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Author Guidelines

The following types of articles will be published in the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education.

Perspectives - Perspectives are invited articles from faculty and administrative leaders addressing topical issues.

Research and Theory Articles - A general article is research-based with a theoretical foundation that advances new knowledge or provides theoretical insights and understanding into community engagement and community-based learning. These articles should have a sound methodology/research design and well-developed analysis (data) section. A statement regarding IRB approval or exemption is expected in all human subjects research. The total length must not exceed 25 double-spaced, typed pages*.

Insights, Case Studies, and Applications - An insights and applications article is a tightly written descriptive case study that includes a concise, brief description of methods employed and attempts to illustrate a specific relationship or set of relationships about the application and insights towards community engagement and community-based learning. Insights and applications articles could describe a particular problem and draw attention to the implications of the work for the larger field of study of higher education, community engagement, and pedagogy. The piece should provide a rich contextual framework through service-learning and community engagement literature. The total length must not exceed 15 double-spaced, typed pages*.

Forum - The Forum section offers a medium for authors to present editorial remarks and their perspectives and observations about community engagement. These comments can be gleaned from the author’s engagements and derived from the author’s particular disciplinary orientation, previous experiences, and the like. Such observations might focus on similarities or differences (and the likely bases for these) in the nature of problems, institutions, or social processes they encounter. Hypotheses and research questions prompted by such experiences are welcome. Editorial or professional reaction or commentary on published material in the journal is also welcome. The total length must be 5 to 8 double-spaced typed pages*.

Research Notes - A research note is a short article on a methodological or research design. The total length must not exceed 6 double-spaced, typed pages*.

Book Reviews - Book reviews focus on new community engagement and community-based learning books that are both academic and applied. Book reviews will be solicited.  The total length must not exceed 4 double-spaced, typed pages*.

*Page length is judged using the blinded version and includes the abstract page, body, footnotes, figures, tables, and references.

The JCEHE encourages manuscript submissions in which the authors have considered diversity, equity, and inclusion in the planning and writing of their work.

Formatting Instructions

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).

Two versions should be uploaded – one that is blinded, which should be uploaded as the primary copy, and the other should be un-blinded and uploaded as a supplemental file.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, including quotations and references. Prepare your manuscript in Microsoft Word. Include an abstract of no more than 75 words in length and place it on its own page between the title page and body of the paper. Below the abstract please list 4-6 keywords. Keywords are words or short phrases, not found in the title that further explain the submission.

The end of the paper should be followed by notes (acknowledgments and footnotes), and references. In the unblinded copy the author biography should follow. Each author should include a biography of no more than three sentences and contact information (address, phone, fax, e-mail, and URL) in the unblinded version.

Tables and figures should be cited and embedded in the narrative text with titles and captions.

 

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 authors have read and used the JCEHE Author's Guildlines to prepare this submission. The Author's Guidelines are available at: https://discovery.indstate.edu/jcehe/index.php/joce/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
  2. This manuscript was prepared according to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition).
  3. For Manuscripts Intending to Publish Original Research using Human Subjects: A statement regarding IRB approval or exemption is included in the manuscript.
  4. The authors have considered equity, diversity and inclusion in the in the planning, and writing of this manuscript.
  5. The primary copy of this manuscript is blinded.
  6. An unblinded copy of the manuscript was uploaded as a supplementary file.
  7. Manuscripts are double-spaced throughout, including quotations and references.
  8. This manuscript is uploaded as Microsoft Word document.
  9. The abstract contains no more than 75 words.
  10. The key words used in this manuscript do not match the words used in the title.
  11. If used, tables and figures were cited and embedded in the narrative text. All tables and figures have titles and captions.
  12. All of the manuscript's authors were indicated in the submission and appear on the unblinded copy.
  13. The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education temporarily ceases operations twice per year.

    Summer Hiatus: Manuscripts submitted after the close of business on  Thursday, July 29, 2021, will be managed when we return on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

    Winter Hiatus: Manuscripts submitted after the close of business on Thursday, December 2, 2021, will be managed when we return on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

 

Copyright Notice

The Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education (JCEHE) requires authors to transfer copyright to the JCEHE at the time of submission.

If the JCEHE decides not to publish a submission, then copyright is transferred back to the author at the time the submission is declined.

After publication, if an author would like to reprint portions of the article (generally up to 25%), then the author should contact the JCEHE's Editor, Catherine Paterson, to request permission.

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