Review Policy

Information for Authors

Other Policies

Peer Review Process

When The Advocate, the journal for the Association of Teacher Educators-Kansas, receives an article, the author will be notified via email that the submission has been received. The Editor will review the submission to determine if the manuscript fits the aim and scope of The Advocate.

If the manuscript is appropriate for The Advocate, it will be sent out for peer review by at least two experts and/or practitioners in the field.

Reviewers are asked to complete the review within four weeks.

The goal is to provide constructive feedback that will help the author(s) improve the quality of the work. The Advocate expects reviewers to use professional language when providing comments. Reviewers should use the following criteria in providing their feedback and determining a recommendation:

  • Focus on the aim and scope of The Advocate
  • Clarity and readability of the manuscript
  • Adequate literature review to understand the study/project
  • Soundness of study design
  • Relevant evidence in results
  • Trustworthiness of the conclusion
  • Focus on application of research to improve educator preparation and/or teaching practice

In making a decision on the manuscript, reviewers will select from the following recommendations:

  • Accept the article with minor (or no) revisions – the article is of high quality and relevant to The Advocate and needs only editing revisions or some minor revisions that are outlined in the reviewer’s report.
  • Encourage major revisions as described in the reviewer's report – the article fits the aim and scope of The Advocate and has the potential to be publishable. But there are significant revisions that need to be completed. Resubmission would require another round of reviews and does not guarantee publication.
  • Reject the article without an option to resubmit – the article does not fit the aim and scope of The Advocate or the submission has significant flaws that could not be addressed through revisions.

When submitting feedback, the reviewer will need to provide feedback for the author AND for the editor. The reviewer will use the following form to guide the preparation of their feedback. Link to The Advocate Reviewer Form

The feedback to the author goes to the Editor and will be compiled with other reviewer’s feedback. If there is a lack of consensus among the peer reviewers, the Editor may send it out for another review or make a final decision based on the compiled feedback. The Editor will then convey the decision and reviewers’ compiled feedback to the author.

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Information for Authors

Who Can Submit?

Anyone who is a current member of the Association of Teacher Educators-Kansas (ATE-K) may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Advocate provided he or she owns the copyright to the work.

Please note The Advocate has no article processing or submission charges.

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 Advocate, 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 for The Advocate. If you have concerns about the submission terms, please contact the editors.

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Submitting to the Journal

The Advocate seeks three types of submissions:

Research articles (normally 1,500-5000 words). These articles will typically report a completed investigation or offer a critical review of a number of investigations that share a common theme or topic relevant to teacher preparation. These articles should contain descriptions of the issue or problem under study, a review of relevant literature, methodology, data and implications of the results.

Reflective article (short article) (about 500-1500 words). These might describe work in progress, raise issues arising from such work, or discuss general issues related to methodologies, ethics, government policy, collaboration, etc. in educator preparation. These articles have to have a clear purpose statement connecting it to the Focus and Scope of The Advocate and conclusion. Writing should be supported by connections to the relevant research literature base.

Book / Article Review or Critique (about 750-1000 words). These will review or critique books or articles relevant to teacher preparation, teacher recruitment and retention and typically provide a sense of the main arguments and presentation style of the author, clarifying connections to any specific audience or element of the profession of educator preparation.

Formatting Requirements

Initial formatting of the manuscript:

The abstract (100-150 words) will be part of the submission form. Do not include it with the article text.

  • Do not include a title page.
  • Do not include any identifying information.
  • Do not include headers or footers. These, along with page numbers, will be added as part of our publication process if your manuscript is accepted.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF files are accepted).
  • Double-space your text.
  • Submit your manuscript in APA Format (7th Edition).

Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) for citations must be provided and hotlinked in the Word document. As a member of CrossRef, our publisher, New Prairie Press, is required to include DOIs. Use the free DOI lookup on CrossRef's website to check your citations.

There are additional rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details.

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New Prairie Press recommends the use of the Creative Commons license. The The Advocate requires authors to agree to Creative Commons Attribution and Non-commercial licenses. Authors who publish with the The Advocate agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Archival Policy

Contents of the Journal are archived for perpetual access through New Prairie Press' participation in CLOCKSS (Controlled Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) and Portico and managed through the Digital Commons Publishing platform. New Prairie Press also participates in LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe). Once published, the contents are never changed.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the New Prairie Press website and/or software agree not to misuse the New Prairie Press service or software in any way.

The failure of New Prairie Press 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 New Prairie Press and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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