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Author Guidelines

Issue 9 Call for Submissions: Deadline October 15, 2015
Sections of the Journal
How to Submit
Accessibility Guidelines
Multimedia Submissions
Style Guide


Issue 9 of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy


Issue Editors: Tyler Fox, University of Washington – Bothell
Carlos Hernandez, Borough of Manhattan Community College


The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy seeks scholarly work that explores the intersection of technology with teaching, learning, and research. We are interested in contributions that take advantage of the affordances of digital platforms in creative ways. We invite both textual and multimedia submissions employing interdisciplinary and creative approaches in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Besides scholarly papers, the submissions can consist of audio or visual presentations and interviews, dialogues, or conversations; creative/artistic works; manifestos; or other scholarly materials.

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field, who provide formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We practice signed, as opposed to blind, peer review. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices. All submissions for this special issue will be considered for our “Behind the Seams” feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the authorial and editorial participants.

Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis. When possible, research data should be made publicly available and accessible via the Web and/or other digital mechanisms, a process that JITP can and will support as necessary. Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome (although see the Teaching Fails section below for an alternative outlet). Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within two to three months of the submission deadline. The expected length for finished manuscripts is under 5,000 words. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at editors@jitpedagogy.org.

Important Dates

Submission deadline for full manuscripts is October 15, 2015. When submitting using our Open Journal Systems software, under “Journal Section,” please select the section titled “Issues.”  Submission instructions are below.

About the Journal

All work appearing in the Issues section of JITP is reviewed by the issue editors and independently by two scholars in the field, who provide signed, formative feedback to the author(s) during the review process. We practice open, rather than blind, peer review. We intend that the journal itself—both in our process and in our digital product—serve as an opportunity to reveal, reflect on, and revise academic publication and classroom practices. All submissions for this special issue will be considered for our “Behind the Seams” feature, in which we publish dynamic representations of the revision and editorial processes, including reflections from the authorial and editorial participants.

Research-based submissions should include discussions of approach, method, and analysis.  When possible, research data should be made publicly available and accessible via the Web and/or other digital mechanisms, a process that JITP can and will support as necessary.  Successes and interesting failures are equally welcome (although see the Teaching Fails section below for an alternative outlet). Submissions that focus on pedagogy should balance theoretical frameworks with practical considerations of how new technologies play out in both formal and informal educational settings. Discipline-specific submissions should be written for non-specialists.

As a courtesy to our reviewers, we will not consider simultaneous submissions, but we will do our best to reply to you within two to three months of the submission deadline. All work should be original and previously unpublished. Essays or presentations posted on a personal blog may be accepted, provided they are substantially revised; please contact us with any questions at editors@jitpedagogy.org.

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Sections of the journal


JITP runs on two overlapping timescales, to accommodate both traditional and evolving models of peer review:

Issues operate on a measured pace, with block releases timed to allow for extensive peer review and revision before publication. Submissions to this section receive formative feedback from two members of our review board or editorial collective, and Issue Editors work with authors to bring accepted pieces to their fullest potential. The best submissions to this section will demonstrate sustained engagement with the relevant scholarship of teaching, learning, and technology, as well as a critical awareness of their own strengths and limitations. We currently plan to release two issues per year, with some themed issues and others drawn from the general submissions pool. For information on submitting to issues, please see How to Submit below.

Released continuously throughout the year, JITP's other sections (described below) operate on a publish-first-then-peer-review model, with corresponding editors curating submissions on a rolling basis.

  • The Teaching Fails section seeks moments of insight from ideas that fell flat—assignments that didn’t work out, readings that none of your students understood. Tell us your story as a way of thinking through what went wrong. Help others learn to fail better. Questions about this section should be sent to teaching.fails@jitpedagogy.org with "Teaching Fail query" in the subject line.

  • Tool Tips calls for reviews of an IT tool or a set of comparable tools that you have used in a class. The best submissions will address how smoothly the tool worked and detail its strengths and drawbacks; links to online examples of the tool being utilized would be ideal. The suggested length for reviews is 500–1,000 words. Questions about this section should be sent to tool.tips@jitpedagogy.org with "Tool Tips query" in the subject line.

  • We also welcome Assignments or syllabi highlighting interactive technology or pedagogy, along with a short narrative reflection (roughly 400–1,000 words) on how well the assignment or course plan worked in practice. Links to a class website or online responses to the assignment would be ideal. Questions about this section should be sent to assignments@jitpedagogy.org with "Assignment query" in the subject line.

  • The Opinion section invites short submissions expressing a view on issues in educational technology or digital scholarly research. The suggested length for essays is no more than 800 words, but essays of up to 1,000 words will be considered. Creative formats such as video or graphics are welcome. Questions about this section should be sent to opinion@jitpedagogy.org.

