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Journal of Interpretation Research

Journal of Interpretation Research

Published in Association with National Association for Interpretation

Editor
Marc J. Stern Virginia Tech, USA
Bob Powell Clemson University, USA


eISSN: 26929376 | ISSN: 10925872 Frequency: Bi-annually
The primary function of the Journal is to disseminate original empirical research regarding interpretation. However, the Journal of Interpretation Research takes a broad view of the field of interpretation and publishes manuscripts from a wide-range of academic disciplines. The primary criteria for deeming a manuscript appropriate for the Journal are whether it adds to the current state-of-knowledge for practitioners, researchers, academics, or administrators who work in the field of interpretation.

The purposes of the Journal of Interpretation Research are to communicate original empirical research dealing with interpretation and to provide a forum for scholarly discourse about issues facing the profession of interpretation. The Journal should strive to link research with practice. The Journal of Interpretation Research is published by the National Association for Interpretation, the preeminent professional association representing the heritage interpretation profession.

Editors
Robert B. Powell Clemson University, USA
Marc J. Stern Virginia Tech, USA
Advisory Board
Theresa Coble University of Missouri - St. Louis, USA
Jim Covel Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA
Sam Ham University of Idaho, USA
Carolyn Ward Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Asheville, NC, USA
Betty Weiler Southern Cross University, Australia
Associate Editors
Robert Bixler Clemson University, USA
Rosemary Black Charles Sturt University, Australia
Julie Ernst University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
Myron F. Floyd North Carolina State University, USA
Jon Kohl PUP Global Heritage Consortium, Costa Rica
Brenda Lackey University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, USA
Luisa Massarani Public Communication of Science and Technology, Brazil
Mark Morgan University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
Jeff Skibins East Carolina University, USA
Dave Smaldone West Virginia University, USA
Martin Storksdieck Oregon State University, USA
Derrick Taff The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Gail Vander Stoep Michigan State University, USA
John A. Veverka Veverka & Associates; The Heritage Interpretation Training Center, USA
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  • Please read the guidelines below. Then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jinterpresearch to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Interpretation Research will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere.

    Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that JIR will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the Journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the Journal's author archiving policy. If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

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    Before submitting your manuscript to Journal of Interpretation Research, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope below.

    The Journal of Interpretation Research communicates original empirical research relevant to the field of interpretation. The Journal of Interpretation Research communicates original empirical research relevant to the field of interpretation. It also provides a forum for scholarly discourse about issues facing the profession of interpretation. As the official journal of the National Association for Interpretation, the preeminent professional association representing the heritage interpretation profession, published articles link research with practice. The Journal of Interpretation Research takes a broad view of the field of interpretation and publishes manuscripts from a wide-range of academic disciplines. The primary criteria for deeming a manuscript appropriate for the Journal are whether the manuscript: (1) adds to the current state-of-knowledge for practitioners, researchers, academics, or administrators who work in the field of interpretation; (2) presents clearly articulated arguments or practical lessons; and, in the case of research articles, (3) clearly communicates the details and relevance of high-quality empirical research studies

     

    Research Manuscript Submission Guidelines
    All research manuscripts are first reviewed by the editors-in-chief for an initial assessment of their suitability for potential publication in the Journal. Following the initial review, suitable manuscripts are then reviewed anonymously by an associate editor and by at least two other reviewers. Based on the nature of the manuscript, special efforts are made to identify well-qualified associate editors and reviewers to evaluate the manuscripts. From the recommendations of the associate editor, the editors make the final decision of the manuscript’s disposition and communicate this information to the author.

    Article Types

    The Journal accepts submissions for the following types of manuscripts:

    RESEARCH ARTICLES: Research manuscripts report on empirical research studies relevant to the field of interpretation.  All research manuscripts must contain a section with the heading, “Implications for Practice.” This section must describe practical applications based on the research findings. These applications should be written plainly for general non-academic audiences. The word limit for full-length research manuscripts is 7,500 (excluding tables and figures). The editors may consider longer manuscripts on an individual basis. 

    All research manuscripts are first reviewed by the editors-in-chief for an initial assessment of their suitability for potential publication in the Journal. Following the initial review, suitable manuscripts are then reviewed anonymously by an associate editor and by at least two other reviewers. Based on the nature of the manuscript, special efforts are made to identify well-qualified associate editors and reviewers to evaluate the manuscripts. From the recommendations of the associate editor, the editors make the final decision of the manuscript’s disposition and communicate this information to the author.

