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  2. 2. <ul><li>Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, publishe r </li></ul><ul><li>Vice President for Community Affairs Executive Director, Center for Community-Based Partnerships The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Cassandra Simon, editor </li></ul><ul><li>Associate Professor, School of Social Work The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Heather Pleasants, book review editor </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Community Education Center for Community-Based Partnerships The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Edward Mullins, production editor </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Emeritus of Journalism CCBP Director, Community Research and Communication The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Jessica Averitt Taylor, assistant to the editor </li></ul><ul><li>Doctoral Student in Social Work The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Antonio Rogers, layout editor, 2008-2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Master’s Student in Advertising The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Andrea Mabry, web producer </li></ul><ul><li>Master’s Student in American Studies The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Marion Walding, layout editor, 2010 - </li></ul><ul><li>Master’s Student in American Studies The University of Alabama </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty Involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Student Involvement </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ How exciting to see the inaugural copy…I rushed home and savored the pages…The format is a nice break from the usual—rather refreshing to read.” Nancy K. Franz, Extension Specialist, Program Development , Virginia Tech University “ It is impressive! Job well done.” Dr. F. David Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation, Dayton, Ohio FIRST FOUR ISSUES JCES
  4. 4. New Issue Reflects Progress in Engaged Scholarship “ (This issue) … is reflective of so much of what is going on in engaged scholarship … . It is filled with examples of innovative and forward-thinking approaches to addressing complex issues through connecting communities, students, and faculty. … (It addresses) issues like STDs and AIDs in the college community and the implementation of a wellness policy for a rural school system. … ” — Editor Simon “ Our current issue is no different (i.e., always something new to share). Yet this time the excitement comes from the advancements in the field of engaged scholarship since the inception of JCES. ” — Editor Cassie Simon FOURTH ISSUE JCES For abstracts of all articles to date : http://jces.ua.edu/abstracts/abstracts.html#4.3 For subscriptions, send an e-mail to: aharper@uapress.ua.edu, To submit a manuscript, see: http://jces.ua.edu/submit/submit.html For a list of the editors and staff, go to: http://jces.ua.edu/about/staff.html To learn who is on the editorial board, go to: http://jces.ua.edu/about/editorialBoard.html
  5. 5. ABOUT THE JOURNAL <ul><li>Published by the Office of Community Affairs at The University of Alabama,  JCES is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a collaborative process. </li></ul><ul><li>Designed to fill a demand for research that integrates teaching, research, and service, JCES also has a goal of appealing to all citizens, not just academics. Journal editors and editorial board members seek manuscripts and supporting materials such as photos, graphics, and videography that can be readily comprehended and valued by community partners whose situations and collaboration may have prompted the research in the first place. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>GOALS: </li></ul><ul><li> To disseminate engaged scholarship across a wide spectrum of disciplines, integrating teaching, research, and service </li></ul><ul><li> To become the leading journal in the field, publishing the best research in the world of engaged scholarship </li></ul><ul><li> To lead the discussion about the role of engaged scholarship in the tenure, promotion, and reward system </li></ul><ul><li> To be a journal that makes a difference, not only on campus but among community partners </li></ul><ul><li> To attract a representative editorial board in terms of disciplines, regions, race, gender, and methodologies </li></ul><ul><li> To use conventional as well as multimedia forms in our presentation of scholarly work </li></ul>A New Kind of Research Journal
  7. 7. <ul><li> Overcoming traditional scholarship paradigms and “silos” </li></ul><ul><li> Establishing equitable and meaningful partnerships </li></ul><ul><li> Maintaining rigor while reconceptualizating rigor </li></ul><ul><li> Addressing tenure, promotion, and reward concerns </li></ul><ul><li> Discovering key subject matter and recruiting distinguished contributors </li></ul><ul><li> Making the journal relevant to campuses and communities </li></ul><ul><li> Involving students and community partners more deeply in scholarship, resulting in co-authorship </li></ul><ul><li> Developing a symbiotic relationship between the journal and related website, and connecting with other journals </li></ul><ul><li> Making photography, audio, and video integral, not an add-on </li></ul>Challenges and Issues JCES