  • Finally, we invite Reviews of new and important texts in the field, as well as reports from noteworthy conferences and workshops relevant to the subjects of technology and pedagogy. If you have an idea for a review, or would like to hear about upcoming reviewing opportunities, please write to reviews@jitpedagogy.org with "Review query" in the subject line.


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How to Submit


All submissions will now be handled through our Open Journal Systems (OJS) site, which requires you to create a free account (do this by clicking on "GO TO REGISTRATION" under "Online Submissions." Once logged in to OJS (using the same link as above):


    1. Click on "New Submission" to the right of the role Author.

    2. Proceed to fill in the required information.

    3. You should receive an acknowledgement email when your submission is complete. If you have any problems with registering or submitting, please query admin@jitpedagogy.org.



As part of the submissions process, you will be asked to affirm the following:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

  • You have permission to use any and all materials included in your submission, including allowances for fair use and/or the protection of human subjects, as stipulated by your institution's Institutional Review Board.

  • All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca) are activated and ready to click.

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the JITP Style Guide, i.e. Chicago 16th ed. Notes & Bibliography with minor modifications.

  • You grant to JITP the right to distribute your materials, if accepted, via a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 3.0 United States License.


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Accessibility Guidelines


JITP strives to present all content in formats that are accessible to all potential audiences, even when publishing work that incorporates a range of multimedia formats. To ensure access for the widest possible range of users--including those who may use screen readers--we ask that authors consider the following guidelines:

  • When including images, provide brief alternate-text that fully describes each visual being presented, including a summary of any important information presented in flow charts, graphs, or other visualizations.


  • When including video media, ensure that it is fully captioned.

  • When including audio media, provide the Editor with a full transcript the spoken text and descriptions of any unspoken sound.

  • When including in-text hyperlinks, ensure all links include meaningful text that indicate where users will be directed (as opposed to generic "click here").


During the submission process, you will be asked to confirm that your submission follows these access guidelines. You can find further information about implementing these guidelines in the "Practices to Implement" and "Further Reading & Resources" appendixes.

If you would like assistance in meeting these standards, please reach out to the JITP managing editor as early as possible at admin@jitpedagogy.org.

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Multimedia Submissions


Authors of video and multimedia texts are advised that submissions should already be in edited and polished form, and must be capable of being stored locally (i.e. not on YouTube or elsewhere in the cloud). Please send compressed files or links to your server. Multimedia pieces significantly longer than 5-10 minutes are probably not likely to be article-equivalent, and thus might be a better match for a publisher other than a journal. Please email the editors at editors@jitpedagogy.org with any queries.[1. Many thanks to Cheryl Ball and Kairos for advice on multimedia guidelines]

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Style Guide


JITP uses a modified version of the Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition. A quick overview of the Chicago style, with examples, can be found at http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html. Note that Chicago requires bibliographic entries to include the full names of authors as they are credited in the book or article cited, not just the initials. Variations to this style, or style matters that Chicago 16 leaves open to editorial preference, are listed below:

  • Word usage adheres to Chicago 5.220. Use American spellings, not British. Toward and similar words (backward, forward, upward, downward) should appear without the final -s, which is a Britishism.

  • Lists should be unordered unless there is a compelling reason (for example, the list is a sequential series of steps in a task) to number the list. Items in a list should be indicated with bullets, not dashes.

    • Headings and subheadings should be indicated using header styles, as explained below. (In Microsoft Word, these can be found under Format > Styles.)

      • Article titles should be in the "Heading 1" format and should be given in upper- and lower-case letters (title caps), not all upper-case.

      • Subheadings should be in the "Heading 2," "Heading 3," and "Heading 4," formats, with "Heading 2" indicating a first-level subheading (such as the Introduction or a subsequent section).

      • First-level ("Heading 2") subheadings should be given in title caps, and all subsequent subheadings should have only the first letter of the first word capitalized (sentence caps).

      • Subheadings should never end in a period or a colon.



    • Subheadings should not be ordered with numbers or letters, with the exception of appendixes, which should be lettered. (Chicago, by the way, prefers “appendixes” to “appendices”). Appendixes should be indicated with first-level ("Heading 2") subheadings.


     

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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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. You have permission to use any and all materials included in your submission, including allowances for fair use and/or the protection of human subjects.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca) are activated and ready to click.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the JITP Style Guide, i.e. Chicago 16th ed.
  5. You grant to JITP the right to distribute your materials, if accepted, via a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Sharealike 3.0 United States License.
  6. Your submission adheres to JITP's Accessibility Guidelines.
 

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