IMPACT invites the submission of manuscripts focused on promoting dialogue between academia (all disciplines) and all sections of the community or communities from any part of the world as either academic submissions or community-based submissions.
Submissions will be considered from:
- Academics and university staff.
- Students of academic institutions.
- Community partners or institutions.
- Aspiring university community partners.
Academic submissions may consist of work of the following types:
- Original empirical investigations containing systematic qualitative or quantitative analyses of relevant data.
- Theoretical critical papers.
- Short communications which extend existing knowledge but may not equate to a full-length paper.
- Reviews of books, DVDs, CD Roms or online materials.
Community-based submissions (by either a single individual, groups of people or a community group working or aspiring to work with academic partners), may be submitted as any of the above types or as:
- Community perspectives (commentaries, critical reflections and opinion pieces on community and/or scholarship engagement).
Before submission, please ensure you read our Author Guidelines document which provides instructions for authors and our Policies (below). All submissions need to abide by the author guidelines and policies and be free of racial, gender, religious, ethnic, or any other form of bias. Manuscripts submitted should:
- Be for exclusive publication at IMPACT.
- Must not have been simultaneously submitted or published elsewhere.
Authors need to register with the journal before submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.
Enquiries related to submissions should be sent to email@example.com
Only manuscripts that meet the aims and scope of IMPACT will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process, you will be required to confirm that:
- You are submitting your original work.
- You have the rights to the work.
- You are submitting the work for publication only in IMPACT, and it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.
- You have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
Only submissions that meet the aims and scope of IMPACT will be peer-reviewed. All manuscripts accepted for publication will be indexed and given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), obtained through Crossref membership.
PEER REVIEW PROCESS
All communication with authors will be operated through the Open Journal System (via email) by the editor/s in chief and editorial team as required, on a case by case basis.
IMPACT operates a double-blind review process, meaning that the identities of both authors and reviewers are concealed throughout the review process.
Prior to sending the submissions to peer reviewers, all submissions will be reviewed by the editors and executive director to assess suitability according to the journal remit. Once suitability is established, the editorial team will check the submission for plagiarism, compliance with IMPACT’s Author Guidelines, policies and quality standards set by IMPACT.
Your submission may be rejected at this stage, prior to being sent to peer reviewers. In this situation, you will be informed by either the Editor in Chief, Managing Editor or Submission Editors.
Submissions which pass the above mentioned initial review stage will be sent for peer-review by two reviewers, and you will be made of aware of this by an email from the editorial team. Reviewers will propose one of the following options:
- Accept: submission accepted without revisions.
- Accepted with minor revisions: the submission has been accepted, but you need to carry out minor revisions following the recommendations of our peer-reviewers.
- Major revision and resubmit: your submission requires substantial revision in accordance with the recommendations of peer-reviewers. After undertaking the needed changes, you can re-submit your manuscript to the journal. Upon re-submission, your manuscript will be subjected to a second round of peer-review.
- Reject: your submission has not been accepted for IMPACT. In this case, the Editor in Chief, the Managing Editor and Submissions Editors will assess the review and make a final decision. You will be informed of the decision by either the IMPACT Editor in Chief, Managing Editor or Submission Editors. Reviewers’ anonymity will be maintained.
Material not meeting the ethical standards set by the policy of IMPACT will be rejected.
To ensure the authors’ anonymity, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts do not reveal their identity. To guarantee that this is the case, before submitting your manuscript:
- Take away information that could identify you in your manuscript, by disguising references to personally identifiable information such as your workplace, institution where your work was undertaken, funding acknowledgements and other.
- Within the text, replace information that could identify you with words such as: [name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process].
- Minimise self-citation when possible. However, if it is required that you cite your work, replace the names of authors with: [name deleted to maintain the integrity of the review process]. Citation of this work in the reference list should be removed and added ONLY after your manuscript has been accepted for publication when you submit the final draft for publication at the proof stage.
