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).

Ideal articles for InterActions strengthen collective understandings of significant issues through the use of new data, groundbreaking theories, or compelling analyses. The articles we publish are anchored in strong scholarship, but are also written to be accessible to professionals and practitioners. We encourage manuscripts addressing a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Theory and philosophy of measurement and evaluation in education and information systems
  • Education, information, research and theorizing in postcolonial contexts
  • Translation and application of diversity frameworks (e.g., critical race theory, community archives) in new contexts and disciplines
  • Instructional practices in K-12, post-secondary, and nonformal education spaces and their relationships to equity and social change
  • Information access and educational support for special needs students that affirms diverse abilities and identities
  • Studies of new information phenomena
  • Digital technologies and their uses in learning, work and play
  • The emergence of digital documents and the enactment of ideologies
  • New theories of information
  • Digital humanities tools and methods
  • Science and technology studies of information practices within communities
  • The transformation of libraries, archives, and information institutions in the digital age

Submissions may draw upon traditional areas of inquiry within the fields of education, information studies, and interdisciplinary perspectives such as: women's studies, science and technology studies, ethnic and cultural studies, queer studies, disability studies, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, critical pedagogy, and infrastructure studies.

Scholarly Development Orientation

InterActions is committed to the development of emerging scholars by introducing them to the academic publishing process and the rigors of peer-review. With this orientation, we focus upon the development of graduate student and early-career faculty authors by providing them with detailed, comprehensive feedback through the review and revision process to publication. We also train graduate students to be expert peer reviewers and confident authors with professional development workshops in editing, reviewing and academic publishing. Furthermore, InterActions, reaches out to graduate student editors and scholars beyond GSE&IS, by hosting and participating in professional development-oriented events on a spectrum of publication-related issues, including open access publishing, the scholarly publication timeline, the revision of longer texts, and the conversion of term papers and other texts to academic articles. 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 between researchers, activists and professionals.

InterActions partners with other graduate student-run journals and regularly participates in activities pertaining to peer journal development. Specifically, we host and participate in journal workgroups and collaboratives, while supporting other open access publications at international conferences, symposiums, and other academia-related events.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

UCLA - Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies

2944 Mathematical Sciences Building - Box 951521

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

E-mail address: interactions@gseis.ucla.edu

Phone number: (310) 825-2812

Fax number: (310) 825-8992