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Philosophy of FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education

For more information, please see FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education Aims and Scope page.

General Submission Policy

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the online submission system for FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education.

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 FIRE: Forum for International Research 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 FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education. If you have concerns about the submission terms for FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, please contact the editors.

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in FIRE: Forum for International Research 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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Peer Review Process

Every manuscript undergoes a blind peer review process by at least two referees through our online system. Referees receive a reviewer rating sheet that invites them to comment on the manuscript in terms of Scholarship, Originality, Significance, Timeliness Data Analysis and Presentation, Discussions and Interpretation of Findings, Clarity, Concision and Coherence of the Text, and Quality of the Language and Style, etc. Reviewers also provide comments and may track the article with explicit comments and questions. Articles deemed acceptable with minor or major revisions are returned to authors for revision and re-submission. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the peer-review process. The list of reviewers for each volume is printed in the final issue each year. Referees are chosen by the Editor based on their research and teaching expertise related to the topics and themes of the submitted manuscripts.

Formatting Requirements

FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Neither the journal nor bepress provides 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 Lehigh Preserve

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education 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 FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, requires credit to FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education as copyright holder (e.g., FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education © 2017). This is roughly equivilent to a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY-NC-ND)

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education 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 the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education website and/or software agree not to misuse the FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education service or software in any way.

The failure of FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education 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 FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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