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Learn about the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, produced by the University of Alabama.

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  • 1.JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP The University of Alabama JCES

2. Faculty InvolvementStudent Involvement Dr. Samory T. Pruitt, publisherVice President for Community Affairs Executive Director, Center for Community-Based PartnershipsThe University of AlabamaDr. Cassandra Simon, editor Associate Professor, School of Social Work The University of Alabama Dr. Heather Pleasants, book review editor Director, Community EducationCenter for Community-Based PartnershipsThe University of AlabamaDr. Edward Mullins, production editor Professor Emeritus of Journalism CCBP Director, Community Research and CommunicationThe University of Alabama Jessica Averitt Taylor, assistant to the editorDoctoral Student in Social WorkThe University of Alabama Antonio Rogers, layout editor, 2008-2010Masters Student in AdvertisingThe University of AlabamaAndrea Mabry, web producer Masters Student in American StudiesThe University of AlabamaMarion Walding, layout editor, 2010 - Masters Student in American StudiesThe University of Alabama 3. It is impressive!Job well done.Dr. F. David Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation, Dayton, Ohio FIRST FOUR ISSUES JCES How exciting to see the inaugural copyI rushed home and savored the pagesThe format is a nice break from the usualrather refreshing to read.Nancy K. Franz, Extension Specialist, Program Development , Virginia Tech University 4. Our current issue is no different (i.e., always something new to share). Yet this time the excitement comes from the advancements in the field of engaged scholarship since the inception of JCES. Editor Cassie Simon For abstracts of all articles to date:http://jces.ua.edu/abstracts/abstracts.html#4.3 For subscriptions, send an e-mail to: aharper@uapress.ua.edu,To submit a manuscript, see:http://jces.ua.edu/submit/submit.html For a list of the editors and staff, go to: http://jces.ua.edu/about/staff.html To learn who is on the editorial board, go to: http://jces.ua.edu/about/editorialBoard.html FOURTH ISSUE New Issue Reflects Progress in Engaged Scholarship JCES (This issue) is reflective of so much of what is going on in engaged scholarship . It is filled with examples of innovative and forward-thinking approaches to addressing complex issues through connecting communities, students, and faculty. (It addresses) issues like STDs and AIDs in the college community and the implementation of a wellness policy for a rural school system. Editor Simon 5. ABOUT THE JOURNAL Published by the Office of Community Affairs at The University of Alabama,JCES is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a collaborative process. Designed to fill a demand for research that integrates teaching, research, and service, JCES also has a goal of appealing to all citizens, not just academics. Journal editors and editorial board members seek manuscripts and supporting materials such as photos, graphics, and videography that can be readily comprehended and valued by community partners whose situations and collaboration may have prompted the research in the first place. 6. A New Kind of Research Journal GOALS: To disseminate engaged scholarship across a wide spectrum of disciplines, integrating teaching, research, and service To become the leading journal in the field, publishing the best research in the world of engaged scholarship To lead the discussion about the role of engaged scholarship in the tenure, promotion, and reward system To be a journal that makes a difference, not only on campus but among community partners To attract a representative editorial board in terms of disciplines, regions, race, gender, and methodologies To use conventional as well asmultimedia forms in our presentation of scholarly work 7. Overcoming traditional scholarship paradigms and silos Establishing equitable and meaningful partnerships Maintaining rigor while reconceptualizating rigor Addressing tenure, promotion, and reward concerns Discovering key subject matter and recruiting distinguished contributors Making the journal relevant to campuses and communities Involving students and community partners more deeply in scholarship, resulting in co-authorship Developing a symbiotic relationship between the journal and related website, and connecting with other journals Making photography, audio, and video integral, not an add-on Challenges and Issues JCES 8. What JCES is looking for in manuscripts Co-authorship by students and community partners is a bonus Good, narrative writing that defines technical terms and avoids academese Added value from related photographs, video, and charts that tell the story, not just document the research Topics that matter to the community and to the academy Student involvement Variety in research approaches and methodologies Community involvement that is reflected in the manuscript, not just in the mechanics Engineers Without Borders students bringing water purity to village in Peru.