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General Guidelines

 

JoCI requires all manuscripts to be submitted through the Open Journal System (OJS) online tracking system (http://www.joci.ecu.edu) in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF). Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction should be original, coherent, and of interest to those in the field of curriculum and instruction.   Manuscripts should be written in Standard English and conform to the writing style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed, 2009). If funding or grant money is used in any aspect of submitted work, this support should be acknowledged in manuscript content. JoCI will not consider manuscripts that have already been published or are being considered by another journal. Manuscripts not meeting these guidelines may be returned for revisions prior to review.

 

How to Submit a Manuscript

 

All manuscripts must be submitted through the OJS online tracking system.

  • Go to http://www.joci.ecu.edu .
  • Create an account if you have not done so already.
  • Login to your account by entering your user name and password.
  • From the User homepage, click the “Author” link.
  • Under the text “Start here to submit a manuscript to this journal,” click the link titled “Step One of the Submission Process.”
  • Be sure to read the copyright information.
  • Follow the instructions provided until the submission process is complete.
  • A confirmation e-mail will acknowledge your manuscript submission.

Contact us immediately at joci@ecu.edu if you do not receive a confirmation e-mail upon manuscript submission.  If receipt issues are not resolved, you will not be able to track the progress of your manuscript submission.  Please check any spam blockers you have enabled within your e-mail account or with your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

 

Types of Manuscripts

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed and are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to the field of curriculum and instruction. Submissions are accepted for the following journal sections:

  • Research Forum – Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research studies. Literature reviews are current and focused on research questions. Methods sections include detailed descriptions of participants, instruments, and procedures. Discussions draw conclusions from extant literature and research findings and state implications for future research or practice.
  • International Research Forum - Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research studies with an international focus. Literature reviews are current and focused on research questions. Methods sections include detailed descriptions of participants, instruments, and procedures. Discussions draw conclusions from extant literature and research findings and state implications for future research or practice.
  • Practitioner's Platform – Descriptions of action research and professional practice supported by research-based literature and implemented in academic setting.
  • International Practitioner's Platform – Descriptions of action research and professional practice supported by research-based literature and implemented in academic setting with an international focus. 
  • Perspective – Commentaries, position papers, and policy analyses based on current empirical research. Manuscripts provide an empirically-based point of view on topics that may include current issues in curriculum and instruction. 
  • Book Review – Book reviews for theme and open topic issues will be considered. Reviewers are requested to submit a proposal that includes the book title, author, relevance to JoCI readership, and a brief (100-word) overview of the book.

Preparing Manuscript for Submission

File formats: Manuscripts must be submitted in electronic format using either Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) or Rich Text Format (RTF). Please do not submit compressed (zipped) files.

Mechanics of APA Style: Refer to the current Publication Manual for organization, continuity, grammar, and reducing bias in language.  Review spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, and mechanical elements prior to submission.

Font:  Manuscripts should be double spaced. Arial or Veranda 12 point font is required. Do not use word processing options/tools (i.e., strike through, hidden text, comments, merges). Remove track changes and comments before submission.

Length: JoCI welcomes submissions that are approximately 2,000 - 5,000 words. Include an abstract of 100 - 150 words. A prompt for keywords will be available during the online submission process.

Title Page: A title page should not be included in manuscript submission.

Blind Review: Manuscripts are double-blind reviewed.  They should be written in a way that does not reveal authorship. Since reviewers do not know an author's identity, first person attribution should not be used in the text. Use third person attribution when referring to the author's own research or previous publications. Do not substitute "Author" in the text, citations, or reference section.  For example, use "As Jones (2010) found..." rather than "As I found..."  In the reference section, use the author's name rather than "Author."

Documentation: Manuscripts must conform to APA standards as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2009). Follow the APA author-date method of citations within text. Include page numbers for direct quotes. References must be listed in alphabetical order by the first author's last name. In the case of referencing more than one article by the same author(s), list the most recent article is listed first. All names of contributing authors should be included in the references. Please refer to the following examples of the basic reference list format:

Citing an article in a periodical:

Surname, A. A. (year). Article title. Title of Periodical, Volume (issue), inclusive page numbers. doi:##.##/code

Example:

L'Esperance, M., & Gabbard, D. (2001). Empowering all parents in the middle school. Schools in the Middle, 4(3), 17-18.

Citing a book:

Surname, A. A. (year). Title of book. Publisher location: Publisher name. Example::

Warren, L., & Sugar, W. A. (2005). Introducing the teacher leader/designer. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.

Citing online sources:

For online periodicals, please cite the sources following this example: Example:

Williams, S. C., Davis, M. L., Metcalf, D., & Covington, V. M. (2003). The evolution of a process portfolio as an assessment system in a teacher education program. Current Issues in Education, 6(1). Retrieved from http://cie.ed.asu.edu/volume6/number6/

Tables, Figures, & Graphics: All tables, figures, and graphics should be embedded in the correct locations.

Photographs: All photographs submitted with manuscripts must include a copy of signed permission from the copyright holder. This documentation should be submitted as a supplementary file.

Review Process: After a manuscript has been submitted, the author will receive an acknowledgment e-mail. Manuscripts are initially screened by the editors. Manuscripts that are clearly inappropriate for JoCI, or fail to follow the submission guidelines, will be returned. Manuscripts undergo a double-blind review process. Approximately three months after the submission deadline, confirmation will be sent to authors with details regarding the final status of their manuscript.

 

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