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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

Guidelines for Contributors to JEDIC

General Policy

Please make sure that all submissions are written so that the content is accessible to a broad readership, including those who may not have familiarity with the subject matter addressed. All submissions must adhere to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition, and be submitted electronically, using Microsoft Word.

The copyright of all published submissions belongs to the Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean.

General Information for Authors

Submission Categories

JEDIC invites submissions in the following categories:

Full length articles. Contributors are encouraged to submit original (that have not been previously published nor  currently under submission at another press) manuscripts of approximately 25-30 double-spaced pages. To facilitate the blind review process, authors’ names should not appear on the title page, but on a separate cover letter.  Do not use running heads that include your name. 

Book Reviews.   JEDIC invites succinct evaluative reviews of professional books, classroom texts and other instructional resources (e.g. standardized tests, computer software, etc.). Reviews should provide a descriptive, evaluative summary and a brief discussion of the significance of the work in the context of current theory and practice.  Reviews should normally not exceed 1000 words. 

Technical Reports.  JEDIC invites short research reports, which present preliminary findings or focus on some aspect of a larger study. In all cases, the discussion of issues should be supported by empirical evidence, collected through qualitative or quantitative (or both) investigations. Submissions to this category should be 7–10 double-spaced pages (including references and notes).

Extended Length Manuscripts. The journal will consider for publication research studies that exceed 30 pages, provided they satisfy the review process. Such occasional publications, however, should not normally exceed 40 pages.

General Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions should conform to the style of writing in the 6th Edition of the APA Manual. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and reference citations.
  • All submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter that includes a full mailing address, telephone number, electronic mail address and fax number, where these are available.
  • Authors should include a biographical statement not exceeding 50 words, plus any special notations or acknowledgments that they would like to have included. Include full names and affiliations.
  • Articles should be submitted by e-mail in a Microsoft Word document to soepubs@uwimona.edu.jm.
  • Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; author’s biographical note; main text; acknowledgements (if necessary); references; appendices (where necessary).
  • The Editors of JEDIC reserve the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication to enhance clarity or style. The author(s) will be consulted only if the editing has been substantial.
  • The views expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the Editors or the Editorial Advisory Board.
  • Contributors are reminded that the language and content of the papers should be non-sexist.
  • A free issue of the copy in which the contribution appears is supplied to authors. JEDIC will exclusively publish their issues online.

Figures, Tables and Illustrations

All necessary illustrations should have a resolution of at least 300dpi, and be in .jpg, .tiff or .eps format.  All photographs, diagrams and charts should be referred to as figures and given Arabic numerals numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.   

  • Permission must have been received for the use of photographs, and the credit for them should be indicated. Photographs should be submitted separately in a graphic format such as .jpg, .tiff or .eps, and NOT embedded in a Word file.
  • Figure legends should make the meaning of the figure intelligible without reference to the text.
  • Line diagrams, graphs and charts should be submitted in a form suitable for direct reproduction (300dpi, in .jpg, .tiff or .eps format).
  • Tables should be kept to a minimum and include only essential detail. They should be given Arabic numerals and referred to in the text.

References

These should be given in the text in the author/date style, i.e. “Bacchus (1994) argues …” or, “as various authors argue (King, 1996; Oxtoby, 1997)”. References for six or more authors are given as “Smith et al. (1991)”. Page references should be given for direct quotations, e.g. (Jones & Smith, 1993, p. 74).  References to works by the same author in a given year should be made thus: e.g. Craig (1978a), Craig (1978b).  Full references should be typed using double space at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, in the form given below. Titles of journals should not be abbreviated.

Journal References

Crossley, M., & Vulliamy, G. (1996). Issues and trends in qualitative research: Potential for developing countries. International Journal of Educational Development, 16(4) 439–48.

Book References

Bacchus, M. K. (1994). Education as and for legitimacy: Developments in West Indian education between 1846–1895. Ontario, Canada: Wilfrid Laurier Press.

Chapter in a Book

Walker, R. (1993). The conduct of educational case studies: Ethics, theory and procedures. In Hammersley (Ed.), Controversies in Classroom Research (pp. 163–195) (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Open University Press.

All submissions should be made to:

The Chief Editor
Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean
Publications Unit
School of Education
The University of the West Indies
Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica, West Indies
or Email soepubs@uwimona.edu.jm

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