Gender and Education SPECIAL ISSUE GUIDELINES FOR GUEST EDITORS OF GENDER AND EDUCATION

Gender and Education

INTRODUCTION FROM THE EDITORS

Gender and Education grew out of feminist politics and a social justice agenda and is committed to developing multidisciplinary and critical discussions of gender and education. The journal is particularly interested in the place of gender in relation to other key differences and seeks to further feminist knowledge, philosophies, theory, action and debate. The Editors are actively committed to making the journal an interactive platform that includes global perspectives on education, gender and culture. 

As the newly appointed editors of Gender and Education, we intend to maintain the exemplary quality associated with the journal, which we recognise has come about from the decades of hard work that feminist scholars across the world have invested in its continuing success, as editors, peer reviewers, authors and book reviewers. These scholars have demonstrated unwavering passion and commitment to working according to feminist principles so that leading researchers, early career scholars and colleagues located in emerging countries have been given the support and opportunity to be published. It is our intention to continue this important work.

The journal has established a tradition of commissioning Special Issues, which aim to consolidate leading, current research on a key topic or issue. This work is central to the intellectual life of the journal and to broadening access to participation by colleagues across the globe.

From October 2016, we seek to commission a number of special issues with a view to their print publication taking place from 2018.

We welcome proposals from prospective guest editors (whether individuals or small teams) that further existing research and generate debate in the following areas, which we have determined as key to our developmental aims for the journal:

  • The legacy and contemporary contribution of Black feminism to understandings of education and gender;
  • Intergenerational feminist approaches/ reappraising key feminist thinkers on education;
  • Cultural studies of STEM;
  • Digital technologies and on-line spaces;
  • The relationship between feminist research on education and decolonizing, indigenous knowledges and cosmologies;
  • Arts-based, creative & experimental practices in educational research on gender;
  • Theorising genders and sexuality: masculinities, femininities, queer, gender fluid and trans* identities with/in education; and
  • European policies, perspectives and practices in education. 

 

Susanne Gannon, Jayne Osgood, Kathryn Scantlebury, Carol Taylor
Editors, Gender and Education                

For all initial enquiries please contact the journal’s Editorial Manager, Helen Rowlands, at: genderandeducation@outlook.com

 

THE JOURNAL’S AIMS AND SCOPE

Gender and Education grew out of feminist politics and a social justice agenda and is committed to developing multidisciplinary and critical discussions of gender and education. The journal is particularly interested in the place of gender in relation to other key differences and seeks to further feminist knowledge, philosophies, theory, action and debate.

The Editors are actively committed to making the journal an interactive platform that includes global perspectives on education, gender and culture. 

Submissions to the journal should examine and theorize the interrelated experiences of gendered subjects including women, girls, men, boys, and gender-diverse individuals. Papers should consider how gender shapes and is shaped by other social, cultural, discursive, affective and material dimensions of difference. 

Gender and Education expects articles to engage in feminist debate, to draw upon a range of theoretical frameworks and to go beyond simple descriptions.

Education is interpreted in a broad sense to cover both formal and informal aspects, including pre-school, primary, and secondary education; families and youth cultures inside and outside schools; adult, community, further and higher education; vocational education and training; media education; and parental education. 

 

PREPARING A PROPOSAL

 

SPECIAL ISSUE WORD LENGTH AND COMPOSITION
Each issue of the journal runs to an average of 60,000 words. Guest editors will need to ensure that their special issue does not significantly exceed this. A special issue normally consists of an Introduction and a collection of original research articles. Guest editors can also consider the inclusion of the journal’s occasional feature-length pieces (please see the inside back cover of the journal or our home page: www.tandfonline.com/cgee from October 2016 for more information on features) as well as book reviews and book review essays.
 

THE CALL FOR PAPERS
Commissioned guest editors are advised to call for abstracts of up to 1000 words for proposed original research article, and that the guest editors contact the authors of the submitted abstracts showing the greatest potential with an invitation to submit a full-length research article.
 

