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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The electronic file format of text materials should be MS Word, RTF, OpenOffice 2.0 or plain text. Please note that if accepted (and after any revisions), the file will be converted to HTML and PDF for online publication.
  • All written submissions are to be in plain English (colloquial and regional-term free), and be subjected to an English (Canadian) spell check prior to submission.
  • Use the American Psychological Association (APA) format as the basis for references. The rest of the submission should be in plain text (unformatted).
  • The title page should contain the submission title, author(s) name, position/affiliation, institution, address, phone number, email address, as well as a 100–250 word abstract and a list of 4–12 keywords.
  • The author(s) name(s) should not appear in the original submission (except on the title page).
  • Labelled tables, graphs, images, and illustrations are to be placed at the appropriate places within the body of the submission with suitable titles and subtitles. If colour or grayscale images are used, they should be tested on a black and white printer to ensure legibility when downloaded.
  • Citations, and suggested sources should be placed at the end of the submission.

Author Guidelines

Previously unpublished submissions (which are not under consideration for any other publication at the same time) are to be made at any time for consideration for future publication, subject to double-blind peer reviewer approvals.

Expectations for different submission lengths are as follows:

Please note that the editors are more interested in quality of content (with some formatting accommodations for readability) versus perfectly APA formatted, but weak submissions. The editors encourage the use of tables, figures, images, diagrams, etc. to illustrate and support text, as well as, between 5 and 30 references and/or suitable reflections on process (depending on the submission type).

  • Scholarly (Inquiry) Articles on applied innovations and professional developments, research reports, and general articles and literature surveys (2,000 to 8,000 words);
  • Service and Community Projects (2,000 to 8,000 words);
  • Personal or Speculative Reflections (be imaginative and provocative to invite dialogue), and tutorials (500 to 3,000 words);
  • Diverse submissions such as presentations, poetry, interviews, videos, images, and other (new) media, etc. (500 to 1,500 words or equivalent );
  • Book Reviews (up to 1,000 words).

Review Guidelines

We are working to make the Peer Reviewer process both transparent and explicit.

Feedback will be provided for all submissions and all creators are encouraged to utilize this form to analyze their submissions in advance as well as to use the feedback to clarify their message.

ABER Proposal

Special Issue on Transformative Dialogues in and across Arts-Based Educational Research (ABER)

For this special issue of Transformative Dialogues, we are hoping to hear from scholars who engage in poetic inquiry (e.g., Prendergast, 2009; James, 2017; Vincent, 2018), narrative inquiry (e.g., Connelly & Clandinin, 1990; Clandinin, 2013), performative inquiry (e.g., Saldaña, 1999; Fels & Belliveau, 2008), making (e.g., Sameshima & Morchel, 2019) and other forms of arts-based and/or arts informed educational research processes. This issue will amplify diverse voices and highlight collaborative and convergent research studies that use art as a part of their transformative teaching and learning practices.

We are especially interested in submissions that link ABER to larger discussions around teaching and learning, those that explore the need for balance between art and academic purposes and studies that support the proliferation of these types of approaches across various levels of academia.

Authors selected to participate in this issue will also be expected to review (double-blind) at least three other submissions.

Recent examples of ABER from Transformative Dialogues include:

  • Attas, R., Lindstrom, G., Easton, L. & Yeo, M. (2021) Nitawahsin Nanni and Disrupting Journeys. Transformative Dialogues, 14 (1).
  • Vincent, A. (2020) Poem as literature review: Poetic rumination on the history of Poetic Inquiry. Transformative Dialogues, 13 (2).

Proposals Due October 15, 2021.

Proposal text will answer the following questions in 250-500 words.

  • What’s the proposed title?
  • What is proposed format for the piece?
  • How does the work address the theme?
  • How does the work connect to larger discussions about teaching and learning?

We can accept submissions in the form of prose, poetry, image files, video files, and audio files (or a mixture).  All submissions must be in the form of the original file—not a link.

We presume that the author or authors have obtained necessary permissions to share media and these permissions should be stated in the submission.

Submitting the ABER Proposal

Activate the ABER proposal link below. Review author guidelines.  The proposal text document may include author information.  Log in or register as an author and select New Submission. 

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    • For Section, select ABER Proposal.
    • Read and acknowledge all submission requirements. All boxes must be checked to advance. As previously noted, authors’ names may remain on the same page as proposal text.
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    • Save and continue.
  2. Submit Submission
    • Select ABER Proposal as the Article Component and follow prompts to upload the document.
  3. Enter Metadata
    • Proposed title is the only required input in this section.
  4. Confirmation
    • Finish submission and confirm to complete.

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