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GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING MANUSCRIPTS TO JCES

The editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) invites the submission of manuscripts that relate to its mission: To provide a mechanism through which faculty, staff, and students of academic institutions and their community partners may disseminate scholarly works from all academic disciplines. A goal of the publication is to integrate teaching, research, and community engagement. All forms of writing, analysis, creative approaches, and methodologies are acceptable for the journal.

Regular and Research from the Field manuscripts that demonstrate central involvement of students and community partners and that advance community engagement scholarship will be given favorable consideration. Manuscripts should be free of racial, religious, gender, ethnic, or any other form of bias. Manuscripts submitted are for the exclusive publication in JCES and must not have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in this journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal. Nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially the same form. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.

All manuscripts (regular, Research from the Field, Book Reviews, Student Voices, and Community Perspectives) are accepted on an ongoing basis. All submissions and inquiries should be sent to jces@ua.edu

Be sure to visit the JCES Article Review Page and the Instructions for Authors page for more specific guidelines.

 

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Regular Manuscripts

Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman in Microsoft Word with a separate cover page. Article length, except in rare instances, should not exceed 25 pages including text, tables, and references. Tables should be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript with instructions to indicate their placement. Submit graphics and images as separate JPEG files, being sure to indicate, in the manuscript, where they should be placed.The abstract and cover pages are not included in the page count. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the official style and reference guide. For online help with APA style, click here.

The separate cover sheet must contain the name(s), affiliation(s), and other identifying and contact information (address, phone numbers, and email addresses) for each contributing author. Additionally, authors should include four to six keywords at the bottom of the cover sheet. All identifying information or references to the author(s) must be removed from the submitted manuscript. Manuscripts that include identifying information will not be reviewed prior to correction. Each manuscript must also include an abstract of no more than 200 words that summarizes the major themes of the research. Manuscripts not meeting these criteria will be returned to the author before being sent out for review.

Images should be JPEGs, 300 resolution, no larger than 6 by 9 inches. Most will be smaller. Please send your images as RGB color so that we will have the option of color. All photos must have captions as a separate document or imbedded in the Photoshop document under File Info.

Please include two versions of the manuscript, one masked and one with authors and places identified. The masked version should use brackets to indicate masking of particular identifying information. For example, do not refer to the University of Alabama as the location of your engagement project. Instead, refer to the [university]. This will help to protect your anonymity and preserve the integrity of the peer-review process. Our reviewers are aware that brackets indicate masked information.

Research from the Field

This section of the journal is reserved for reports that are likely to have a practice or case study orientation. Manuscripts appropriate for this section provide a venue for certain kinds of research projects involving partnerships between academic institutions, communities, and students. Manuscripts that share best practices, practice wisdom, and applied knowledge are especially appropriate for Research from the Field. Context is an essential part of all engaged scholarly activities, and the reporting of them needs to be situated philosophically, historically, and theoretically if they are to systematically extend our knowledge and understanding. All submissions need to be described and examined through these lenses or some combination of them. Unique partnerships have the potential to make highly interesting pieces for Research from the Field. Lessons or practice principles learned should be a part of the manuscript. Research methodologies of all types are accepted, and research projects with strong application and practice implications will be given favorable consideration. Research from the Field manuscripts also must follow APA style.

Community Perspectives

Community members working with academic partners from all disciplines are invited to submit original work to the Community Perspectives section. All forms of writing, analysis, creative approaches, and methodologies are acceptable for this section. Specific types of submissions appropriate for Community Perspectives include commentaries, critical reflections, and opinion pieces related to community engagement and/or engaged scholarship. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field, scholarly contributions of many kinds related to the field of engagement scholarship are encouraged and will be considered for publication in JCES. Community Perspectives submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Manuscripts should be between 750–2,000 words in length. Examples may be found on the JCES website — jces.ua.edu.

Student Voices

Students from all disciplines are invited to submit original work to the Student Voices section. All forms of writing, analysis, creative approaches, and methodologies are acceptable for this section. Specific types of submissions appropriate for the Student Voices section include commentaries, critical reflections, and opinion pieces related to community engagement and/or engaged scholarship. Given that engagement scholarship is such an interdisciplinary field in which there are many appropriate ways to best “tell the story,” scholarly contributions of many kinds related to the field of engagement scholarship are welcome and will be considered for publication. Manuscripts should be between 750–2,000 words. You can also see examples of published submissions on our website—jces.ua.edu.

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Book Reviews

Book reviews submitted to JCES should give the reader a well-developed sense/description of the book, but should also go beyond description to discuss central issues raised by the text. Reviewers are encouraged to address how the reviewed book addresses theory, current scholarship, and/or current issues germane to the subject of the book and engagement scholarship. Reviewers may reference other material that has bearing on the book being reviewed, particularly when these sources have the ability to position the book within larger discourses regarding the topic.


JCES invites submission of book reviews that speak to a wide range of issues relevant to the scholarship of engagement. Reviews of books within the social sciences, natural sciences and math, medicine and health, the environment, law, business, philosophy, religion, and the arts and humanities are encouraged. Although reviews of individual books are the most common, JCES also invites submission of several reviews that speak to a particular topic area, to be published as a group. All book reviews submitted to JCES should provide readers with a broad overview of the book, but should go beyond this description to discuss central issues raised, strengths and limitations of the text, and current issues of theory and practice raised by the book that are germane to the subject matter and engaged scholarship. Like other submissions to JCES, book review manuscripts should be typed double-spaced in 12-point and follow APA reference style. 

Send your review as a Microsoft Word attachment to jces@ua.edu.

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