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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 (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

All manuscripts for Media Education Journal should be submitted electronically at https://oaj.fupress.net/index.php/med/about/submissions

No hard copy submission papers will be accepted. Do NOT submit compressed files. Do not use any word processing options/tools, such as--strike through, hidden text, comments, merges, and so forth.
Submit your manuscript in either of the following formats:

  • DOC- Microsoft Word (preferred)
  • RTF - Rich Text Format

Types of Articles

Submissions can take the following forms:
Research Papers. These are academic publications from pertinent disciplines, generally framed with a review of literature, statement of the problem, research questions, methodology, findings, and discussion.
Essays. Published occasionally, these are commentaries or other expressive forms of writing that offer insight to the readers of the  Media Education.

Manuscript submissions by e-mail are NOT accepted.

Material must be original, scientifically accurate, and in good form editorially.

The manuscript should be informative, summarizing the basic facts and conclusions, and maintaining a coherence and unity of thought. 

Manuscript Criteria

The fitness of a manuscript for publication in Media Education Journal is carefully reviewed based on each of the following dimensions:

  1. Scope/relevance to the field of education
  2. Conceptual framework (connections to relevant constructs in literature)
  3. Methods
  4. Appropriateness to questions
  5. Adequate description of methods (including data collection, description of samples, and analysis)
  6. Rigor of methods
  7. Findings/conclusions are literature or data-based
  8. Overall contribution to the field
  9. Writing style/composition/clarity

The format of headings, tables, figures, citations, references, and other details should follow the APA style as described in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, available from APA, 750 1st St., NE, Washington, DC 20002 USA.

Only papers with title, abstract and keywords written in English will be considered for publication. Media Education will not edit submitted manuscripts for style or language. Also, reviewers may advise non acceptance of a manuscript if there are an unacceptable number of grammatical errors.

Copyright Notice

Authors retain the copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY-4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in Media Education Journal.

Permission to reproduce your own published material

No written or oral permission is necessary to reproduce a table, a figure, or an excerpt of fewer than 500 words from this journal, or to make photocopies for classroom use. Authors are granted permission, without fee, to photocopy their own material or make printouts from the final pdf of their article. Copies must include a full and accurate bibliographic citation and the following credit line: “Copyright [year] by t.....; reproduced with permission from the publisher.” Written permission must be obtained to reproduce or reprint material in circumstances other than those just described.

Permission to submit material for which you do not own copyright

Authors who wish to use material, such as figures or tables, for which they do not own the copyright must obtain written permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher) and submit it along with their manuscript. However, no written or oral permission is necessary to reproduce a table, a figure, or an excerpt of fewer than 500 words from a Firenze University Press journal.

Author Note(s):

Financial support for work reported or a grant under which a study was made should be noted into submission process.  Acknowledgments or appreciation to individuals for assistance with the manuscript or with the material reported should be included as a note to appear at the end of the article after the References.

Handling of Manuscripts

All manuscripts are acknowledged upon receipt. Review is carried out as promptly as possible. The manuscript will be reviewed by at least two expert reviewers, which takes approximately four weeks.

This is a double-blind review process; please be sure that your name does not appear anywhere in the manuscript or in the filename. When a decision for publication or rejection is made, the corresponding author is notified. At the time of notification, the author may be asked to make certain revisions in the manuscript, or the Section Editor may submit suggested revisions to the author for approval.

General Guidelines for Reviewers

Presentation

Manuscripts should be double-spaced and a font size of 12 is preferred.

Length - In general, articles should not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Long articles, or articles containing complex material should be broken up by short, meaningful subheads.

Title sheet - Do NOT include a title sheet. Manuscripts are blind reviewed so there should be no indication of the author(s) name on the pages.

Abstract - An informative, comprehensive abstract of 75 to 200 words must accompany the manuscript. This abstract should succinctly summarize the major points of the paper, and the author's summary and/or conclusions.

Keywords - The abstract must be accompanied by a maximum of 5 keywords listed in alphabetical order. In choosing keywords, it may be helpful to think in terms of indexing purposes.

