Web-Based Electronic Manuscript Submission and Peer Review
We invite all authors to submit online any new manuscripts that are to be considered for publication. Please contact Bill Ferguson firstname.lastname@example.org
MOOCs Forum is the only international publication dedicated to the complex issues that surround this new educational imperative and emerging opportunities for collaborations between academia, industry, and government agencies.
Multidisciplinary in scope, MOOCs Forum will ensure the acknowledgment and open discussion of opinions, findings, and case studies of andragogical and pedagogical issues as well as administration, policy, and economics of the relatively new and challenging ventures into massive open online courses. This new and growing field has its staunch supporters and dissidents; the Journal has a neutral perspective that will provide meaningful discussion as MOOCs rapidly continue to move forward, attracting hundreds of thousands of participants.
MOOCs Forum coverage includes:
- Pedagogical and andragogical issues
- Faculty perspectives and participation
- Differences between open and traditional online education
- Ensuring integrity
- Development of meaningful standards
- Successes and failures
- Clarification of misconceptions
- International consideration and security
- Fears and participation!
Audience: International university faculty and administrators, academic IT staff, librarians, government agencies, NGOs, text book publishers, start-up MOOCs and their investors, CEOs and COOs of major corporate MOOCs partners, and more.
MOOCs Forum publishes Research Articles, Reviews, invited Mini-Reviews, Rapid Communications, Hypothesis and Education Articles, and News and Views contributions.
The review process for all manuscripts will be initiated when authors submit (a) a “.doc” or a “.rtf” or LaTeX file that contains the manuscript, references, tables, and figure legends, and (b) a single high-resolution “.tif” or “.eps” file of each figure. (Note that LaTeX cannot be used for printing if the article is accepted—see detailed note about LaTeX below.) Guidelines for preparing the various components of the contribution, including the preparation of high-resolution digital figure files, are provided below. Incomplete or improperly formatted contributions will be returned to the authors unread.
Manuscripts are judged on the basis of significance, originality, quality and clarity of presentation, and appropriateness of the subject matter. The decision regarding publication is the responsibility of the Editors, based on the recommendations of the Referees, Editorial Board Members, and Guest Editors.
Manuscripts. Manuscripts should be double-spaced and formatted for US Letter (8.5 x 11 inches) page size with 1.5-inch margins on top, bottom, and sides. Times or Times New Roman (12 point) is the preferred font. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively.
Manuscripts should be organized as follows: On the first page give the title of the article, the full names and institutional affiliations of all authors, the name (with complete address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address) to whom correspondence should be directed, and a running title of no more than 40 characters (including spaces). Supply an Abstract of about 200 words, stating the aims, results, and conclusions drawn from the study, and 3–6 key words or phrases. The Abstract page should be followed by the remainder of the manuscript organized with headings to distinguish the Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and/or Implications, Acknowledgments, References, Tables, Figure Legends, and Figures. Results and Discussion should be separate manuscript sections.
Disclosure statement. Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.”
In this portion of the article, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the article is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.
Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance.
If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist.”
It is recommended that authors review the style and clarity of their manuscript with colleagues before submission to ensure its consideration for publication and avoid delay in review and publication processing. Manuscripts may be edited if needed to ensure clear grammatical English usage. The editors welcome suggestions concerning potential reviewers that serve on the Editorial Board of MOOCs Forum as well as those from the international scientific community.
References in text should be numerical using superscripted numbers. Do not include brackets or parentheses. Text references must be supplied in sequence for all tables and figures. Double space all references. Number each reference consecutively in the manuscript in order of citation. Number references consecutively (not alphabetically) in the reference section. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow MEDLINE. Accuracy of citation is the responsibility of the authors; remember that inaccurate references are highly frustrating to the reader, the cited author, and indexing services.
Gloria A, Ronca D, Russo T, et al. Technical features and criteria in designing fiber-reinforced composite materials: From the aerospace and aeronautical field to biomedical applications. J Appl Biomater Biomech. 2011;9(2):151-63.
Anderson J. Fundamentals of Aerodynamics (Series in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering). New York: McGraw Hill, 2010.
If a work is in press, give the journal in which it is to be published along with the words “in press.” Work that has not yet been accepted for publication must be indicated in the article as a personal communication or as unpublished data.
Tables and Illustrations
Present each table with its caption on a separate page of the manuscript. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Information given in the text should not be repeated in tables unless advised by the editors. Tables should not be used for data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences. Tables must be numbered in the order cited in the text. The typesetter will determine the final format of manuscript tables.
Figure legends should be supplied for each illustration. All figure legends should be numbered consecutively, typed double-spaced, and begun with a boldface FIG.1. (2, 3, etc), though the rest of the caption should be in regular type. If there are several images in the figure—a, b, c, etc.—these should be placed in parentheses and put in boldface on their first occurrence. Figures must be numbered in the order cited in the text. Figures will be reproduced in the journal at column (8 cm) or page (16.5 cm) width. Illustration text should be no smaller than 10 point Helvetica at column width.
High-resolution digital files of photographs or line art must be uploaded onto Manuscript Central. Each figure should be submitted as a separate file in “.tif” or “.eps” file format (byte order for Macintosh) at the final print size (8.5 or 16 cm width) and resolution (see below). Figure filenames must include the last name of the first author, figure number, and format extension (e.g., CadyFig1.tif). Figure resolution can be confirmed using Adobe Photoshop by opening the “tif” file, selecting image, image size, and print size. Authors should avoid artificially increasing the image resolution using Adobe Photoshop, which is possible by checking “resample image” when viewing the print size. Resolution and format requirements for images at the print size: line art (bar scales, schematic drawings, etc.) should be no less than 1,200 dpi; photographs no less than 300 dpi (same as ppi in Adobe Photoshop). Black and white (halftone) photographs should be saved as ‘‘grayscale’’ images, and color photographs as “cymk” images.
Figures/images should be presented according to these guidelines:
- Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.
- Do not prepare any figures in Word as they are not workable.
- Line illustrations must be submitted at 900 DPI.
- Halftones and color photos should be submitted at 300 DPI.
- Please submit only TIFF, EPS or PDF files.
- Color art must be saved as CYMK not RGB or INDEX. If RGB files are submitted, the files will be converted to CYMK, and some slight color variation may occur.
- PowerPoint or Excel files are not acceptable file types for uploading to Manuscript Central.
A Note about LaTeX. Though LaTeX files can be submitted to the Journal and sent out for review, we require the final manuscript be in the “.doc” format. Once a manuscript in LaTeX format has been recommended for publication, it will be the author’s responsibility to have that version of the manuscript converted, scanned, or retyped into MS Word as a “.doc” file so that it can be ready for production. Should the article contain complicated equations or formulas, the “.doc” version of the manuscript should be marked to show where they should be inserted and a hard copy list of all equations and formulas forwarded to the Editorial Office.
The author must obtain permission whenever it is required in conjunction with the reproduction of copyrighted material such as figures and tables. Written permission must be obtained by the author from the publisher of the journal or book concerned; and, if required by the original publisher, the figure or table legend should indicate the original publication. The publication from which the figure or table is taken must also be listed in the reference section. All permission listings must be obtained prior to typesetting the manuscript; they cannot be entered on proofs. Manuscripts submitted to this journal must not be under consideration elsewhere.
Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.
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The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.