Guidelines for Submission

The V.O.I.C.E., which stands for Vision, Opportunity & Inquiry in Christ-centered Education, seeks to support educators at all levels with scholarly and experientially-based practices and recommendations related to different contexts of the P-16 setting.

Co-Editors: Roger N. Morris, Ed.D., and Don Williams, Ph.D.

September 2017 Issue Theme: Teaching Excellence

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Submission Categories (five)

1. Anchor Scholarly Articles

Manuscripts should address research/scholarly inquiry aligned with the theme of the issue (see criteria below). Submissions should explicitly integrate biblical truth. Each issue will also include a faith integrated commentary, on the included submissions, from the perspective of a member of the editorial Board. Length: 2,000 words

Research/scholarly inquiry is considered as such if it includes:

  • Systematic Inquiry
  • Creation of New Knowledge
  • Peer Review
  • Public Dissemination

2. Teacher Testimony/Best Practice

This column provides ideas from practicing teachers for ways to use God’s gifts to help students reach their full potential. This may include details of an effective teaching strategy, highlights of an innovative classroom practice, or accounts of a specific testimonial where 1 Corinthians 12:14 is illustrated (“The body is not one, but many members…”). Length: 1500 words

3. Book Reviews

This column provides reviews of books and/or resources intended to support the educator engaged in Christ-centered teaching. Length: 500 words

4. Featured Partnership

This column shares examples of God’s work in partnerships among PK-12 settings and teacher candidates. Length: 1500 words

5. Guest V.O.I.C.E.S.

The author of this commentary shares a personal perspective on having a V.O.I.C.E., as truly providing Vision Opportunity & Inquiry in Christ-centered Education related to the theme of the relevant publication or current topic in the field of education. Length: 500 words

Language

The language of the manuscript must be English (either American or British standard, but not the mixture of both).

Word Limit of Submissions

The length of each manuscript is dependent upon the type of submission (see Submission Guidelines). Papers exceeding word limits will be returned to the author(s) to revise. Manuscripts should be double-space with Times New Roman, 12 point font and double-spaced. Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible, but not at the expense of clarity.

Other Items to Consider

Title Page

The title page should include (i)The name(s) of the author(s) (ii) A concise and informative title (iii)The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s) (iv)The e-mail address and telephone number of the corresponding author. No author identification should be found in/on the pages of the article itself.

Keywords

Please provide four to six keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Table and Figures

Present tables at the end of the article, not within the article. The online article will be published in color.

References

While this is a professional publication, references to other works may be used. Thus, author(s) should follow the latest edition of APA style in referencing. Please visit www.apastyle.org to learn more about APA style.

Citations in the text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Unpublished results and personal communications should not be in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citation of a reference as ‘in press’ implies that the item has been accepted for publication.

References

References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. Examples:

Reference to a journal publication:

Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton R. A. (2000). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51-59.

Reference to a book:

Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (1979). The elements of style. (3rd ed.). New York: Macmillan (Chapter 4).

Reference to a chapter in an edited book:

Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (1994). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B.S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the electronic age (pp. 281-304). New York: E-
Publishing Inc.

Reference to a web source:

Smith, Joe, (1999), One of Volvo’s core values. [Online]

Available: http://www.volvo.com/environment/index.htm (July 7, 1999)

Submissions Guidelines

1. How to submit the paper

The author should submit the paper via e-mail to The V.O.I.C.E. editor

voicejournal@malone.edu.

2. Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

The authors(s) must follow the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines in preparing the manuscript before submission.

3. Review Policy

All manuscripts must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for publication in The V.O.I.C.E. Each submission is reviewed by an Editorial Board member, including a select member to ensure faith integration within all submissions. The process from the date of submission to a notification of acceptance or rejection is approximately two months.

4. Review and Publication Process

This Professional Publication will be published online in September of each year. The deadline for submission is the first of February prior.

Step – 1: The submitted manuscript is acknowledged within 48 hours upon receipt.
Step – 2: The manuscript/paper is sent to two reviewers (manuscript without the name and affiliations of the author(s). The review process takes maximum two weeks.
Step – 3: The review reports are collected from the reviewers and the executive editor will send the review reports to the authors including all terms and conditions of the publication.
Step – 4: If the paper is accepted, the co- editor will inform the author of the submission acceptance. If the paper is accepted subject to modification, the co-editor will send the reviewed submission to the corresponding author including a formal request to modify the paper within 30 days as per the suggestions of the reviewers. The corresponding author will send the modified paper back to the co-editor, who will forward it on the same reviewers of the said paper to justify the modifications. If the paper is again returned by the reviewers, the paper is said to be finally rejected. The journal will not proceed with the said paper. However, in case of very minor changes, the editorial board may consider the paper for further modifications.

Step – 5: Upon the successful completion of the journal’s terms and conditions, the accepted paper is processed for publication online in the fall.

Step – 6: Proof Reading. The co-editor will send the processed paper for publication (MS Word) to the author/corresponding author for proof reading and biblical faith integration.

Step – 7: The Professional Publication is published online first. The co-editor will notify the author(s) about online publication with necessary download link. The author/corresponding author may request for any correction in published paper (in case of extremely important changes) within three days of online publication.

5. Copyright

Copyrights for articles published in the journal are retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. The journal/publisher is not responsible for subsequent uses of the work. It is the author’s responsibility to bring an infringement action if so desired by the author.

6. Plagiarism Policy

The editorial board is very strict regarding plagiarism. The journal believes that taking the ideas and work of others without giving them credit is unfair and dishonest. Copying even one sentence from someone else’s manuscript, or even one of your own that has previously been published, without proper citation is considered plagiarism-use your own words instead. The editorial board retains the absolute authority to reject the review process of a submitted manuscript if it subject to minor or major plagiarism and even may cancel the publication upon the complaint of victim(s).

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