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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.
  • 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 Microsoft Word file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman; 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.

Author Guidelines

When submitting your manuscript, please consider that the audience of this JrPT ranges from senior academics to professionals, researchers, and teachers to university students. JrTP publishes manuscripts written only in English (for length of manuscripts, see the section on Manuscript Types). Please consider the following whilst preparing your manuscript for JrTP:

  • Will the reader be able to understand and assess all the process of your research study or the methodological/theoretical contribution or the position you are stating in your manuscript?
  • Is the expression of ideas and wording understandable, self-contained, and comprehensive?
  • In its current state, is your manuscript written in the most succinct way? Do you have any redundancies, repetitions and/or unsupported claims?
  • Have you articulated the purpose of the manuscript by pinpointing the gap in the literature and/or practice? Have you created adequate information pertaining to the background of your study?
  • Did you make explicit your theoretical/conceptual framework/referent?
  • Do you have sufficient evidences or references to support the statements included in your manuscript?
  • Have you clearly explained and highlighted the place and importance of the research problem in the literature? Are your purposes clear and understandable? Do you explain the reasons for the choice of methods and their suitability to the problem?
  • Did you include references for the instruments and/or research approaches you employed? If you are presenting a new research instrument and/or approaches (e.g., questionnaire, achievement test, interview protocol, narratives, vignettes, artefacts etc.), did you include it in the manuscript for the reviewers and the readers to be able to evaluate it?
  • Are findings and discussion geared towards addressing the ongoing debate or contributing to the development of new perspectives?
  • Are conclusions and implications relevant, clearly drawn, and convincingly supported by the findings and discussions?
  • Are all references in alphabetical order?

Editorial Policy

The central purpose of the review process is to enhance the quality of the scholarship in the field of transformative education research and practice. We seek manuscripts that deal with questions around the conceptualisations and applications of models, including theories and perspectives that can enhance the field of transformative education research and practice.We invite scholars and practitioners to challenge and expand these assumptions through various forms of praxis-driven inquiry, such as participatory action research, critical policy research, critical auto/ethnography, transformative mixed methods, to name but a few.

Authors should try to eliminate language errors (other than intentional linguistic, stylistic, and rhetorical variations) in order to save the time of reviewers, editors, and copyeditors, allowing better use of that time. Manuscripts must be written and formatted by following the latest edition of the APA style with less than 10% of the similarity index.

JrTP publishes only original scholarly works. Please do not submit previously published work (online or in print), unless requested, and please do not submit a manuscript that you have submitted or plan to submit to another journal. As author, you are responsible for the originality, copyright permission acquisition of any material, and any issues of integrity--which you must address fully before submitting their manuscripts.

Peer Review Policy

JrTP operates a double-blind peer-review process. All the manuscripts will be thoroughly reviewed by scholars in the field. The reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least three reviewers. With a view to ensuring double-blind peer review, JrTP requires the author(s) to maintain anonymity (e.g., Anonymous, xxxx) for referencing previously undertaken work by author(s) in citations and references. JrTP editorial assistant will remove identifying information, such as name of author(s), file name and properties from the submitted file. Also, the authors should not include funding sources and acknowledgements in the first-time submitted file.

When the paper is accepted by the JrTP editorial board (that comprises EiC and Editors) all necessary information should be included by author(s) while incorporating responses to the reviewers’ comments. Furthermore, all manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 4 weeks of submission and after the review process is completed. Accepted papers will be published on the journal’s website and hard copy in printed form. Printed copy can be found at Kathmandu University School of Education (KUSOED), Hattiban, Lalitpur, Nepal.

While Submitting a Manuscript

The manuscript must include the following:

  • The title of the manuscript
  • Full name of the author(s) along with the affiliation and position of the author(s)
  • Email address of the author(s)
  • An abstract of no more than 250 to 300 words
  • Four to five keywords
  • Different types of articles restricted to specific word limits (specifically, research articles: 6000 to 8000 words, research note: 4000 to 5000 words, book review: 2000 to 3000 words) including all elements such as title page, abstract, notes, references, tables, acknowledgments (if any), a biographical statement, etc. (Remember, acknowledgements and biographical statement will be adjusted only after the manuscript is accepted for publication by the editorial board).

The manuscript’s text should be submitted in MS Word (i.e. .docx); other files will not be accepted. Submit your paper at http://kusoed.edu.np/journal/index.php/jtp/index. If the web-submission process does not work, authors may submit their manuscripts via email to jrtp@kusoed.edu.np.

Font size and font should be 12 points and Times New Roman, double-spaced, whether in normal, bold or italics. References should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Visit the websitehttp://www.apastyle.org/ for further information on APA format. The following flowchart shows the manuscript handling process of JrTP.

