Published manuscripts will advance JPED’s purpose as detailed above (i.e., research, best practices, implications for disability services educators).
Manuscripts demonstrate scholarly excellence using one of the types of articles described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition, American Psychological Association [APA], 2020) sections 1.1-1.8 These include quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, replication, meta-analyses, literature review, theoretical, and methodological articles. Inclusive of all manuscript elements (including title page, references, tables, and appendices) research articles cannot exceed 35 pages and typically are between 25-30 pages.
Manuscripts describe innovative programs, services, or contemporary best practices that support disabled college students or disability services, and are organized using the following first-heading levels (APA 2.27):
- Summary of Relevant Literature: provide a succinct summary of the most relevant and contemporary literature that provides context for what is already known about the practice/program.
- Setting and/or Participants Demographics: provide enough information about the implementation context for the practice described for the reader to make an informed assessment regarding similarity to their own practice environment-- using a pseudonym or compositing as needed to provide anonymity for participants / institutions involved;
- Depiction of the Problem: provide a statement of the problem being addressed.
- Description of Practice: briefly describe the intended outcome for the innovative practice/program and how it has been implemented to date. Tables and figures may enhance specific details.
- Evaluation of Observed Outcomes: summarize formative and/or summative data used to evaluate the efficacy of your practice/program; support claims with evaluation data.
- Implications and Transferability: discuss what has been learned and how this practice/program could be enhanced. Be realistic about any challenges encountered and how others seeking to replicate the practice elsewhere might experience them. Offer suggestions about what could be done differently in the future to achieve better outcomes. Provide a clear description of how and why other disability service educators should consider adapting your practice/program.
Inclusive of all manuscript elements (including title page, references, tables, and appendices) practice briefs cannot exceed 15 pages and typically are between 8-12 pages.
Prior to preparing a book review, please contact the JPED’s Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the book you are considering reviewing. We typically have a queue of books for which we seek reviewers and also are typically awaiting reviews from several authors at a time. Doing so will increase the likelihood that we will be able to use the review you submit, which will follow the same submission process as other types, outlined below. Book reviews provide:
- An overview of the book, identifying the book’s stated purpose, the author’s and his/her viewpoint, and a general summary of the content.
- An evaluation of the book’s strengths, elaborating on the author’s objectives and how well those objectives were achieved.
- Recommendations about the audiences that might find the book useful, why, and how you would suggest the book be used. Please be sure to address its potential contribution to the field. For any gaps in the book’s content, rather than framing as weaknesses, consider offering suggestions about other works or perspectives that could be used in tandem with this book. In other words, of what conversations in our field could this book be an important part?
Inclusive of the text of the review itself, book reviews should typically be between 750-1250 words. Book review submissions should also be accompanied by a complete citation for the book reviewed as well as references for any additional citations in the text of the review.