Focus and Scope

The Journal of Writing Analytics, published annually, invites manuscript submissions investigating communication processes and genres as they occur in digital educational environments. We especially invite multidisciplinary manuscripts reporting research at the intersection of educational measurement, massive data analysis, digital learning ecologies, and philosophical ethics.

Analytics publishes detailed research reports of up to 30,000 words (approximately 100 double spaced manuscript pages, including references). In encouraging longer manuscripts, the editors hope to promote innovative program of research using new forms of evidence related to foundational measurement categories of fairness, validity, and reliability. Full reports of research are invited in the fall and published annually.

Published also are book reviews, advances in code, new quantitative techniques, and research notes. These genres are intended to enliven the field with new research, methods, and notes. These features are limited to 10,000 words (approximately 40 double spaced manuscript pages).

Submissions will follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) in manuscript structure, reporting of results, and crediting sources.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts will be reviewed by specialists in the following fields: cognitive psychology; digital humanities; educational data mining; educational measurement; electronic forecasting; ethics; intelligent tutoring systems; learning analytics; linguistics; massive data analysis; rhetoric and composition/writing studies; writing analytics; writing assessment; and writing in the disciplines. Depending on emphasis, manuscripts will be matched with appropriate members of the editorial board.

Colleagues are encouraged to contact the editors in advance of submission to identify research directions and ensure alignment with the journal’s multidisciplinary and applied aims. This preliminary process will facilitate a process that is intended, for accepted manuscripts, to result in publication within 6 to 9 months of submission.

The review process occurs in four phases:

Phase 1: Desk Check. Upon submission, the Editor-in-Chief will consult with the Editors to ensure that the manuscript is aligned with the journal’s emphasis.

Phase 2. Board of Reviewers. Once approved by the Editor-in-Chief, the manuscript will be assigned to two members of the Board of Reviewers who are specialists in the submitted area of research. For the review criteria, see the following documents:

Manuscripts will be reviewed within four weeks and returned with one of four recommendations: publish as submitted; publish with minor changes; revise and resubmit for consideration; and reject.

Phase 3: Appropriate Placement. Upon recommendation of the Board of Reviewers, the Editors will suggest the next appropriate steps.

Phase 4: Publication. The annual issue will be published following the Writing Analytics, Data Mining, and Student Success annual conference hosted by the University of South Florida.

Publication Frequency

Publication of Analytics is annual and coincides with the International Conference on Writing Analytics, hosted by the University of South Florida in 2017. When the conference is announced in the fall of each year, solicitations will be open for both the conference and the journal. Researchers may submit a manuscript without attending the conference. 

Analytics annually publishes detailed research reports of up to 30,000 words (approximately 100 double spaced manuscript pages, including references). In encouraging longer manuscripts, the editors hope to promote innovative program of research using new forms of evidence related to foundational measurement categories of fairness, validity, and reliability. Full reports of research are invited in the fall and published annually.

Published quarterly are book reviews, advances in code, new quantitative techniques, and research notes. These shorter features are intended to enliven the field with new research, methods, and notes. These features are limited to 2, 500 words (approximately 10 double spaced manuscript pages).

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.