Research Notes Author Guidelines

Analytics accepts research notes that identify under-reported investigations, pose queries on these areas, and propose further investigation through principled analysis. Key to a successful research note is presentation of valuable information to other researchers in terms of the aim of the note, problem formation, information collection, conclusions, and directions for further research.

Analytics publishes detailed research notes of up to 10,000 words (approximately 40 double spaced manuscript pages, including references).

In submitting manuscripts, it is important for authors to realize that the journal aim—to advance multidisciplinary research at the intersection of educational measurement, massive data analysis, digital learning ecologies, and ethical philosophy —is best achieved when research notes are attentive to these areas.

Formatting References

References should be formatted using APA style. For instructions on formatting references, see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition.

Formatting Text

Please adhere to the following guidelines for formatting article text.

  • Upload article submissions in the Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Provide URLs for the references where available.
  • Double space text and use a 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Use italics instead of underlining (except for URL addresses).
  • Place figures and tables at the end of the document. Use the phrase "Insert Table (or Figure) X here." to indicate their placement in the document.
  • Follow the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review for submissions to a peer-reviewed section of the journal.

The following titles should be used for the main section headings, and the issues below should be addressed for the corresponding sections.

Structured Abstract

The structured abstract (between 500 and 750 words) is categorized by subheadings to include aim, problem formation, information collection, conclusions, and directions for further research. The structured abstract should present a comprehensive overview of the research note.

Aim

The aim section positions the research note and explains its significance.

This section includes information on

  • The purpose of the note
  • The research question that the note addresses

Problem Formation

The problem formation section identifies the research gap that the note will analyze. Special attention should be paid to the exposition of the identified problem. Of particular importance here are specifics on the relationship of the research note to areas of writing analytics: educational measurement, massive data analysis, digital learning ecologies, and ethical philosophy.

Information Collection

The information collection section describes the strategies used to determine the under-reported research area. Methodology here is important so that other researchers may replicate the needed research and advance needed solutions.

Conclusions

The conclusion section provides justification that the information collection process has identified the problem discussed in the note, as well as any related problems also in need of additional research. All attendant qualifications to claims made should also be included.

Directions for Further Research

Authors should conclude the research note with directions for further research intended to address the identified problem. Special attention should be paid to the principles that will guide research leading to problem resolution.


Reviewers’ Expectations

See the Reviewer Guidelines for the review criteria used by reviewers of research notes.