Statement of Editorial Policy
JEM: The Journal of Educational Measurement
Statement of Editorial Policy
publishes original measurement research, reviews of measurement publications, and reports on innovative measurement applications in an educational context.
JEM seeks manuscripts containing generalizable contributions to educational measurement. In keeping with the purposes of NCME, preferred topics are those likely to be of interest to persons concerned with the practice of measurement in field settings as well as measurement theorists. In addition to presenting new contributions to measurement theory, JEM is a vehicle for the improvement of measurement application in a variety of educational settings. When considering prospective audiences for manuscripts submitted to JEM, authors should keep these objectives in mind.
The types of manuscripts sought for JEM include reports of research on measurement processes, techniques, tools, and procedures; generalizable procedures for reporting and interpreting measurement results; scholarly expositions on the philosophy and practice of measurement; reports on novel and generalizable uses of educational measurement in education or related disciplines; and reviews of publications and software related to educational measurement.
Submitted manuscripts within the broad domain of educational measurement will be reviewed for the accuracy of their designs, analyses, and interpretations; their appropriateness for an audience of educational measurement practitioners and theorists; the significance and generalizability of their contributions; and the originality of their content. Manuscripts are typically reviewed within a two to three month period.
Certain types of manuscripts are unlikely to be published in JEM. These include:
Manuscripts with a focus outside the domain of educational measurement (e.g., manuscripts that describe the development or routine evaluation of new curricula). (NOTE: JEM will consider manuscripts where the context is not education, provided the matters considered have obvious relevance to issues in educational measurement.)
Manuscripts that deal principally with the new statistical methods, except those clearly pertaining to educational measurement theory and practice;
Manuscripts more suitable for a journal addressed to an exclusive audience of measurement theorists;
Manuscripts that report routine investigation of the psychometric adequacy of specific measurement instruments;
Manuscripts concerned with psychological issues unrelated to educational measurement;
Manuscripts that describe computer programs.
Manuscript Submission and Review Procedures. The text of manuscripts submitted for publication should, in general (exceptions noted below), conform to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed., 2001) (Consult the APA website for ordering information.)
Manuscripts should be submitted on line via the Manuscript Central™ software at the web site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jedm. Clicking on the “Create Account” tab in the upper right part of the screen will initialize a three-step process for creating an account. Once an account is created the author can log into the system, click on “Author Center” and indicate they wish to submit a manuscript. An abstract of no more than 500 words must accompany the manuscript. Computer files containing the manuscript (without any information identifying the author or institutional affiliation) and abstract can be uploaded as two separate files (at step 5 of the submission process).
Manuscripts should be printed, doubled-spaced, with ample margins. Generally, manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages; manuscripts longer than 30 pages frequently will have to be edited for length to meet journal page limitations and authors should do this editing before submitting them. Subheadings should be used at reasonable intervals to aid the reader's comprehension and break the monotony of lengthy texts. Abbreviations and acronyms not easily recognized by the average reader should be explained. Mathematical symbols and Greek letters should be indicated in the manuscript as the author wants them to appear when typeset. All pages should be numbered consecutively. All figures and tables submitted with the final, accepted manuscript should be ready for publishing. JEM does not publish in colors so all figures should be submitted without color.
Review Procedures. Each manuscript submitted to JEM will be screened for consistency with the editorial policies of the journal. If found to be appropriate for JEM, manuscripts will be sent, with author identification removed, to at least three qualified reviewers. Upon receiving the recommendations of reviewers, the Editor will report a decision to the author, including reasons for the decision and the comments of reviewers. (NOTE: Reviewers remain anonymous to the author. Each reviewer receives a copy of the Editor's letter to the author and the other reviewers' comments. The review process typically takes two to three months, but exceptional cases may require more or less time.)
Preparing Manuscripts and Deviations from APA Specifications. Manuscripts must conform to the 5th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) in all respects except those noted here. It is particularly important that authors prepare the reference list and in-text citations of references paying strict attention to specifications of the APA.
Tables and figures may be embedded in the manuscript rather than on separate pages as specified by APA. Many reviewers prefer this because it places them near the text referring to them. The table number should be above the table, left justified in the format: TABLE 1, with no punctuation. The table heading should follow on the next line, left justified in italics with no punctuation. Like the other parts of the manuscript tables should be typed with double spacing. A figure number should follow the figure, left justified in the format: FIGURE 1. (note the period). The figure caption should be on the line below the figure number, left justified, in italics, and be followed by a period. No color should be used in figures.
Section headings should not be numbered. First-level section headings should be centered in bold type. Second-level headings should be centered in italics. Third-level headings should be left justified, in italics, followed by a period, and the next line of text should follow on the same line.
In accordance with policy established at the December 2000 Board meeting, the NCME Website can be used for the posting of supplementary materials associated with articles in JEM if the author of the journal article chooses to do so. These materials might include software, reference data sets, appendices, graphs and tables. The material is to be posted only upon publication of the journal article and will have no bearing whatever on publication decisions.
(NOTE: At the discretion of the Editor one article that is substantially longer than the typical JEM article can be published each year. Manuscripts that will be considered as special reports include reports on the development and evaluation of new measurement processes, techniques, tools, and procedures that contribute to the solution of significant problems in educational measurement; survey papers that present a novel integration or synthesis of topics in educational measurement; and reviews of a substantial body of empirical and/or theoretical research in educational measurement. Manuscripts submitted for publication as a special report should not exceed 90 double-spaced pages including references, tables, and figures. Pages should be formatted to permit 275 to 300 words per page.)
Review Section. The Editor of JEM appoints a Review Editor, subject to Board approval. The Review Editor solicits and manages reviews of publications of interest to the readership of JEM.
Reviews are included in JEM to provide up-to-date information about the content and quality of new publications and software in the field of educational measurement. Reviews of all publications and materials, including software, are expected to be both descriptive and evaluative in character. They are intended primarily, although not exclusively, for readers who make practical use of measurement in various kinds of educational settings.
The policy of JEM is to publish only solicited reviews. At least two reviews of the same publication will occasionally be included. Insofar as feasible, authors of publications will be invited to respond to reviews that are critical of their works.
The Review Editor welcomes suggestions regarding particular publications or types of publications for which reviews would be most helpful.
Comments. Comments on technical or substantive issues addressed in articles previously published in JEM are encouraged. Comments will be reviewed, and the author of the original article will be invited to respond. In keeping with NCME policy, the final decision on whether to publish the comment and/or the response will rest with the Editor.
Special Issues. It has been traditional practice for each JEM Editor to publish one special issue of invited papers during that Editor's term; a Guest Editor may be selected for the special issue. Such an issue is devoted to a topic of major current importance in educational measurement. The papers for a special issue are subject to the same review process as unsolicited papers.