  8. 8. <ul><li>What JCES is looking for in manuscripts </li></ul>• Co-authorship by students and community partners is a bonus • Good, narrative writing that defines technical terms and avoids “ academese ” • Added value from related photographs, video, and charts that “tell the story,” not just document the research • Topics that matter to the community and to the academy • Student involvement • Variety in research approaches and methodologies • Community involvement that is reflected in the manuscript, not just in the mechanics Engineers Without Borders students bringing water purity to village in Peru. ( JCES Vol. 1, No. 1)
  9. 9. 5 Major Types of Contributions <ul><li>Standard research/conceptual manuscript </li></ul><ul><li>Research from the Field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Practice/Case-Study Oriented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- Best practices, practice wisdom, and applied knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- 10 – 15 double spaced pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Partner Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Student Section (for more on this, see www.jces.ua.edu) </li></ul><ul><li>Book Reviews </li></ul>JCES
  10. 10. <ul><li>• Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>• Double-spaced Times New Roman 12-point type </li></ul><ul><li>• 25-page maximum for text (excluding tables, charts, photographs, and references) </li></ul><ul><li>• Required reference style is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association ( 6 th edition ) </li></ul><ul><li>• Authors should submit two copies of their manuscript: a masked copy and an unmasked copy, with identifying information removed from the masked copy </li></ul>General Manuscript Preparation JCES
  11. 11. About the Masked Copy <ul><li>The masked (formerly known as &quot;blind&quot;) copy should contain no identifying information (author names, university names, etc.) in order to maintain the integrity of our peer review process. The unmasked copy is for our production crew. Once the review process is complete, they then have all the production information and can proceed with layout and design without delay. </li></ul><ul><li>In your masked copy, use brackets to indicate that identifying information has been removed. For instance, rather than refer to The University of Alabama, you would refer to [the university]. Our reviewers understand that these brackets indicate the removal of potentially identifying information. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Review Process (1 of 3 slides) <ul><li>1 Manuscript Receipt </li></ul><ul><li>scan for style standards; request revisions if necessary </li></ul><ul><li>assign manuscript number </li></ul><ul><li>send acknowledgement email with manuscript number to primary (corresponding) author </li></ul><ul><li>select appropriate reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>2 First Review </li></ul><ul><li>send to reviewers: review request, masked manuscript, review form </li></ul><ul><li>reassign manuscript if reviewers unable to complete review </li></ul><ul><li>send to reviewers: reminder email one week after requested return date if reviews not yet returned </li></ul><ul><li>send to editor: combined reviewer comments/rating form </li></ul><ul><li>send to reviewers: masked copies of both reviews and masked manuscript </li></ul><ul><li>3 Editor Decision </li></ul><ul><li>accept (if accepted, proceed to step 8) </li></ul><ul><li>recommend author revisions and resubmission </li></ul><ul><li>reject (end of process) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Review Process (2 of 3 slides) <ul><li>4 Revise and Resubmit Request </li></ul><ul><li>notify primary (corresponding)author of decision </li></ul><ul><li>send to author: letter from editor, document with masked reviewer comments, and manuscript with masked editor/reviewer edits/tracked changes (if applicable) </li></ul><ul><li>request resubmission within 4 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>5 Resubmission and Second Review </li></ul><ul><li>scan for standards (especially masked and unmasked copies); if necessary, contact author with request for revisions to meet standards </li></ul><ul><li>reassign manuscript to original reviewers for re-review </li></ul><ul><li>send to reviewers: masked manuscript, copy of masked revision request letter from editor to primary author, masked document with original reviewer comments, review form, and masked manuscript with editor/reviewer edits/tracked changes </li></ul><ul><li>send to reviewers: reminder email one week after requested return date if reviews not yet returned </li></ul><ul><li>send to editor: combined reviewer comments/rating form </li></ul><ul><li>send to reviewers: masked copies of both reviews and masked manuscript </li></ul><ul><li>6 Editor Decision </li></ul><ul><li>accept (if accepted, proceed to step 8) </li></ul><ul><li>accept with minor revision </li></ul><ul><li>reject (end of process) </li></ul>