Tables, Figures & Graphics

The purpose of tables and figures is to present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. Figures and tables should be keyed to the text. Tables must be included in the manuscript. One high-quality electronic version of each figure must be submitted with the manuscript that is to be typeset (i.e., .jpeg, .png, PDF). Figures are converted to grayscale for the print edition; they appear in color online.

Quotations

Copy all quoted material exactly as it appears in the original, indicating any omissions by three spaced periods. At the close of the quotation, give the complete source including page numbers. A block quote must be a minimum of 40 words or four lines, single spaced.

Terminology and Abbreviations

Define any words or phrases that cannot be found in Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. Define or explain new or highly technical terminology. Write out the first use of a term that you expect to use subsequently in abbreviated form. Abbreviations (i.e., e.g., etc.) are only acceptable in parenthesis, otherwise they must be spelled out, that is, for example, and so forth, respectively. Please avoid other foreign phrases and words such as via.

Program Listings

Program listings will appear with the published article if space permits. Listings should be publication quality. The brand of computer required should be included. Lengthy program listings (more than four 6 x 9 pages) cannot be published, but may be made available from the author; a note to that effect should be included in the article.

Citations

Citations should strictly follow American Psychological Association (APA) style 7 guide. Examples of references cited within the texts of articles are as follows: (Williams, Allen, & Jones, 1978) or (Moore, 1990; Smith, 1991), (Moore, 1990, pp. 94-95) or Terrell (1977). In citations, "et al." can only be used after all authors have been cited or referenced with the exception of six or more authors. As per APA all citations must match the reference list and vice versa. Overuse of references is discouraged.

References

Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of all references and that all references cited in the text also appear in the Reference section. References should not exceed 30. All references should be in alphabetical order by author (unnumbered) American Psychological Association (APA), style. Citation examples (1) book and (2) periodical:

Knowles, M.S. (1975). Self-directed learning: A guide for learners and teachers. New York: Association Press.

Raybould, B. (1995). Performance support engineering: An emerging development methodology for enabling organizational learning. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 8(1), 7-22. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1937-8327.1995.tb00658.x

Travers, C. J. (2001). Stress in the teaching: Past, present and future. In J. Dunham (Ed.), Stress in the Workplace: Past, Present and Future (pp 130-163). London: Whurr Publishers. 

Citing Electronic Media

The following forms for citing online sources are taken from the APA Publication Guidelines Section I, pages 268-281. Please see the APA manual for additional information on formatting electronic media. A block quote must be a minimum of 40 words or four lines, single spaced (not 20 and double spaced as is presently noted). In citations, et al., can only be used after all authors have been cited or referenced (unless there are six or more). As per APA all citations must match the reference list and vice versa.

Elements of references to online information

All the online sources must match the following format:

Author, I. (date). Title of article. Name of Periodical. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

Author, I., & Author, I. (date). Title of chapter. In I. Author & I. Author (Eds.), Title of full work. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

(Example: Ferguson, B. (1997). Educational technology: An extended literature review. Retrieved October 24, 2002, from http://www.sdavfr.davis.k12.ut.us/~brian/research/exlitrev.htm)

Author, I., & Author, I. (date). Title of chapter. In I. Author & I. Author (Eds.), Title of full work. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

Author, I., Author, I., & Author, I. (date). Title of full work. Retrieved month date, year, from Specify path

The date element should indicate the year of publication or, if the source undergoes regular revision, the most recent update; if a date cannot be determined, provide an exact date of your search.

An availability statement replaces the location and name of a publisher typically provided for text references. Provide information sufficient to retrieve the material. For example, for material that is widely available on networks, specify the method used to find the material, such as the protocol (Telnet, FTP, Internet, etc.), the directory, and the file name.

Other Electronic Media

Author, I. (Version number) [CD-ROM]. (date). Location of producer/distributor: Name of producer/distributor.

Author, I. (date). Title of article [CD-ROM]. Title of Journal, xx, xxx-xxx. Abstract from: Source and retrieval number

Author, I. (date). Name of Software (Version number) [Computer software]. Location of Location of producer/distributor: Name of producer/distributor.

After the title of the work, insert in brackets as part of the title element (i.e., before the period) the type of medium for the material (current examples include CD-ROM, Electronic data tape, cartridge tape, and computer program).

Include the location and name of the producer and distributor if citing an entire bibliographic database.

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