About

Editors

Jason C. Bryant, Ph.D.

Executive Editor

Auburn University, USA

Amy Serafini, Ed.D.

Section Editor
Instructional Leadership

Auburn University, USA

Kamden K. Strunk, Ph.D.

Section Editor
Critical Studies in Education

Auburn University, USA

Kamia Slaughter, M.Ed.

Section Editor
Book Reviews

Auburn University, USA

Aims and Scope

The Professional Educator is a peer reviewed research journal focusing on education in the Southeastern U.S. The journal is divided into three sections: Instructional Leadership, Critical Studies of Education, and Book Reviews. The Aims and Scope of each section are listed below.

Section Editor: Amy Serafini, Ed.D., Auburn University, USA

The aim of the Instructional Leadership section is to promote and publish scholarship across multiple disciplines and contexts to inform the field of educational leadership. Our definition of education and schooling is expansive, including early childhood, K-12, higher education, adult education, informal learning, and other educational contexts. We invite manuscripts on topics including: Research on leadership preparation pedagogy, programs, and professional development; Innovative approaches and techniques for leadership preparation pedagogy, programs, and professional development; Thorough and critical reviews that stimulate lively, thoughtful, topical, practical, and controversial discussion; Analysis of current policy trends influencing leadership preparation and development; Comparative studies of leadership preparation pedagogy, programs, and professional development.

The section publishes qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and multi-method research, in addition to theoretical work and systematic reviews of the literature on topics related to our aims. We also invite “Notes from the Field” manuscripts from current practitioners that are responsive to scholarship published in this section.

Section Editor: Kamden K. Strunk, Ph.D., Auburn University, USA

Aims and Scope:

This section publishes manuscripts involving research and scholarship centered on understanding cultural, institutional, and structural dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice, inequity, and oppression in education and schooling in the Southeastern U.S. Our definition of education and schooling is expansive, including early childhood, K-12, higher education, adult education, informal learning, and other educational contexts. We invite manuscripts featuring scholarship that interrogates, subverts, and works to transform all systems that oppress, dehumanize, and subjugate, including hegemonic systems of white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, ableism, linguicism, imperialism, settler colonialism, and capitalist neoliberalism. We invite manuscripts that work to create liberatory futures and possibilities in schools, education, and society by engaging in analysis using critical frameworks.

The section publishes qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, and multi-method research, in addition to theoretical work and systematic reviews of the literature on topics related to our aims. We also invite “Notes from the Field” manuscripts from current practitioners that are responsive to scholarship published in this section.

Section Editor: Kamia Slaughter, M.Ed., Auburn University, USA

Aims and Scope:

This section publishes reviews of books on education that are focused on the Southeastern U.S. The journal solicits book reviews of titles received from publishers, and also publishes unsolicited book reviews on relevant topics. We invite reviews of books related to instructional leadership and/or critical studies of education in the Southeastern U.S.

Policies

Submissions to The Professional Educator must meet the following requirements:

  • Written in APA style, following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.
  • Include a separate title page file, which includes complete contact information for all authors, including names, affiliations, complete street addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. The title page should clearly indicate who the corresponding author will be, which is the individual responsible for communications with the editors, page proofs, and working with the publication and editorial staff.
  • Submissions to the journal should submitted in Times New Roman font, 12-point type, formatted as 8.5” x 11” pages with 1” margins on all sides. Authors should include appropriately formatted subheadings at reasonable intervals. Pages should be numbered consecutively. All abbreviations should be spelled out on their first use except for commonly-known abbreviations.
    • For Research Articles, the total length should typically be 4,000 to 8,000 words.
    • For Notes from the Field, the total length should typically be 2,000 to 3,000 words.
    • For Book Reviews, the total length should typically be 1,000 to 2,000 words.
  • Manuscripts submitted for review must be anonymized, which means authors will need to remove all potentially identifying information. Outside of the separate title page file mentioned above, submitted finals should not identify the authors, their affiliations, their funding sources, or other information that might identify authors. Authors should also anonymize any self-citations in the manuscript following APA style requirements. Self-citations only need to be anonymized if it might be apparent to reviewers that it is a self-citation.
  • All submissions must include an abstract of 100-120 words, and 3-5 keywords. These should be included in the manuscript file in APA style.
  • In general, authors should avoid notes, but may include footnotes as necessary in compliance with APA style.
  • The reference list should only include sources cited in the manuscript, and all sources cited in the manuscript must be included in the reference list. All references should include digital object identifiers (DOI) when possible, and all references must comply with APA style, 7th edition.
  • Tables and figures may be included in APA style, 7th edition formatting.
  • All manuscripts must be submitted in English.
  • Authors who wish to include copyrighted material must submit documentation of permission to use copyrighted materials.

