Call for Papers, Journal of Media Literacy Education Volume 2, Issue 4

Call for Papers
Journal of Media Literacy Education
Media Education. Studi, ricerche, buone practiche
On the special occasion of the World Summit on Media for Children in Karlstad, Sweden

The 5th World Summit on Media for Children and Youth, held in Karlstad on June 2010, gathered many scholars and practitioners to consider issues related to children, media and young people. From around the world, a wide variety of studies, experiences and products were shared. Media literacy education (MLE) was indeed one of the most frequently discussed issues. That’s why, in agreement with the Summit Board, two journals – the “Journal of Media Literacy Education” (USA) and “Media Education. Studi, ricerche, buone pratiche” (Italy) – have decided to launch a joint call for papers aiming at publishing the best papers and experiences presented at the Summit.

This call addresses scholars as well as media educators, policy makers, media professionals and community leaders operating in the field of MLE who have participated in the conference or submitted proposals to the 2010 World Summit on Media for Children and Youth.  Typically, manuscripts will fall into one of these types:

  • Theoretical, empirical or historical studies and research on issues concerning MLE in relation to the World Summit’s theme on Children and Youth;
  • MLE best practices carried out in any type of educational context.
  • Perspectives from policy makers, government officials and community leaders exploring the process of building capacity to support media literacy education.
  • Perspectives from media professionals in connecting MLE to media for children, youth and their families.

Board of Editors

As part of the joint special issue in honor of the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth in Karlstad, Sweden, the two journals will form a special Joint Board of Editors, composed of the following members:

  • Gianna Cappello (University of Palermo, Italy ) gianna.cappello@unipa.it
  • Damiano Felini (University of Parma, Italy) damiano.felini@unipr.it;
  • Renee Hobbs (Temple University, USA)
  • reneeh@temple.edu
  • Alberto Parola (University of Turin, Italy) alberto.parola@unito.it
  • Amy Petersen-Jensen (Brigham Young University, USA) amy_p_jensen@byu.edu
  • Maria Ranieri (University of Florence, Italy) maria.ranieri@unifi.it

Proposal and Manuscript Submission Process

Submit a 500-word proposal or long abstract by February 1, 2011, using the online submission system at: http://jmle.org. Use the word “Proposal” in the title to indicate that the document is a proposal for the joint special issue on in honor of the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth in Karlstad, Sweden.
Following initial review by the editors, authors of selected papers will be notified by March 15, 2011 and expected to submit full articles by May 3, 2011. Manuscripts undergo a process of blind peer review. The joint publication is planned for October 31, 2011.

Articles will be published in English and accessible for free from the Journals’ website. They are to be submitted in MS Word (.doc) or RTF document file format through the JMLE website, http://www.jmle.org.  Manuscripts should be between 15-25 double-spaced, 12 pt font pages, excluding Works Cited, figures, tables, photographs, etc. Detailed guidelines for manuscript submission is available online at: http://jmle.org

Blind Peer Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with “Author” and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
  3. With PDFs, the authors’ names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat’s main menu.

Referees will use the following evaluation criteria:

  • Originality of the contribution and its relevance in the field of MLE;
  • Quality of the theoretical framework;
  • Cogency and clarity in exposing the research questions, hypotheses, objectives and methods;
  • Exhaustiveness in describing the experience and its level of transferability;
  • Style, language and general understandability of the article

Deadlines

Proposals of 500-word long abstracts must be submitted through the online submission system at http://jmle.org by February 1, 2011 with manuscript titles clearly labeled as proposals. If accepted, authors will be notified by March 15, 2011 and invited to submit complete manuscripts by May 3, 2011. Manuscripts undergo a process of blind peer review. Publication is planned for October 31, 2011.

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