|Research in the
in the Schools
(RITS; ISSN 1085-5300) is a nationally/internationally refereed journal
co-sponsored by the Mid-South Educational Research Association and Sam
Houston State University. The journal publishes original contributions
in the following areas:
is devoted to research conducted in any educational setting from a
conventional elementary school or high school to a training program
conducted within an industry. Likewise, there are no age restrictions
on the sample, since the educational settings may include preschools,
continuing education classes for adults, or adaptive skills courses in
nursing homes. Studies conducted in settings such as clinics,
hospitals, or prisons are ordinarily inappropriate for RITS unless they
involve an educational program within such a setting. One goal of RITS
is to provide a training ground for graduate students to learn
effective reviewing techniques. Consequently, the journal utilizes a
Graduate Student Editorial Board composed mostly of students in
educational psychology and educational research. Members of this
Editorial Board, each sponsored by a professor, provide supplementary
reviews for a selection of submitted articles, and receive both direct
and indirect feedback of the quality of these reviews.
in practice - empirical studies focusing on the results of
applied educational research including cross-cultural studies
articles - scholarly reviews of research, perspectives on
the use of research findings, theoretical articles, and related articles
- descriptions of technology applications in the classroom,
descriptions of innovative teaching strategies in
research/measurement/statistics, evaluations of teaching methods, and
similar articles of interest to instructors of research-oriented courses
- empirical studies of norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, and
informal tests in the areas of cognitive ability, academic achievement,
personality, vocational interests, neuropsychological functioning, and
policy, reform, and accountability
- empirical studies or conceptual pieces focusing on educational
policy, school and educator accountability, politics of education, or
educational responses to reform mandates
topics of interest to educational researchers
|Editorials on Research in the Schools
Authors should prepare manuscripts in accordance with the stylistic
rules and guidelines delineated in the Publication Manual of the
American Psychological Association (6th ed.).
Authors should also refer to the guidelines editorial from the Fall 2005
issue (Vol. 12, No. 2), as well as the guidelines
for following APA format addressed in the editorial in the Spring 2007 issue (Vol.
14, No. 1).
Number the pages consecutively. All manuscripts will be subject to
editing for sexist language. All reporting of statistical significance
must include estimates of effect size.
(6th ed.) Changes' Impact on Reporting Research (Vol. 17, No. 1)
Style General Overview (Vol. 14, No. 1)
Research-to-Practice through Abstracts (Vol. 16, No. 2)
(Vol. 17, No. 2)
Errors Revisited (Vol. 18, No.
APA (6th ed.) Errors (Vol. 16, No. 2)
Effective Presentation Skills (Vol. 17, No. 2)
- Evidence-based Guidelines
for Avoiding Poor Readability (Vol. 20, No. 1)
- Evidence-based Guidelines
for Avoiding Reference List Errors (Vol. 19, No. 2)
- Evidence-based Guidelines Regarding
Citations (Vol. 20, No. 2)
(Vol. 18, No. 2)
(Vol. 17, No. 2)
of Verbs for Scholary Writing (Vol. 17, No. 1)
Manuscripts and questions should be submitted electronically to Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie,
co-editor. All manuscripts will undergo a rigorous internal review
process to ensure that the manuscript is within the scope of RITS, is
of sufficient quality, and conforms to APA style guidelines. Only
manuscripts that satisfy all the following requirements will
sent out for external review:
Authors are encouraged to keep an
electronic copy of the manuscript to guard against loss. The editorial
team will "blind" all manuscripts before sending them for external
review. Review time is 3-4 months.
that have been published elsewhere in part or in whole will not be
considered for publication in RITS. Co-editors will not consider any
manuscripts that have been published in such arenas as conference
proceedings, yearbooks, online sources, journals, and book chapters.
Only original unpublished works will be considered for review in RITS.
Manuscripts of which only the abstract has been published previously
may be submitted for review.
- Length of the
manuscripts, including references and tables, should ordinarily range
from about 10 to 40 typed, double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch pages, using
- Abstracts are limited to 120 words.
- The title page should provide title,
names, and affiliation of all authors, and contact information of one
should be created using autotable format such that no column
(i.e., vertical lines) are used in the tables and only row lines (i.e.,
horizontal lines) are used at the top, bottom, and heading of the table
per APA style. Download this
file for assistance with table formatting.
and figures should not be embedded within the body of the manuscript;
rather, all tables should appear (one table on each page) after the
reference list, followed by all figures (one figure per page).
- Brief reports of research are not
manuscripts submitted for review should be original material, not
published in part or in whole in any other
no manuscripts submitted for review should be under review at any other
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are granted permission to reproduce their own articles for personal
use. Others must request permission to reproduce tables, figures, or
more than 500 words of text from the editors. Copyright © 2009 by the
Mid-South Educational Research Association.
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