JOURNAL OF RESEARCH ON EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

JREE Content 

We aim to publish articles with the highest standards of methodological rigor that are relevant to practitioners, policymakers, and/or researchers. JREE publishes substantive research on factors important to educational success and methodological studies that improve our ability to conduct educational research. With a focus on educational effectiveness, most JREE articles have a connection to causal inference.

We welcome manuscripts in the following categories:

  • Evaluation
  • Theory, context, and mechanism
  • Methodology

The Evaluation section publishes studies of educational interventions/programs, policies, or practices. These evaluations typically use research designs that support causal inference, such as randomized controlled trials or rigorous quasi-experimental designs. Although all papers submitted to this section should address questions regarding effectiveness, we encourage the inclusion of findings on implementation, fidelity, service contrast, cost, etc. We welcome papers with strong methods that find null or negative results as well as replication studies. We prefer papers with pre-registered analysis plans.

The Theory, context, and mechanism section includes meta-analyses and syntheses, high-quality descriptive studies that illuminate educational conditions and contexts, and studies that rigorously investigate education processes and mechanisms. Aligned with JREE’s focus on effectiveness, most papers in this section have a connection to causal inference - often highlighting the conditions, contexts, and processes that shape, underlie, exacerbate and/or inhibit the effects of education practices and policies.

The Methodology section publishes work aimed at improving applied research on educational effectiveness. This work often advances (or advances our understanding of) the theoretical and technical features of research design, data analysis, data modeling, and measurement. We prefer work that directly contributes to the improvement of evaluations of programs, policies, or practices. We will consider work that deals with the statistical properties of measurement in so far as it relates to policy evaluation. Applications and case studies that demonstrate cutting-edge methods in educational contexts are welcome, as are brief “best practice” guides.

 

Manuscript Submission
Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word or LaTex. 

Where to Submit:  Authors should submit manuscripts via the Manuscript Submission Portal at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/uree.

Page Length and Formatting:  

  • Manuscript should not exceed 45 pages including main text, references, appendices, tables, and figures. (online only appendices do not count toward page limits). Shorter articles are appreciated!
  • Manuscripts should be typewritten, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins on all sides.
  • Pages should be numbered.
  • Authors should supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces.

Structure: Please compile your paper in the following order:

  • Cover page (this must be a separate document);
  • Abstract;
  • Main text;
  • References;
  • Appendices (as appropriate)
  • Table(s) and figure(s).

Cover page: The cover page must contain the title; authorship; author’s affiliations; any statements of credit or research support; and contact information (mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address) for each author listed.

Abstract: Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 180 words. The abstract should be on a separate page. Abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text should be avoided.

References: Cite in the text by author and date (Tournaki, 2003). Prepare reference list in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed. Examples:

Journal: Beck, A.T., Epstein, N., Brown, G., & Steer, R.A. (1988). An inventory for measuring clinical anxiety: Psychometric properties. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 56, 893–897. Doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.56.6.893

Book: Wechsler, D. (1987). Wechsler Memory Scale—Revised. San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corporation.

Contribution to a Book: Chow, T.W., & Cummings, J.L. (2000). The amygdale and Alzheimer’s disease. In J.P. Aggleton (Ed.), The amygdale: A functional analysis (pp. 656–680). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Tables and Figures: Tables and figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction.

One-pagers: JREE is committed to encouraging the dissemination and impact of all work published in JREE by releasing broadly accessible (and free) one page summaries of each final article. All authors of accepted articles that were first submitted after January 1, 2021 are required to create these one-page summaries using jargon-free, accessible language. Corresponding editors will support this process. This is not required upon submission. For substantive papers, the audience is policymakers and/or practitioners. For an example, please see: Edmunds et al. (2017). For methods papers, the audience is applied researchers. For an example, please see: Bloom et al. (2017).

Anonymous review:  To facilitate anonymous review, only the article title should appear on the first page of the manuscript, and every effort should be made to see that the text of the manuscript contains no identifying information. Note that in text self-citations should not be blinded—that is, do not cite your own work as “(Author, 2016).” Instead, make sure that the surrounding text does not identify cited work as that of the authors.

Copyright:  Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source). All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.

Illustrations

Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines:

  • 300 dpi or higher
  • Sized to fit on journal page
  • EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
  • Submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files

Color Reproduction
Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no additional cost to the author. Color illustrations will also be considered for print publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in color art reproduction. Please note that color reprints can only be ordered if print reproduction costs are paid. Print Rates: $900 for the first page of color; $450 per page for the next three pages of color. A custom quote will be provided for articles with more than four pages of color. Art not supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi will not be considered for print.

Proofs

Page proofs are sent to the designated author using Taylor & Francis’ Central Article Tracking System (CATS). They must be carefully checked and returned within 48 hours of receipt.

Reprints
Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online™.

Conflict of Interest

SREE requires authors to disclose any possible conflict of interest in the conduct and reporting of research (e.g. financial interests in a test procedure or curriculum product).

In order to minimize real or apparent conflicts of interest that would interfere with fair and impartial review of manuscripts, the SREE Publications Committee has adopted the following conflict of interest policy:

1. The Journal’s editors may not submit papers (as author or co-author) to the Journal during their tenure as editor.

2. The Journal’s editors may be authors on papers that were initially submitted before they were named as editors, though they may not be involved in the review or decision-making process for such manuscripts (more below).

3. The Journal’s editors will not be involved in the review of manuscripts for which they have a conflict of interest. A conflict arises when:

a. An editor is an author or co-author of a paper (submitted before she/he became editor);

b. An editor has been substantially involved in the research reported in a paper;

c. An editor has a close professional relationship with an author (for example, the author is a current or former student, former advisor, frequent co-author, or regular collaborator of the editor);

d. An editor and author have a current or recent funder/funded relationship;

e. An editor is a colleague (from the same university or organization) of the author;

f. An editor has a close personal relationship with the author;

g. An editor feels that she/he has a conflict of interest for some other reason;

h. An author notifies the editors that she/he has a conflict of interest with one of the editors.

4. In the case of a conflict of interest, the editorial team will determine a review process that excludes the editor(s) who have a conflict of interest. This process will be one of the following, depending on the reasons for the conflict:

a. A different editor than the one with a conflict of interest will oversee the review process, with no involvement of the editor with a conflict of interest. The editor with a conflict of interest will not have access to the manuscript and related files in the online review system, and will have no input into the decision on the manuscript. This approach will be used for cases (c)-(h) above.

b. The editors will ask a member of the SREE publications committee to serve as corresponding editor to oversee the review of the manuscript. The JREE editors will not have access to the manuscript and related files in the online review system, and will have no input into the decision on the manuscript. This approach will be used in cases (a)-(b) above (and in other cases if deemed appropriate).

5. This Conflict of Interest policy will be posted on the Journal’s website.

Manuscripts for which there was a conflict of interest will include a note indicating that the editor with a conflict was not involved in the review and decision for that manuscript.