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Notes for contributors

In September 2004 the Queensland Journal of Educational Research merged with Issues in Educational Research. A full archive is now in development, to recognise and preserve the substantial contribution that QJER made to scholarly publishing of educational research in Australia, from its inception in 1985 until its final volume in 2003. The notes below are a part of the archival record and are not current advice to authors. For current advice please see [IIER Home]

Contributions to the journal are invited from anyone engaged in educational research, and are not limited either in origin or applicability to Queensland. In fact, articles which draw general implications beyond particular settings will be preferred. Articles can take a variety of forms and lengths and may derive from any of the traditions of education research and scholarship. Articles of particular interest are analyses of educational issues and policies, reports of research studies, reports of evaluation studies, case studies of educational practice, research reviews and syntheses, research critiques, analyses of theoretical and procedural issues in educational research, and future agendas for educational research. Short articles will be published as Research Briefs. The journal will also publish reviews of books dealing with or reporting on educational research.

Educational research is to be interpreted broadly and may include scholarly analysis of educational theory or educational policy as well as disciplined enquiry into educational issues, processes and outcomes. The editor encourages submission of reports on research in progress as well as completed research. Reports of action research by teachers or by practitioners in other fields and case studies of educational practice will also be welcome, as will be articles from masters and doctoral degree students on their postgraduate research. Articles which analyse or reflect upon the research process itself are especially welcome. Contributors are encouraged to draw general implications for educational policy and practice and to highlight interesting or controversial findings and conclusions to encourage further debate.

Some issues of the journal may address a particular theme. To this end, the Editor may issue a general invitation for contributions on a particular theme or invite particular persons to contribute articles. Suggestions for appropriate themes are welcome and submission of collections of articles on a single theme is encouraged.

Manuscripts (either hard copies or electronic) may be sent to Dr Simon Clarke, Centre for Leadership and Management in Education, Faculty of Education, Griffith University, Nathan Q 4111 (Simon.Clarke@griffith.edu.au).

If hard copies are submitted, three copies of the manuscript are required. These should be printed on one side of A4 paper with double spacing and 2.5 cm margins. All pages should bear a running title and page number. To allow anonymous refereeing, author details - name(s), institution(s), address(es) - should be provided only on a separate sheet attached to the manuscript. For multiple authors, one author should be nominated as the point of contact for the group.

Length of articles can vary with the nature and intent of the article. Articles to a maximum of 4000 words will be considered. Articles longer than 2 000 words should include an abstract of around 100 words.

Tables and figures which are configured within Microsoft Word can be located within the text. Other tables and figures must be presented on separate sheets, camera reading for insertion into the text. The approximate position for this insertion should be indicated in the manuscript.

Presentation style and referencing should follow the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th ed). Adaptation for in-house style can be handled editorially, however, please italicise where italics are intended, do not underline. Footnotes should preferably be avoided. If an article is accepted for publication, the author(s) will be asked, where possible, to supply a copy on disk in Microsoft Word for Windows or Macintosh.

Decisions about publication will be conveyed to the author (or nominated author) as soon as the article has been reviewed. Each article is reviewed by at least two referees. Rejected manuscripts are not returned but the reasons for rejection will be conveyed to the author(s). In some cases, articles may be accepted subject to some rewriting. Final proofs will be sent to authors for checking if there is sufficient time to do so.

Author copies: Authors of published articles will be provided with a free copy of the issue in which their article is published plus an electronic copy of the article from which to make copies for distribution.

Copyright: Articles accepted for publication become the copyright of the Queensland Institute for Educational Research unless otherwise specifically agreed.

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