To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development Submission

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About To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development

To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development is an electronic journal that seeks to advance excellence in research and practice in educational development. The journal is the flagship peer-reviewed publication of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education.

Focus and Scope for To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development

To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development is an electronic journal that seeks to advance excellence in research and practice in educational development. The journal is the flagship peer-reviewed publication of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education.


To Improve the Academy endeavors

  • to reflect the diverse community of faculty, staff, and administrators who contribute to the rigor and improvement of teaching and learning in higher education
  • to shape the conversation and drive inquiry regarding the scholarship of educational development
  • to support innovation in scholarship, research, practice, and the discipline of educational development itself


Submission Checklist

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files:

  • main text file (with table and figures placed at the end of the file)
  • author biographies (and acknowledgements)
  • supplemental files

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors.

The main text file should be presented in the following order:

  • title, abstract and key words
  • main text
  • references
  • tables (each table complete with title and footnotes)
  • figures (with titles and legends)
  • appendices (if relevant)

Any supporting/supplemental information should be supplied as separate files.


Abstract

  • This should be the first section of your manuscript.
  • The word “Abstract” should be bolded, italicized, and left-justified on a line by itself.
  • The text of the abstract should be italicized and left-justified.
  • The abstract should be between 100-250 words.

Keywords

  • Please provide four to six (4-6) keywords for the article.
  • This section should immediately follow the abstract and should include 3-4 keywords.
  • The word “Keywords” should be bolded, italicized, left-justified, followed by a colon and comma-separated keywords.
  • The comma-separated keywords should be lowercase, except when proper nouns or acronyms, and italicized.
  • There should not be any punctuation at the end of the keyword list

Main Text

  • As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors. This includes blinding of any identifying information in tables and figures
  • The journal uses US English and spelling, however authors may submit using British conventions as spelling of accepted papers is converted during the production process
  • Footnotes to the text are not allowed, and any such material should be incorporated into the text as parenthetical matter
  • Maximum length of articles is 7,000 words
  • Left-justify text
  • Do not add paragraph indentations
  • Use 12 pt. font
  • Double line spacing throughout
  • Use a single column layout, left justified
  • Do not double space after punctuation between sentences
  • The text of a manuscript should be divided in headings (not more than three levels deep). Use title case for all headings.
  • Please do not include headers, footers, or page numbers, as these will be added to your paper by the editor
  • Indicate location for insertion of tables and figures with “Insert Table/Figure X About Here.” Place actual tables and figures on separate pages at the end of the main text document.
  • Submit only in .doc or .docx format (to facilitate track changes)

References 

Tables 

  • Tables should be self-contained and complement, but not duplicate, information contained in the text. 
  • They should be supplied as editable files, not pasted as images. 
  • Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the table, legend and footnotes must be understandable without reference to the text. 
  • All abbreviations must be defined in footnotes. Footnote symbols: †, ‡, §, ¶, should be used (in that order) and *, **, *** should be reserved for P-values. 
  • Statistical measures such as SD or SEM should be identified in the headings.

Figures

  • Legends should be concise but comprehensive – the figure and its legend must be understandable without reference to the text.
  • Include definitions of any symbols used and define/explain all abbreviations and units of measurement.
  • Submit all images (graphs, drawings, etc.) in separate files using the highest resolution possible.
  • Each filename should include the figure, illustration, or image number and a brief descriptive name (EX: Figure 1 - taxonomy)
  • Figures submitted in color may be reproduced in color online free of charge.
  • line figures (e.g. graphs and charts) are supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white.

Appendices 

  • Appendices will be published after the references. 
  • For submission they should be supplied as separate files but referred to in the text.

 Biography

  • Each author should submit a 50-75 word biography written in the third person
  • Begin each biography with the author’s name, followed immediately by their title and affiliation. You may choose to list select education, previous publications or additional, relevant information.
  • Each author’s name should be bolded.

 

Acknowledgments 

  • Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section. 
  • Financial and material support should also be mentioned. 
  • Thanks to anonymous reviewers are not appropriate.

 

General Style Points 

  • Abbreviations: In general, terms should not be abbreviated unless they are used repeatedly and the abbreviation is helpful to the reader. Initially use the word in full, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses. Thereafter use the abbreviation only.
  • Preferred terminology for To Improve the Academy:
    • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning should be abbreviated as SoTL.
    • Please refer to “Centers for Teaching and Learning,” as opposed to a “faculty development center” or any number of other terms that amount to the same thing. This may be abbreviated as CTL.
    • Please refer to the professional organization as the POD Network. It is not necessary to spell out the acronym.
    • Please refer to the overall field as “educational development” unless you have defined your terms otherwise.
  • Numbers: numbers under 10 are spelled out, except for: measurements with a unit (8mmol/l); age (6 weeks old), or lists with other numbers (11 dogs, 9 cats, 4 gerbils).

Acceptance Criteria

Acceptance will be determined based on the following criteria:

  • Suitable for POD Network's audience and scope
  • Advances the values of the POD Network
  • Relevant to the practice of educational development
  • Writing is high-quality
  • Ideas are organized
  • Claims are sufficiently supported
  • Literature review is relevant and sufficient
  • Theoretical foundation and methodology are appropriate
  • Data (whether qualitative or quantitative) are sufficient and appropriate to argument and methodology
  • Analysis and conclusion are compelling
  • Insights and/or recommendations are generalizable to other institutions.

Copyright Notice

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the Publisher is granted a non-exclusive, perpetual license to publish the work as part of To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development under a CC-BY-NC-ND license, and may act on behalf of the author(s) to make the work discoverable and accessible itself and via third-party indexes, catalogs, etc.

Licences

To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development allows the following licences for submission:

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Publication Fees

There are no publication fees for To Improve the  Academy.

Peer Review

This journal operates a double blind peer review policy.

Publication Cycle

This journal publishes semiannually.

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