THE TIMELINE FOR PUBLICATION
The Editorial Manager will work with guest editors to agree a realistic series of submission, peer-reviewing, revising and delivery deadlines (a ‘’timeline for publication’’). Please be advised that 18–24 months is typically required to complete a special issue, from the circulation of a CfP to the delivery of the issue to Routledge. Print publication usually takes place 6–8 weeks after delivery.

COMMISSIONING PROCESS

1. STAGE ONE: SUBMISSION OF A PRELIMINARY OUTLINE

Colleagues interested in guest-editing a special Issue should in the first instance email the journal’s Editorial Manager (Helen Rowlands) a short, preliminary outline of their proposed topic (approximately 200 words) to: genderandeducation@outlook.com

The Editors will consider these preliminary outlines, and full proposals will be sought from those which best meet the journal’s aims and scope and the Editors’ developmental aims.

 

2. STAGE TWO: SUBMISSION OF A FULL PROPOSAL

Full proposals are submitted at the invitation of the Editors by email to the Editorial Manager, in the form of a pro forma. The Editors may decide to send completed pro forma to the Gender and Education Editorial Board for their evaluation; in the event that the Editors’ judge this to be necessary, prospective guest editors will receive a compendium of the board’s feedback, whether or not the proposal is commissioned.

The pro forma for full proposals is as follows:

NAME, POSITION AND INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION
Please provide this information for each prospective guest editor and specify which member will be the team’s designated contact for correspondence.

ABSTRACT
Summarize in 300 words or less the topic, aims and scope of your proposed Special Issue

THEMES
Elaborate in detail (up to 1000 words) the main themes of the proposed Special Issue. 

RATIONALE
Describe the reasons why you believe Gender and Education should have a Special Issue on the topic and theme(s) you are proposing. We are committed to making the journal a platform that includes global perspectives on education, gender and culture. Please outline some of the ways that the Special Issue will engage with international authors and topics, questions and audiences.

CORE DEBATES
Explain the links between the content of your Special Issue and core or emergent debates in gender and education and in feminist studies.

POTENTIAL AUTHORS AND SUBMISSIONS
Can you identify strong potential interest from authors to contribute to the Special Issue? Please justify your remarks.

EDITORIAL CRITERIA
Please document the editorial criteria on which you would base your evaluation of papers submitted to the Special Issue (e.g. would you be particularly looking for papers with qualities such as: broad coverage of the field; innovation; multi- or trans-disciplinary approaches, relevance to international readership, and so on?) The process for reviewing articles once submitted will be undertaken in consultation with the Editors of Gender and Education.

BOOK REVIEWS
Special issues can include reviews of books that relate to the theme of the special issue. This can include extended essays that review 2 to 3 books, or a series of reviews of individual books. Can you please give an indication of possible or likely books that you could consider for review. It is the responsibility of the guest editors to nominate the preferred books and arrange the reviewers, in consultation with the Editors and Book Reviews Editor of Gender and Education.

EXPERIENCE OF PUBLISHING AND EDITING ACTIVITIES
Please provide details of any relevant experience the Guest Editors have in editorial and journal publishing. This includes refereeing for journals and related publications, editing books, membership of editorial boards, and any other relevant publishing experience. Where possible, please also include any previous experience the team has—as authors or reviewers or members of the Editorial Board—with Gender and Education.

A short CV (no more than 2 pages of A4) for each prospective guest editor must accompany the completed pro forma. The full proposal is sent to the editorial board for evaluation, and the Editors confirm whether the proposal is commissioned or not, or if development of the proposal is required. In which case recommendations from the Board and the Editors will be provided.

 

INFORMATION FOR COMMISSIONED GUEST EDITORS

 

WORD LIMITS

The word limits for submissions to Gender and Education are as follows:

  • Original research article: 4000–9000 words
  • Features: please check for up-to-date information at www.tandfonline.com/cgee  
  • Book reviews:  650–900 words
  • Book reviews essay: length agreed with authors at the guest editors’ discretion

Please note that upper word limits are inclusive of an abstract (of a maximum 150 words), keywords, citations, footnotes, endnotes and the reference list, and supplemental figures, tables and graphics. Depending on its size, the equivalent word length of each figure, table and graphic should be calculated as follows:

  • Full print page: treat as equivalent to 450 words
  • Half print page: treat as equivalent to 225 words
  • Third of a print page: treat as equivalent to 150 words.

