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Policies

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Open Access Policy

Becoming: Journal of the Georgia Middle School Association is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of all articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access.

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Review Process

Becoming is double-blind peer reviewed, and published twice per year. If you have concerns about the terms of submission or review, please contact the Editor.

  • All submissions must be previously unpublished manuscripts, must be the original work of the author(s), and must currently be submitted only to Becoming. By submitting a work for consideration, the author(s) affirm(s) that the manuscript will not be submitted to another venue while under review with Becoming.
  • All submissions must center on middle level education.
  • Manuscripts should be formatted by the author(s) according to the Format & Style Guidelines for Submission below. Along with your manuscript, you need to provide a manuscript title, an abstract of 150-200 words, two to four keywords for your article, and a manuscript type (best practices, research, resources, reviews, or other).
  • Upon submission, the Editor reviews all manuscripts for appropriateness. If the submission is appropriate, the Editor will assign two Reviewers to the submission.
  • Each Reviewer may include specific and narrative comments for the author(s) of the submission about its content, argumentation, research methodologies, conclusions, etc., as appropriate to the manuscript type. These comments will be provided to the author(s) without identifying the Reviewers.
  • When all reviews have been received by the Editor, a decision will be made regarding publication and the lead author will be contacted. If the reviews are very different, the Editor may ask one or two additional Reviewers to read and evaluate the submission and then, upon receipt of the additional reviews, a final publication decision will be made.
  • Author(s) whose manuscripts are provisionally accepted will have the option and opportunity to make suggested edits and resubmit the manuscript.
  • Once accepted for publication, manuscripts should be reformatted by the author(s) according to the Format & Style Guidelines for Publication below, then resubmitted for publication. Due dates for final versions vary with each issue.
  • The response time for manuscripts is typically 6 – 8 weeks from submission.

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Format & Style Guidelines for Submission

Submit manuscripts according to the following guidelines. If you have questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact the Editor:

  • Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents (.doc or .docx files) with 1.5 inch margins on all sides.
  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Manuscripts should follow the length guidelines (see Types of Manuscripts below).
  • All authors must disclose any conflicts of interest and/or any sources of funding related to the manuscript.
  • Include a title page with abstract and two to four keywords.
  • Do not include headers, footers, or pagination.
  • Remove any references to any of the authors that may allow a reviewer to identify the authorship of the submission. Instead, use “Author 1”, “Author 2”, etc., as needed.
  • Include any tables, charts, figures, etc. in the text in the approximate place where they would appear.
  • Any appendices should be included in the text of the submission and should not be included as separate documents.

Types of Manuscripts:

  • Best Practices: These are rich descriptions of practice from the classrooms of the author(s) with reflections and recommendations for readers. Best Practices submissions are typically no more than 2500 words, excluding references.
  • Research: These are reports of research undertaken by the author(s) and can represent a range of research paradigms. Author(s) should explain the topic, literature review, research question(s), methodology, data collection and analysis, and findings. Research submissions are typically no more than 5000 words, excluding references, tables, and appendices.
  • Resources: These are collections of resources for middle level educators based on topic selected by the author(s). The author(s) should explain the topic and provide accurate and complete citation and/or access information for all resources. Resource submissions are typically no more than 2000 words excluding references.
  • Reviews: These are reviews of important books or other media, or reviews of research on a topic selected by the author(s). Review are typically no more than 2000 words excluding references.

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Format & Style Guidelines for Publication

Manuscripts accepted for publication should be re-formatted according to the following guidelines. If you have questions or concerns about these guidelines, please contact the Editor:

Manuscripts accepted for publication should be formatted according to these guidelines:

  • Manuscripts should be submitted as Word documents (.doc or .docx files) with 1.5 inch margins on all sides.
  • Use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Manuscripts should follow the length guidelines (see Types of Manuscripts above).
  • All authors must disclose any conflicts of interest and/or any sources of funding related to the manuscript.
  • Include a title page with abstract and two to four keywords.
  • Do not include headers, footers, or pagination.
  • Add in any references to the author(s) as needed. Remove blinded references (such as “Author 1”) and replace with names as appropriate.
  • Ensure that all references are correct, current, and properly formatted.

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Copyright & Licensing Terms

All papers published in Becoming are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Authors retain all copyrights without restrictions, and agree to the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license for their work as a condition of publication.

End users' rights under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license are outlined here. For all other purposes, permission must be obtained from the author.

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Plagiarism Policy

Becoming may use Similarity Check, a multi-publisher initiative, to selectively screen article submissions for originality. Similarity Check uses the iThenticate software, which checks submissions against millions of published research papers (the Similarity Check database), documents on the web, and other relevant sources. These submitted papers are not retained in the Similarity Check system after they have been checked. Read more at Crossref's Similarity Check & Researchers page.

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Charges & Fees

Becoming levies no submission charges, or charges or fees for publication of accepted articles.

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Digital Archiving

Becoming: Journal of the Georgia Middle School Association is preserved using CLOCKSS, a leading preservation archive that guarantees persistent access to journal content for the very long term. Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) through Crossref to ensure they can always be found.

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