Editorial Policy

Submitted articles should fit one of the following three categories:

Empirical articles

These articles will include data analysis (e.g., experimental research and survey). Types of manuscripts considered in this section include, but are not limited to, those investigating teaching assessment, faculty issues such as promotion and tenure, experimental studies such as different teaching methods, and psychometric investigations of instruments used to gather data. Authors must provide sufficient information to allow knowledgeable readers to fully understand the manner in which the study was conducted and the analysis performed. This information includes survey instruments used to gather data, tests conducted pertaining to nonresponse bias, validity, and internal consistency, and discussions of control measures implemented in experimental studies.

Nonempirical articles

Types of manuscripts considered in this section include, but are not limited to, those investigating curriculum issues such as innovative presentations of subject matter in class and educational cases. Authors must adequately document teaching innovations including solutions illustrating how the teaching innovation differs from traditional presentation. Education cases must include a complete set of teaching notes accompanied by any necessary supplemental tables or schedules to document computations.

Replication studies

These articles will include a complete or partial replication of a previously published study and may include an extension beyond the replication. Authors are encouraged to contact the author of a replicated study to ensure the replication is valid. The author of the replicated study will be asked to be a third reviewer. Authors must describe how the replication study is similar and/or different from the previously published study. Authors should present results in the same manner as the previously published study for comparison purposes. Presentation of additional results is also permitted. Of particular interest to the journal are replication studies across geographic boundaries testing the generalizability of findings.