Call For Papers Fall 2017

The deadline for manuscript submissions (articles, literature reviews, research briefs and book reviews) is December 1, 2017

InterActions is an open access journal hosted by the eScholarship initiative of the California Digital Library, edited and managed by graduate students, and published twice yearly with funding provided by the UCLA Graduate Students Association and the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS). Founded in 2004 by doctoral students from the UCLA GSE&IS, InterActions is a peer-reviewed, open access journal committed to the promotion of interdisciplinary and inclusive scholarship. The journal brings together senior and emerging scholars, activists, educators, and professionals whose work covers a broad range of theory and practice. Our publication’s authors foster an open and critical dialogue with readers and colleagues through applying diverse social justice frameworks to the discussion of pressing issues in the fields of education and information. 

Interdisciplinary Focus

Current work in disciplines as diverse as legal theory, literary criticism, design, and technology studies exercises a profound impact on educational and information studies research. At the same time, the traditionally separate sub-disciplines within our fields, such as sociology, curriculum, policy, psychological studies, systems design, information literacy, and digital preservation are being connected by researchers in new and innovative ways. Education and information increasingly serve as the common ground where the social sciences and the humanities can meet. InterActions provides a forum for these interdisciplinary encounters.

Critical Perspectives

Education and the stewardship of information are enduring considerations in the construction of a just and inclusive society. We believe that critical thinking is an everyday practice that necessitates both challenging traditional approaches and suggesting new directions for researching the purposes, practices, and organization of education and information. InterActions offers analytical and decisive contributions by providing critical commentary on current issues and promoting perspectives that include how education and information systems can be sites for social change. Specifically, InterActions critiques the inequities and dominant norms within societies, education systems, and academia, which perpetuate the marginalization of populations and the exclusion of their knowledge while maintaining unjust policies and systems.

Aims and Scope

InterActions seeks to promote alternative and liberatory visions, methodologies and practices. We welcome submissions employing a diverse range of methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods) and are particularly interested in work that analyzes inequities and links research to larger social and political contexts. Interactions encourages contributions that utilize inclusive and critical frameworks in politically engaged ways. We encourage authors to think creatively about what constitutes a "critical" and “inclusive” approach in order to advance progressive analyses and research. Submissions may draw upon traditional areas of inquiry within the fields of education and information studies (e.g., public policy, systems design) or from newer interdisciplinary perspectives (e.g., queer studies, critical race theory, poststructuralism).

Submissions Guidelines

InterActions encourages practitioners, activists, and both established and emerging scholars to submit manuscripts throughout the year.  Authors retain the copyright to material they publish in InterActions, but the journal cannot re-publish material that has previously been published elsewhere and does not accept papers that are simultaneously submitted to other journals.

We welcome:

·        Articles (less than 7000 words)

·        Literature reviews (less than 5000 words)

·        Interviews (less than 2000 words)        

·        Research briefs (less than 2000 words)

·        Book reviews (less than 1000 words)

Submit manuscripts online at: http://www.interactions.gseis.ucla.edu