Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Submissions are welcomed relating to the primary, secondary and higher education sectors, initial teacher education (ITE) and continuous professional development (CPD). Contributions to the on-going research debate are encouraged from any country. The expectation is that the new Journal will publish articles at the leading edge of the worldwide development of the subject area. The final edition each year will include published versions of the keynotes from the Design and Technology (D&T) Association's international research conference.

The normal word limit for articles is 5000 words, although up to 8000 words will be permitted in exceptional circumstances. Visual illustrations are encouraged in keeping with design and technology's ethos and practice. It is the Journal's policy to positively encourage the submission of articles based on action research by practitioners, which has been the bedrock of the subject's development for several decades. The Journal would also welcome the opportunity to publish substantial literature reviews in order to consolidate contributions which have been made to the subject, and ensure that they are accessible to current researchers and teachers.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Editors
  • Katie Appleton
  • Eddie Norman
  • Paul Swain
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Reflection

Editors
  • Katie Appleton
  • Eddie Norman
  • Paul Swain
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Research

Editors
  • Katie Appleton
  • Eddie Norman
  • Paul Swain
  • Neil Whitton
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review

Editors
  • Katie Appleton
  • Eddie Norman
  • Paul Swain
  • Neil Whitton
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Index

Editors
  • Katie Appleton
  • Eddie Norman
  • Paul Swain
  • Neil Whitton
Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

*On receipt, papers will normally be sent to be scanned by at least one of the Editors, but possibly other members of the Board depending on the topic, in order to confirm that the paper should be refereed, e.g. apparent relevance to the journal, originality, quality of English, length of the paper etc.

* The paper is then sent to 3 referees for detailed assessment of the rationale for the study, the contribution of the study, the logic of the study, the clarity of the writing and for recommendations regarding publication to be made.

* If the referee is unable to complete the task within one month of receiving the paper, then they should notify the D&T Association as soon as the paper arrives, so that it can be reallocated to someone else.

Publishing

* The Editors must make the decision to publish, or not, based on the recommendations of the referees

* If a paper receives at least a '2:1' vote in favour of publication (or better), then the Editors will consider the paper for publication


  • Amendments are likely to be required in line with the referees' comments and 'Editors' comments' will be supplied indicating what needs to be done prior to publication

  • In this situation the revised paper would not be sent back to the referees

* If a paper receives a '1:2' vote against (or worse) from the referees, then it will not be considered for publication by the Editors, and will be returned to the author(s) together with the referees' feedback and 'Editors' comments' on priorities

  • If the paper is resubmitted then it will be returned to the original referees for comment prior to consideration by the Editor(s)

 

Publication Frequency

Three issues of this journal will appear each year in February, June and October. The journal is published simultaneously online and in print format.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.