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J-PEER Guide for Authors

Thank you for deciding to submit an article to the Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research (J-PEER). Instructions for submitting your manuscript are provided below. Before you begin, however, please review the following information to ensure that your manuscript’s style and formatting are consistent with J-PEER’s expectations. Doing so will help your article to move smoothly through the peer review and production process.

Style & Formatting

There is no page limit for J-PEER articles, though authors are encouraged to exercise some discretion with respect to length. Manuscript text should be double-spaced and set to 12-point Times New Roman or the closest comparable font available.

You should have the following items prepared prior to submitting:

  • A cover letter that briefly describes the focus of the paper and specifies the type of submission (research article, special issue article, practitioner report, book review, etc.)
  • A complete list of the authors and their affiliations
  • An abstract of up to 300 words (separate from the article body)
  • Keywords for your article

Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures (high resolution), appendices, etc., as a single Word document. It is extremely important that you do not include any identifying information about the authors in the document, as the article you submit will be sent to reviewers. Please submit your abstract in the designated field of the submission form—it will be processed and formatted separately by the editorial management system.

J-PEER follows the format and style of the American Psychological Association as specified in their Publication Manual, so please format your paper and references accordingly. If you require more information regarding APA style, you can visit the following pages: APA Publication Manual Purdue Online Writing Lab Reporting Statistics in APA Style

Review Your Manuscript or Report

Before submitting your manuscript or practitioner report, it is strongly recommended that you consult the following criteria that reviewers will be looking for.

Manuscripts

This list considers the scholarly content of the manuscript and its contribution to the field (see 1–4) and the quality of organization and presentation (see 5–6). Manuscripts are expected to:

  1. State clearly the topic addressed and the significance of the research to pre-college engineering education research or practice (focus and relevance);
  2. Situate the research within the relevant field of knowledge and explain how it adds to the existing field of knowledge (context and contribution);
  3. Employ appropriate research designs, methods, theories, and/or practices (research validity and reliability or credibility and dependability);
  4. Express clearly and provide compelling evidence to original and significant ideas or results supported (results and generalizability or transferability);
  5. Communicate clearly, succinctly, and precisely (clarity and readability); and
  6. Provide tables, figures, and any other supplementary material, as needed, that meaningfully add to the narrative (useful illustrations).

Practitioner Reports

J-PEER looks for the following qualities in a strong practitioner report:

  • Reasoned debate on controversial subjects.
  • Opinion pieces that interweave experiences and ideas.
  • Program descriptions (school, district, state, or informal).
  • Practical examples that illustrate key points.
  • An emphasis on explaining and interpreting research results rather than on methodology.

Submissions to the practitioner report section are expected to be shorter (1500–2500 words).

Instructions for Submission

The submission process consists of the following steps:

  1. Click Submit Article in the left-hand menu.
  2. Read and accept the Article Submission Agreement.
  3. Provide information about yourself and any co-authors.
  4. Upload your article and any supplementary material.

Your submission is final once all these steps have been completed and you click the final Submit button. Shortly afterward, you will receive an email confirming your submission.

The review process begins as soon as J-PEER receives a readable article, accompanied by an abstract and article title. You may revise any of these elements later by clicking on the submitted article’s title on your My Account page.