- If referring to your own references, please ensure you do so in the third person. For example, write ‘Clarke and Gibson (2010) have argued’, not ‘We have previously demonstrated (Clarke & Gibson, 2010)’.
- Do not mention a grant awarded to yourself or a co-author.
- Verify that all identifiers have been removed from electronic files.
- Once you submit the final draft of the manuscript for publication at the final proof stage, please add the required references to yourself, your place of work, institution, funding received, and other relevant information as needed.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
- In keeping with IMPACT’s double-blind peer review policy (where the author and reviewer are kept anonymous and should not be known to each other), peer-reviewers should notify the editorial board of any conflicts of interests, including if they believe the author may be known to them. In cases where the author is known to them, peer reviewers should state in what capacity they know the author (i.e. personal or professional capacity) and whether this can affect the reviewers’ objective review and recommendation.
- The editorial board will then decide as to whether there is a need to seek an alternative reviewer.
- The IMPACT editor in chief is not permitted to submit to IMPACT, for the time he/she holds this role and for two years thereafter. If a member of the editorial board or the editorial team wishes to submit to the journal, decisions concerning their manuscript will be made by the IMPACT advisory board.
- All conflicts of interest will be considered when making a final decision on submissions.
IMPACT publishes two issues per year.
OPEN ACCESS POLICY
IMPACT is committed to making research freely available and therefore, provides immediate open access to its published content online.
This journal utilises the CLOCKSS system, which provides an archive to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly content among participating libraries. This enables the creation of permanent archives for the journal, for purposes of preservation and restoration. More information on CLOCKSS can be found here.
INCLUSIVITY AND ACCESSIBILITY
- IMPACT welcomes submissions written by academics, university staff, students of academic institutions, university community partners and aspiring community partners from any disciplinary background and research methodology.
- IMPACT is committed to include authors from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, the ethnic or geographical background of the authors.
- IMPACT does not accept pieces of work that may imply or justify excluding policies towards individual members or groups in the society, nor submissions expressing or justifying racist or sexist views.
- IMPACT is committed to the accessibility of its content to a wide range of readers and therefore encourages the use of language understandable by non-experts.
COPYRIGHT AND CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE
- IMPACT publications are licensed under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license (Attribution- Non-Commercial- No Derivatives): https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
- Authors retain the copyright for their articles published in this journal. Requests to reprint material published in IMPACT should be made to the individual authors.
- By virtue of their appearance in this Open Access Journal, articles are free to use, as long as there is proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings. All citations should include the author's name, year of publication, IMPACT title, volume and issue number, page numbers and DOI.
- In case a submission is accompanied by third-party content (e.g. image, video, sound or any other multimedia material etc.), the author bears the full responsibility of being granted the right to include such material and of obtaining all necessary permissions, or ensure that the material used is licensed under a Creative Commons license. Any third party content not licensed under CC-BY-NC-ND is excluded from the CC-BY-NC-ND license applied to the article.
- The names and contact details entered at the website of the IMPACT Journal will be exclusively used for article submission, required article processing and communication with the authors. Personal details (names and emails) will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. Journal subscribers will only be contacted with information about new issues.
- The authors' names, institutional affiliations and institutional addresses will be printed on the published article. However, all email communication with authors will only take place through private, spam-protected forms on the OJS system.
- Authors bear full responsibility for ensuring that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements and should confirm that approval has been sought and obtained as appropriate. Authors must obtain expressed permission from human participants and respect their privacy.
- Authors must also be granted expressed written consent for the use of any visual material (photos, videos) by participants depicted on it.
- IMPACT will become a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) as soon as it is eligible for doing so (one year after the first publication). IMPACT strictly abides by COPE’s Code of Conduct for Editors and for Publishers. For more see Committee on Publication Ethics.
- The aims of having an audio-visual abstract are to reach out to a wider audience that may be more familiar with this format and to enhance our inclusivity [e.g. mitigate difficulty in reading texts, etc.]