 

REFERENCING AND STYLE

Gender and Education uses the Chicago author-date referencing system. A “Quick Guide” to the referencing system, along with a “Quick Guide” to the journal’s house style, is available for download from the Instructions for Authors section of our homepage:

www.tandfonline.com/cgee

 

THE PEER-REVIEW PROCESS

This journal uses the ScholarOne Manuscripts™ online platform for the management of submissions, peer reviews and editorial decisions. The Editorial Manager will open a temporary Editor Centre for use by the guest editors. Ongoing support in its use will be given.

All original research articles and features submitted for the guest editors’ consideration should be submitted to:

http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cgee,

Two external peer reviewers ordinarily review original research articles in a first round.

Features manuscripts should also be submitted to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cgee. Peer-reviewing of features usually takes place internally.

Book reviews should be submitted directly to guest editors by email, and are reviewed internally.

Gender and Education’s operates a strict ‘’double-blinded’’ peer review policy. Guest editors must commit themselves to upholding this policy. The only exception to the policy is in cases where the identity of an author is known to an editor or guest editor who undertakes an internal peer reviewing of a special issue manuscript, as is sometimes deemed appropriate by the Editors.

If guest editors want their own work considered for inclusion in their special issue, that special issue’s Lead Editor manages the peer-reviewing.

Guest editors must declare, to their lead editor or Editorial Manager, any conflict of interest that may arise, in order to safeguard the integrity of the peer-review process. The Editors reserve the right to withdraw a manuscript from peer review in cases where the integrity of the process is breached.

A minimum of two reviews is required to complete the first round of an article’s peer-reviewing. The reviewers who requested them review the major revisions. Minor revisions are evaluated internally. In line with standard practice, the Editors advise guest editors that peer reviews should guide, rather than dictate, editorial decision-making.

In all but exceptional cases, guest editors are advised to reach final editorial decisions (i.e. of ‘accept for publication’ or ‘reject for publication’) after a maximum of two rounds of peer-reviewing.

Guest editors should make no assurances as to publication to any submitting author prior to the conclusion of the peer-review process. Acceptance of research articles and all other material for publication in a special issue will take place after consultation with the Gender and Education Editors.

 

PUBLICATION OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE

DELIVERY DEADLINE
Guest editors should be aware that the Editors are committed to an advance publication schedule. If the deadline for the delivery of a special issue is missed, guest editors are advised that rescheduling of a special issue’s publication in print may not be possible in the short-term.

COPYEDITING
As an international, English-language academic journal, Gender and Education welcomes and actively seeks special issue proposals from across the world. All submitting authors are required to submit manuscripts of a very high standard of English. The journal is not able to provide authors with copyediting services, and the Editors do not expect our volunteer peer reviewers to extensively correct manuscripts for English grammar and vocabulary. Manuscripts must be checked thoroughly for English language fluency before being accepted for publication.

POST-ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURES
Manuscripts accepted for special issue publication are proofed, typeset and delivered to the printer by Routledge. Typeset copy is initially published online at: www.tandfonline.com/cgee. The Editorial Manager will keep guest editors updated throughout these stages until the issue appears in print.

MARKETING
Special issues of Gender and Education are marketing by Routledge. Guest editors are encouraged to carry out additional marketing, for example: via their own social media accounts and professional networks and in their own countries and geographical regions, to maximise the issue’s exposure.

OPEN ACCESS
Gender and Education is compliant with the Research Councils UK Open Access policy. Details of license options and embargo periods are available from Routledge’s Education Arena: www.educationarena.com

COPYRIGHT AND PERMISSIONS
The journal is entirely owned by our publisher and authors must request permission for any republication of material published in the journal, including the republication of translated material, from them: http://taylorandfrancis.com/contact/rights-and-permissions/journals.