Publishing in journals : Guidance from Keynote: The University of Birmingham Business School 080922.

Introduction

Submitting to an education journal for the first time is a nervewracking business. Here are a few guidelines that you can use as a checklist before submitting. It is also always a good idea to get a colleague or supervisor to look over your paper. Better to correct early than to get rejected and have to start all over again ………..

Reviewer Evaluation Criteria and author checklist Developed by Professor Jacqueline Baxter Copyright J.A.Baxter 2018.

This checklist is not exhaustive, but rather intended to provide a set of guidelines for those submitting to a journal for the first time.

Abstract  

  • Does the abstract sufficiently summarize the manuscript under review
  • Is the abstract within word count

Identification of Premise and Demonstration of Need

Does the article:

  • sufficiently identify the premise of the article.
  • Offer a clear rationale for the work within the field?
  • Use appropriate literature to identify the premise or demonstrate the need for the research?
  • Justify interest to international readership?

Literature

Does the article:

  • Link to current literature within the target journal and outside of it ?
  • Reflect engagement and understanding of relevant lit ??
  • Overlook any core literature in the field, for example Weick in the case of sensemaking ?
  • Overlook recent lit that may be useful ? (Last min scan is always useful)

Appropriateness of Methodology

Do the methods:

  • Link to the theoretical underpinning and lit review ?
  • Reflect reliable, valid and ethically sound data collection methods ?

Application of Analysis

Does the article:

  • Clearly articulate the processes of data collection and analysis
  • Provide a clear description of the results? 
  • Do the results described in the manuscript respond to the research questions ?

Robust Discussion

Does the article:

Provide a thorough and measured discussion of the findings and connect this to the theoretical framework ?

  • Identify any implications for theory, practice and or further research?
  • Are the implications consistent with the discussion, findings, and conclusions of the paper?

Writing Mechanics

Is the article:

  • Written for an international audience?
  • Free of grammatical errors?
  • Express its case, measured against the technical language of the field of study and the expected knowledge of the journal’s readership?
  • Fall within word count ?
  • Does the author follow the referencing guidelines?

Author: Professor Dr Jacqueline Baxter

I am Professor of Public Policy and Management at The Open University Business School - Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise and Chair on the MBA programme. My interests lie in the areas of education leadership, management and accountablity and the digital teaching of business and law.

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