- The production of an audio-visual abstract is optional. However, the audio-visual abstract can enhance visibility of the published article; therefore, it can be beneficial for the author.
- The Editorial Team’s contribution to authors’ audio-visual abstracts should be limited to review of the abstract, in order to provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.
- The duty of the Editorial Team is to make sure that the content of the audio-visual abstract employs lay-language, avoids expert language, and is in line with the Journal's Policy for Inclusivity and Accessibility.
- As an Editorial Team, we propose two formats for audio-visual abstracts:
- Video abstract
- Audio with PowerPoint presentation abstract
- The abstracts will be uploaded on the Journal OneDrive and the generated links will be shared with the authors, so that they can access their material.
- The Editorial Team will ensure that authors who are requested and have accepted to produce audio-visual abstracts receive guidance, should they need it, e.g. regarding the type of software to use.
- Authors will be given the opportunity to opt for video-recording or audio-recording only by reading the abstract accompanied by PowerPoint slides.
- Audio-visual abstracts will be released under CC-BY 4.0 licence, in line with the relevant policies of the Journal that apply for article publications.
- Authors reserve the right to withdraw the audio-visual abstract, informing the Editorial Team in writing of this wish and the reason.
- If the author has the desire to remove the audio-visual abstract, they must inform the Editorial Team in writing at IMPACT Journal Editorial Team e-mail address, and the Editor-in-charge should remove the audio-visual abstract within a reasonable timeframe. The same timeframe applies in case when an article must be retracted; the respective audio-visual abstract should be removed within a reasonable timeframe.
- Authors should be informed beforehand that if their papers are accepted, they will be requested to produce an audio-visual abstract, as outlined in the ‘Guidelines for Authors’ section.
- Upon acceptance of the article and definitely before the audio-visual abstract is released, authors must be contacted by the Handling Editor of their submission with a Consent Form confirming that the author(s):
- Is aware of the option to produce an audio-visual abstract for their submission, and the purpose this option serves.
- Is aware of the two formats available.
- Is aware that a logo will apply on their audio-visual abstract, as per its release by IMPACT Journal.
- Is aware of the licence of release.
- Is aware of the policies in place regarding withdrawal and retraction, as outlined in the policy.
- Authors are encouraged to promote the audio-visual abstract on their social media.
- For reasons of accessibility and inclusivity, authors are encouraged to include subtitles in their audio-visual recorded abstracts. Should the authors have the text of what they say in the audio-visual recorded material, they are encouraged to send it to us.
INFORMATION FOR READERS
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INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
If you wish to submit a manuscript to this journal, please read our Home and About the Journal pages, where you can find the journal’s policies, the Author Guidelines and the Submission Preparation Checklist. Authors need to register with the journal before submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE EDITORIAL TEAM
The Editorial Team deals with the processes of:
- setting out and maintaining the production workflow and preservation processes;
- creating and revising journal policies with the supervision of the editorial team and advisory board;
- organising, assessing and keeping records of the peer review process and meetings;
- checking submissions for plagiarism;
- considering ethics following COPE’s (Committee on Publishing Ethics) guidelines;
- copyediting submissions; and
- setting out the licensing terms and required memberships (e.g. ISSN, DOI, Crossref).
