Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The primary audience for the journal is educators, administrators, and researchers both formal and informal of all disciplines but with a primary focus on the interdisciplinary nature of STEM.

Topics will include scholarly articles on proven teaching strategies, community engagement, advocacy, leadership, professional development, research/industry experiences, literary reviews and educational research as they relate to interdisciplinary education.

Peer Review Process

The Editor screens submissions to JOITL to determine if it should go through the peer review process. If the manuscript passes the initial review, it will be assigned to two-to-three peer reviewers to be considered for publication. Reviews typically take one month to complete. After careful consideration, the reviewers will determine whether to accept the manuscript, return it to the author for revisions and/or publish. The reviewers’ decision is considered final by the Editor.

Manuscript review criteria are:

  • Relevance and impact on teacher leadership, advocacy and interdisciplinary education,
  • Timeliness of subject matter,
  • Strength and validity of research and/or argument,
  • Clarity of the writing.

Publication Frequency

This journal is published once a year in December. Manuscripts will be accepted year-round but authors will be required to submit articles by the beginning of September in order to have them considered for publication in the December issue.

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.

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.