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Philosophy of Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities

For more information, please see Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is 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 Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities. If you have concerns about the submission terms for the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, please contact the editors.

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Peer Review Process

Manuscript Review. When a manuscript is delivered to the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, the editors review the manuscript and decide whether or not to accept the manuscript for peer review. Some of the reasons a manuscript may not be accepted for review: (a) the focus of the manuscript is outside the focus of the journal and/or (b) failure to follow the manuscript guidelines concerning length, format, and style. Manuscripts that are not accepted for peer review will be promptly returned so that authors can seek other avenues for publication.

Authors and reviewers are encouraged to contact the editors any time during the review process regarding questions about the status of their manuscript.

Peer Review Process. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities go through a blind review process for selection. Typically, two to three reviewers will evaluate the manuscript, on the basis of (a) the importance of the topic, (b) originality, (c) clarity, (d) accuracy and validity of the content, (e) value of the contribution to the professional literature, (f) implications for science education and (g) quality of the writing. Each reviewer will make a recommendation for or against publication. Typically this process takes 4-6 weeks.

The recommendations of the reviewers are forwarded to the co-editors. After reviewing these recommendations, the co-editors will make a decision concerning the manuscript: (a) decline the opportunity to publish, (b) request a revision with a stipulation for further peer review, (c) request a revision subject to additional review by the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, or (d) accept as is. The editorial decision and rationale will be communicated in a letter to the first author.

If a manuscript receives a favorable review from reviewers and the editors concur with the decision, a tentative recommendation for publication is made. This recommendation is conditional upon specific revisions that must be made as well as the submission of supporting materials (described below in 'revisions'). The information describes the process and timelines related to revisions, technical editing, production, and publication.

Revisions.The final decision to publish a manuscript is made after the satisfactory completion of revisions as outlined in the correspondence. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, author(s) will be requested to provide a final-version electronic copy of their manuscript, tables, references, and all figures.

Technical Editing. The editorial staff of the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities reserves the right to make editorial changes that do not materially affect the meaning of the text.

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Author Guidelines

These guidelines provide instructions on preparing papers for the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities. To ensure a uniform style, your paper will be formatted by RIT's Scholarly Publishing Studio before publication. Please submit papers in Word or RTF file format.

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Rights for Authors and RIT Scholar Works

As further described in our copyright & open access policy, publication rights to works is granted to the Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, however, full copyright for works published in this journal is retained by the author(s)

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, requires a link back to the RIT Scholar Works. Doing so will benefit your download and citation metrics.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the RIT Scholar Works website and/or software agree not to misuse the RIT Scholar Works service or software in any way.

The failure of RIT Scholar Works 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 RIT Scholar Works and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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