Instructions to Authors

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Learning Communities Research and Practice (LCRP) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal hosted by the Washington Center, the National Resource Center for Learning Communities, at The Evergreen State College. LCRP provides a forum for sharing current research, effective practices, critical reflections, and resources related to student learning communities in higher education. Our audience is primarily faculty, staff, and administrators at two- and four-year institutions who are currently involved in or considering initiating learning community work. The purpose of LCRP is to promote practices and knowledge that strengthen learning community practice.

LCRP is published twice a year in May and November. Submission deadlines are January 15 and July 15.

LCRP seeks submissions from faculty, administrators, student services professionals, researchers, and students involved in learning community work. The journal publishes four main types of articles:

  • Research articles focus on an issue or question, provide theoretical grounding, gather and assess evidence to address the issue or question, and use a method appropriate to the problem being addressed.
  • Practices from the Field describe a practice developed to address a particular issue, question, or problem in learning community work. Like research articles, Practices from the Field need to be situated in the context of relevant literature, and evidence needs to be provided to demonstrate their effectiveness.
  • Perspectives share personal and/or professional reflections related to learning community practice or experiences in the context of higher education.
  • Reviews highlight books and journal articles relevant to the learning communities field.

Topics may cover all aspects of learning community theory and practice including integrative and interdisciplinary learning, collaborative teaching, faculty development, assessment, curriculum, pedagogy, program administration, integration with student services, and meeting the needs of specific cohorts of students.

LCRP also accepts readers’ responses to previous journal articles.

Please use the following guidelines as you prepare your submission (word count does not include the abstract, appendices, or references):

  • Research articles: 2,000 – 7,000 words
  • Practices from the Field: 1,000 – 2,500 words
  • Perspectives: 1,000 – 2,000 words
  • Reviews: 500 – 1,000 words
  • Readers’ Responses: 200 – 500 words

There are no publication charges for LCRP. The journal is accessible to anyone online. Its authors retain copyright, allowing anyone to reproduce or disseminate articles according to the copyright and licensing agreement.

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LRCP publishes articles that have not been published in other peer-reviewed journals. We welcome articles derived from papers presented at conferences as well as articles previously published in in-house journals and other publications that are not peer-reviewed. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of an article infringes existing copyrights or the rights of a third party.

Articles must be submitted by one of the authors, who will be responsible for the article during the submission and peer review process. Submission to LCRP implies all authors have read and agreed to its content, and any human-subjects research reported in the article has the approval of an appropriate institutional review board.

Peer-Review Process

The peer-review process is designed to ensure that LCRP publishes original work that strengthens the learning communities field. Peer reviews will be “double blind”—authors will not know the identity of the reviewers and vice versa. One of the editors will serve as lead for each submission. The editor may provide preliminary feedback to the author(s) before sending an article to peer review.

Articles will be reviewed with four possible outcomes in mind:

  1. accept without revision,
  2. accept after revision without further external review,
  3. neither accept nor reject until author(s) make revisions and resubmit, or
  4. reject.

The editor will collect reviews and recommendations from at least two reviewers. The editor will synthesize the feedback from reviewers, make the final decision on outcome, and advise the author through the bepress system.

Guest editorials, reviews, and readers’ responses will be reviewed only by the editors.

Authors will receive an editorial decision within three months of submission.

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  • A print-friendly version of the LCRP Instructions to Authors can be downloaded here.

When you submit an article to LCRP, you’ll be prompted to enter the author information, title, and abstract into the system separately from your document.

  • Title: Please limit title length to 120 characters; use a colon (rather than a dash) to separate the title from the subtitle, if you have one.
  • Abstract: Research articles, Practices from the Field, and Perspectives must have a 100-200 word abstract. This abstract should be substantive—not just a preview—and should provide enough information for the reader to get an overview of the issue or question being addressed, the methods used, significant findings, and other key information.
  • All submissions should be Microsoft Word or RTF files and should conform to American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines.