Completeness Checklist

As part of the submission process, the authors are required to indicate their submission's completeness by checking that they have correctly addressed all of the following items:

  • Originality: Authors must verify that the submission has not been previously published (online or in print), nor is it currently under consideration by another journal. All papers submitted to JrTP will go through a plagiarism check.
  • Authorship: All those whose work has directly contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
  • Acknowledgments: All contributors (persons, organizations, funding agency) who do not meet the criteria for authorship are listed in an acknowledgments section.
  • Conflict of interest: Full disclosure of the conflict of interest is necessary during the submission of the manuscripts to JrTP.

Format/Layout

  • The manuscripts should be typed and submitted in Microsoft Word (.docx) format.
  • The font of the manuscripts should be Times New Roman, with font size 12. The text should be aligned left and page size A4, in portrait orientation.
  • Margins of the document should be set at 1 inch on all sides.
  • Line spacing should be double-spaced except for References, Tables and Figures, which should be single spaced.
  • The author should limit her/himself to four levels of headings (as shown in the following table), including the title of the manuscript.
  • For lists, please use numbers or standard bullet points. However, try avoiding long lists of bulleted and numbered points.
  • For emphasis, please use italics, not bold. Italics should also be used for non-English words, titles of books, films, plays, etc.
  • Indent every paragraph, except in the (first paragraph of) abstract.
  • For short quoted language (not citations), use single quotes. For example, the noun ‘head’ has several meanings.

Title page
The title page should have the title of the paper (using Level One heading style), author and co-author’s names and affiliations (i.e. institution, town/city and country). One author should be assigned as the corresponding author whose email address and full-postal address should also be provided on the title page.

Abstract and Keywords
Please provide a brief abstract of 250-300 words maximum. Whilst writing abstract, do not use undefined abbreviations.

Section Headings
All headings as stipulated in the format section should be clearly distinguishable.

Contribution to the literature/Paper originality
Literature should be used for summarizing the procedures and contributes to the existing literature. You can also emphasize the originality and significance of your work in terms of research questions, employed methods, and/or findings and results/discussions. However, do not include implications in this section.

Quotations
Double quotation marks should be used for less than 40 words and must be incorporated into the text. Quotations longer than 40 words should be in a freestanding block of text without quotation marks, as per APA style.

Tables and Figures
Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word and single-spaced. The font of the table should be Times New Roman. Tables must have a title and be numbered. Figures, photographs, and diagrams (all referred to as ‘figure’) should have a caption and be numbered. Figures should not be hand-drawn, but digitized and ready for print.

In-Text Citations
The submitted manuscripts should follow the American Psychological Association, sixth edition for in-text citations and references. Please visit the websitehttp://www.apastyle.org/ for further information on the APA format of 7th edition.

Normally in-text citation follows the author/date format. To cite a specific part of a source, indicate the page, chapter, figure, table, or equation at the appropriate point in text. Always give page numbers for direct quotations. The general rules of in-text citations are as follows:

1 author (Bhandari, 2020) or (Bhandari, 2019, p. 25)
2 authors (Shrestha & Dhakal, 2016, pp. 24-48)
3/5 authors (Gautam, Basnet, Chaudhari, Tamang, &Tharu, 2017); subsequent citations: (Gautam et al., 2017)
6+ authors (Lohani et al., 2017)
Chapter (Parajuli, 2016, chapter 2)
No author (Shortened Title, 2015) when it refers to a book;
No author ("Shortened Title", 2015) when it refers to a paper or book chapter
Organization as author (Kathmandu University [KU], 2016), Next cite: (KU, 2017)
In press (Shrestha, in press)
Personal communication (These are not included in References) (S. Upretee, personal communication, July 4, 2017)
Multiple Works (Bhattarai, 2015; Luitel, 2014; Wagley, 2017)
No date (Shrestha, n.d.)
Two authors with the same last name (Sharma, T. N., 2013) (Sharma, A., 2017)
Multiple works by the same author, same year (Bhandari, 2016a) (Bhandari, 2016b)
Multiple works by the same author, same citation (Bhandari, 2014, 2016)

Appendices
Supplementary materials should be collected in an Appendix and placed before Notes and References.

Acknowledgments
An acknowledgements section (if needed) should be located in the manuscript before References.

References
References should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style (7th edition) and a DOI number, if it exists, must be included. All references must be in alphabetical order.

References is the listing of all citations made in the text of the paper. At the end of your main text, on a new page, type References, centered, and list all citations in the alphabetical order. No materials should be included in the list that are not cited in the text.