RESPONSIBILITIES OF EDITORS, ADVISORY BOARD, REVIEWERS, AND AUTHOR(S)
- editors are responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal shall be published. Decision-making about what will be published will be based on the peer-reviewers’ recommendations;
- editors act in a balanced, objective and fair way, without discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, the ethnic or geographical background of the authors;
- if a complaint of an ethical or conflict nature occurs, editors will follow the procedures explained in the section of Procedures for Dealing with Breaches of Policy, giving authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaint;
- all complaints will be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation associated with any such complaints will be retained; and
- editors will liaise with members of the advisory board, seeking guidance concerning the journal’s policies, procedures and quality assurance related matters.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ADVISORY BOARD
Members of the advisory board are recognised experts in the fields encompassed by IMPACT and in matters related to academic publishing. Their duty is to ensure that appropriate policies and quality assurance procedures are in place. More specifically, their role includes:
- provision of strategic guidance to the editorial board and editorial team concerning IMPACT’s remit, direction and course of action, in accordance with own expertise;
- provision of feedback on the journal’s policies and subsequent policy revisions;
- provision of impartial advice in cases of very complex decision making concerning manuscript acceptance or rejection;
- provision of impartial manuscript decisions in cases where a member of the editorial board or the editorial team submits to the journal;
- provision of guidance to the editor-in-chief in cases of severe alleged policy breach by authors, particularly in cases where serious misconduct might require that the employer of the accused be notified. This would be determined by examination of available evidence and by confidential consultation with a limited number of experts; and
- arbitration in cases of severe alleged policy breaches by the editor-in-chief, editors, editorial board, managing editor, the editorial team or peer reviewers, examining the available evidence and consulting with a limited number of experts if so required.
- any material submitted to IMPACT for publication is double-blind peer-reviewed by active researchers and academics;
- assignment and communication are facilitated by editors, section editors and the managing editor in collaboration with the editorial team;
- peer-reviewers assist in improving the quality of the published paper by reviewing its manuscript objectively and in a timely and constructive manner. Their judgments and findings should be as objective as possible;
- reviewers alert the editor to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review; and
- reviewers aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships) between them and the author should alert the editors to these. If necessary, their services may be withdrawn for that manuscript.
- authors are expected to maintain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript and are expected to supply or provide access to these data, upon reasonable request;
- authors confirm/assert that the manuscript as submitted is not under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere. Where portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content, authors acknowledge and cite those sources;
- additionally, the authors provide the editor with a copy of any submitted manuscript that might contain overlapping or closely related content. IMPACT does not accept articles which have been published elsewhere or allow content that has appeared in IMPACT to be reprinted in another journal;
- authors are expected to confirm that all the work in the submitted manuscript is original and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources;
- authors obtain permission for the publication for all visual material that is reproduced within the article, as well as the permission to reproduce any other content adopted from other sources. Authors fully bear costs involved with reproduction of images;
- clear indications to any sources of funding supporting the research should be made;
- authors should ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conform to national, local and institutional laws and requirements and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate;
- authors should declare any potential conflicts of interest (e.g., where the author has a competing interest—real or apparent—that could be considered or viewed as exerting an undue influence on his or her duties at any stage during the publication process); and
- authors should notify the journal editor promptly if a significant error in their publication is identified, and should cooperate with the editor to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.
PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH BREACHES OF POLICY
- Identification of unethical behaviour/ breaches of policy
Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and at any time, by anyone.
Whoever informs the editor of misconduct should provide sufficient information and evidence for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations will be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached.
An initial decision should be taken by the editor, who will consult with the IMPACT advisory board, if appropriate.
Evidence should be gathered, without spreading any allegations beyond those directly involved with the allegation investigation.
- Minor breaches
The editor can resolve minor breaches without the need to consult more widely. The author will be given an opportunity to respond to any allegations.
- Serious breaches
Serious breaches might require that the employers of the author/reviewer be notified. The editor, in consultation with the advisory board, will decide whether or not to involve the employers, either by examining the available evidence or by further confidential consulting with a limited number of experts.
- Possible Outcomes
Informing the author or reviewer in the case of a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.
A letter of warning to the author or reviewer covering the misconduct and to change future behaviour.
Publication of a formal notice or an editorial detailing the misconduct.
A formal letter to the head of the author’s or reviewer’s department or funding agency.
Retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal and its online distribution, in conjunction with article removal from Abstracting & Indexing services.
The imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.
Reporting the case and outcome to a professional organisation or higher authority for further investigation and action.
Acceptance and Rejection.
To be considered, all articles should abide by our guidelines and policies and quality standards set by IMPACT.
Material not meeting the ethical standards set by the policy of IMPACT will be rejected.
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