    IN SHORT: REPORTS AND REVIEWS: In short articles provide an outlet for summaries of research studies with limited scope. Interpretation research often consists of small “in-house” program evaluations and basic visitor studies. The purpose of this section is to communicate current research activities, allow readers to identify colleagues with similar interests, and provide practitioners and administrators with useful information and direction for conducting their own mini-research projects. Submissions for the “In Short: Reports and Reviews” section should be limited to 1,200 words and will be reviewed by the editors and two associate editors. The editors may consider longer manuscripts on an individual basis. 
     
    IN MY OPINION: The “In My Opinion” section of the Journal encourages the development of the profession and the practice of interpretation by fostering discussion and debate. Within this section, the Journal publishes thought pieces that exhibit excellence and offer original or relevant philosophical discourse on the state of interpretation. Submissions for the “In My Opinion” section should be limited to 1,200 words and will be reviewed by the editors and two associate editors. The editors may consider longer manuscripts on an individual basis. 

    BOOK REVIEWS: Book reviews should provide brief summaries of books that are relevant to the field of interpretation along with meaningful commentary that provides readers with guidance on the practical value of the reviewed book. Book reviews should be limited to 1,000 word in length. Book review are reviewed by the editors and two associate editors.  

     

    Manuscripts
    Manuscripts will be accepted with the understanding that their content is unpublished and not being submitted elsewhere for publication.

    • All parts of the manuscript, including title page, abstract, tables, and legends, should be formatted in 12-point font in Microsoft Word with one-inch margins and 8.5” x 11” pages. 

    • Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively in the top right corner.

    • All papers must be submitted in English.

    • On the title page include full names of authors, academic, and/or other professional affiliations, and complete contact information (email, phone, address) of the corresponding author. 

    • Authors must supply five to 10 key words or phrases that identify the most important subjects covered by the paper. 

    • Each paper should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 150 words. The abstract will preface the paper and should be a comprehensive summary of the paper’s content, including the purpose or problem, methods, findings, and implications or applications. It should enable the reader to determine exactly what the paper is about and make an informed decision about whether to read the entire paper. Abbreviations and references to the text should be avoided.

    • References should follow the APA reference style. View the APA  guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.  See also recent articles for examples.

    • All figures must be discussed in the text and numbered in order of mention. Each figure must be submitted as a separate print-ready file with a complete caption (e.g., “Figure 1. Explanation of the figure”).

    • All tables should follow APA standards and must be discussed in the text and numbered in order of mention. Each table should have a brief descriptive title (e.g., Table 1. Descriptive caption describing what the table shows). Do not include explanatory material in the title: use footnotes keyed to the table with superscript lowercase letters. Place all footnotes to a table at the end of the table. Define all data in the column heads. Every table should be fully understandable without reference to the text. Include all tables on separate pages; do not include them within the text.

    • If any figure, table, or more than a few lines of text from a previously published work are included in a manuscript, the author must obtain written permission for publication from the copyright holder and forward a copy to publisher.

    •  As all manuscripts will be reviewed anonymously, the name(s) of the author(s) should only appear on the title page. Any self-citations that would reveal the identity of the authors should be removed.  Other self-citations need not be removed.

    • All full-length research manuscripts should include a section with the heading “Implications for Practice.” This section should explicitly translate research findings into meaningful lessons for practitioners in the field.

    Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    Supplemental material

    This Journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc.) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.
    Permissions
    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.
     

    Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
    Acknowledgements
    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support. Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.]

    Declaration of conflicting interests

    JIR encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Research data

    We are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, JIR encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and where data is included, to add a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

     

    Publishing Policies

    Peer Review

    JIR adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties. As standard practice, SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested reviewers. 

    Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    Plagiarism

    JIR and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    Contributor’s publishing agreement  

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    Open access and author archiving

    JIR offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice program. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the Journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

     

    Submitting your manuscript

    JIR is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jinterpresearch  to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the Journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this Journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

     

    On acceptance and publication           

    SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

    Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

     

    Contact
    If you have comments or questions regarding the Journal of Interpretation Research, please contact the editors:

    Marc J. Stern, Ph. D.
    Professor
    Dept. of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation
    Mail code: 0324
    304 Cheatham Hall
    310 West Campus Drive
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    mjstern@vt.edu
    540-231-7418

    Robert B. Powell, Ph.D.
    George B. Hartzog, Jr. Endowed Professor and Director of the Institute for Parks
    Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management
    283 Lehotsky Hall
    Clemson University
    Clemson, SC 29631
    rbp@clemson.edu
    864-784-7974

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