The Professional Educator utilizes doubly-anonymous peer review. This means that reviewers read anonymized manuscripts that shield the identity of authors, and authors do not know the identity of reviewers. Once a manuscript is received, it is evaluated by an editor or associate editor to determine whether it fits with the aims and scope of the journal and merits being sent out for peer review. Following this initial consideration, if the manuscript merits review, an editor or associate editor will request peer reviews. Peer review for the journal is conducted by a minimum of two qualified expert reviewers, preferably three. Reviewers may be editorial board members or ad-hoc reviewers. However, all reviewers are selected for their substantive expertise and publication record in the areas of submitted manuscripts. Book reviews will be evaluated by at least one reviewer, but also undergo doubly-anonymous peer review.

Manuscripts submitted to The Professional Educator are evaluated based on their: 1) Relevance to the field of education and the aim and scope of the journal; 2) Conceptual framework and connections to relevant empirical and theoretical literature; 3) Methods, including appropriateness of the methods to questions, adequacy of the description of the method, and the rigorousness of the methods; 4) The findings, results, and conclusions are appropriate and supported by the literature and/or data; 5) The overall contribution to the field; and 6) The writing style, composition, and clarity of the manuscript.

The Professional Educator recognizes the COPE practices for ethics in peer review.

The Professional Educator has a commitment to publication ethics and practices consistent with the COPE Core Practices. Related to this commitment, all editors, editorial staff, and editorial board members complete publication ethics training. The journal also endorses and complies with the APA Code of Ethics and the AERA Code of Ethics. In particular, the journal fully endorses and utilizes the APA and AERA Codes of Ethics with regard to allegations of misconduct, authorship credit, complaints and appeals, conflicts of interest, data sharing and reproducibility, and research ethics.

All allegations of misconduct can be directed to the Editor-in-Chief who will initiate an appropriate investigation of the allegations. Similarly, all complaints and appeals related to the peer review and publication process can be directed to the Editor-in-Chief who will initiate an appropriate investigation of the allegations.

Conflicts of interest and competing interests: The Professional Educator requires that all authors, contributors, reviewers, and editorial board members disclose potential conflicts of interest as defined in the American Psychological Association position. Publications that involve an actual or potential conflict of interest must include a conflict of interest statement.

Data and reproducibility: Authors are encouraged to engage in transparent research processes that, when appropriate to the study aims and goals, promote reproducibility. The journal also acknowledges that reproducibility, as a concept, is embedded in particular ontoepistemological considerations that may not apply to all ways of doing research. Further, the journal encourages authors to share their data, when it is appropriate and ethically responsible, in compliance with both the AERA Code of Ethics and the AERA Code of Ethics.

The Professional Educator accepts as letters to the editor reactions to or critiques of work published in the journal. Such letters are subject to peer review and editorial review and decisions. When such a comment is accepted, the original author will also be invited to write a reply. Such letters should normally not exceed 1,500 words and replies not exceed 750 words. When appropriate, the journal will publish corrections or retractions to published articles.

The Professional Educator is financially supported by the Auburn University College of Education and the Truman Pierce Institute.

Authors submitting work for publication in The Professional Educator agree to assign the exclusive right to publish, reproduce, and license the work to the journal. The journal publishes all works under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. All articles in the journal are open access, and may be freely downloaded and shared in their original version for any non-commercial purpose, provided that the journal is properly credited. Whenever possible, shared versions should directly link to the journal (ideally by link to the digital object identifier [doi]). Authors are free to post published versions of their articles to archives, pre-print servers, and institutional repositories provided they link directly to the journal’s version of record, whenever possible by linking to the doi.

Information supplied to the journal for the purposes of manuscript submission and peer review will not be sold or provided to any third parties for marketing or other purposes. However, it may be used for the purposes of communicating about the journal.