Please use the following formatting:

  • 8.5 x 11 inch page
  • 1.5 inch margins (top, bottom, left, right)
  • No headers or page numbers
  • Single-spaced text, justified, with no extra line space between paragraphs
  • 12-point Times New Roman font (10-point for footnotes)
  • Italics, as needed, for emphasis; no underlining or bold text
  • Paragraph formatting: First line indent of 0.38” (3rd line on the ruler)
  • Block quotations: 0.38” indent on left and right
  • Headings:
    - 1st level: 12-point Times New Roman font, bold and centered; 12-point spacing above and below.
    - 2nd level: 12-point Times New Roman, bold, left-aligned; 12-point spacing above and below.
    - 3rd level: 12-point Times New Roman, italic, left-aligned; 12-point spacing above, no extra spacing below.
  • Footnotes: Use footnotes (10-point Times New Roman) rather than endnotes for brief supplementary information, including website URLs; number footnotes consecutively.
  • Appendices: These may be included at the end of the document. For long appendices, use the supplemental content feature when you submit your article.
  • Figures and tables: see below.

You can view an example of text formatting here.

Figures and Tables

  • Every figure and table must be referenced in the text. For the review submission, include all tables and figures at the end of the document. Indicate in the body text the approximate location where the table or figure should appear (e.g. “Figure 1 goes here,” set off by horizontal lines across the page). Include the figure (or table) caption with the figure (or table).
  • All figures and tables must fit on an 8.5 x 11 inch page with 1.5 inch margins on all sides. Large tables or figures will be on pages by themselves and may be oriented in portrait or landscape mode.
  • Tables: Each table must have a table number and title above the main part of the table. The table number and title (headline capitalization) should be on successive lines and be Times New Roman, 10-point, bold. For the body of the table, use Arial or Arial 9-point font. Explanatory information should appear below the main body of the table.
  • Figures: Each figure must have a caption below it. Figure captions should be Times New Roman, 10-point. They should include the figure number (e.g. , Figure 1), a title (sentence-style capitalization), and explanation and discussion, if needed below (up to 300 words). Body text in figures should be Arial or Arial and should be no smaller than 8-point.
  • For the final manuscript, you will need to submit the figures in separate TIF or EPS format files with embedded fonts. The published figures must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

Literature Citations

  • Use APA styles for in-text references and reference lists.
  • Cited references should appear alphabetically by lead author’s name in chronological order at the end of the article; references in footnotes, tables and figures should be included.
  • Any “in press” articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers’ assessment of the article must be made available if requested.

Citation examples:

Stern, D., Raby, M., & Dayton, C. (1992). Career academies: Partnerships for reconstructing American high schools. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Journal article
Sweeney, M. (2012). The Wikipedia project: Changing students from consumers to producers. Teaching English in the Two-Year College, 39(3), 256-267.

Ewell, P., Paulson K., and Kinzie, J. (2011). Down and in: Assessment practices at the program level. National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.learningoutcomesassessment.org/documents/NILOAsurveyreport2011.pdf

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1. Start the submission process.
Choose the Submit Article link on the home page.

2. Log in to the system.
If you have submitted an article before, log in with your user name and password.

If you have not submitted an article before, choose Create Account and follow the prompts. You should immediately receive a confirmation e-mail at the address you provided (you may need to check your Junk mail). Click in the link in the e-mail and proceed with your submission if ready. If you attempt to create an account at an address already in the system, you will be sent your password as a reminder. If you need help, contact LCRPjournal@evergreen.edu.

3. Review the submission and copyright agreement.
If you agree and accept the conditions, click on “Accept.” (Pressing “Decline” cancels the submission process.)

4. Submit your article.
Provide author and article information, and upload your document(s), following the prompts on each screen.

5. Review your submission.
Review the information you entered. If any of it is incorrect, choose revise your submission to make changes. Please note that the system will assign an identifying number for your article, e.g. MS #1017.

After reviewing your submission and making any changes, log out.

The system will send you a confirmation e-mail when it has converted your document to a PDF. Please check the PDF carefully to ensure the conversion was satisfactory and the article is ready for review.

If revisions are needed, go to your My Account page, click on the submission title, and then use the Revise submission link to make changes. Both you and the editor assigned to your submission will be notified when the revision has been uploaded.

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