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Author Guidelines

Overview

The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes articles, case studies and opinion pieces relating to learning, teaching and assessment with the context of students and staff as change agents. The journal supports written and video submission.

It is our aim that The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership & Change will inspire, educate, amuse, and generally engage its readership.

Why you might like to contribute:

  • to raise the profile of a project you are working on;
  • to raise your teaching profile by outlining a case study or writing up your experiences of innovative and effective teaching or student support;
  • to support students publishing;
  • to share knowledge and good practice;
  • to raise awareness of a particular methodology;
  • to exercise your research and writing skills, potentially providing a springboard to publication in specialist or other peer-reviewed journals.

We publish contributions in the following format:

Opinion Pieces - short and thought provoking, stating a position and drawing on facts and evidence to support it (a maximum of 750 words with around 3 references - see word equivalence for video submission below).

Case Studies / Project reports- based on staff and students working in partnership to identify and deliver change, typically describing: the organisational and historical context, specifications of the project, discussion of pedagogy/practice, implementation, evaluation and lessons learnt (a maximum of 3000 words with around 6 references - - see word equivalence for video submission below).

Research Articles - longer papers, providing a clear rationale for the study within the body of published research, an overview of the research methodology adopted, a presentation of findings, and a discussion of those findings in relation to existing knowledge (a maximum of 6000 words with around 10 references - - see word equivalence for video submission below).

Book Reviews – a critical overview of a book related to educational innovation and change (a maximum of 750 words - - see word equivalence for video submission below).

Technology Reviews – a critique or review of a technology, outlining its application for learning and teaching and its strengths and weaknesses (a maximum of 1000 words, with around 3 references - see word equivalence for video submission below).

All submissions should include a short biography (no more than 50 words) for each author, written in the third person. Case Study and Research Articles should also include an abstract (no more than 150 words).

Editorial Guidelines for written submission

Layout

Please format your submission in Arial, 11-point font with single line spacing and justified to the left margin.

Section headings should be in 12-point text and emboldened.

References

You should provide full references for all citations. These should be listed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, using the Harvard referencing system.

For more information on Harvard see: http://www.gre.ac.uk/studyskills/referencing

Here are some example formats:

Books

Biggs, J. (1999) Teaching for quality learning at university. Buckingham: SRHE and Open University Press.

Chapters in books

Ziguras, C. and G. McBurnie. (2008). ‘The impact of trade liberalisation on transnational education.’ In Dunn, L and Wallace, M. (eds) Teaching in Transnational Education: Enhancing Learning for Offshore International Students. London: Routledge, 3-13.

Journal articles

McClure, J. W. (2007). ‘International graduates’ cross-cultural adjustment: experiences, coping strategies and suggested programmatic responses.’ Teaching in Higher Education, 12(1), 99-217

Online sources

Burgess, B. (2007). Beyond the honours degree classification – Burgess Group final report. Available at: http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Publications/Documents/Burgess_final.pdf (Accessed 20 December 2012).

Images

Please do not submit articles with coloured text or images as reproduction will be in black and white only. You should obtain any required permissions for the reproduction of images prior to submitting them. Please follow the guidelines below when submitting images:

  • We accept electronic images in the following formats: .eps, .jpg and .tif. (Do not supply .tif files with LZW compression or .eps files with .jpeg encoding – these are options offered when saving).
  • Electronic colour and gray scale images should be at least 300 dpi at the size they appear on the printed page.
  • Bitmap images (such as line art) should be scanned at 1200 dpi resolution.
  • Vectored artwork in Adobe Illustrator should be saved as version CS5 or earlier.

Submission for written contributions should be made at: https://journals.studentengagement.org.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents

All work should be submitted online:

Your submission should not have been published or be under review with another journal.


Guidelines for video contributions

These guidance notes have been created to support the creation of a video case study for the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change.

There are 2 simple steps the submitting author is required to do:

  1. upload the video into your personal YouTube channel as an unlisted video for review (see footnote a)
  2. submit the link, as a new submission, to http://tinyurl.com/jeipcvidsubmission 

Once reviewed and accepted, it will be added to the journal’s vimeo site, protected by a CC BY-NC-ND creative commons licence and linked to the journal issue (see footnote b).

To support accessibility, you will be required to provide a video transcript that will be published on the journal platform and linked from the video description (see section below).

Video style:

There is no fixed style for the video. It will need to be engaging whilst providing the rationale, background, activities, data, outcomes and evaluations that are detailed in the abstract. It needs to be of good quality with crisp images and clear audio. Importantly, if you are providing data to your audience, you may need to instruct them to pause the video to be able to read it fully.

