1. Peer review policy
Once it has undergone initial editorial checks, your manuscript will then be sent to two anonymous reviewers. Neither the identity of the author nor the identity of the reviewers will be revealed to either party. Once the editor has received the blind reviews, authors will then be advised whether their manuscript has been: accepted for publication without changes; accepted pending revisions; or, rejected. We anticipate the review process will take, on average, 8 weeks.
2. Article types
The Bridge encourages scholarly educational research, critical discussions, reports of new developments, think pieces, literature and book reviews. Submissions from any professional and educational discipline are welcome. Up to 4,000 words.
3. How to submit your manuscript
Authors should send in two versions of their manuscripts to the editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org. One version should be a complete and fully-referenced version of the manuscript containing an additional cover page outlining the author’s contact details (email, mail address, telephone number), institutional affiliation(s) and a mini biography/biographies of up to 200 words. The second version should be anonymous and contain no reference to the author’s identity at any stage – this copy will be sent to reviewers if it passes initial editorial inspection. Manuscripts should include a clear title, a list of up to eight key words and be accompanied by an abstract of up to 500 words.
Manuscripts should be submitted in English, and may be up to 4,000 words in length. Manuscripts should be sent as .doc files and conform to the guidelines set out in section six below. Text should be double-spaced throughout with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins, 3cm for the header and 4cm for the footer. Text should be 12 point and in Garamond font. Editors reserve the right to reject submissions that are not clear, readable, and appropriate to the journal.
4. Contributor Agreement
When submitting final manuscripts to The Bridge authors will be asked to sign an agreement giving the journal permission to keep their work as an Open Access document on their website. In addition, authors will be required to sign a declaration guaranteeing that their manuscript adheres to academic conventions regarding plagiarism
and proper acknowledgement of sources.
Authors are also asked to adhere to the BERA Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research (2011): http://www.bera.ac.uk/researchersresources/ resources-for-researchers. Finally, authors are asked to identify any sources of funding that have gone towards the research contained in their manuscripts.
5. Open Access
Our aim was to develop this journal in a number of stages within its first year, from a local site based at the University of Leicester to a fully national journal by the end of 2015. This was achieved and the ISSN identifier for this journal is ISSN 2056-6670. We aim for it to remain fully open access and therefore will rely heavily on voluntary editors, reviewers and web designers.
6. House Style and Referencing
The Bridge follows the preferred style of the British Educational Research Association’s (BERA) journals: Review of Education, British Educational Research Journal and British Journal of Education Technology. The websites for these journals are:
Authors hold the copyright and publishing rights to their own work without restrictions.
8. Free of Charges
The Bridge does not charge author processing fees or article submission fees.
9. Further information
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information should be sent to the editor: Mr Shane Payne (University of Leicester) Email: email@example.com