Peer-Review Process

Summary of Innovations Peer-Review Process for September 2018 Issue

Please contact the editor Judith Kaminsky for further information.

Proposal review (September 16-October 15, 2017)

  • Proposals due by September 15
  • Editor and consulting editors review all proposals according to:
    • Proposal criteria (as outlined in call for proposals + whether more than one proposal submitted)
    • Essence of call for proposals
      • Does the proposal reflect an understanding of the role of creativity in learning and the view of children as capable of collaborating together on constructing meaning and expressing their thinking through experiences with materials and media as languages?
      • Does the proposal reflect authors’ conceptual understanding of the Reggio approach and in-depth analysis of the thought processes of children and adults?
    • Interest in approving proposals from a diversity of contexts, communities, and cultures (type of program, population served, geographic, income groups, role of author)
  • Editor and consulting editors collaboratively decide on which proposals to approve and invite submission of manuscripts
  • Editor notifies submitters by October 15
    • Proposal approved/invitation to submit manuscript; editor requests confirmation of intention to submit manuscript by December 31, 2017
      • Outline strengths and areas of development on which to elaborate in manuscript
      • Send author supports (Guidelines and Requirements for Submitted Manuscripts and NAREA Photographic Release form following receipt of confirmation of submission; Summary of September 2018 Peer-Review Process sent after revised)
      • Images and completed NAREA Photographic Release forms must be submitted with manuscript
    • Inappropriate for this issue but possible consideration for another issue
      • Outline strengths and suggested areas for development in order to be considered for publication in future issue
    • Inappropriate for Innovations and why
      • Outline strengths, suggested areas for development, ways in which topic not addressed, and connection with Reggio Emilia approach not perceived

Manuscript review (January-May 2018)

  • Manuscripts due by December 31, 2017
  • Editor and consulting editors read and review all manuscripts
  • Editor and consulting editors collaboratively decide which manuscripts to send out for review
    • Authors notified during the week of February 12:
      • Whether manuscript will be sent out for review
      • If revisions requested (to be submitted by March 15) in order to be considered for review
      • If not appropriate for review/publication in September 2018 issue
    • Revised manuscripts reviewed by editor and consulting editors according to request for revisions; if manuscript still not appropriate for publication in September 2018 issue, authors notified (possibility of further review for future issue)
    • Editor sends all manuscripts sent out for review to associate editor for her perspective, which will be communicated to consulting editors and integrated into decisions regarding publication
  • Editor and consulting editors discuss possible topics and call for proposals for September 2019 issue in March and April 2018; call for proposals for September 2019 issue published in June 2018 issue of Innovations and posted on NAREA website
  • Reviewers with professional experience, research, and/or publications related to topic of issue and consulting editors read manuscripts and offer perspective re: publication in September 2018 issue based on the following considerations:
    • In what ways do you believe this manuscript supports the topic of the September 2018 issue, “The Theory of the Hundred Languages: How Representation with Materials and Media Becomes a Language for Expression and Learning”?
    • Does the manuscript reflect an understanding of the role of creativity in learning and the view of children as capable of collaborating together on constructing meaning and expressing their thinking through experiences with materials and media as languages?
    • Does the manuscript reflect the authors’ conceptual understanding of the Reggio approach and an in-depth analysis of the thought processes of children and adults? Is it clear how the experience evolved and how decisions and choices were made? Does the manuscript elaborate on the role of the children, the teachers, and the families?
    • Does the manuscript include the documentation of children’s use of materials and media to explore, develop, and represent theories and thinking along with the teachers’ interpretations and related projections? Does the inclusion of documentation make it possible for Innovations’ readers to think alongside the authors about the children’s use of media and consider the role of materials and media as languages in the learning processes?
    • Does the manuscript focus on some of the following aspects of this topic? If so, which ones and in what ways?
      • How do children represent their thinking through experiences with materials and media? How do children move from symbolic/graphic representation with one material to representation with another?
      • How is it possible to transition from exploration of materials and media to their use as languages for expression and learning?
      • What is the teacher’s role in supporting materials explorations and the use of materials as languages? How can teachers understand the meaning of the children’s efforts to represent their thinking? How can they decide the best way to support the children’s abilities to move forward in their thinking through collaborative research? How do teachers scaffold children’s ability to use representations as a means for reflecting and reviewing?
      • How do non-verbal languages support verbal language development?
      • How are contexts created among adults and children that:
        • are provocative and generative of rich and diverse learning experiences?
        • give visibility through documentation of the learning processes taking place among children, educators, and families?
        • view creativity as an essential aspect of research and innovation?
    • Does the manuscript include citations and references to published work by Reggio educators and others that support the authors’ ideas and are accompanied by a layer of interpretation by the authors?
    • What specific suggestions for revisions do you have that would improve the quality of this manuscript and/or strengthen the way in which it supports the topic of the September 2018 issue?
  • Reviewers and consulting editors submit report that addresses the above considerations to editor, who distributes to consulting editors for review.
  • Editors and consulting editors use the following criteria as another layer of analysis re: whether to publish manuscripts:
    • How well-written (APA mechanics of style, organization, focus/clarity, references); whether collaborative revision needed; whether authors published before or not
    • Depth of understanding of research in which authors engaged; use of documentation to support ideas, assertions, conclusions (transcripts, photographs, written observations, etc.)
    • How well documentation presented in manuscript (ways that visual artifacts and photographs are connected to concepts within manuscript)
    • How well manuscript relates to key issues and current trends and topics in the field
  • Editors and consulting editors collaboratively decide on which manuscripts to publish in September 2018 issue
    • Editor communicates to authors by May 31 re: acceptance for publication with no revisions required or interest in publishing following specific revisions made by June 30, 2018
    • Consulting editors draft reflections related to manuscripts approved for publication with the goal of inviting readers to relate what they have read to their own contexts and the intention to support the work of Reggio-inspired teachers in North America by thinking together through deeper and more complex analysis and reflection of our own work and that of our colleagues
    • Accepted manuscripts without revisions (June-July 2018)
      • Editor edits/prepares for publication and sends to consulting editors and authors for review along with periodical publication agreement and bullet points of related reflection
      • Authors complete publication agreement and return within 1 week
    • Revised manuscripts (July 2018)
      • Editor edits/prepares for publication and sends to consulting editors and authors for review along with periodical publication agreement and bullet points of related reflection
      • Authors complete publication agreement and return within 1 week

 

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