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Author Guidelines

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR ESSAYS SECTION

The essays section profiles critical discussions and in-depth analyses of community-engaged scholarship. The works published in this section may focus on specific projects or examine broad theoretical considerations defining community-engaged scholarship.

Articles focusing on a specific project shall offer an in-depth analysis of a given project and profile its outcomes in the broader context of scholarly community engagement.

The essays section also profiles in-depth analysis and examination of theoretical and practical foundations of community-engaged scholarship. Such essays shall explore the theory and practice of engagement in a given context and particular discipline, or across disciplines, cultures and practical settings. Such essays should be informed by the authors’ substantive experience in community-engaged scholarly practices.

All articles profiled in this section should not just exemplify but advance the scholarship of community engagement. That is, the articles shall contribute ‘new knowledge’ to the field of engaged scholarship through the discussion of innovative research practices, convincing evidence, and novel explorations of meanings and applications of community-engaged scholarship in the author’s discipline and in the field of community-engaged scholarship in general. 

The articles should present original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by other journals or collections of essays. The articles should have a compelling and well-crafted argument, convey a point of view that shall be seen as novel and impactful, be grounded in relevant and current literature, and be written in accessible language and an engaging manner, and addressed to broad audience of readers.

Submissions to this section are subject to independent blind peer-reviewing. The blinded copy of the submission will be sent to two independent reviewers who will assess the quality of the submission and will recommend the submission for subsequent publication.

The reviewers will be asked to provide their evaluation of the manuscript within a six week period.

The Journal reserves the right to approach reviewers of its own choice. To ensure the readability of the future publication, at least one reviewer will be solicited from outside of the authors’ own discipline or field of study.

Once the submission is recommended for publication by independent reviewers, depending on the nature of required revisions, the authors will be asked to provide revisions to their submissions within a two or three week period. Consult the guidelines for peer-reviewers for further information.

  • Be maximum 8,000 words
  • Represent original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by other journals or collections of essays
  • Be written in accessible language, to respect the multidisciplinary nature of the Journal and the diversity of our readers
  • Keep acronyms and abbreviations that are common in your field to the minimum as our policy insists on plain and accessible language in all contributions
  • Be accompanied by an abstract (200 words) and a list of up to five keywords
  • Be typed, double-spaced throughout, in 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Be formatted, using the American Psychological Association (APA) style
  • Have a separate cover page that includes the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, and contact information of all authors
  • Include author biography/ies (no more than 50 words per author) on a separate sheet/page
  • Indicate that appropriate Institutional Research Ethics Board approval was secured, if applicable
  • Be formatted and saved as Microsoft Word (no PDF please)
  • Be submitted in two versions: one copy should include all information to be published, and the other copy should substitute blank underlined spaces for all information to be ‘blinded.’ . Information to be ‘blinded’ includes all text or data that will have to be removed from the essay for blind peer review purposes.


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR REPORTS FROM THE FIELD SECTION

The "Reports from the Field" section includes journal contributions that may focus on specific ongoing and completed projects. Submissions into this section do not normally offer critical analysis of a broad theoretical issue nor they provide in-depth theoretical arguments. 

Contributions to this section will be subject to editorial review only.

All submissions into this section should:

  • Be maximum 3,000 words
  • Represent original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by other journals or collections of essays
  • Written in accessible language, to respect multidisciplinary nature of the Journal and the diversity of our readers
  • Be accompanied by an abstract (200 words) and a list of up to five keywords
  • Be typed, double-spaced throughout, in 12-pt Times New Roman font
  • Be formatted in the American Psycholog5cal Association (APA) style, 6th edition
  • Include a page with the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, and contact information of all authors
  • Include author biography/ies (no more than 50 words per author) on a separate sheet
  • Indicate that appropriate Institutional Research Ethics Board approval was secured, if applicable
  • Be formatted and saved in Microsoft Word (no PDF please)
  • Keep acronyms and abbreviations that are common in your field to the minimum as our policy insists on plain and accessible language in all contributions
  • Include tables and illustrations in the text, rather than at the end of the submission


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR BOOK REVIEW SECTION

The book review section profiles critical reviews of recently published monographs, collections of essays, conference proceedings, manuals and other self-standing published works related to the field of community-engaged scholarship. The main point of the book review is to offer a critical evaluation of the work under review, to indicate the book’s strengths and weak points, to identify further readership, and to discuss the book’s contribution and applicability to the field of engaged scholarship.

Please discuss the following dimensions of the work under review:

  • The main focus and objectives of the book and whether these are effectively achieved;
  • The academic background of the author and his or her expertise in the subject matter;
  • For edited books, the important themes and questions raised in the book, and the chapters that directly speak to these themes and questions;
  • The methods and sources used, and the appropriateness of the methodology;.
  • The intended audience for this publication, and those who might benefit from the work;  
  • The implications of the book for practice, theory, research, and policy;
  • How the book compares to similar research in the field;
  • Constructive comments about the strength and weaknesses of the book

Please keep in mind the interdisciplinary nature of the Journal and its readership. You should write in accessible language and avoid academic jargon.

In your review, address the question of the applicability of the work not only to the author’s field of work but to the field of engaged scholarship in general.

Your review will be due 6 weeks from the day you receive the book. If you expect a delay, please let the Book Editor know so that we may agree on a new deadline.

Word limit for book reviews should be between 800 and 1000 words. For edited collections, the word limit may be increased to 1500 words if needed.

Style Guidelines

  • The header of your review should include the following information:
    • 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

Examples:

Book: 

A Nation Beyond Borders: Lionel Groulx on French-Canadian Minorities by Michel Bock. Trans. Ferdinanda Van Gennip. Ottawa, Ontario: University of Ottawa Press, 2014. 277pp. ISBN 978-0-7766-0821-1 

Edited Book:

Learning and Teaching Community-Based Research: Linking Pedagogy to Practice by Etmanski, C., Budd, L.H., and Dawson, T. (ed.) 2014. University of Toronto Press. Toronto, ON. 388pp. ISBN 978-1-4426-1257-0.

Reviewed by

Jane Wright, << fill in correspondence address>>, Email: XXX@XXX

 

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 OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  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. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Your submission should include both the anonymized and full manuscript. The full manuscript should be submitted with the cover page containing the manuscript title, authors' names and affiliations, short bios (no more than 50 words per person), and four names of potential peer reviewers who are not in a conflict of interest with any of the authors. The names of suggested peer reviewers will be added to the Journal's peer reviewers database. The Journal does not guarantee that it will use any of provided recommendations in reviewing your submission.

 

Copyright Notice

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

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License ( CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter separate, additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted to post their work online (e.g., in an institutional repository or on their website) after the publication of their work in the Engaged Scholar Journal.
  4. Please note that while every opportunity will be taken to ensure author participation in the editing process, due to time constraints final copyediting changes may be made before publication to ensure APA adherence throughout all submissions.

 

 

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