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Author Guidelines

All submissions to the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education must adhere to the guidelines set forth in this document and be submitted using IUScholarWorks, our journal management software.

The Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education will consider all manuscripts on the strict condition that:

  • The manuscript is the author’s own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including the author’s  own previously published work;
  • The manuscript is not currently being considered or reviewed by any other publication, nor has it been accepted for publication by any other periodical, nor has it been published in any other periodical; and
  • The manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libelous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.

Please note that the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education uses CrossCheck™ software to screen manuscripts for unoriginal material. By submitting your manuscript to the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your manuscript may have to undergo during the peer-review and production processes.

Manuscript Preparation

1. General guidelines

Manuscripts must be written in clear, concise American English, with concise section headings to orient the reader.  

All manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word and be double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font, with 1” margins.  Opinion pieces may not exceed 1,500 words.  For other types of articles, the manuscript length must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, excluding charts, graphs, tables, figures, and illustrations, and must not exceed 30 pages once these items are included.  Manuscripts longer than this will not be reviewed.

Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order:

1)      Cover sheet, to include:

  • The title.
  • All author names.  All persons who have a reasonable claim to authorship must be named in the manuscript as co-authors. 
  • The affiliation of each author (i.e. university, research institute, or company with which the author is employed).
  • The name and contact information for the author who will serve as the single point of contact with the journal staff (including physical address, telephone, and email address).  The author designated as the POC must be authorized by all co-authors to act as an agent on their behalf in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript, and the order of names should be agreed to by all authors.
  • Acknowledgement of funding support, if applicable, in the following format:
    • For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."
    • For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]."
  • A statement disclosing any financial interest or benefit derived by one or more authors from the direct application of their research and/or any actual, possible, or perceived conflict of interest.  If no financial interest or benefit will be derived and no conflict of interest exists, the author must include the following statement: “All authors hereby certify that a) they will not derive any financial interest or benefit from the direct application of this research, and b) they are not aware of any actual, possible, or perceived conflict of interest that could influence the analysis, findings, or conclusions contained in this submission.”

2)      An abstract (not to exceed 100 words for opinion pieces, not to exceed 250 words for other submissions);

3)      3-5 keywords or phrases (e.g. “technology transfer,” “community colleges”);

4)      Main text;

5)      References/endnotes;  and

6)      Appendices (as appropriate).

Charts, graphs, tables, figures, and illustrations must be submitted as separate files (see #3 below).

2. Style guidelines

The Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education uses APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines. For detailed information, please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edn.

For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.

Authors must use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation”. Long quotations of 40 words or more should be indented without quotation marks.

When using a word which is or is asserted to be a proprietary term or trade mark, authors must use the symbol ® or TM.

3. Charts, Graphs, Tables, Figures, Illustrations, and Other Accompanying Graphics

Each accompanying chart, graph, table, figure, illustration or other graphic must be submitted as a separate fileGraphics should not be embedded in the manuscript file.  Instead, the author(s) should put a place holder in the manuscript, e.g. [see Figure 1].

Acceptable file formats include MS Powerpoint, MS Excel, TIFF, JPEG, or PIC.  Please provide the highest quality figure format possible. Please be sure that all imported scanned material is scanned at the appropriate resolution: 1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color.

The file name for each figure must be number in the order in which the graphic appears in the text, e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. 

Figure captions must be saved separately in Microsoft Word and labeled in such a way as to clarify to which figure it corresponds, e.g. Figure 1 Caption, Figure 2 Caption, etc.

4. Publication charges

There is no submission fee for the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education.

5. Reproduction of copyright material

If you wish to include any material in your manuscript in which you do not hold copyright, you must obtain written permission from the copyright owner, prior to submission. Such material may be in the form of text, data, table, illustration, photograph, or any other type of graphic. This applies to direct (verbatim or facsimile) reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

You must ensure appropriate acknowledgement is given to the permission granted to you for re-use by the copyright holder in each figure or table caption. You are solely responsible for any fees which the copyright holder may charge for re-use.

The reproduction of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, for the purposes of criticism may be possible without formal permission on the basis that the quotation is reproduced accurately and full attribution is given.

Manuscript Submission

All manuscripts be submitted using IUScholarWorks, our journal management software.  To get started, please go to http://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/jued/login and create a user account with an Author Role.

Then follow the steps described in the following user guide, beginning on page 163:

http://pkp.sfu.ca/files/OJSinanHour.pdf

Please note that this user guide is for the IUScholarWorks software in general.  Because we have configured this software to meet our particular requirements, the screens you will see will not correspond exactly to the screenshots shown in this guide.  However, the steps will be the same.

Manuscript Review Process

With the exception of opinion pieces, all submissions will be subject to a blind submission peer review process.  We expect that at least two subject matter experts will review each submission, and that peer reviewers will either a) determine that an article is not appropriate for publication in the journal, b) determine that an article is appropriate for publication with major revisions, or c) determine that an article is appropriate for publication with few or no revisions. 

If revisions are requested, the author(s) will receive a detailed request specifying the required revisions from the peer reviewers.  Generally, we expect that authors will receive comments within 8 weeks of submission.

The editor will assign an assistant editor or editorial board member to work with the author(s) and his/her peer reviewers to make final changes to submission; the submission must be ready for copy-editing no later than 4 weeks prior to publication.  If the article will not be ready for copy-editing by the deadline, the editor may determine that it is appropriate to postpone publication until the next issue.

The editorial board will give final approval for publication after reviewing the revised article.  The editor will perform final copy-editing of all approved articles.

Our Copyright Policy

If the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education accepts your article for publication, you will retain the copyright to your work.  However, you will be required to grant the journal an irrevocable, nonexclusive, and royalty-free right to publish the article in any format, including electronic and print media.   Specifically, this license will include the right to reproduce, publicly distribute and display, and transmit the article or portions thereof in any manner, through any medium now in existence or developed in the future, including but not limited to medium now in existence or developed in the future, including but not limited to print, electronic, and digital media, computerized retrieval systems, and other formats.

If and when the editor notifies you that the article has been accepted for publication in the journal, you will be instructed to fill out a form affirming compliance with our copyright policy.

 

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.

  • The manuscript is the author’s own original work, and does not duplicate any other previously published work, including the author’s  own previously published work.
  • The manuscript contains nothing that is abusive, defamatory, libelous, obscene, fraudulent, or illegal.
  • The manuscripts is in Microsoft Word and is double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12-point font, with 8 ½” by 11” margins.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.