Center for Urban Research and Education

Illinois Schools Journal - Submission Process

Types of Manuscript Submissions:

  • Feature Articles:
    • Pedagogy/Application - This peer-reviewed section includes practical and descriptive articles that are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to the field of education. Consideration will be made to manuscripts that focus on diverse populations and settings (i.e. non- school settings, ethnic groups, etc.). Manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words, excluding references.
    • Theory/Research - This peer-reviewed section includes empirical and action research, case studies, qualitative research, and mixed-methods design articles. They will be evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to the field of education.  Consideration will be made to manuscripts that focus on diverse populations and settings (i.e. non-school settings, ethnic groups, etc.). Manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words, excluding references.
  • Fostering the Dialogue/In Response To: This peer-reviewed section will feature commentaries or articles describing research-supported perspectives related to the field of education.  For example, they can include, but are not limited to, first-person accounts of theory and practice, and policy and legislative issues.  Manuscripts should be between 1000-3000 words, excluding references.
  • News and Reviews:
    • Reviews - This section is for reviews of media (books, websites, films, etc.) related to the field of education. Manuscripts should not exceed 1000 words.
    • Letters to the Editor - This section is open to anyone who would like to respond to previously published articles in Illinois Schools Journal. Letters should not exceed 1000 words.

Submission Process:

  1. Illinois Schools Journal is published in the Fall and Spring semesters. Manuscripts may be submitted for review at any time.
  2. Each author will send 3 documents to the editor, Dr. Byung-In Seo, bseo@csu.edu:
    1. Document 1: Cover page: The cover page will have the title of the manuscript, author(s) name(s), address(es), telephone number(s) (home and work), e-mail address(es), and school affiliation(s). Also, please state to whom all correspondence will be made.
    2. Document 2: Abstract of 250-500 words, a 3-4 sentences biography of all author(s), and a statement that states this manuscript has not been published and/or not currently under review elsewhere.
    3. Document 3: Manuscript: Don’t forget to include appropriate headers and page numbers.
  3. Documents will be presented in .doc, .docx, or .pdf file. Articles should be typed in 12- point font, Times New Roman, and double spaced, with 1 inch margin settings.
  4. Manuscripts must be written in English and will adhere to APA format (6th edition).
  5. All figures, diagrams, and charts are to be embedded within the text of the manuscript. If your manuscript is accepted, additional information will be provided regarding figures, diagrams, and charts.
  6. The manuscript, itself, must not have any identifying information. However, authors can leave their names in the references section or throughout the paper, when quoting themselves. In other words, do not use (Author, 2011).
  7. All submissions are double blind reviewed, and since reviewers do not know the authors’ identities, they cannot be identified within the manuscript.
  8. Upon submission, the author will receive an acknowledgement via e-mail. All manuscripts are initially screened by the managing editor. Manuscripts that are clearly inappropriate for Illinois Schools Journal, or fail to follow the submission guidelines, will be promptly returned.
  9. Manuscripts will be given to two reviewers on our Editorial Review Board. They will determine if the manuscript is suitable for publication.
  10. In the case that there is a disagreement with the two reviewers, a third reader will be assigned to the manuscript. The decision of the third reader will determine the status of the manuscript.
  11. Reviewers will provide comments on the review and will recommend: 1) acceptance, 2) acceptance with specified revisions, 3) revision and resubmission, or 4) rejection. Decisions to accept or reject a manuscript will be based on the quality of the article and its relevance to the field of education.

If your manuscript is accepted for publication in Illinois Schools Journal, you may not simultaneously publish the same article in another journal. Illinois Schools Journal retains the rights for publication of all articles published in this journal.