(JCES Vol. 1, No. 1) 9. 5 Major Types of ContributionsStandard research/conceptual manuscriptResearch from the Field - Practice/Case-Study Oriented - Best practices, practice wisdom, and applied knowledge - 10 15 double spaced pagesCommunity Partner CommentaryStudent Section (for more on this, see www.jces.ua.edu)Book Reviews JCES 10. General Manuscript Preparation Microsoft Word Double-spaced Times New Roman 12-point type 25-page maximum for text (excluding tables, charts, photographs, and references) Required reference style is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) Authors should submit two copies of their manuscript: a masked copy and an unmasked copy, with identifying information removed from the masked copy JCES 11. About the Masked Copy The masked (formerly known as "blind") copy should contain no identifying information (author names, university names, etc.) in order to maintain the integrity of our peer review process. The unmasked copy is for our production crew. Once the review process is complete, they then have all the production information and can proceed with layout and design without delay. In your masked copy, use brackets to indicate that identifying information has been removed. For instance, rather than refer to The University of Alabama, you would refer to [the university]. Our reviewers understand that these brackets indicate the removal of potentially identifying information. 12. Review Process (1 of 3 slides) 1 Manuscript Receiptscan for style standards; request revisions if necessaryassign manuscript numbersend acknowledgement email with manuscript number to primary (corresponding) authorselect appropriate reviewers 2First Reviewsend to reviewers: review request, masked manuscript, review formreassign manuscript if reviewers unable to complete reviewsend to reviewers: reminder email one week after requested return date if reviews not yet returnedsend to editor: combined reviewer comments/rating formsend to reviewers: masked copies of both reviews and masked manuscript 3 Editor Decision accept (if accepted, proceed to step 8)recommend author revisions and resubmissionreject (end of process) 13. Review Process (2 of 3 slides) 4 Revise and Resubmit Request notify primary (corresponding)author of decision send to author: letter from editor, document with masked reviewer comments, and manuscript with masked editor/reviewer edits/tracked changes (if applicable)request resubmission within 4 weeks 5 Resubmission and Second Reviewscan for standards (especially masked and unmasked copies); if necessary, contact author with request for revisions to meet standardsreassign manuscript to original reviewers for re-reviewsend to reviewers: masked manuscript, copy of masked revision request letter from editor to primary author, masked document with original reviewer comments, review form, and masked manuscript with editor/reviewer edits/tracked changessend to reviewers: reminder email one week after requested return date if reviews not yet returned send to editor: combined reviewer comments/rating formsend to reviewers: masked copies of both reviews and masked manuscript 6Editor Decision accept (if accepted, proceed to step 8)accept with minor revisionreject (end of process) 14. Review Process (3 of 3 slides) 7 Accept with Minor Revisionsend to primary (corresponding) author: notification of decision, requested revisions to be returned within two weeksonce revisions received, read thoroughly to ensure completion of all requests8 Edit for Publicationfinal editing by JCES staffnegotiate edited manuscript with authorsend official acceptance letter and copyright forms for author signatures 9 Publication 15. Review Criteria Scholarly Contribution and/or Expertise in Community Engagement Shows originality of thought and creativity Expands understanding of the topic or insightfully links to other topics or disciplines Treats topic in a sound manner and provides adequate conceptualizationDemonstrates a logical and sufficient methodology when appropriate Presents a logical and sufficient rationale regarding primary topic of manuscript Reflects knowledge of relevant work/literature in the topic area Provides adequate documentation and acknowledgment of sources Presents conclusions and/or recommendations in keeping with the focus of the article and the research 16. Review Criteria Relevance to Education and/or Community Engagement Demonstrates central involvement of students and/or community involvement Discusses an important, new, innovative, and/or timely issue that contributes to advancing the fieldAudience targeted by the author is evident and the article is truly useful for this audienceTopic of interest or importance to a large enough segment of the journals readersh