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Special Issue Proposals
The International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education (IJKHE) is dedicated to advancing the field of Kinesiology through publishing manuscripts that shape the direction of the field. The overall mission is to provide a forum for those in the field to share new, introductory, or smallscale research in addition to best practices in leadership, administration, and teaching. The IJKHE consists of peer or editor reviewed manuscripts, with a special focus on presenting the work of early career professionals and graduate students.
IJKHE occasionally publishes invited special themed Issues addressing collective and integrated perspectives with clear and explicit implications for Kinesiology-related fields in higher education. IJKHE also welcomes the submission of unsolicited special issue proposals at any time. Appropriate topics for special issues may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: best practices in leadership; best practices in teaching; articles written by newly hired professionals to aid others in their search for jobs or navigating the workplace; and articles written for a public purpose, including position papers.
Scholars interested in publishing a special themed issue of IJKHE should submit an abstract (150 words or less) summarizing the concept and key features of the proposed work, number of proposed articles, and a date that all papers will be submitted to Dr. Beth Hersman. Upon proposal approval, Dr. Hersman will request submission of a Special Themed Issue Proposal.
To receive full consideration and review, a Special Themed Issue Proposal (2-3 pages) must contain the following information:
- Planned title for the special themed issue.
- Description of the rationale, importance, and contribution to research and/or the improvement of practice for the special themed issue.
- Description of how the proposed special issue contributes to the mission of IJKHE.
A special themed issue will typically contain a 2-3 page introduction and between 3-4 articles each of no more than 5500 words (not including abstract, references, tables, and/or figures), double-spaced pages in 12-point Times New Roman font.
After review by the Journal Editor and/or Guest Editor (when applicable) and final submission, all special issue manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed by peer reviewers. Additionally, Guest Editors and authors will be asked to nominate referees to participate in the pre-publication review of their work.
While publication of all issues of IJKHE is largely dependent on the authors’ final completion and submission of high-quality manuscripts, it is reasonable to prepare for a 12-18 month
production cycle for a special issue:
- Proposal submission and IJKHE editorial decision (1-2 months).
- Article drafts submitted and reviewed by Guest Editor(s) and returned to authors for simultaneous submission to IJKHE (3-6 months).
- Special issue manuscripts reviewed by IJKHE reviewers and returned to guest editor(s) and authors with publication decision and return for revision, or final production comments, if accepted (3 months).
- Review and coordinate submission of final manuscripts in format consistent with IJKHE production guidelines.
While IJKHE receives a high number of submissions each year, we are only able to publish a small percentage and we hold a high standard for the work that appears in both regular and special issues. You can find more information on the journal website and you may submit an article to ScholarOne Manuscripts for consideration.