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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word format.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • The text adheres to the requirements outlined in Author Guidelines, Structure and Formatting, Grammar and Style, and References.
  • Every use of information from other sources is cited in the text.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided. URLs are not included in in-text citations.
  • Notes appear at the end of the paper, before the reference list. If the note includes a reference, full bibliographic details are given the first time a work is cited.
  • All works cited in the text, including works cited only in notes, are included in the reference list.
  • Submission includes an abstract, keywords, acknowledgments (if applicable), a statement about conflicts of interest, and a statement about ethics and consent (if applicable).
  • All figures and tables are placed within the text, ideally after the paragraph of their first citation. All figures and tables are cited within the main text using Arabic numerals (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, etc.). The citation should come after the first reference to the content of the figure or table.

  • All figures and tables are accompanied by a descriptive caption. Captions for figures include the source of images, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of permission (“Courtesy of . . .” for free illustrations and “By permission of . . .” if payment was required).
  • Authors have secured permission to publish any copyrighted material.
  • The submission contains nothing that poses a risk of harm to marginalized communities.

Author Guidelines

Submissions to KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies must be uploaded on this website. Authors can track their submissions and communicate with the editors through the online journal management system. 

Eligibility

Submissions to KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies cannot have been previously published nor be under consideration at another journal, but the journal welcomes submissions of papers that have been loaded on to preprint servers, personal websites, or other informal communication channels, as long as authors retain copyright to such postings. These formats are not considered prior publication. If their submission is published in the journal, authors are encouraged to link any prior posting of their paper to the final published version.

The journal reserves the right to reject submissions that do not demonstrate respect and sensitivity in addressing subjects of study that pose a risk of harm to marginalized communities. The journal also reserves the right to remove articles after publication if it becomes known that the author has expressed discriminatory views. 

Authorship

All authors listed on a submission must have agreed to publish the submission and given approval to have their names appear on the submission. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that all listed authors qualify for, and have agreed to, authorship of the submission. The corresponding author is also responsible for apprising fellow co-authors of relevant editorial information during the review process.

Preprint Policy

The journal welcomes submissions of papers that have been loaded onto preprint servers as long as the author retains copyright to the preprint and any works developed from it. Authors should declare that a preprint is available and should provide the link to the preprint.

If their submission is published in the journal, authors should update the information associated with the preprint to indicate that a final version has been published in KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies. Please include the DOI for the publication.

ORCID

The journal strongly recommends that all authors submitting a paper register an account with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). Registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier for the account that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives the correct credit for their work. As the ORCID remains the same throughout the lifetime of the account, changes of name, affiliation, or research area do not effect the discoverability of an author's past work and aid correspondence with colleagues.

The journal encourages all corresponding authors to include an ORCID as part of their submitting author data, and recommends that co-authors include one as well. ORCID numbers should be added to the author data upon submission and will be published alongside the submitted paper, should it be accepted.

Permissions

The author is responsible for obtaining all permissions required prior to submission of the manuscript. Permission and owner details should be mentioned for all third-party content included in the submission or used in the research.

If a method or tool is introduced in the study, including software, questionnaires, and scales, the license this is available under and any requirement for permission for use should be stated. If an existing method or tool is used in the research, it is the author's responsibility to check the license and obtain the necessary permissions. The submission should include a statement confirming that permission was secured.

Preparing Manuscript for Blind Review

To ensure blind peer review, authors should remove any identifying information from their submissions and should avoid referring to themselves in the first person or self-referencing in an overt way. If they wish to reference their own work, they should do so in the third person.

 

Article Types

Research Articles

Research articles should present the findings of unpublished original research. Authors should make a substantial contribution to scholarship by identifying a research problem or question related to the journal’s focus and making a persuasive argument supported by relevant evidence.

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

Word count: Research articles should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words (including notes but not references).

Methods Articles

Methods articles should present new techniques for research and scholarship and discuss the significance of and possible applications of these techniques. Articles that critique or propose changes to existing methodologies and approaches are welcome.

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

Word count: Methods articles should be between 6,000 and 9,000 words. Word count includes notes but does not include references.

Teaching Reflections

Teaching reflections should discuss scholarly research and pedagogical principles informing curriculum design and instruction of academic courses related to the journal’s focus. Authors should establish why the course focus is important, what they hope students learn, and how the format of the course (e.g., method of instruction, types of assignments) relates to the content and encourages learning. Authors may also discuss what they have learned as instructors, what challenges they have faced, etc. Authors are encouraged to include teaching materials such as syllabi as part of their submission. 

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

Word count: Teaching reflections should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words (including notes but not references).   

Project Reports

Project reports should give a detailed overview of an ongoing or completed scholarly or community project whose purpose is the creation, dissemination, or preservation of knowledge, locally or globally. Reports may discuss the project’s origins, goals, partners, activities, successes, challenges, and plans for the future. These reports will ideally be supplemented by images, audio, and/or video content. 

  • Open submission
  • Indexed

Word count: Project reports should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words (including notes but not references).

Commentaries

Commentaries should reflect upon or critique a specific scholarly event, such as the release of a major study or other notable occurrence, related to the journal’s focus. Authors interested in submitting a commentary piece should discuss the content with the editor before submitting a manuscript.

  • Open submission
  • Indexed
  • Peer reviewed

Word count: Commentaries should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Word count includes notes but does not include references.

Artistic Contributions

Invited contributions only. 

Abstracts for Special Issues

Use this section to submit a proposal for consideration for a special issue. Please provide an overview of your topic and specify what kind of submission you are proposing (e.g., research article, project report). Based on these abstracts, authors may be invited to submit full pieces for editorial consideration and, if applicable, peer review.

Word count: 300-500 words.

Proposals: COVID-19, Online Instruction, and Open Educational Resources

KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies is requesting proposals for a forum on the shift to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. We seek contributions from faculty members, librarians, and other staff working at post-secondary institutions who have transitioned to and developed pedagogical materials, especially Open Educational Resources (OERs), for online instruction in the last year. How has your teaching evolved? What are the demands and challenges of the digital environment? What has worked, and what has not? How have students responded?
 
As a multidisciplinary journal, we encourage submissions from scholars and practitioners across disciplines, and we are interested in experiences with both synchronous and asynchronous teaching. We welcome submissions in various formats (e.g., research articles, methods articles, and commentaries) but invite teaching reflections in particular, especially contributions that openly share syllabi and teaching materials with the broader community. We also welcome submissions with student collaborators.

Please submit proposals (approx. 300 words) by March 15, 2021.

 

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