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Author Guidelines

Requirements for contributors

Educate is primarily intended for the dissemination of the work of currently registered doctoral students at any stage of their research. Contributions are also welcome from those students who have been awarded their doctorate within the last two years. All contributions, properly anonymised, will be read and reviewed by two referees and by the editorial board, before a decision concerning publication is made. All contributors receive feedback on their submission.

Contributing to Educate does not only give PhD students a good opportunity to gain experience in publishing their materials, it also allows them to have their work reviewed by experts other than their supervisors to the benefit of their whole doctoral research. Four types of articles can be submitted:

  1. A research note (500 – 1,500 words). These are intended to alert the research community to research in progress. This type of article might offer an opportunity for those just starting their work to invite comments on particular research questions or to make requests for information about specific areas of study. Longer articles in this section should identify the research questions being investigated and the theoretical and methodological contexts of the study. They could include an account of pilot studies undertaken (if appropriate), current progress on data gathering or an initial analysis and discussion of findings.
  2. Critical review of an area of literature (2,500 – 5,000 words). A summary of 200 words should locate the critical review in the context of a particular study of research questions, and indicate how it addresses the research questions under discussion.
  3. Research papers (2,500 – 6,000 words). This offers students who are in the final stages of their PhD the opportunity to present their main research findings. Submitting authors should include:
    • A short introduction locating the paper in its specific field (200 words) which should serve to make the article more accessible to those in related or different fields of study
    • An abstract of 200 words
  4. A book review (600 – 1,000 words).
All submissions should be in A4 (not letter) size, with single-spaced Arial 11 point font used. Margins should be set as 30 mm at the top, 25 mm at left and right, and 20 mm at the bottom. Educate uses the Harvard system of references and does not allow for footnotes.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. Are you currently a doctoral student or have you been awarded your PhD within the past two years?
  2. Will you complete all the fields for your submission?
  3. Have you read the guidelines for contributors and ensured that you have adhered to the word limit for your type of contribution?
  4. If appropriate, have you included an abstract of 200 words? For a research paper, have you additionally included a contextualization?
  5. Have you anonymised your submission, removed any footnotes and numbered the pages?
  6. Have you used the Harvard system of references?
  7. Have you placed tables and figures at the appropriate point in the text together with an appropriate title?
  8. Have you ensured that your language is not culturally-biased?
  9. Have you made reference in the text that you have followed the ethical code of your research domain for studies involving human participants?
  10. Is the submission unpublished material, not submitted elsewhere and is the work submitted derived from a PhD in progress or a PhD completed in the past two years?

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant Educate~ an exclusive licence to publish, in return for which they can reuse their papers in their future printed work without first requiring permission from the publisher of this journal. The work is simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Licence that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in Educate~.

  2. Authors are requested to seek appropriate copyright permission for any material they use from external sources before submitting their article and should discuss this, if it arises, with the Editor.

  3. Authors are able and encouraged to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of Educate~'s published version of the work (e.g. post it to an institutional repository or on their personal website), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in Educate~.



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