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Author Guidelines (online-only materials)

 

We encourage submissions and proposals from the doers, strategic thinkers, and innovators involved in higher education information technology. Authors should consider creative and effective ways to use media in communicating ideas and experiences. If you're not sure about which media to use, ask! Our published authors have lots of ideas to share, as you'll discover when browsing through the articles.

We're particularly interested in the following:

  • Longer articles (about 5,000 words) about practical research or case studies with solid assessment results. Most of these will be peer reviewed.
  • Short articles (about 2,000 words) discussing a case study at an institution — be sure to include the pros and cons of the experience — or offering good advice and opinions to higher education IT professionals on a favorite topic.
  • How-to articles or tutorials on specific tools or approaches to higher ed information technology in practice

Direct language (yes, it's OK to use "I" and "we") and a clear, concise telling of the story will catch our attention and that of readers. Send ideas, proposals, outlines, abstracts, drafts, or final versions of work — as traditional text, audio or video, screencasts, timelines, or any other creative form — to editors@educause.edu. Early contact with us will help make the best use of time in creating the ideal article for EDUCAUSE Review.

Company representatives are welcome to submit work that meets the following criteria:

  • No prior publication, such as a company white paper, case study, or blog entry, and no press releases
  • Objective tone, with no promotional language for products or companies and a balanced discussion of the issues
  • Expert views on a topic of interest to the community presented as good advice OR case studies authored by clients, with or without a company expert as a resource

Editorial Calendar

July/August 2015: Learning Environments

September/October 2015: Back to School

November/December 2015: Annual Conference Issue

January/February 2016: Top 10 IT Issues

Because we publish on a rolling schedule and have ongoing themes of interest, please indicate if you have a target publication date or theme. Otherwise, articles will be published as the editing and production schedule permits.

Peer Review

The EDUCAUSE Reviewers volunteer to evaluate submissions from authors who request peer review. Eight to twelve reviewers look at each article and provide feedback to the author(s) on how best to present their work online. For research-based submissions, authors should include context (usually a literature search), methodology, analysis, and results. Non-research–based submissions should explain the practical benefits and risks of the experience and advice shared.

For articles and multimedia pieces that do not go through peer review, we encourage the community to comment on individual items, pointing out strengths and weaknesses, asking questions, and recommending future work for the author(s).

Style

The EDUCAUSE Style Guide is available as a Google Doc.

Provide endnote information for formal publications cited in the work and hyperlink everything else (news stories, blog entries, vendor reports). If there is a URL that goes directly to the book or article cited (not to sales information), please provide it. List sources in the order used in text, and feel free to include asides and comments where appropriate.

EDUCAUSE uses The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition), available online by subscription, as its main source of reference for style questions. See in particular Chicago's hyphenation guide for compounds and words formed with prefixes (7.85), available as a table.

EDUCAUSE uses Merriam-Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, available online by subscription, as its spelling guide.

For any questions on style, contact nhays@educause.edu.

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