A book by a single author
Acharya, M. R. (2002). Nepal culture shift! Reinventing culture in the Himalayan kingdom. New Delhi, India: Adroit Publishers.

A book by two or more authors
Bongartz, H., & Dahal, D. R. (1996). Development studies: Self-help organizations, NGOs and civil society. Kathmandu, Nepal: Nepal Foundation for Advanced Studies.

An edited book
Bhattachan, K. B., & Mishra, C. (Eds.). (1997). Developmental practices in Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal: Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tribhuvan University.

A single chapter/paper in an edited book
Dahal, K. R., & Paudyal, B. R. (1998). Legal perspective of decentralization in Nepal. In G. B. Thapa (Ed.), Promoting participatory democracy in Nepal: An assessment of local self-government (pp. 43-57). Kathmandu, Nepal: Political Science Association of Nepal.

Corporate author
Department of Education. (2004). School level educational statistics of Nepal: Flash report I 2004. Kathmandu, Nepal: Author.

An article from a print journal or magazine
Koirala-Azad, S. (2008). Unravelling our realities: Nepali students as researchers and activists. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 28(3), 251-263. doi:10.1080/02188790802270245

An article from an online source
Onta, P. (2000). Nepal education: Finding a ray of hope. Retrieved on 19 January 2020 from http://www.epw.org.in/35-47/comm6.htm#top

An unpublished thesis/dissertation
Gnawali, L. (2001). Investigating teacher practices: A proposal for teacher development of secondary school teachers of English in Nepal (Unpublished Masters dissertation). University of Exeter, Devon, England.

Non-English book
Gautam, B., Adhikari, J., & Basnet, P. (Eds.). (2004). Nepalma garibikobahas [Poverty debates in Nepal]. Kathmandu, Nepal: Martin Chautari.

Translated book
Bourdieu, P., & Passeron, J. C. (1990). Reproduction in education, society and culture (2nd ed.) (R. Nice, Trans.). London, England: Sage. (Original work published 1970)

In text: (Bourdieu & Passeron, 1970/1990).

Encyclopedia article
Bergman, P. G. (1993). Relativity. In The new encyclopedia Britannica (Vol. 26, pp. 501- 508). Chicago, IL: Encyclopedia Britannica.

Multiple authors (up to seven)
Festinger, L., Cramer, C. J., Riecken, H., Boyd, E. C., Cohen, E. G., Gill, T. G., & Schachter, S. (1956). When prophecy fails. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Eight or more authors
Roeder, K., Howard, J., Fulton, L., Lochhead, M., Craig, K., Peterson, R., ... Boyd, E. C. (1967). Nerve cells and insect behavior. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Magazine article
Sherchan, R., &Sherchan, B. (2002, 30 May-14 June). Gaun-gaunmaibannathalyo mineral water [Mineral water now is produced in villages]. Himal, p. 21.

Newspaper Article
Prashrit, M. N. (2002, July 12). Bhanubhaktakosirjana ra rashtriyaekikaran [The creation of Bhanubhakta and national unification]. Kantipur, p. 5.

Proofs

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. One corrected proof, together with the original edited manuscript, should be returned to the publisher within three days of receipt (PDF version).

Obtaining Permissions

The author must obtain written permission from the author(s) for unpublished or copyright materials.

Publication Charges

This journal does not charge fees from author(s), such as submission fees, publication fees or page charges. JrTP also does not provide the authors, reviewers and editorial board members with any remuneration for their contribution. Contributions to JrTP are entirely scholarly works.

Open Access Policy

JrTP adheres to the basic norms of open access policy and thus provides immediate open and free access to its content to support a greater global exchange of knowledge. Therefore, users can read, download, distribute, and print the full texts of all articles in this journal for educational purposes without obtaining prior permission from the publisher or the author(s).

License

Creative Commons Licence
The Journal of Transformative Praxis is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This means that once the article is published in the Journal readers are free to adapt and share (under the same license as the original) the published materials for non-commercial purposes provided that the Journal and the authors are duly accredited and cited.

Copyright

Author(s) retain copyright to their articles under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

 

Contact Address

Kathmandu University School of Education
Hattiban, Lalitpur, Nepal
Journal of Transformative Praxis (JrTP)
Email: jrtp@kusoed.edu.np
Phone number: 00-977-15251306 (Landline), 00-977-9851122175 (Mobile)
Postal Address: GPO Box 6250, Kathmandu, Nepal

Inquiry and Comment

For any general questions and comments about the peer-review process, the Journal or its editorial policies that are not addressed here, we encourage authors and reviewers to contact us at jrtp@kusoed.edu.np

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(Updated: 18 May 2018)