Submission Information

Open Call for Papers

Submit manuscript for November 2020 issue of Journal of Scholarly Engagement

Special Issue: Leading Change for a more Civil Society

The Journal of Scholarly Engagement (JSE) invites submission of manuscripts for a special issue focused on examples of faculty leading change in the broader community.

This application of leadership aligns well to the Boyer Model of Scholarship, and specifically to the call of Ernest Boyer for academics to step off the university campus and into social, civic, moral, and economic realms “to participate in building of a more just society and to make the nation more civil and secure” (Boyer, 2016, p. 18). It is leadership that is focused on applying disciplinary knowledge to make a difference in the world beyond the university campus.

The editorial staff and guest editor invite prospective authors to submit manuscripts for publication consideration in JSE that address and discuss initiatives or areas of professional practice that are undertaken to create change somewhere in the world, whether in, or through, communities, non-governmental organizations, education, civic or social organizations, or governmental entities. The format should follow one of the three JSE manuscript types:

  • Reflective practice
  • Professional profile, or 
  • Community engagement portfolio. 

For more information about these manuscripts types or the special issue, please see the special issue guide.

The anticipated publication date for this special issue is November 2020. To submit your manuscript for publication consideration, view the submission guidelines at the following link:

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2020.

For questions related to this special issue of JSE, contact the guest editor, Charles Seeley, PhD at or the JSE editors, Scott Greenberger, EdD, Editor-in-Chief, or Morgan McNaughton, MS, Managing Editor, at

Submission Deadline for Non-Special Issues

JSE is published in June and November of each year.  Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis; accepted manuscripts will be published at the earliest possible date.

Types of Submissions

  • Theoretical
  • Empirical research
  • Critical reflection on practice
  • Case Study
  • Innovative methodologies and applications
  • Professional development

Manuscript Preparation

JSE hosts a range of research strategies; most common formats include theoretical, empirical, critical reflection, case study, and classroom innovation. Submissions should clearly highlight the significance and implications of the investigation to computer-mediated learning; all manuscripts should be formatted according to APA Style. The American Psychological Association (2010) provides the following general guidelines for communicating your scholarly work:

  • Present the problem, question or issue early in the manuscript.
  • Show how the issue is grounded, shaped, and directed by theory.
  • Connect the issue to previous work in a literature review that is pertinent and informative but not exhaustive.
  • State explicitly the hypotheses under investigation or the target of the theoretical review.
  • Keep the conclusions within the boundaries of the findings and/or scope of the theory.
  • Demonstrate how the study or scholarly approach has helped to address the original issue.
  • Identify and discuss what theoretical or practical implications can be drawn from this work.

Suggestions for effective manuscript submissions:

  • Title: Titles should not exceed 15 words and should provide a clear introduction to the point of your manuscript.
  • Abstract: The abstract is a short summary (50-100 words) of your work that provides the key information for readers to determine their interest in reading the complete article. The abstract should be “accurate, self-contained, nonevaluative, coherent, and readable” (Calfee & Valencia, 2001).
  • Body: Information should be organized and sub-titled to facilitate flow and understanding of key issues. Authors should use APA Style guidelines to organize and present information in a manner that is easily communicated to readers. JSE has no length limitations for manuscripts; authors are encouraged to be direct and concise to maintain a focus on key issues. Authors are encouraged to include a section that explains how the study aligns/intersects with the Boyer model, and which specific Boyer domains/functions are applicable to this inquiry (application, discovery, integration, or teaching).
  • References: Carefully select references to ensure that citations are current and relevant; prioritize credible, published sources that have proven pertinent and valuable to the relevant investigations.
  • Tables, Figures, Appendices & Graphics: When necessary, include supporting documents to illustrate findings, relevance or utilization of materials. Prioritize supplements that promote easy, efficient integration of suggestions, findings or techniques into classroom (such as rubrics, assignments, etc.) applications.

Manuscript (including citations and references) must strictly follow APA style as dictated by the 6th Edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (

Manuscripts must be written in clear English.

Maximum length of submission is thirty pages (A4 or Letter size with one inch margins), double spaced, including abstract, appendices, references, figures, and tables (with some length exceptions for supporting documents). 


JSE charges no fees. Aligned with the mission of open access publishing, JSE does not charge submission, article, processing, author or access fees.

Original Work

Submission to JSE indicates that the manuscript (or a similar version of it) has not been previously published, accepted for publication, and/or is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

Identifying Information

To facilitate the masked portion of the manuscript review process, the author’s name and other identifying information should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript (including the title page); the manuscript should be written in a generalized fashion that does not directly divulge authorship or institutional affiliation.

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