Call for Submissions
The purpose of Childhood Education, Innovations magazine is to capture and disseminate information about exciting and innovative models, programs, funding approaches, practices, policies, and research that are being explored and implemented to improve the education of children around the world. Childhood Education, Innovations is published for a global audience working to create positive, sustainable futures for children and youth by seeking out and developing innovative solutions to education challenges. Our target audience includes practitioners in schools, nongovernmental organizations, and community-based organizations; education academics interested in innovative ideas and practices; and global education advocates in foundations, government agencies, and businesses.
We are looking for engaging, accessible articles that explore cutting-edge thinking and practices for education delivery and reform. We are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary and cross-sector solutions to specific education challenges. Articles could describe organizations, practices, or projects that are taking truly innovative approaches to education, or they could present new perspectives on an existing practice that results in an innovative approach.
Innovation in Education
In general, innovation refers to new, different, or unique ideas that create value beyond what is currently in effect and have promising results as far as reach and impact. Being innovative is about looking beyond and identifying the great ideas of tomorrow and putting them into practice today. Innovation is a transformational process that uses discovery and inquiry to develop an exciting new way of acting and doing things differently.
Innovation in education spans a broad spectrum of enhancements, advancements, and creative approaches in education. It includes emerging trends and ideas in school design, technology, education leadership, curriculum approaches, assessment improvements, education financing, and professional development. The foundation of today’s education innovation movement is the belief that an appropriate and meaningful education promotes better health, democratic participation, gender equality, and environmental sustainability, and helps children become global citizens.
Consider the following:
1. How is this idea, concept, model, approach new or better than what exists currently or previously?
2. Is this a truly unique, innovative approach that has not been written about extensively?
3. Can this innovation be categorized using the four types of innovations described below? Is it a combination of any of these types?
4. How does/might this innovation contribute something unique to the advancement of education?
5. Can the idea/concept be adapted and adopted by readers to improve their own efforts to provide positive futures for children?
Types of Articles being sought
Childhood Education, Innovations is intended to be an exciting and engaging publication appropriate for multiple audiences. It uses a magazine-style approach to deliver information about high-quality, innovative education models, programs, and practices. Using a magazine-style approach ensures accessibility of this important information to inspire action that creates positive, sustainable futures for children and youth worldwide.
We are seeking:
- Articles about innovation:
These articles focus on professional development for those interested in expanding their understanding of innovation in general and more specifically innovation in education.
Examples: explorations/definitions of innovation in general and education innovation in particular, design and innovation, types of innovations, training and education for innovators, education innovators of today, innovation accelerators, innovation incubators, innovation ideation to implementation, innovation and organizational development, how to unleash creative talent, skillsets of innovators.
- Articles showcasing education innovations:
These articles describe the practical applications of education innovations, the skillsets needed to implement, likely challenges to implementation, and how they can be measured for impact.
Examples: Innovative approaches in action, implementation of innovative practices, challenges and successes of education innovation, assessing education innovations.
- Education innovation news:
News items of promising/potential innovations, checklists or assessment tools for innovation, columns on innovation sub-areas of education technology, partnerships, funding, education-related sustainable development goals, etc.
Authors should consider:
Authors should consider issues of readability, avoiding overuse of citations and using them only when appropriate. To make articles readable, we prefer to incorporate attributions into the article text whenever possible. The style of the publication is less scholarly journal and more “magazine style,” with less density of citations and more narratives about the concepts being highlighted. Do provide citations for all direct quotations, paraphrased statements, and borrowed ideas. Be sure to state clearly which ideas and language are yours and which ones are drawn from someone else.
It is recommended that prior to submission, you review your article very carefully. Often, it helps to have a colleague read over your article and, when possible, your article should be professionally edited. A Childhood Education editor will also work to prepare your manuscript for publication, possibly substantially editing or rewriting a draft to enhance its appeal to our readership.
Childhood Education editors will make the final decision on headlines, illustrations, and other supporting content, and on the placement of each article in the publication.
While the views expressed in ACEI publications are not necessarily those of the Association membership at large, we do edit for adherence to ethical and style standards.
- Language: Manuscripts should be in the English language.
- Form and Length: Preferred length is 1,400-3,500 words, double-spaced. Articles may be submitted electronically (submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org). Before publication, authors will be asked to submit a Copyright Transfer Agreement (download pdf of form).
- Review: Childhood Education, Innovations is a refereed publication. Unsolicited manuscripts are anonymously reviewed and the final decision rests with the Editor, who is guided by the reviewers’ comments and such considerations as space, timeliness, and projected plans. The review process takes about 3 months. The Editor cannot consider proposals or outlines. Send completed manuscripts only.
- Acceptance: Camera-ready diagrams, tables, or figures are often desirable. Photographs are encouraged (with complete captions and credit lines; digital files should be 300 dpi). Authors are asked to obtain model releases for photographs.
- Publication: Accepted manuscripts will be published according to timeliness of subject matter, space availability, and projected schedule. All manuscripts are edited to conform to the publication’s editorial standards and space requirements. Prior to publication, authors are furnished with galley proofs.
- Remuneration: Authors receive no remuneration. Articles and illustrations are considered a contribution to the profession.
It is assumed that articles are submitted exclusively to Childhood Education, Innovations and will not be submitted elsewhere.