If you’re interested in writing for our journal – Impact – but not sure how to go about doing it, then this Q&A is for you. We spoke to our Publishing Editor – Alice Kirke – to find out more about the whole process. The deadline for submissions is 16 October, don’t miss out!
What’s the topic of the next Impact?
The next issue of Impact is ‘developing a learning culture’. We’re looking for articles on a range of themes related to this, including the effectiveness of different approaches to teaching, managing behaviour and supporting students and maintaining a teacher learning culture. More information can be found in our call for papers.
How do you submit for it?
You can submit by completing a form on submittable. You will be asked to provide a working title and a 150-250 word abstract, providing an overview of your proposed article.
Who do you want to hear from?
We want to hear from teachers across the full range of settings and phases, as well as researchers with expertise in the themes mentioned above.
How do you choose who gets chosen?
We invite authors to write full papers if their abstract is within the scope of the journal. The evidence base you will draw on in your article should be clear in the abstract, and it should relate to classroom practice. The online version of the journal includes some open access articles, which might be helpful for getting a sense of the content and tone we aim for.
How are articles reviewed?
Articles are reviewed by teachers and researchers with expertise in the field, as well as our publishing team and editorial board. Reviewers are asked to comment on the overall quality and clarity of articles. The purpose of the review process is to provide feedback to help authors develop their articles and ensure that they are useful for teachers. If you are interested in joining our review panel, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I write about something else of interest?
Of course, we are happy to receive submissions for areas of particular interest to teachers outside of these topics. Please indicate this in the ‘Abstract’ field of the form.
What tips would you give me if I’m thinking of writing?
Be clear about the focus of your article. Our articles are short, only 1,000-2,000 words, so they need to have a specific focus, rather than trying to cover too much. It’s also really helpful if you can indicate what references you might use, so we can see the research evidence you will draw on. All articles have to be useful for teachers, so saying how your article relates to classroom practice is also really helpful.