Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Washington State Kappan is a regional journal that explores issues of research, leadership, and practice in education, with a focus on:

·      Articles examining the successes and challenges experienced by students, teachers, and administrators

·      Practical, evidence-based ideas for teaching and learning to meet the needs of diverse students

·      Information on effective models of professional development and professional growth for all educators

Washington State Kappan is published online and in print two times a year.

Full-length research and theory articles and practitioner-focused school or classroom-based articles are accepted for consideration through peer review. In addition, the journal is soliciting less formal book or materials reviews for each issue. If you are interested in writing for WSK, your first step should be to familiarize yourself with the journal and the sorts of manuscripts it publishes.

Appropriate Submissions

WSK welcomes well-written, original descriptions of educational research, leadership models or ideas at the school or district level, and descriptions of school or classroom practice. Manuscripts must provide an appropriate blend of practical description/application and solid theoretical framework. The journal editors will not consider class projects, term papers, dissertations, endorsements of commercial products or services, previously published work, or manuscripts under consideration elsewhere.

Your manuscript will be judged on its contribution to the field and clarity and cohesiveness of presentation. Before submitting your manuscript, familiarize yourself with articles published in WSK to gain insight on the tone and format appropriate for the journal’s audience.

Manuscript Types

Research or theory articles should provide WSK’s audience with ideas for exploring issues of research, leadership, and practice, based on sound theory and research. Article submissions should run between 3,000 and 4,000 words, not including references. Manuscripts for research or theory articles may be submitted by authors within or outside of Washington State.

Practitioner articles, which are 1,000 to 2,000 words in length, focus on issues of leadership or practice at the classroom, school, district, or state level. Manuscripts for practitioner articles may only be submitted by authors residing in Washington State.

Professional materials or book reviews, up to 1,000 words in length, should describe and critique a recently published book or other materials exploring some aspect of research, leadership, or practice of interest to educators in Washington State. While this type of manuscript will be reviewed, it will not undergo the same peer-review process of the other manuscript types.

 

 

Section Policies

Theory or Research Articles

3,000 to 4,000 words (not including references), submitted by authors within or outside of Washington State.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Teacher Focused Articles

1,000 to 2,000 words (not including references), submitted by authors residing in Washington State.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Professional Materials Review

750 to 1,000 words in length, submitted by authors residing in Washington State.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Commentary

1,000 words or less, written on a single theme at the request of the editor and editorial board.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

All submissions receive an initial evaluation to determine appropriateness. For full-length and practitioner articles, if the manuscript is deemed appropriate for the journal, it is then reviewed by two members of the editorial review board or by a member of the editorial review board and a guest reviewer. The journal editor adjudicates reviews and makes publication decisions, with acceptance determined by the reviewers’ recommendations, available space, and balance of topics in upcoming issues. A decision is typically rendered eight weeks from the date of submission (Note that professional materials or book reviews are not a peer reviewed).

Publication

Accepted articles are edited to meet WSK’s style guidelines. Page proofs are sent to the author for final approval two to four weeks prior to publication.

 

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.