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Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies Call for Manuscripts

posted Feb 28, 2011, 6:10 PM by Educational Psychology Student Society

Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies Call for Manuscripts

The Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies (JERPS) seeks quality manuscripts for consideration and possible inclusion in forthcoming issues.

JERPS aims to provide a national interdisciplinary forum for the consideration of meaningful educational research initiatives and policy analyses. Of particular relevance are empirical research designed to either explicate or enhance the educational process, educational programs, or educational policy. Research studies that use a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be considered; however, the former is emphasized over the latter. All submitted manuscripts undergo rigorous peer review, which is based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two or more anonymous referees. The journal's audience includes researchers, practitioners, and policy makers interested in advancing educational research and improving teaching, learning, and schooling.


  • Original research articles related to all levels and aspects of education (K-12, post-secondary, graduate, and professional development).
  • Evaluation of educational initiatives, policies, and practices.
  • Research critiques or reviews on select educational topics that hold strong implications for educators, policy makers, and educational stakeholders.

Instructions for Contributors

Submission of Manuscripts. Email manuscripts to JERPS.Submissions@gmail.com. Include with your submission a statement that the manuscript has been sent only to JERPS and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts must be no longer than 35 pages, double-spaced, including the abstract, notes, and references. Manuscripts that do not comply with instructions specified here will be returned to the author immediately.

Manuscript Preparation. Because all manuscript reviews are blind, author names and affiliations should appear only in the cover letter. A 180-word abstract should appear after the title and before the main text of the manuscript. The abstract should concisely state the problem, method, data, and conclusion. In a review or discussion article, the abstract should state the central thesis. Also provide, 3 - 5 keywords that succinctly describe your manuscript and include them after the abstract to aid researchers in Web searches.

Manuscripts must be no more than 35 pages, double-spaced, including abstract, notes, and references. Research articles should be clearly organized. Authors may use the following outline and order as a guide:

  • Introduction: Present the nature, scope, and significance of the problem.
  • Literature Review: Present and selectively discuss related research and include references essential to clarify the problem under examination. Resources should include both seminal and recent research.
  • Method: Describe the sample, sampling procedures, data gathering instruments, and statistical procedures.
  • Results: Summarize the data and their statistical treatment. Consider rival hypotheses and the importance of related studies and educational theory. Present a summary of the data (e.g., means, standard deviations, frequencies, correlation) in tabular or graphic form. Report means, standard deviations, degrees of freedom, and sample sizes. Report statistics to two decimal places. Discussion of the data should be interpretive. Use the phrase ?statistical significance? in place of ?significance? whenever referring to the results of inferential tests. Report effect sizes. Discussion of meaning and implications of findings should be reserved for the discussion section.
  • Discussion: Summarize findings and state the support or nonsupport of the original hypotheses. Compare results with the work of others, particularly those discussed in the literature review. Describe any theoretical or practical implications of the results. Discuss limitations of the research, improvements on research, or propose new research questions.

Manuscript Format. Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th ed.) to prepare your manuscript. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and in 12-point, Times New Roman font, with 1-in.margins. Do not use forced section, page breaks, or automatic footnotes. Tables and figures (illustrations) should be embedded in the text, and be in accordance with APA format guidelines.

Questions? Contact Karee Dunn, co-editor, at kedunn@uark.edu. Email manuscripts to JERPS.Submissions@gmail.com.


Karee E. Dunn
Co-Editor, Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies

Assistant Professor
The University of Arkansas
College of Education and Health Professions
Educational Statistics and Research Methods
245 Graduate Education Building
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Phone: 479.575.8465
Fax: 479.575.2492