Academia, Instructional Design, Writing

ETR&D Special Issue Proposal Call — Due May 15, 2014

ETR&D is inviting proposals for special issues. Normally, we consider publishing one special issue each year. If approved, the next special issue would likely be published in 2015 or early 2016 (we have an upcoming special issue about to go to press now under Dr. Spector’s guidance).

Please share the following information with individuals who have an interest in proposing a special issue of ETR&D. Please send special issue proposals to me ( by May 15, 2014.

1) Special issue proposals typically involve identifying: a theme for the issue, the name/credentials of the proposed special issue editor, and a prospective authors with draft titles (although this is not a guarantee for manuscript acceptance nor does it preclude accepting manuscripts that have not yet been identified).

2) In May, all proposals submitted for consideration are distributed to the Board for input/feedback as to the timeliness/relevance for ETR&D, extent to which special topic issue is warranted and in journal’s interest to promote, etc. If the Board indicates interest in one of the topics submitted, we typically request more detailed abstracts, authors to be invited, etc. We also ask the guest editors to solicit a call for potential authors for the theme issue to ensure that full participation is possible (and to avoid the appearance of a buddy system).

3) The Board and Springer want to ensure that the balance across Research and Development are maintained in a special issue (if available, we would include Cultural and Regional focused manuscripts).

4) After the call for potential authors/abstracts has generated a pool of candidates for the special issue, the guest editor and journal ed. (me in this case) would identify the most promising papers, establish a deadline for submission of papers, initial review done by guest editor/potentially pool of knowledgeable reviewers, suggestions for edits/rejections/etc. generated.

5) Board reviewers provide feedback to authors, with final submissions (subject to regular ETR&D Board review to ensure alignment with mission). At this point this will help to narrow down the publication time frame for the next special issue.

General Timeline:
Summer 2014—Finalize topic and guest editor
Summer2014—Call for special issues manuscripts
Fall 2014—First draft manuscripts due
Late 2014 – early 2015—Manuscripts will be finalized and approved for publication
Summer or Fall 2015—Target publication date

Thanks for your interest and support.

Tristan Johnson
Educational Technology Research & Development

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s