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ETR&D Call for Special Issue Proposals

Monday, March 27, 2017  
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Educational Technology Research & Development typically has one special issue each year. The two major sections of the journal alternate in managing that process. The Development Section will manage the special issue to be published in 2018. This is an initial call for proposals. A proposal should contain (a) the names, CVs, and contact information of guest editor(s), (b) the title of the special issue, (c) the focus, scope and rationale for the special issue, (d) likely authors (they need not be confirmed in a proposal) and/or a process for recruiting authors who can deliver good papers in a few months, (e) a sample contribution, (f) likely reviewers, and, if available, (g) a draft of an initial contribution. A special issue should consist of 8 to 12 papers (between 5,000 and 7,000 words including references). Authors and guest editors need not be members of AECT (Association for Educational Communications and Technology; see which sponsors ETR&D nor have previously published in ETR&D. Guest editors manage the review process which takes place according to standard practice within the editorial management system ( This includes selecting reviewers from the standard pool of reviewers and possibly adding new reviewers (who need to be established scholars with strong publication records), submitting feedback to authors, and making a final recommendation to the managing editor. All special issue are subjected to the standard double-blind review process and initial submissions should not contain any author identifying information (includes using only ‘author’ and year of publication for any citations and references involving any of the authors). ETR&D follows APA 6 guidelines.

The process is as follows:

  • Special issue proposals are solicited from the research community and submitted to the managing editor (in this case, that will be Mike Spector –;

  • The board of editors for the section managing special issue votes on and selects the special issue proposal to accept – the managing editor only votes in case of a tie; it is the editorial board who votes (see

  • Typically, the guest editor(s) writes an introductory piece for the special issue – that can be an elaboration of the original rationale and focus proposed to the Board.

Special issue papers can and should span the full range of research, development and cultural/regional issues addressed in the journal. It is desirable to have papers that represent multiple perspectives from a variety of research groups. Each paper should not have been previously published and must represent an original contribution.

The timeline for this call for special issue proposals is as follows:

  • April 30, 2017 – proposals due to;

  • May 31, 2017 – the Development Board selects the special issue proposal;

  • August 31,2017 – first drafts of papers due to the Editorial Management system (;

  • May 31, 2018 – final versions of all papers approved in the EM system – no exceptions.

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