Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

This interdisciplinary journal will publish high-quality, peer-reviewed research on issues of American civic literacy, defined as that level of public knowledge necessary to informed civic participation. Civic literacy for our purposes encompasses an acquaintance with American history, both episodic and intellectual, an understanding of the nation’s constituent documents, their roots, and their subsequent amendment and interpretation, and sufficient familiarity with and comprehension of basic economic and policy terminology to permit the formation of informed opinions on matters of policy disputation.

The journal invites research going well beyond simple measurements of such indicators of civic literacy. We are interested in the causes and consequences of low levels of literacy, the role of public education, the comparative efficacy of available curricula used in the schools, the connections between the current media environment and poor civic understandings, and the role of civic literacy in defining ethical and trustworthy public service. We also welcome theoretical submissions that consider the role of civic knowledge in American political and religious life.

The journal will initially be published twice a year by the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI. Its editorial board will include scholars representing a wide range of disciplines: political science, public administration, education, science, religious studies and business.

 

Section Policies

Continuing Conversation

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reveiwed Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Living Citizenship

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Civic Reading

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

·There will be at least two reviewers for every submission.

·Reviewers will typically be given approximately 4 weeks to conduct the review.

·Reviewers have been recruited for their scholarly background in Civic Literacy and represent a cross section of major disciplines that the Journal of Civic Literacy would like to integrate into the discussion. Notably these disciplines include:

oEducation

oReligious Studies

oLaw

oSocial Work

oBiology

oMedicine

 

Reviewer Template:

To Reviewer: Please be sure to answer each of the questions below, and return this form together with your remarks for both the Editor and the Author(s) by ______________________.

Name of article reviewed:

 

Theoretical contribution:

Weak

Moderate

Strong

N/A

 

Importance of topic:

Weak

Moderate

Strong

 

Methodology:

Appropriate

Inappropriate

 

Analysis:

Weak

Moderate

Strong

 

Writing:

Poor

Acceptable after editing

Excellent

 

Overall recommendation:

 

Accept as is (w/minor tweaks and copy-edits)

Reject

Revise and Resubmit (comments to author(s) should outline the changes that would make the
article publishable.)

 

Please insert your comments to THE EDITOR here.

 

 

Publication Frequency

 

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.

 

Journal of Civic Literacy

This interdisciplinary journal will publish high-quality, peer-reviewed research on issues of American civic literacy, defined as that level of public knowledge necessary to informed civic participation. Civic literacy for our purposes encompasses an acquaintance with American history, both episodic and intellectual, an understanding of the nation’s constituent documents, their roots, and their subsequent amendment and interpretation, and sufficient familiarity with and comprehension of basic economic and policy terminology to permit the formation of informed opinions on matters of policy disputation.

The journal invites research going well beyond simple measurements of such indicators of civic literacy. We are interested in the causes and consequences of low levels of literacy, the role of public education, the comparative efficacy of available curricula used in the schools, the connections between the current media environment and poor civic understandings, and the role of civic literacy in defining ethical and trustworthy public service. We also welcome theoretical submissions that consider the role of civic knowledge in American political and religious life.

The journal will initially be published twice a year by the Center for Civic Literacy at IUPUI. Its editorial board will include scholars representing a wide range of disciplines: political science, public administration, education, science, religious studies and business.