Essays in Education



Philosophy of Essays in Education

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Who Can Submit

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Essays in Education provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Essays in Education, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Essays in Education.

Essays in Education (EIE) encourages new authors to the publishing world. Being a published author can start in graduate school. Graduate schoolwork and capstones that have been significantly reworked (abridged, written for a different audience, or a section embellished, etc.) are welcome. It is encouraged that a cover letter states that a submission is based on previously assessed graduate work with a note explaining how this version differs. Note: submitted work should not be available elsewhere (many dissertations and capstones are published by the university) and a submission to EIE is not a substitute for a professor’s evaluation or a committee’s review.

If you have concerns about the submission terms for Essays in Education, please contact eie@winona.edu.

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Document Types

Essays in Education suggests submissions of 6 single-spaced pages excluding title page, reference pages, and appendices. In our experience, articles 6 pages in length are most applicable for practitioners.


Essay Articles should be concise, have clarity in purpose and direction, and include descriptive, well-reasoned reflection. For our purposes, essays are examinations of relevant educational issues or trends that are evidence-informed and advance a topic or theory, promote a readily implementable idea, summarize a new conceptual development, or initiate a conversation.

Recompilations of research articles provide a concise overview of original quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method research studies, or are a succinct review and appraisals of others’ published studies. For our purposes, these recompilations or reviews should be relevant for and comprehensible to educational practitioners and meaningfully inform their practice.

Recompilations of capstone, thesis, or dissertation articles are summaries that provide a general overview of a completed academic project, or a more detailed review of a specific aspect of that project. For our purposes, these recompilations should be relevant for educational practitioners and substantively inform their practice.

Book Reviews

Book reviews provide a concise, evaluative analysis of the substance of a book that goes beyond mere description of the book’s contents and discusses the book’s relevance and applicability for professional practice. For our purposes, books being reviewed should be relevant for educational practitioners and meaningfully inform their craft.


Editorials are brief, subjective commentaries on educational topics in which the author attempts to enlighten and persuade people to act or change their beliefs. For our purposes, editorials should be relevant for educational practitioners and meaningfully influence their future practice.

White Papers

White papers are concise reports that inform readers about complex topics with the aim of helping them better understand issues, solve problems, or make decisions. For our purposes, white papers should be relevant for educational practitioners and the larger community.

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Formatting Requirements

See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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Rights for Authors and OpenRiver

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to OpenRiver all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of OpenRiver, requires credit to OpenRiver as copyright holder (e.g., OpenRiver © 2024).

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from OpenRiver provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact eie@winona.edu.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the OpenRiver website and/or software agree not to misuse the OpenRiver service or software in any way.

The failure of OpenRiver to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between OpenRiver and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Duties/Responsibilities of Authors, Editors and Reviewers

Duties/Responsibilities of Authors

By submitting an article to Essays in Education you agree to comply with the Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.

  1. Originality and Plagiarism - All manuscripts must be the original work of authors and not evidence plagiarism.
  2. Authorship of the Paper - Authorship of a manuscript should be limited to authors who have made significant contributions.
  3. Multiple, redundant, or concurrent publication - Authors must not submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
  4. Acknowledgement of sources - Authors must properly and accurately acknowledge the work of others.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of interest and financial support - authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript and acknowledge individuals or organizations that have provided financial support for research.
  6. Data access and retention - Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with manuscripts for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data if possible.

Duties/Responsibilities of Editors

  1. Publication Decisions - Editors are responsible for deciding which of the manuscripts submitted to the journal should be reviewed or published.
  2. Fair play - Editors should ensure the integrity of the publication review process. As such, editors should not reveal either the identity of authors of manuscripts to the reviewers, or the identity of reviewers to authors.
  3. Confidentiality - Editors must treat received manuscripts for review as confidential documents and must not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
  4. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Editors and any editorial staff must not use materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript (published or unpublished) for their own research without the author’s written authorization.

    Editors must disclose to the editorial board any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest with the author(s) of a manuscript that might influence the results or interpretation of a submission. All editorial board members' potential conflicts with the author of a submission will be reported to the editorial board for review. If a significant conflict exists, the editor(s) will recuse themselves from their editorial involvement of the particular submission. In such cases, a replacement editorial board member will be assigned as editor.

    Editors are invited to submit written works to Essays In Education (EIE), without advantage over other external submissions. The status of editors has no influence on publishing considerations of their offered work. No financial rewards are extended for editor services affiliated with the journal, nor for manuscripts authored by editors of EIE.

  5. Investigations – Editors shall conduct proper and fair investigation into ethical complaints.

Duties/Responsibilities of Reviewers

  1. Confidentiality - Reviewers should keep all information regarding papers confidential and treat them as privileged information.
  2. Standards of Objectivity - Reviews should be conducted objectively, with no personal criticism of the author.
  3. Contribution to Editorial Decision - Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.
  4. Promptness - Reviewers should complete their reviews within a specified timeframe.
  5. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest - Reviewers will not review manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest. This includes competitive or collaborative affiliations or other institutional or organizational connections that may compromise the integrity of EIE or the manuscripts submitted for review.

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