JCES 2009


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Information about JCES, the Journal of Community Engagement Scholarship, which is produced by the Center for Community-Based Partnership of the University of Alabama.

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JCES 2009

  1. 1. 9 th International Research Conference on Service-Learning and Community Engagement October 12, 2009
  2. 2.  To disseminate community engagement research across a wide spectrum of disciplines, integrating teaching, research, and engagement  To become the leading journal in the field, publishing the best engagement research in the world  To lead the discussion about the role of engagement scholarship in the tenure, promotion, and reward system  To be a journal that makes a difference not only on campus but among community partners  To attract a representative editorial board in terms of disciplines, regions, race, gender, and methodologies  To use conventional as well as multimedia forms in our presentation of scholarly work
  3. 3. Challenges and Issues  Overcoming traditional scholarship paradigms and “silos”  Establishing equitable and meaningful partnerships  Maintaining rigor while supporting a re-conceptualization of rigor  Tenure, promotion, reward issues  Discovering key subject matter and recruiting distinguished contributors  Making the journal relevant to campus and communities  Involving students and community partners more deeply in scholarship, resulting in co-authorship  Developing a symbiotic relationship between journal and website  Making photography, audio, video, and interactivity integral, not an add-on  Connecting with other journals
  4. 4. General Submission Guidelines <ul><li>JCES’ mission is to provide a mechanism through which faculty, staff, and students of academic institutions and their community partners disseminate scholarly works from all academic disciplines integrating teaching, research, and community engagement </li></ul><ul><li>All forms of writing and analysis will be accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Consideration given to a variety of research, creative approaches, and methodologies </li></ul>
  5. 5. Submission Guidelines Continued <ul><li>Manuscripts demonstrating central involvement of students and community partners while advancing engagement scholarship will be given favorable consideration </li></ul><ul><li>So What? </li></ul>
  6. 6. 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 are especially appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 – 15 double spaced pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Partner Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Student Voice Especially Important </li></ul><ul><li>Book Review </li></ul>
  7. 7. JCES----- Off to a Strong Start <ul><li>“ 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. I also love the statements about engagement scholarship being transformative… So, congratulations on this great milestone.” Nancy K. Franz, Extension Specialist, Program Development , Virginia Tech University </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is impressive! Job well done.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation, Dayton, Ohio </li></ul>
  8. 8. JCES Volume 2, Number 1
  9. 9. General Manuscript Preparation <ul><li>Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>Double Spaced Times New Roman 12-point type </li></ul><ul><li>25 page length of text, tables, and references </li></ul><ul><li>Required reference style is The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5 th edition) </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying information to author or reference to author should be removed </li></ul>
  10. 10. Review Process <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 acknowledgment e-mail to primary author within 1 week </li></ul><ul><li>Select appropriate reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>2. First Review </li></ul><ul><li>Send review request, blind manuscript, review form to reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Reassign manuscript if reviewers unable to complete review </li></ul><ul><li>Reminder e-mail to reviewers one week after requested due date </li></ul>
  11. 11. Review Process Continued <ul><li>3. Editor Decision </li></ul><ul><li>Accept (if accepted, proceed to step 8) </li></ul><ul><li>Recommend revisions; resubmit </li></ul><ul><li>reject (end of process) </li></ul><ul><li>4. Revise and Resubmit Request </li></ul><ul><li>Notify author of decision </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail a marked manuscript to author showing all editor and reviewer </li></ul><ul><li>comments and proposed changes </li></ul><ul><li>request resubmission within 4 weeks </li></ul>
  12. 12. Review Process Continued <ul><li>5. Resubmission and Second Review </li></ul><ul><li>Scan for compliance with standards (esp. blind copy); if necessary, </li></ul><ul><li>Send author a request for revision </li></ul><ul><li>Editor sends blind manuscript, blind document with original reviewer comments, copy of review form, and blind manuscript with tracked changes/comments when appropriate to original reviewers </li></ul><ul><li>Request return of re-review within 2 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Reviewer sends new comments, new rating form to editor </li></ul>
  13. 13. Review Comments Continued <ul><li>6. Editor Decision </li></ul><ul><li>Accept (if accepted, proceed to step 8) </li></ul><ul><li>accept with minor revision; return to first author for second revision </li></ul><ul><li>reject (end of process) </li></ul><ul><li>7. Accept with Minor Revisions </li></ul><ul><li>First author returns second revision to editor within 2 weeks </li></ul><ul><li>Once second revision received, editorial staff reads thoroughly to ensure completion of all revision requests </li></ul>
  14. 14. Review Process Continued <ul><li>Edit for Publication </li></ul><ul><li>Final editing by JCES staff </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial staff negotiates final edited manuscript with author </li></ul><ul><li>Send official copyright forms to first author </li></ul><ul><li>irst author signs and returns copyright forms </li></ul><ul><li>9. Publication </li></ul>
  15. 15. Review Criteria <ul><li>Scholarly Contribution and/or Expertise in Community Engagement </li></ul><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 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Review Criteria Continued <ul><li>Relevance to Education and/or Community Engagement </li></ul><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 and scholarly and civic engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribution to future research, teaching, or community engagement scholarship </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Review Criteria Continued <ul><li>Style and Readability </li></ul><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. Review Criteria Continued <ul><li>Values </li></ul><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 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