Call for manuscripts
Manuscripts are solicited for publication in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, a peer- reviewed journal published by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences. The Journal provides a scholarly, written forum for discussion by faculty about all areas affecting teaching and learning, and gives faculty the opportunity to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about teaching.
MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION GUIDELINES
Accepted for publication are papers on college and university teaching that demonstrate scholarly excellence in at least one of the following categories:
Research: Reports important results from own experience or research; describes problem clearly; provides baseline data; explains what researcher has done and why; and provides results.
Integration: Integrates research of others in meaningful way; compares or contrasts theories; critiques results; and/or provides context for future exploration.
Innovation: Proposes innovation of theory, approach, or process of teaching; provides original and creative ideas based on results of research by self or others; and outlines proposed strategy for testing effectiveness of ideas.
Inspiration: Provides inspiration for teaching excellence; combines personal values, insight, and experience to communicate enthusiasm and dedication to outstanding teaching.
Papers appearing in the Journal may be interdisciplinary or specific to one or a group of disciplines, and may address a general or specific audience.
Manuscripts are reviewed first by the editorial staff. Those that are appropriate for the Journal are sent to at least two experts in teaching scholarship, particularly in the writer's discipline or subject area. All reviews are "blind," that is, without identifying the author(s) to the reviewers. Reviewers are encouraged to write comments for the author(s). Editorial feedback and/or reviews are provided to authors for all manuscripts.
Articles may be rejected or accepted outright, or accepted with a request for revision. In some cases, articles requiring major revision (such as including an additional year's results) are not officially accepted or rejected, but will be reconsidered when revised.
Please prepare your manuscript according to APA format as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. The main points to remember are the following:
- Include an abstract of 100 words or less. See pages 25-27 of the APA Manual for guidance on how to write a good abstract.
- Citations appear in a references section at the end of the manuscript. See pages 193-224 of the APA Manual for the formats for different types of reference material. Only and all sources cited appear in the references section. Suggested readings may be listed in a separate bibliography.
- In the text, sources are cited by author(s) and date, and by page numbers for direct quotations. See pages 169-192 of the APA Manual for citation formats.
- Headings, if they are used, are not numbered. See pages 62-65 of the APA Manual for guidance concerning headings.
- The proper physical appearance of the manuscript is described on pages 41-59 of the APA Manual.
- There are no length specifications; however, manuscripts submitted tend to average 20 to 25 double-spaced pages. Excessively long manuscripts usually can be reduced without damaging quality.
- Many reviewers tell us that tables, figures, and charts are effective ways to replace dull text and that examples and stories help capture the reader's interest. Please use active voice.
- When you describe new approaches and programs, please include evaluative information. If you have not run a controlled study with pre- and post-tests, describe what next steps should be taken to confirm your findings.
Complete this submission form, and attach both a copy of the complete manuscript, and a "blind" copy of the manuscript that omits your name and any reference to your institution. Indicate in the space provided on the cover sheet two or three key words for the manuscript that will be used for indexing.
For further information, contact:Gregg Wentzell, Managing Editor
Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
Center for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching, and University Assessment
Oxford, OH 45056
Thank you for your interest in and support for the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.