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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Please note that we do not publish original research articles.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Submission is 1,200 words or less (not including references).
  • Submission is one of the three types of publication that the journal accepts (Research Brief, Practitioner Brief, Critical Voices).
  • The CISR editorial board acknowledges that English is a global language with multiple varieties. In the editorial process, we aim to respect the variety of English that authors wish to use, regardless of the author’s first language. To this end, in the submission process, we ask authors to indicate the approach to editing that they would like for us to use. With your submission, please note in Comments to the Editor one of the following three options:
    - Language: In this approach, we focus editing on grammar, vocabulary use, punctuation, typographical errors, etc.
    - Style: In this approach, we focus editing on the way authors explain their ideas and arguments in writing, particularly areas where style may get in the way of communicating authors’ intended meaning.
    - Both language and style: All of the above

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Types

1. Research Briefs 

The purpose of a research brief is to communicate about recent and on-going research in critical internationalization studies. Authors may use this submission type to summarize recently published research with the goal of communicating about this work to a broader audience or to share unpublished research results on timely and important topics within critical internationalization studies. Within the brief, please include a summary of the research topic and questions that the research addresses, some information about the data used in the study and how it was analyzed, findings from the study (note that findings may be preliminary), and a brief discussion of these findings.

Please note that we do not publish original research articles. Research briefs should provide external references to either (a) a full publication that readers can refer to if they wish to learn more about a study that is already published; or (b) ongoing research that readers can follow to learn more about how a study progresses (e.g., dissertation research in progress). In either case, research briefs should make it clear that the brief is a summary of research results and not a study’s primary publication. As with all our publications, authors should take care to describe the critical perspective that their submission adopts.

2. Practitioner Briefs

The purpose of this submission type is to provide a bridge between research and practice. Practitioner briefs communicate the application of recent and on-going research in critical internationalization studies, connecting it to the work that practitioners do in the field. This could manifest as a summary of a thematic concept that is prevalent in CIS literature or as a review of a single piece of scholarship. Authors of practitioner briefs need not be the author(s) of the research itself to write a practitioner brief. Within the brief, please include a summary of the topic, critical perspective, and implications for practice. Given the intended audience for practitioner briefs, please take care to minimize the use of technical or academic language, as this language is often inaccessible for practitioners.

3. Critical Voices

The purpose of a Critical Voices piece is to allow members to share a brief opinion essay on an important topic related to the CIS Network from the personal perspective of its author. We welcome opinions about current events anywhere in the world as long as they are expressed in relation to critical internationalization. We also encourage opinions about the future of our field and of the CIS Network itself. In the spirit of respectful scholarly debate, we also welcome critiques to literature and responses to previous editorials. However, these submissions must be written in a respectful manner that uses informed arguments to contest ideas, and should never be personal critiques to their author(s). These essays should be concise and straightforward; citations should be kept to a minimum; the use of statistics is encouraged but complex information in the form of tables and graphs should be avoided as much as possible.

For all three submission types, authors should take care to ensure that their submissions resonate with the overarching goals of the CIS Newsletter and the CISR. Submissions are typically between 800 and 1200 words in length, with 1200 words as the limit for most submissions (not inclusive of references). Authors should expect to go through at least one round of revisions based on editor feedback.  

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