Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts to JCES
The editorial board of the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) invites the submission of manuscripts that relate to its mission: To provide a mechanism through which faculty, staff, and students of academic institutions and their community partners may disseminate scholarly works from all academic disciplines. A goal of the publication is to integrate teaching, research, and community engagement. All forms of writing, analysis, creative approaches, and methodologies are acceptable for the journal. JCES accepts manuscript submissions in the following categories:
Regular Manuscript submissions are quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods empirical studies. We also welcome submissions that utilize new and emerging methodological techniques. Regular Manuscript submissions should be based on a solid theoretical or conceptual framework and the discussion of the research findings should include practical, theoretical, and/or policy implications. These submissions should demonstrate central involvement of students and/or community partners and advance the field of community engagement scholarship, and should not exceed 8,000 words.
Research from the Field articles have a practice or case study orientation and share best practices, practical wisdom, and applied knowledge. Context is an essential part of community engagement work; therefore, it is critical to situate Research from the Field submissions philosophically, historically, and theoretically in order to systematically extend our knowledge and understanding. Innovative partnerships that demonstrate central involvement of students and/or community partners have the potential to make highly interesting pieces for this section. Research from the Field submissions should go beyond a simple project description to include innovative lessons learned or best practice principles with strong application and practice implications. Research from the Field manuscripts should not exceed 6,000 words.
Community members working with academic partners from all disciplines are invited to submit original work to the Community Perspectives section. All forms of writing, analysis, creative approaches, and methodologies are acceptable for this section. Specific types of submissions appropriate for Community Perspectives include commentaries, critical reflections, and opinion pieces related to community engagement and/or engaged scholarship. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the field, scholarly contributions of many kinds related to the field of engagement scholarship are encouraged and will be considered for publication in JCES. Community Perspective manuscripts should be between 750–2,000 words in length. Examples may be found on the JCES website.
Students from all disciplines are invited to submit original work to the Student Voices section. All forms of writing, analysis, creative approaches, and methodologies are acceptable for this section. Specific types of submissions appropriate for the Student Voices section include commentaries, critical reflections, and opinion pieces related to community engagement and/or engaged scholarship. Given that engagement scholarship is such an interdisciplinary field in which there are many appropriate ways to best “tell the story,” scholarly contributions of many kinds related to the field of engagement scholarship are welcome and will be considered for publication. Student Voice manuscripts should be between 750–2,000 words. You can also see examples of published submissions on our website.
Synergistic Submissions will provide authors the opportunity to publish either a Regular Manuscript or a Research from the Field piece and then publish accompanying Student Voices and/or Community Perspectives pieces. The accompanying Student and/or Community pieces should be written by student or community authors involved in the engaged scholarship featured in the Regular or Field submissions and further explore some important aspect of the effort. In this way, Synergistic Submissions provide space for authors to feature the experiences and insights of their student and community collaborators in a way that is connected to, not apart from, their presentation of research. We all know the stories that get left behind “in the field” are some of the richest. Synergistic Submissions honor the stories behind the research story, yielding a combined greater effect. To indicate Student Voices and/or Community Perspective pieces as Synergistic Submissions, please note the name and author of the accompanying Regular or From the Field Manuscript in your cover letter during the submission process.
Book Reviews submitted to JCES should give the reader a well-developed sense/description of the book, but should also go beyond description to discuss central issues raised by the text. Reviewers are encouraged to address how the reviewed book addresses theory, current scholarship, and/or current issues germane to the subject of the book and engagement scholarship. Reviewers may reference other material that has bearing on the book being reviewed, particularly when these sources have the ability to position the book within larger discourses regarding the topic. Ideally, Book Reviews should not exceed 1,500 words.
All manuscript submissions should be typed double-spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font and saved in Microsoft Word. Tables and figures should be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript with instructions to indicate their placement. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition, is the official style and reference guide. For online help with APA style, click here.
Authors should include a separate cover sheet that contains the name(s), affiliation(s), and other identifying and contact information (address, phone numbers, and email addresses) for each contributing author. Additionally, authors should include four to six keywords at the bottom of the cover sheet. All identifying information or references to the author(s) must be removed from the submitted manuscript. Manuscripts that include identifying information will not be reviewed prior to correction. Each manuscript must also include an abstract of no more than 250 words that summarizes the major themes of the research. Manuscripts not meeting these criteria will be returned to the author before being sent out for review.
Authors should submit graphics and images as separate JPEG files, 300 dpi resolution, no larger than 6 by 9 inches (most will be smaller). Please send your images as RGB color so that we will have the option of color. All photos must have captions as a separate document or imbedded in the Photoshop document under File Info.
Manuscripts should be free of racial, religious, gender, ethnic, or any other form of bias. Manuscripts submitted are for the exclusive publication in JCES and must not have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in this journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal. Nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially the same form. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor.
Please include two versions of the manuscript, one masked to preserve the integrity the double blind peer review process, and one with authors and places identified. The masked version should use brackets to indicate masking of particular identifying information. For example, do not refer to the University of Alabama as the location of your engagement project. Instead, refer to the [university]. Our reviewers are aware that brackets indicate masked information.
All manuscripts are accepted on an ongoing basis. Inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to visit the JCES Article Review Page and the Instructions for Authors page for more specific guidelines.