  14. 14. Review Process (3 of 3 slides) <ul><li>7 Accept with Minor Revision </li></ul><ul><li>send to primary (corresponding) author: notification of decision, requested revisions to be returned within two weeks </li></ul><ul><li>once revisions received, read thoroughly to ensure completion of all requests </li></ul><ul><li>8 Edit for Publication </li></ul><ul><li>final editing by JCES staff </li></ul><ul><li>negotiate edited manuscript with author </li></ul><ul><li>send official acceptance letter and copyright forms for author signatures </li></ul><ul><li>9 Publication </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Scholarly Contribution and/or Expertise in Community Engagement </li></ul>Review Criteria <ul><ul><li>Shows originality of thought and creativity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expands understanding of the topic or insightfully links to other topics or disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Treats topic in a sound manner and provides adequate conceptualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates a logical and sufficient methodology when appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents a logical and sufficient rationale regarding primary topic of manuscript </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflects knowledge of relevant work/literature in the topic area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides adequate documentation and acknowledgment of sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents conclusions and/or recommendations in keeping with the focus of the article and the research </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Relevance to Education and/or Community Engagement </li></ul>Review Criteria <ul><ul><li>Demonstrates central involvement of students and/or community involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discusses an important, new, innovative, and/or timely issue that contributes to advancing the field </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience targeted by the author is evident and the article is truly useful for this audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic of interest or importance to a large enough segment of the journal’s readership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant to education and community engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pedagogical value and translation potential in teaching, scholarly, and civic engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution to future research, teaching, or community engaged scholarship </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Style and Readability </li></ul>Review Criteria <ul><ul><li>Abstract encapsulates: Topic or purpose of study or relevance of the discussion, methods (if appropriate), and general conclusions or major thoughts; all in up to 150 words or less </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents material concisely without omitting pertinent information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clearly and logically communicates information about the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains appropriate examples for illustration of concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses a minimum of jargon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is readable and written so as to maintain reader’s interest </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Values </li></ul>Review Criteria <ul><ul><li>Positions own point of view clearly vis-à-vis the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presents alternative points of view when appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrates freedom from prejudice and bias </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. JCES Review Criteria Rubric JCES Scholarly contributions 5 Outstanding and creative 4 Above average 3 Average 2 Small contribution 1 No scholarly contribution Practice/community contributions 5 Outstanding and creative 4 Above average 3 Average 2 Small contribution 1 No practice/community contribution Pedagogical value to the classroom, scholarship, and/or civic engagement 5 Very important 4 Important 3 Modest 2 Trivial 1 None Adequacy of method/ approach 5 Appropriate 4 Adequate 3 Minor problems 2 Major problems 1 Inadequate Appropriateness of data analysis/Soundness of reasoning 5 Appropriately chosen & properly performed/Well reasoned 4 Adequate 3 Minor problems 2 Major problems 1 Inappropriate Clarity of writing 5 Excellent 4 Readable 3 Minor problems 2 Major problems 1 Unclear Interest to JCES readers 5 Of interest to all JCES readers 4 Of interest to majority of JCES 3 Of interest to half or less than half of JCES readers 2 Of interest to very few JCES readers 1 Not relevant to JCES readers
  20. 20. JCES Continues to Streamline Its Review Process JCES Most authors viewed the new peer-review process as quite an improvement.
  21. 21. Multimedia Aspirations Photo Gallery Interactivity
  22. 22. <ul><li>77 universities and organizations represented by JCES submissions </li></ul><ul><li>97 manuscripts submitted (November 2010) </li></ul>By the Numbers JCES
  23. 23. Annual Subscription Rates: Individuals, USA: $30 Institution, USA: $50 Students: $10 PDF of individual articles: $15 Postage outside USA: Please include an additional $8 for subscriptions outside the USA. Postage inside USA is by surface mail—no additional charge. To contact JCES, please email jces@ua.edu