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Section Policies

Please note: For any type of research paper (Original Research Article, Brief Report, or Innovation Spotlight), the expectation is that evidence has been systematically gathered, using an appropriate amount of scientific rigour. Accordingly, whether a quantitative or qualitative approach is taken, all manuscripts submitted as Original Research Articles, Brief Reports, or Innovation Spotlights must include a “Method” section that describes the empirical approach, and a “Results” section that summarizes the findings. JIPE especially encourages submissions that include multiple forms of evidence (e.g., collected at multiple points in time, using multiple data collection instruments, and/or from multiple sources).

Types of papers

Original Research Articles – Papers that report on original empirical research with a focus on teaching and learning. Papers may take a qualitative or quantitative approach, but must include an Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, and Reference section, as well as any tables and/or figures. Research articles should be approximately 2500-3000 words in length.

Brief Reports – These are papers that report on empirical research, but are shorter and more limited in scope. Examples of research that might be presented in this format include results from a pilot study, findings from a study with a small sample size that show promise of a large effect size, research using a simple design and answering a single, specific question, or reports from an early phase of a project that is still ongoing. These papers still include an Abstract, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, and Reference section, but are no longer than 2500 words in length.

Innovation Spotlight – These are extremely brief contributions that highlight an innovative teaching practice, approach, or tool, and provide accompanying evidence that speaks to the effectiveness of the innovation. Papers should include a very brief review of the most relevant literature to situate the approach, a brief method section, a results section, and a discussion/conclusion section. An “Abstract” is not required. Papers should not exceed 1500 words.

Review Papers – These are papers that provide a balanced synopsis of the current literature within a specific area of inquiry. These papers should not only summarize the literature comprehensively, but should also identify outstanding questions and areas for future inquiry. Review Papers should be approximately 2500-3000 words in length.

Book Reviews – Scholarly reviews of books are occasionally considered for publication, depending on the relevance of the book for the journal readership. These papers should present a brief summary of the book as well as a critical reflection on the book’s strengths and weaknesses. Of critical importance is that the review situates the book within a teaching and learning framework. These papers are no more than 1500 words in length.

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. These guidelines are in place to ensure the integrity and efficiency of the review process.

  1. Certify that the submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  2. The submission file is in PDF, OpenOffice, Microsoft Word or file format.
  3. Manuscripts must be formatted according to APA guidelines. In particular, all manuscripts should be double-spaced, in 12 pt. font. Figures, tables, and captions should be included at the end of the document.
  4. Cumulative line numbers and page numbers are included throughout the manuscript.
  5. JIPE adheres to a blind peer review process. Therefore, all submissions should follow the instructions for "Ensuring a Blind Review".

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