Before submitting an article to the journal, you should do an article proposal. This will allow the editors to help you shape your article so as to come as much as possible within the scope of the article collection.
Before you write and send your proposal, please read this entire CfP. It contains important information to help you do a good proposal. These article-proposal notes are placed here (not at the end of the CfP) so that you will have them in mind as you read the rest of this CfP. You might also wish to look at these pages:
A collection of resources, on topics such as learning, debriefing, ComMod, etc
Please send your article proposal to the Lead Guest Editor, David, here e4l.jrnl at gmail dot com. This proposal is not a manuscript or draft manuscript; it is a relativity short document that gives a clear idea of what the intended article will be. The proposal should contain the following ten elements (* v important):
* Full name of corresponding author.
* A title: And maybe a subtitle.
* Full contact details of corresponding author (affiliation, name, email, alternative or backup email, skype id and maybe a fixed line telephone).
* An abstract. It would be helpful to do a structured abstract, but an ordinary one is acceptable. (You will find help on how to do structured abstracts on the web, or ask David.)
Maybe a provisional plan of your proposed article, especially if your abstract is not a structured one.
Names of any co-authors, and their affiliations and contact details. You are strongly encouraged to co-author§. If you do not have any now, you can always add them later.
* Names & contact details of 3 or 4 possible reviewers. Indicate (a) their fields of expertise and affiliation and (b) your relationship to these potential reviewers. It is perfectly acceptable to know a reviewer, but we would like to know how much or what kind of interest or stake (if any) they have in your work. We may ask people other than your suggested reviewers to review your ms. (Indicate if you have contacted, or intend to contact, them about the possibility of their reviewing your work.)
Any other information that you think would help, eg, some of the main references that you may draw on.
* A statement indicating your willingness to review up to three articles by other authors. This is important; if everyone is willing to contribute to our authoring community, then everyone has a greater chance of being assigned reviewers for their own article.
Please keep the total length of your proposal to less than 1200 words; the abstract and plan within 800 words; in 12pt or 14pt Times Roman; 1.5 spacing.
Email subject and filename. To help us keep track of emails and files, please use the following format for your emails and for the filename of your abstract:
Yoursurname_First-three-wordsofthetitle, anything else etc.doc or docx
After you upload the ms to the ms management system, it will give you other refs.
§ If you would like to co-author and do not know one, please let David know. In the past, David has successfully brought together authors unknown to each other and who subsequently produced an excellent article. It might be, for example, that your work has been in some experiential aspect of sustainability, but you are unsure of the learning (pedagogical) aspects. Or it might be that you are an NGO worker, having tremendous experience in sustainability and learning, but have never written an academic article. You can also add on co-authors during your writing.
David may forward your proposal to one or more of the Guest Editors. They may reply directly to you, or they may reply through David.
Springer-Nature policies & guidelines Be sure to take a look at Springer-Nature policies before doing your Article Proposal for the Guest Editors and again before you submit your article to the online manuscript manager. For example:
As this is an Open Access (OA) journal, authors have to foot the bill, via an article-processing charge (APC). Hold on, please continue to read - all is not lost.
OA is in contrast to the more traditional paywall system, where readers have to pay to read your article. One great advantage of an OA system is that more people can, more easily, access your article, and thus your article has a greater chance of being cited. In the case of this particular article collection (special issue) on Learning Sustainability, it may be that readers will be more numerous in lower income countries, readers who would be less able to access your article than if it was in a paywall journal.
The following pages will give you more info on money matters related to your article.