Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence



Philosophy of Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence

For more information, please see Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

If you have professional experience in higher education, you can submit an original article or review to be considered for publication in the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence. However, you must either own the copyright to the work you're submitting or have permission from the copyright owner(s) to submit it. As the author, you will initially own the copyrights to your work, except in cases where you have agreed to transfer the copyright to your employer as a condition of your employment.

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Spring Issue Deadline: November 15

Fall Issue Deadline: May 15

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General Submission Rules

When you submit an article to the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence, it must be original and cannot have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. This includes being published in any archival journal or book (print or electronic). Note that publication in a working-paper series, conference proceedings, thesis or dissertation, or other non-archival platforms, such as personal websites, preprint servers, or blogs, does not count as prior publication. Additionally, by submitting your material to the journal, you are agreeing that it is not currently under review at any other journal (electronic or print) and that you will not submit it to any other journal until the editorial decision process is completed at the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence. If you have any questions or concerns about the submission rules, please contact the editors.

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Peer Review Rubric

The Journal for Empowering Teaching Excellence uses a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the quality and integrity of its published content. In accordance with guidelines set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), all articles submitted to the journal are reviewed by at least two independent experts in the relevant field. These reviews are conducted using a standardized rubric provided by the journal, which is designed to assess the quality and originality of the research, as well as the clarity and coherence of the writing.

The review process is conducted anonymously, with reviewers' identities kept confidential to protect against potential conflicts of interest. The reviews are then submitted to the chief editor, who uses the feedback to make a decision on whether to accept, reject, or request revisions to the article. If revisions are requested, the chief editor will communicate the specific areas that need improvement and may suggest additional revisions to the author.

It is important to note that the journal adheres to the COPE guidelines on dealing with suspected misconduct, such as plagiarism or fabrication of data. Any instances of misconduct will be investigated and appropriate actions will be taken.

Click here to access the journal's peer-review rubric for more information on the evaluation criteria used in the review process.

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Open Access Policy

The Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence is committed to providing open access to its content and adhering to the principles of the open access movement. As a platinum or diamond open access journal, all articles published in the journal are made freely available to the public immediately upon publication. There are no article processing charges (APCs) for authors, as the journal is funded by Empowering Teaching Excellence at Utah State University.

Users are free to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative definition of open access.

All articles published in the journal are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0), which allows for the sharing and adaptation of the material for any purpose, as long as proper attribution is given to the original authors.

We strongly encourage authors to make their research data available to readers, and we support data sharing and archiving policies that promote public access to research data.

We are committed to providing open access to our content in order to promote the dissemination of knowledge and to make research more widely available. We believe that this will ultimately lead to greater scientific progress and societal benefits.

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Archiving Policy

The Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence is committed to ensuring long-term access to the scholarly literature published in our journal. As a platinum or diamond open access journal, all articles are freely available to read, download, and share immediately upon publication. To support this commitment, we have implemented the following archiving policy:

  1. Self-archiving: Authors are encouraged to deposit a copy of their published article in their institutional repository or other open access repositories, in accordance with the journal's open access policy.
  2. Preservation: The Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence will take reasonable steps to ensure the preservation of the journal's content, including regular backups of the website and database, and regular migration of content to new formats as needed.
  3. By following this archiving policy, we aim to ensure that the scholarly literature published in the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence remains accessible for future generations of researchers, educators, and students.

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    Ethical Guidelines for Authors

    The Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence is committed to upholding the highest standards of ethical behavior in all aspects of the publication process. As such, we expect our authors to adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Authorship: All authors listed on a submitted manuscript must have made a significant and measurable contribution to the research and/or manuscript preparation. Any individuals who meet the criteria for authorship but have not been listed must be acknowledged in the manuscript.
    • Data and Material Integrity: Authors are responsible for the accuracy and integrity of the data and materials reported in their manuscripts. Data should be kept for a reasonable period of time after publication and made available for verification if requested.
    • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is not tolerated in any form. Authors must ensure that their manuscript is original and that any text, data, or ideas borrowed from other sources are properly cited.
    • Conflicts of Interest: All authors must disclose any financial or personal relationships that could be perceived as influencing the results or interpretation of the research.
    • Research Involving Human Participants: Research involving human participants must be conducted ethically and in accordance with institutional and national guidelines. Informed consent must be obtained from all participants and any identifying information must be kept confidential.

    These guidelines are in line with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. We take allegations of ethical misconduct seriously and will investigate any complaints received.

    Any breach of these guidelines will result in appropriate action, which may include rejection of the manuscript or retraction of the published article.

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    Ethical Guidelines for Reviewers

    The Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence relies on the expertise and dedication of its reviewers to ensure the highest quality of published research. All reviewers must adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Reviewers must maintain confidentiality and not share any information about the submitted work with any third party.
    • Reviewers must disclose any potential conflicts of interest, such as prior collaborations or competition with the authors.
    • Reviewers must evaluate the submitted work fairly and provide constructive feedback, highlighting both strengths and weaknesses of the work, and providing specific suggestions for improvement.
    • Reviewers must not use any information from the submitted work for their own research without the express written consent of the author.
    • Reviewers must be aware of any ethical concerns in the submitted work, such as plagiarism, fabrication, or falsification of data, and bring these to the attention of the editor.
    • Reviewers must not have any financial or personal interest in the work they are reviewing, this would constitute a conflict of interest.

    These guidelines are in line with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. Any violations of these guidelines will be taken seriously and may result in the removal of the reviewer from the journal's list of reviewers.

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    Author Instructions for Preparing to Submit a Manuscript

    To submit an article to the Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence, you will need to make sure that it follows the formatting guidelines of the American Psychological Association (APA). This includes things like proper citation and reference formatting, as well as specific guidelines for layout and presentation. Please do not include page numbers or a title page, as the submission system will add these automatically.

    You will also need to submit your manuscript in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx.)

    Before submitting, please have the following items prepared:

    • Article Title (no more than 15 words)
    • An abstract (separate from the article body, no more than 250 words)
    • Keywords for your article (3 to 5 words)
    • Article in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx)
    • Articles must be submitted without a title page or page numbers

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