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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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format and includes line numbers.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. Submission is prepared for Ensuring a Blind Review; includes a coverpage, abstract and key words.

Copyright Notice

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

  1. The Author retains copyright in the Work, where the term “Work” shall include all digital objects that may result in subsequent electronic publication or distribution.
  2. Upon acceptance of the Work, the author shall grant to the Publisher the right of first publication of the Work.
  3. The Author shall grant to the Publisher and its agents the nonexclusive perpetual right and license to publish, archive, and make accessible the Work in whole or in part in all forms of media now or hereafter known under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License or its equivalent, which, for the avoidance of doubt, allows others to copy, distribute, and transmit the Work under the following conditions:
    1. Attribution—other users must attribute the Work in the manner specified by the author as indicated on the journal Web site;
    with the understanding that the above condition can be waived with permission from the Author and that where the Work or any of its elements is in the public domain under applicable law, that status is in no way affected by the license.
  4. The Author is able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the nonexclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the Work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), as long as there is provided in the document an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  5. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post online a prepublication manuscript (but not the Publisher’s final formatted PDF version of the Work) in institutional repositories or on their Websites prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work. Any such posting made before acceptance and publication of the Work shall be updated upon publication to include a reference to the Publisher-assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) and a link to the online abstract for the final published Work in the Journal.
  6. Upon Publisher’s request, the Author agrees to furnish promptly to Publisher, at the Author’s own expense, written evidence of the permissions, licenses, and consents for use of third-party material included within the Work, except as determined by Publisher to be covered by the principles of Fair Use.
  7. The Author represents and warrants that:
    1. the Work is the Author’s original work;
    2. the Author has not transferred, and will not transfer, exclusive rights in the Work to any third party;
    3. the Work is not pending review or under consideration by another publisher;
    4. the Work has not previously been published;
    5. the Work contains no misrepresentation or infringement of the Work or property of other authors or third parties; and
    6. the Work contains no libel, invasion of privacy, or other unlawful matter.
  8. The Author agrees to indemnify and hold Publisher harmless from Author’s breach of the representations and warranties contained in Paragraph 6 above, as well as any claim or proceeding relating to Publisher’s use and publication of any content contained in the Work, including third-party content.

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