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Author Guidelines

Types of Submissions Accepted

We accept both scholarly articles about media literacy education from researchers and voices from the field essays from practitioners:

  • Research and Scholarship: Scholars and educators may submit papers, research articles, and theoretical/critical papers for double-blind peer review. 4500-6000 words
  • Voices from the Field: Teachers and practitioners may submit first-person reports of practice, case studies, reflective essays, or translational applications of research. 1500-3000 words
  • Professional Resources: Contributors may review professional media literacy education resource materials including books, curriculum materials, multimedia and online resources, or other materials appropriate to our audience. Manuscripts should be up to 1500 words. For more information please contact Professional Resources editor David Cooper Moore at dmoore1@gmail.com.

Manuscript Review Criteria:

JMLE Reviewers are dedicated to providing meaningful feedback about the quality of manuscripts. The double-blind peer review process helps improve the quality of scholarship in the field of media literacy education. Submissions are evaluated according to the following sets of criteria:

Research Articles (4500-6000 words):

  • Significance to the Field of Media Literacy Education. Does this manuscript relate to the practice of media literacy education? Is it relevant to the concerns of scholars and practitioners? Does it contribute to the development of new knowledge in the field? Does the manuscript reflect an understanding of the core principles of media literacy education?
  • Research Question and Review of Literature. Does the author situate this work within or across disciplines, providing an appropriate theoretical frame that builds upon prior work in the field? Have you identified the most relevant scholarship to review? Is the research question meaningful and appropriately specific?
  • Research Design and Methodology. Has the author selected an appropriate research design? Identified the relevant components of the problem? Described the research process with precision? Are all aspects of the research process presented with a high degree of transparency?
  • Results and Interpretation. Has the author clearly presented findings or results of the research? Are tables and graphs used effectively to convey information? Are there alternative explanations that need to be considered? Are interpretations conceptually sound, given the methodology and evidence provided?
  • Quality of Writing Style. Is the work thoughtful, coherent, clear, and concise? Is the manuscript well organized? Does it use the conventions of Chicago style?

Voices from the Field Articles/Essays (1500-3000 words):

  • Significance to the Field of Media Literacy Education. Does this manuscript relate to the practice of media literacy education? Is it relevant to the concerns of scholars and practitioners? Does it contribute to the development of new knowledge in the field? Does the manuscript reflect an understanding of the core principles of media literacy education?
  • Results and Interpretation. Has the author clearly presented findings or results of the research? Are tables and graphs used effectively to convey information? Are there alternative explanations that need to be considered? Are interpretations conceptually sound, given the methodology and evidence provided?
  • Quality of Writing Style. Is the work thoughtful, coherent, clear, and concise? Is the manuscript well organized? Does it use the conventions of Chicago style?

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.

  1. Each author of the uploaded manuscript must be registered as users/authors within JMLE.org.
  2. The manuscript has been proofread repeatedly to ensure logical flow, sound arguments, and clear exposition of ideas.
  3. All images and graphics should be submitted as supplementary files and their placement in the manuscrupt must be noted.
  4. For research and scholarship manuscripts, the research question is stated clearly in both the abstract and introduction.
  5. Where possible, the manuscript is aligned with NAMLE's Core Principles of Media Literacy Education.
  6. Author's name does not appear anywhere in the manuscript submission in preparation for the blind peer review process.
  7. Cover sheet/letter is included with the title of the manuscript and 100-word abstract of the paper.
  8. Manuscript is submitted in Microsoft Word Format, with appropriate margins, double-spaced and 12-point font.
  9. All URLs must be checked for accuracy prior to submission.
  10. Manuscripts should be within the designated word count for the type of submission (Research Articles, Voices from the Field, and Professional Resource Reviews - consult our archives for examples of each type).
  11. For writing style and the use of tables, figures, and appendices, authors must follow Chicago style in accordance with the guidelines of the online edition: The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition.
  12. If you are uploading a revised version of a manuscript that you previously submitted to JMLE, then please include this information in the author comments when uploading your submission.

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  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements 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 this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
  4. It is the responsibility of the authors, not JMLE, to determine whether disclosure of their material requires the prior consent of other parties and if so, to obtain it. Responsibilty for the content of published papers rests upon the authors, not JMLE.

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