It is important to consider your audience when creating your video. Think about any assumptions you are making, for example, about an international audience who may need some contextualisation as well as how the video will be viewed. Will it be watched on a computer, mobile device or projected in a classroom?

Video length:

Having a specific word equivalent for video defeats the aim –well made video can be provide complex messages very efficiently in a short time length, depending on production values. The following guidelines are indicative

  1. Opinion Pieces / Reviews - up to 5 mins with around 3 references
  2. Case Studies / Project reports - up to10 mins with around 6 references.
  3. Research Articles - up to 15 mins around 10 references).

Video format:

  1. Please include a title page which shows:
    1. Title of the case study;
    2. Author(s)
    3. Year
    4. Logos of any associated organisations;
    5. The phrase’ Published in the Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change’;
    6. Please include end reference list page and an end-credit page which may provide further information or additional links;
    7. Video ratio used by YouTube is 16:9. More information on the best resolution/ratio can be found here (full URL has been provided in case this document is viewed as flat text): https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6375112?hl=en-GB&ref_topic=2888648;
    8. If the video is not of a suitable quality, the submitting author will be contacted and advice provided.

How to create a subtitle file?

When you upload your video to your personal YouTube channel for review, you can use YouTube’s built in captioning tool to create your own subtitles. YouTube will attempt to automatically transcribe your video, but it is not without its limitations. There are two easy ways to create high quality subtitles:

  1. edit the YouTube-generated captions
  2. if you have an existing script, upload the text, and YouTube will automatically create time-stamped subtitles.

To edit your video use the Video Manager section/ Subtitles/CC header. Select ‘English (Automatic)’, and go through the transcript.

If you have an existing script, slect ‘Add new subtitles or CC’, and choose your language (English – UK). Then click ‘Transcribe and auto-sync’. You can paste your script into the box, and click ‘Set timings’. It may take some time to sync the audio to the subtitles, but once complete, you will be able to select the auto-synced subtitles. You are able to edit the captions if the script, and what is said, differ. 

Further information can be found at: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6373554?hl=en-GB&ref_topic=3014331

As part of your final submission, you will need to include a captions file (normally .sbv or .srt). To download your captions from YouTube, click on the desired captions from your list, which takes you to the edit screen, then click ‘Actions’. You can then download a captions file. Please remember to include this, as we are unable to publish your video without it.

Copyright:

By submitting, your video, as detailed below, the submitting author is confirming that they have all the necessary copyright in place for the video/audio content. The journal does not accept any responsibility for any breaches in copyright as a consequence of a video submission. If the video is found to be in breach of copyright, it will be removed from the journal’s channel and the submitting author(s) notified. 

Ethical Approval:

By submitted your video, as detailed below, the submitting author is confirming that they have all the necessary ethical approvals in place for the video content.  If a video is found to be in breach of any ethical approvals, it will be removed from the journal’s channel and the submitting author(s) notified. 

Video sharing:

Sharing video content is a great way to disseminate research. The journal’s Vimeo Channel will use built-in sharing tools. Video commenting & rating:

Criteria for Review

  • The video addresses the stated range and purpose of the journal
  • The video will either make an original contribution to the body of research on the subject, or make a real practical contribution to staff-student partnership in learning & teaching / research / educational practices going forward
  • The video makes reference to the relevant literature and these are up-to-date
  • The video follows the guidelines presented above
  • The language used in the video is suitable for publication
  • The technical quality (image, audio) is suitable for publication

Peer review guidelines for written and video submission

Submissions are subject to peer review at the discretion of the managing editor. Submissions will be peer reviewed anonymously by at least two referees. Authors will receive feedback and comments following this process and may be asked to amend their work accordingly. The editors reserve the right to make further minor editorial changes for written submission. Final proofs will be sent to authors for approval prior to publication, if there is sufficient time to do so, and must be returned by the stipulated deadline. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted at that stage.

Further guidance on submission is available on request from the Educational Development Unit, e-mail:ed@gre.ac.uk

 Footnotes

(a) Help with setting up Youtube can be viewed at: https://support.google.com/youtube/?hl=en-GB#topic=4355266

(b) This license only allows others to download your video and share it with others if they credit you, but they can’t change it in any way or use it commercially. This will enable us to upload into the journals Vimeo video.

 

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. If written, the submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. If this is a video submission, the author guidelines for submitting video have been followed
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses an 11-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.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
 

Copyright Notice

Articles are protected by a CC BY-NC-ND creative commons licence.

For video submission, the submitting author confirms that they have all the necessary copyright in place for the video/audio content. The journal does not accept any responsibility for any breaches in copyright as a consequence of a video submission. If the video is found to be in breach of copyright, it will be removed from the journal’s channel and the submitting author(s) notified.  

 

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