Policies and Guidelines


Philosophy of International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education

For more information, please see International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education provided they own the copyright to the work being submitted or are authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to the International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education, the author(s) stipulate that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that they will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education. If you have concerns about the submission terms for International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education, please contact the editors.

Any submitted article reporting research that involved the collection of data on human subjects must disclose whether the author(s) obtained approval for such data collection from the Institutional Review Board (“IRB”), Ethics Board, or similar entity of the author’s home institution. If approval was not obtained, the author(s) must state the reason.

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Types of Submissions Accepted

IJLLAE seeks scholarly articles, visual essays, or book/media reviews that align with the journal’s aims and scope. Articles should be no less than 3,000 and no more than 5,000 words including references and endnotes, but excluding the abstract (150 words maximum) and keywords (3-5 keywords).

Visual essays must include no less than 1000 and no more than 1500 words of text that argue, analyze, evaluate, or interpret the accompanying images. Images must be submitted as high-resolution jpegs (300 dpi). Visual essays should integrate images and text in a creative way so that they document, evaluate and critically reflect on arts education based activities, events and outcomes. Images should not simply illustrate the text or exhibit the author’s or students' artistic productions as in a gallery but should constitute an essential component in the articulation of meaning. Think of it as an exploration of a topic that conveys ideas and meaning through visual means as well as language. It is important to note that we view visual essays as equal in academic status to traditional text based articles. In a visual essay, the aim is to report ideas, processes and results or pose questions that cannot be easily explained by words alone. Links to multi-media (video, sound) are also encouraged.

Critical analysis of books and media should be 750 to 1500 words on topics reflective of IJLLAE’s mission. Manuscripts must be prepared using the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition style guide. For more specifics see the “For Authors” section.

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Formatting Requirements

The page layout for the International Journal of Lifelong Learning in Art Education is portrait orientation. All submissions must be formatted to portrait layout. We cannot publish a manuscript or visual essay with a full bleed; all submissions must have at least a half-inch margin on all sides. Articles must be submitted as MS Word (.doc, .docx) or RTF, files that can be converted to PDFs for publication. Please use a sans serif font, preferably Arial or Helvetica. All images, figures and tables should be submitted in a separate file and clearly labeled and numbered in accordance to where they appear and are referenced in the manuscript. In general, adhere to the standards described in Section 5.01-5.30 of the APA Publication Manual, and in particular, see Section 5.20, which states that if a figure or image does not “add substantively to the understanding of the paper or duplicates other elements of the paper, it should not be included” (APA, 2010, p.152). We recommend including five or fewer figures and tables, unless there is a strong justification for more, such as in the case of a visual essay. If submitting accompanying materials with your manuscript, such as video, audio, or other similar material, the submission website, Be Press/Scholars Compass, allows for the upload of these materials near the end of the submission process. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of the review process, which is completed via the Internet, that not all computers and Internet connections are created equally, which means some reviewers will not be able to easily view and open supplemental content if it is submitted in an uncommon file format, or if the files are too large (see APA Section 2.13). See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although the IJLLAE editors and bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality Microsoft Word or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

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Guidelines for Authors

Authors must have a Scholars Compass account to make a submission. For details on how to create an account see Creating an Author Account on VCU Scholars Compass. All initial submissions must be typed, double-spaced, paginated, with all reference to the author(s) name and any other identifying information redacted from the body of the manuscript to ensure blind review. Do not include a title page with author(s) name, affiliation, email contact, abstract, and key words with your manuscript. This information is captured in Steps 2 through 4 of the online submission process. The APA 6th edition style guide may be accessed here.

Instructions for submitting a manuscript can be found here. Upon preliminary review by the editor, manuscripts will either be forwarded to reviewers or rejected. After initial review the author(s) will be contacted as to whether their submission is: accepted; accepted with minor revisions; major revisions needed/resubmit; or rejected. The review process for selected authors may take as many as three rounds. Articles approved for publication will be sent to the author for final approval prior to publishing.

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Guidelines for Reviewers

Reviewers must create an account in Scholars Compass to access articles. Instructions for setting up an account may be found here. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process in which no fewer than two reviewers assess the merit of the manuscript. Each reviewer is asked to return evaluations within 21 days of receipt. Reviews are completed using a rubric that includes a section for comments to the editor and comments to the author(s). There is a rubric for scholarly articles and media/book reviews and a separate one for visual essays. Be certain to complete the rubric that matches the submission reviewed.

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Rights for Authors and VCU Scholars Compass

As described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors agree to the following terms: Authors retain copyright, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal. For more information, see https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the VCU Scholars Compass website and/or software agree not to misuse the VCU Scholars Compass service or software in any way.

The failure of VCU Scholars Compass to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between VCU Scholars Compass and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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