Improving Schools
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Improving Schools


Editor
Terry Wrigley Visiting Professor, Northumbria University, UK


eISSN: 14757583 | ISSN: 13654802 | Current volume: 19 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year


Improving Schools
is for all those engaged in school development, whether improving schools in difficulty or making successful schools even better. The journal includes contributions from across the world with an international readership including teachers, heads, academics, education authority staff, inspectors and consultants.

Improving Schools has created a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. Major national policies and initiatives have been evaluated, to share good practice and to highlight problems. The journal also reports on visits to successful schools in diverse contexts, and includes book reviews on a wide range of developmental issues.

"Improving Schools is an excellent resource bringing together academics, researchers and teachers in a journal that is accessible and practical while drawing on work from leading-edge thinkers." John MacBeath, University of Cambridge, UK



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Improving Schools is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://imp.sagepub.com


Improving Schools
is for all those engaged in school development, whether improving schools in difficulty or making successful schools even better. The journal includes contributions from across the world with an increasingly international readership including teachers, heads, academics, education authority staff, inspectors and consultants.

Improving Schools has created a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. Major national policies and initiatives have been evaluated, to share good practice and to highlight problems. The journal also reports on visits to successful schools in diverse contexts, and includes book reviews on a wide range of developmental issues. We take a broad view of school improvement, maintaining focus on educational aims as well as development processes. We cover not only management, leadership and school ethos, but also learning and teaching and curricular issues of whole-school importance. We also seek to foster a strong values orientation, based on principles of social justice and responsibility.

Editorial Advisory Board
Dorothy Andrews University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Tina Byrom Nottingham Trent University, UK
Paul Clarke IQEA Ltd, UK
Matthew Cochrane Edge Hill University, UK
Karyn Cooper Cape Breton University, Canada
Helen Demetriou Cambridge University, UK
Judy Durrant Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Jacob Easley Mercy College, New York, USA
Michael Fielding Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Donald Gillies University of West of Scotland, UK
Andy Hargreaves Boston College, USA
Alma Harris Deputy Director, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya, Malaysia
Ruth Lupton London School of Economics, UK
John MacBeath Cambridge University, UK
Stephen McKinney University of Glasgow, UK
Bushra Nasir Headteacher, Plashet School, London, UK
Judy Parr University of Auckland, New Zealand
Kathryn Riley Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Ciaran Sugrue University College Dublin, Ireland
Mir Afzal Tajik Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Patricia Thompson University of Nottingham, UK
Robert E. White St Francis Xavier University, Canada
Felicity J Wikeley Canterbury Christ Church University, UK
Scott Wurdinger Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgments
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open Access and author archiving
      3.4 Permissions
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Word processing formats
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Journal layout
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 How to submit your manuscript
      5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
      5.3 Corresponding author contact details
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Access to your published article
      6.3 Online First publication
    7. Further Information

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Improving Schools will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

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    1. Article types

    Improving Schools accepts major articles (refereed, marked in the journal by 'R' after the title) should normally be between 3000 and 6000 words long excluding references. Shorter items such as reports on interesting developments in schools are very welcome (e.g. 1000-2000 words, preferably with photographs).

    Improving Schools is for all those engaged in school development, whether improving schools in difficulty or making successful schools even better. We take a broad view of school improvement, maintaining focus on educational aims as well as development processes. We cover not only management, leadership and school ethos, but also learning and teaching and curricular issues of whole-school importance. We also seek to foster a strong values orientation, based on principles of social justice and responsibility.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Improving Schools operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing Assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. (Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.)
    It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Improving Schools requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Improving Schools encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Improving Schools and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open Access and author archiving

    Improving Schools offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    3.4 Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway

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    4. Preparing your manuscript

    4.1 Word processing formats

    Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Journal layout

    Improving Schools  conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    4.4 Reference style

    Improving Schools adheres to the APA reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    5.1 How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    To hasten the manuscript review and publication process, email the manuscript/article as a Word file attachment to the Editor: terrywrigley@gmail.com

    Please do not send manuscripts/articles by post.

    When submitting your article please confirm, in your email, that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal. (You will be asked to sign a formal printed agreement once your article is accepted.)

    The Editor will be pleased to look at and advise on early drafts and ideas for publication.

    Books for review should be sent to the Reviews Editor, via the Editor.

    5.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    5.3 Corresponding author contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.

    6.2 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.3 Online First publication

    Online First allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a final journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our Online First Fact Sheet

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    7. Further Information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Editor as follows: terrywrigley@gmail.com

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