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PUBLISHING IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING JOURNALS European Conference on Educational Research 10-12 September 2008 Gothenburg, Sweden SUBMITTING

WORK TO THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT Paul Lewis Editor in chief, IJTD Important characteristics of the IJTD • • • • • The IJTD is an academic research journal. Its primary purpose is to report original, empirical, academic research. The journal has a strong international focus. It is read in over 70 countries and most of its readers are outside Europe. It is multidisciplinary. The scope of the IJTD is training and development/human resource development but within that the subject-matter is unrestricted. The editors seek to encourage comparative work and research which has links to professional practice. Considerations flowing from the characteristics of the IJTD Whether or not the paper contains research The IJTD is looking to report original, empirical research. This may, however, include novel analysis of an existing database. The journal is unlikely to accept a paper focusing on a methodological initiative unless it is also being tested empirically. A literature review and comment is not likely to be accepted unless it is commissioned by the journal and relates to a major area of the subject. Whether or not the paper has sufficient academic merit If the work is primarily about how to improve professional practice it may be better to submit it to a professional practice journal rather than an academic one. For example, if it evaluates a particular training scheme without having any wider contribution it is unlikely to have sufficient academic merit. On the other hand, if there are wider issues, the work

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may be publishable as long as these issues are the central concern. Papers, and their titles, quite often need rebalancing to emphasise the issues and present the context as a case study. Whether or not the paper is written with the IJTD’s readership in mind Multinational, national or regional institutions, policies, practices and culture may need explaining briefly for the worldwide readership. The technical aspects of a particular discipline may need explaining briefly for those from other disciplines. Whether or not the paper is within the scope of the IJTD Researchers should ensure the work they submit is within the IJTD’s scope. This is not generally a problem because the journal covers the whole field of training and development/human resource development. Much of what the IJTD publishes is corporate human resource development but the approach to research can be from any point of view, including public policy and trades unions. Similarly, the IJTD publishes work using different research methodologies. The key consideration is whether it is high-quality, original research in the training and development/human resource development field. Higher priority is likely to be accorded to papers that are comparative or have clear implications for practice. Authors should draw attention to such characteristics where present. General considerations Emphasis Misplaced emphasis is a common problem. This can sometimes mean that the IJTD is not an appropriate journal for the paper. More often, it means that the paper doesn’t communicate its most important message. The emphasis should be upon one or more academic issues within the IJTD’s field rather than being on the context in which the research has taken place. For example, if the research is about the training of sales managers, is it primarily adding to the sales management literature or the training literature? This should be decided before submission and should influence the choice of journal: it is not something that an editor should have to raise with the author after submission. An exception to the above would be where the context itself is potentially important. Examples would be where there has been little or no research in a subject in a particular country or industry. However, in such cases the author should explain why the results of

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research in their particular context might be expected to differ from the previous research conducted elsewhere. Contribution to the literature The methodology of the work needs to be appropriate and the contribution it makes, and its limitations, should be addressed. The contribution will be difficult to assess without the paper being grounded in the literature and this is a common weakness. An example is research which evaluates a particular training scheme but makes little or no reference to the evaluation literature. This will not generally be publishable. Authors should show how their research subject and design have been informed by the literature and how their work has added to the literature. Method for reporting research Research should be reported in the conventional way stating the research objectives and methods before presenting the results, analysing and discussing them and forming conclusions. The classical requirement is for the research methodology to be described sufficiently for the reader to be able to replicate the research. At the very least, there must be enough detail for the reader to understand what has been done. The quality of presentation The paper should be thoroughly checked before submission so that it is free from errors. The rules governing submissions to the IJTD should be followed. Papers must be submitted in English and a good standard of English is expected. Allowance will be made during the reviewing process if the author’s first language is not English but if the paper is accepted for publication the author may need to arrange and pay for professional editing. Further information about the IJTD • • • The IJTD was first published in 1997. Its publisher is Wiley-Blackwell (USA/UK). The IJTD is indexed by Management and Marketing Abstracts, Psychological Abstracts, International Human Resource Management Abstracts, Prestige Research Abstracts and PsychINFO (the American Psychological Association). The IJTD conducts a preliminary editorial reading of all papers typically within 10 days of receipt. If a paper which is potentially suitable for review is not considered ready for review the editors will return the paper to the author with a 3

statement of the changes they think are necessary. Otherwise, the paper will either be sent for review or rejected without review. • • • • The journal’s acceptance rate in 2007 was 21 per cent. In 2007 the mean length of time between submission and decision, following review, was 20 weeks. In the same year, the mean length of time between submission and publication was 42 weeks. The IJTD uses the following categories when giving decisions: acceptance with minor changes; acceptance with substantial changes; rejection with an invitation to resubmit; and outright rejection. Each paper is sent to two or three reviewers and all papers are reviewed in at least one country other than the one in which the author is based. Resubmitted papers have a further review. Except where changes are minor, final copy must be accompanied by a separate document showing where and how the editors’ and reviewers’ comments have been accommodated. All communication is carried out electronically, including the submission of papers, the provision of reviews and the giving of decisions.

Contact details Dr P Lewis Leeds University Business School University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT UK pl@lubs.leeds.ac.uk Website: www.blackwellpublishing.com/IJTD

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