Journal Of Impact Culture (JIC) Author Submission Guidance And Guidelines

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Author guidelines


JIC is a journal/resource for transforming educational policy and practice. Publications in this journal intervene with and extend current debates in teaching and learning. Our work seeks to facilitate collaborative studies, which can result in impactful changes to teaching and learning. Seeking to foster a community of research, our interdisciplinary and inclusive peer-reviewed journal accepts empirical reports, reflections, narratives, and other methodologically rigorous studies that are informed by the perspectives of learners.  

To be considered for publication in JIC, manuscripts, in whole or part, may not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere in either article or review form.

What to include

Author contact information: If there are multiple authors, please appoint one as the corresponding author who will be responsible for all exchanges with the JIC review and editorial staff. In the submission process, authors will be asked to add names, email, affiliations, and a brief biographical note (approximately 1 sentence) for ALL authors.  
For each author, please indicate family name (surname) in the Comments to the Editor section of submission to ensure our precision in other areas of the journal, indexing, etc. 

Blinded manuscript: Authors are responsible for removing any identifying information from their manuscripts that may allow a reviewer to discern their identity or affiliations. All submitted documents should mask the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s). Any metadata added through the electronic system will be shared only with the journal’s editorial staff. (See Ensuring a Blind Review for details.) In the copyediting phase, authors will then add identifying information that was redacted for original submission. 

Copyrighted Materials: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for any copyrighted material used, including illustrations, and will be asked to provide formal written permission upon acceptance for publication. Authors are expected to adhere to the standards for intellectual property rights and plagiarism, and authors assume full responsibility for the content of their submissions. 

Disclosure: In accordance with Harvard guidelines, JIC requires that all authors provide “notice of any interests that might be seen as influencing the research.” 

File Type: Complete manuscripts, in English, should be submitted electronically as a single Word document or equivalent. We cannot accept PDF submissions. Supplemental materials may be separate files (see below for details), but manuscripts should be submitted a single file. 

Length:  The maximum length of the body of MSS should be not more than 6,000 words. Appendices (including tables, diagrams, etc.) are not to exceed more than 2,000 words.

Style, Layout, & Formatting: For details about layout, formatting, citation, punctuation, and illustrations/figures/tables, see our detailed  Guide for Authors.  Before a manuscript can go to copyediting, authors should apply this style guide to avoid delays. 

Supplementary Files, Data, or Multimedia: JIC encourages the submission of supplementary materials that take advantage of the online environment to incorporate elements beyond text. 
During the submission process, you have the option of adding supplementary files, such as audio or video files related to your work. (Tables, figures, and other such illustrations should be inserted into the text, rather than submitted as supplementary files. This allows reviewers to see all relevant submission materials.)  Files should not exceed 100 MB in size.  

Data Privacy Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviours, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication. 

This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. The data will not be sold by this journal nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here. 
Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.

Submission preparation checklist

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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • Material in the submission does not infringe upon anyone else’s copyright. (See "Copyrighted Materials" in the Author Guidelines above.)
  • If documenting a SoTL project, it has been successfully reviewed according to the institution’s research ethics committee guidelines.
  • The manuscript follows the Author Guidelines (above), and all formatting and layout, punctuation, and citations adhere to JIC Style Guide for Authors.  
  • All authors have made significant contributions to this work, in keeping with the Journal’s ethics and practice statement
  • Contributors who meet ALL of the criteria below should be considered authors; other contributions may be acknowledged in the paper.
  • Substantial contribution to the idea or design of the work; or data gathering, analysis, or interpretation, AND
  • Writing the work or critically revising it AND
  • Approving the final version for publication; AND
  • Being accountable for the accuracy or integrity of their contributions to the work.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or RTF file format.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed to allow for a blind peer review.
  • If submitting supplementary files, files adhere to the guidelines for file size (max. 100 MB) and format.
  • Authors are required to notify the editors and provide retractions or corrections of mistakes promptly

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with JIC  agree to the following terms: 

  • Authors retain copyright and grant JIC  right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License, (CC-BY) 4.0 International, allowing others to share the work with proper acknowledgement and citation of the work's authorship and initial publication in JIC 
  • Authors are able to enter separate, additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in JIC. 
  • In pursuit of manuscripts of the highest quality, multiple opportunities for mentoring, and greater reach and citation of JIC publications, JIC encourages authors to share their drafts to seek feedback from relevant communities unless the manuscript is already under review or in the publication queue after being accepted.  In other words, to be eligible for publication in JIC, manuscripts should not be shared publicly (e.g., online) while under review (after being initially submitted, or after being revised and resubmitted for reconsideration), or upon notice of acceptance and before publication. 
  • Once published, authors are requested to attend an interview with JIC to gauge the process adopted for writing the article.  
  • The interview will be published, together with any additional scholarly outputs, on the JIC Blog. This Blog enables readers to better understand the context and processes involved in the production of the manuscript.  
  • JIC seeks to connect students with academics in an attempt to co-create scholarly outputs. In disseminating authorship narratives, JIC is better positioned to fulfilling its mission statement. (See The Effect of Open Access.) 

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The  Journal of Impact Cultures (JIC) is a journal/resource for transforming educational policy and practice. The journal is published by CIRCLE, which is an interdisciplinary research group. The journal and its associated research group is based at the University of East London but operates in collaboration with colleagues from  a number of  universities in the UK and beyond. 

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