Types of Content Accepted

Prairie Journal of Educational Research PJER accepts text-only submissions or submissions combining text and static images (figures, photos, charts, tables). PJER accepts education-related articles presenting empirical research (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods) and action research. Topics may include, but are not limited to: Educational Leadership, Educational Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy, Special Education, Student Affairs, Academic Advising, and School Counseling.

Who Can Submit?

Any student currently enrolled in the College of Education at Kansas State University, or recent graduates (at the discretion of the editors) of the College of Education at Kansas State University may submit an original article to be considered for publication in PJER, provided the work was initially created while the student was enrolled in the College of Education at Kansas State University. Please note that while faculty collaboration is encouraged, faculty may not serve as the first author of the article. Those who submit must own the copyright to the work being submitted, or be authorized by the copyright owner(s) 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). The Journal has no article processing or submission charges. Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to PJER, 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 PJER. If you have concerns about the submission terms for PJER, please contact the managing editors at .

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Editorial Process

PJER is affiliated with the College of Education at Kansas State University. Each submitted article will be screened by a managing editor to ensure that the article meets the basic criteria for publication. Each article meeting the basic criteria will undergo a double-blind review by at least three reviewers. Reviewers may be faculty, professionals, alumni, or students. Reviewers are selected for each article based on their expertise in the topic and/or methodology. Reviewers will provide developmental feedback for authors, and a publication recommendation: Accept, accept with minor revisions, revise and resubmit, or reject. Authors whose articles have been accepted, accepted with minor revisions, or asked to revise and resubmit will have the opportunity to address and incorporate reviewer feedback prior to resubmission or publication. We encourage authors and reviewers alike to view the editorial process as a learning process.

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Formatting Requirements

Initial submissions to PJER should be formatted according to the guidelines put forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Documents must be submitted in .doc, .docx, or .rtf file formats. All text must be double-spaced in a clear, easy-to-read, 12-point font typeface. We suggest manuscripts not exceed twenty (20) double-spaced pages, including abstract, references, and appendices, and images. Images (graphs, charts, photos, etc.) should be used sparingly. Please note that the author is responsible for securing any necessary permissions for copyrighted material for print and electronic reproduction. Permission fees are the responsibility of the author.

For the purposes of a fair review, please ensure that the manuscript has been blinded. Remove author names (you may replace in-text references to the authors with "the authors") and other identifying information (including the names of any advisors or faculty members associated with the production of the article). Do not include a cover page with the submitted document. A separate field is provided for a cover letter if desired. Prior to publication, you will be asked to review your article. Only once you have been notified that the article has been accepted, may you reinstate any identifying information that you desire. Manuscripts may be rejected on the grounds that they have not been properly blinded.

Where available, DOIs (digital object identifiers) must be provided. As a member of CrossRef, New Prairie Press, PJER’s publisher, is required to include DOIs. Please use the free DOI lookup on CrossRef’s website to check your citations.

Authors are responsible for the formatting of their own manuscripts. PJER does not provide copy editing services. Authors may get assistance with writing from the Kansas State University Writing Center should you require help. Manuscripts may be rejected on the grounds of errors in spelling, grammar, and other elements of style.

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Human Subjects Policy

PJER is committed to ethical research. All research using human subjects requires approval from the Institutional Review Board.

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Open Access Policy

PJER provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of information that leads to knowledge and progress.

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

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives License (CC BY-ND) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. 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.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post the published version of their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) after it has been published in PJER, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work..

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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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