Submission Guidelines

Welcome from the JSE Journal Editorial Team

The School of Education at Biola University houses the Justice, Spirituality, and Education Conference (JSEC) and its associated JSE Journal (JSEJ). We provide this journal to promote discussion on the intersection of the biblical conceptions of justice, spirituality, and education and how they are fleshed out in our present world. The editors desire a discussion that begins at the undergraduate collegiate level and reaches to the echelons of governments, churches, and universities.The editorial board of this journal encourages the submission of quantitative and qualitative research-based studies, theory-building articles, and literature reviews. The research on which articles are based must have university review board (IRB or the equivalent) approval. Literature reviews must incorporate the review of at least 25 publications, including the most recent ones on the focus topic. Our journal encourages qualitative and quantitative, research-based studies, theory-building articles, and literature reviews in APA format. Please have submissions in by December 15, 2017 for publication the following year 2018.

Call for Proposals

Justice Strand

  1. What current legislation builds bridges or barriers for students, families, and teachers thriving?
  2. What can parents do to promote educational justice for all PreK-12 students?
  3. What systemic changes need to be implemented to enhance thriving for all students?
  4. Where can parents and educators get involved in promoting justice in the educational system?
  5. When does school choice lead to thriving or surviving?

Spirituality Strand

  1. What spiritual practices help educators and parents remain at peace in the face of systemic obstacles?
  2. What spiritual disciplines mitigate against stress in the classroom?
  3. What prayer practices promote shalom in educational communities?
  4. How can Christians respond to changing legislation that challenge Christian values?
  5. What is the spiritual responsibility of our educational communities to those in most need?

Education Strand

  1. What classroom practices promote or distract from equity in the classroom?
  2. What are best practices for accommodating students with special needs to ensure equitable access to the curriculum?
  3. How can educators and communities show honor to families in poverty?
  4. What can we learn from English Learners and Non-Standard English learners that contributes to thriving?
  5. How has the implementation of common core impacted equity in education?

You may contact the editors via email (Dr. Nicholas Block or Dr. Yvana Uranga-Hernandez) or by writing Justice, Spirituality, and Education Journal, School of Education, Biola University, 13800 Biola Avenue, La Mirada, CA 90639. Communication by e-mail is preferred.

Checklist to Submit Manuscripts

To enhance prompt review of manuscript review, we offer authors the check-list below to encourage submission compliance. Manuscripts lacking adherence to these guidelines will be returned to their authors.

  1. Previous publication — The article offered has not been previously published, nor is another journal presently considering it for publication (or, if one of the above is true, an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. File type — The file submitted is in Microsoft Word or RTF format.
  3. Format — The submission is formatted in APA format. 
  4. Text — The text is double-spaced; uses 1 inch margins; employs a 12-point font; utilizes italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and provides all illustrations, figures, and tables within the text at the appropriate points.
  5. Abstract and Key Words — An abstract of 150 words is included for all types of scholarly articles; 5-10 key words are provided for ease of Internet searches.
  6. Style — The submission consistently follows the American Psychological Association Publication Manual's (APA) most current edition.
  7. Length — The submission limits the article length to no less than 5,000 words and no more than 20,000 words (1200 – 1800 words for book reviews) exclusive of references and appendices.
  8. Language — The submission is written in readable, professional American English using standard conventions of writing avoids jargon, and clearly defines technical terms.
  9. Emerging Technology Use — Since JSE provides an on-line venue for scholarship that employs emerging technologies, you may use graphics, photographs, video streaming or other technologies; all graphics and photographs must utilize *jpeg or *gif format.
  10. Copyright — The authors secured written permission to use any copyrighted material in excess of 150 words. JSE will not be responsible for the cost incurred as a result of the permission.
  11. Releases — Authors have obtained all necessary releases/permissions required for their article (e.g., permission from parents to use and electronically circulate photos of a child’s drawing). Authors have signed the form verifying that all necessary releases were obtained. Download the Copyright Permission Form.
  12. Blinding of Manuscript — All author names, references to place of employment, funding sources, self-citations or other identifying information has been removed from the submitted manuscript.
  13. Author profile — The author profile is a complete and updated 2-paragraph description of recent jobs, publications, and/or personal information on the author.

Manuscript Criteria

Manuscripts submitted to the JSE Journal will be reviewed utilizing the following criteria:

  1. The paper is a qualitative or quantitative analysis, research-based study, theory-building article, or literature review, in APA format.
  2. The abstract clearly states the type of paper (e.g., research-based study, literature review).
  3. Ideas presented were significant/relevant to the intersection of justice, spirituality, and education.
  4. Reference to literature cited provided a conceptual framework for research or theory-building.
  5. Methods used (if manuscript is an empirical study)
    • Asked appropriate questions.
    • Described methods thoroughly including data collection process and data analysis.
  6. Conclusions logically flowed from the literature and the data generated.
  7. Article significantly contributed to the field.
  8. Submission used excellent writing style, clearly presented ideas, and followed APA and JSE guidelines.
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