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 and may contain up to 40 references. They may be solicited or unsolicited.

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 advances the academy and as well as practice’s understanding of a Dissertation in Practice. The article must, in addition to sharing the research of the Dissertation in Practice, include discrete attention to the manner in which the work addresses one or more of the CPED Principles. The piece must critically reflect on the inquiry process from a research perspective, as the perspective is central to making meaning of a problem of practice. The critical reflection should improve the understanding of the process of inquiry in relationship to the dissertation’s outcome by addressing the deeper meaning of the lessons learned. IE challenges authors to attend to both the process of inquiry and the particular, context-specific research outcome to foster improved understanding of how research directed at a problem of practice serves to add value to the field of educational leadership.  These manuscripts will range between 5000-7000 words and may contain up to 40 references. They may be solicited or unsolicited. 

III. ESSAYS

Essays are research-based and aim to convey new developments or provide evidence of impact of education doctoral programs 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 practitioners, submissions might demonstrate the impact of their education doctoral experience on their professional practice. Examples may include describing the impact of their dissertation in practice or providing evidence of their scholarly practitioner knowledge skills and dispositions as developed in their EdD program. Essays will range between 2,000-5,000 words and may contain up to 20 references. They may be solicited or unsolicited.

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. Themed or special sections also require review and approval of the editorial board.

Research Manuscript & Essay Submission Format

Contributors should submit their manuscripts in .doc or .rtf format through the online submission process. Research manuscripts and essays should include a cover page with author's name and affiliation, followed by an abstract of 100–150 words as well as by a list of 3–5 keywords. Manuscripts should be double-spaced with 1-inch margins and must accord with the style guidelines outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). The editors encourage contributors to avoid including explanatory notes whose material can be incorporated into the text.  

NOTES about how to submit:
a. Blind Review requirements: All submissions are subjected to a blind peer review process therefore names and affiliations should not appear in the manuscript itself and MUST be removed before submission. Non-blinded manuscripts will be returned to the author to be blinded.

b. Line numbers: Include line numbers in your submission.

c. Abstracts

Structured Abstract:  Each manuscript should include a structured abstract. Please see Mosteller, Nave, and Meich (2004). Abstracts for empirical manuscripts should include brief descriptions for sections such as:

  • Purpose
  • Research Methods/Approach (e.g., Setting, Participants, Research Design, Data Collection, and Analysis),
  • Observations/Results,
  • Integration into previous research, and
  • Implications for Research and Practice.

Nonempirical or conceptual manuscripts should use subheads appropriate to the conceptual argument or position promoted or discussed. For example,

  • Purpose
  • Proposed Conceptual Argument or Model
  • Implications for Research

Including section heads, abstracts should not exceed 200 words.

Mosteller, F., Nave, B., & Miech, E. J. (2004). Why we need a structured abstract in education research. Educational Researcher33(1), 29-34.

d. Reproductions: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher, this includes but is not limited to the reproduction of any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source.

e. Illustrations: Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean digital files. For highest quality reproduction, contributors should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • EPS, TIFF, JPG, or PSD format only
  • Submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

f. Tables and Figures: Tables and figures should be included in the text of the manuscript at the appropriate point with a short descriptive title noted above each table. Figures should be completely labeled. Captions should be typed and double-spaced.

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. Such books will support learning opportunities for those interested in improving professional preparation.

Content to be included in the review:

1. Headnote the book you are reviewing in the following format:

David Boud and Alison Lee: Changing Practices of Doctoral Education. New York: Routledge, 2009. 260pp. Paperback: $35.00   ISBN 978-0-415-44270-1

2. A brief and clear description and summary of the contents that provides an understanding of scope and organization of the book. This is especially important when reviewing edited volumes with multiple sections with multiple authors.

3. An evaluation of both the positive and negative points of the book. Questions that might guide the evaluation are:

  • To which audience(s) will this book be most helpful? Why?
  • What are the important contributions this book makes?
  • What contributions were problematic, weak, or not useful?
  • What could have been added to enhance the book?
  • How is the book related to or how does it supplement current work on the improvement of education doctorate programs?
  • What did you like or dislike about the book? What is your recommendation?

4. Quotations that effectively provide a sense of the writing style and/or statements that are helpful in illustrating the author(s) points.

Book Review Submission Format:

Book reviews should:

  • Be no more than 2,500 words
  • Follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition)
  • Include appropriate references if published works are cited
  • Include author name, title, institution, contact information and a brief biographical statement. Follow the same format for coauthored reviews. The first author is the contact author.

Note: Not all reviews submitted may be published. Selection for publication depends upon the Editor’s review and the needs of the journal.

 

Research Articles

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.

Themed - Praxis

Guest editor - Dr. Fernando Valle

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