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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

The journal is published online under gold Open Access to enable access to all readers with printed copies available to order.

Although they can vary, articles are usually around 5,000 words in length. We also include in each Issue a limited numbers of book reviews and when relevant, a ‘Letters to the Editor’ section.

From the inception of the journal in 2020 we have aimed at maintaining a high-quality academic model. The accepted style is in line with this commitment and is framed within the QAA Level 8 standards. The relevant sections of these standards are as follows:

  • The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication
  • A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems
  • A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

All our articles are Harvard referenced. We use the helpful guide produced by the Open University as our basis for standardisation.

Each article is peer reviewed. Initially the articles are reviewed by  the editor and the assistant editor. The Buckingham Journal of Education has an editorial board, and its members cover a wide range of disciplines within the educational field. All the members of the board have an established track record in academic publication.

Once articles are accepted to peer-review they are then sent to selected peer reviewers. Each article is peer reviewed by at least two reviewers and each reviewer will submit their review including comments and a recommendation when to accept for publication, reject or to request revisions to the articles.

Once the final articles are accepted, the authors are informed and they then move into the production process for the particular Issue, which includes proofreading and typesetting of articles. Authors will receive two rounds of proofs to ensure the final published text is of as high a standard as possible.

Plagiarism

Like all academic journals, we take plagiarism extremely seriously. We reserve the right to and routinely check articles using appropriate software. If there is a cause for concern the editor will arrange to discuss the potential problem with the contributor. We are happy to consider articles which have been submitted to other journals with the relevant permissions and attribution and the intellectual property rights of the submitted text remains with the author.