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Philosophy of Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education

For more information, please see Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a Microsoft Word or RTF file.

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Peer Review Process

Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education employs single blind reviewing following a general evaluation by the editor who notes if the manuscript has merit in terms of interest to the readership, displays originality and a sound methodology, and clearly presents the thesis and results of the action or inquiry. The editor then considers the expertise of the referee on the manuscript's topic focus . Anonymity of both the referee and the author is maintained throughout the process. A second referee may be utilized if there is considerable disagreement between the referee and the editor on whether the paper should or should not be published and the extent to which revisions need to be made prior to publication.

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Rights for Authors and Digital Commons at Buffalo State

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Digital Commons at Buffalo State all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Digital Commons at Buffalo State, requires credit to Digital Commons at Buffalo State as copyright holder (e.g., Digital Commons at Buffalo State © 2017).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Digital Commons at Buffalo State provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons at Buffalo State website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons at Buffalo State service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons at Buffalo State to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons at Buffalo State and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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