Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Urban Mathematics Education (JUME) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, academic journal published twice a year. The mission of the journal is to foster a transformative global academic space in mathematics that embraces critical research, emancipatory pedagogy, and scholarship of engagement in urban communities. Here, the view of the urban domain extends beyond the geographical context, into the lives of people within the multitude of cultural, social, and political spaces in which mathematics teaching and learning takes place.

The Editorial Team embraces the idea that theory and practice are inextricably linked, and can work together in a multiplicity of ways. We welcome submissions from emerging and noted scholars whose research in the urban domain offers important and innovative contributions to the theory and practice of mathematics teaching, learning, and policy. An emphasis will be placed on submissions that bring to the fore strength and successes in urban communities, shedding light on the complexities of scholarship, teaching, and learning of mathematics.

Submissions with extensions into other STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, and Engineering) are welcomed. We invite manuscripts utilizing a variety of methodologies and frameworks, including empirical, policy, and theoretical. Deadlines: Open Submission – Manuscripts to be considered for Spring/Summer publication should be submitted on or before December 1. Manuscripts to be considered for Fall/Winter publication should be submitted on or before May 1.

 

Section Policies

COMMENTARY

Commentary manuscripts (solicited or unsolicited) undergo an open, peer-review process by the Editor and members of the Editorial Team, for details about the review process please see Peer Review Process, which is found under ABOUT. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain. These essays intend to engage the larger mathematics education community in critical discourse, extending our knowledge about the complexities, challenges, and promises of the urban domain. For more information, see David Stinson's editorial Contributing a Commentary to JUME: Keeping Things Going While They Are Still Stirring. (Length: ~1,500-4,500 words, inclusive of references, appendices, footnotes, figures, tables, etc.)

Editors
  • David Stinson
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RESPONSE COMMENTARY

Response Commentary manuscripts (solicited or unsolicited) undergo an open, peer-review process by the Editor and members of the Editorial Team, for details about the review process please see Peer Review Process, which is found under ABOUT. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain. These essays intend to engage the larger mathematics education community in critical discourse, extending our knowledge about the complexities, challenges, and promises of the urban domain; they are in direct response to commentaries published in JUME, either in past or current issues. For more information, see David Stinson's editorial Contributing a Commentary to JUME: Keeping Things Going While They Are Still Stirring. (Length: ~1,500-4,500 words, inclusive of references, appendices, footnotes, figures, tables, etc.)

Editors
  • David Stinson
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PUBLIC STORIES OF MATHEMATICS EDUCATORS

Public Stories of Mathematics Educators (i.e., Public Story) manuscripts (solicited or unsolicited) undergo an open, peer-review process by the Editor and members of the Editorial Team, for details about the review process please see Peer Review Process, which is found under ABOUT. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain. These essays intend to provide an intellectual space for K–16 urban mathematics educators (i.e., classroom teachers, teacher educators, and mathematics education researchers and policy makers) to tell their stories as they reflect on and transform their pedagogical philosophies and practices and, in turn, the opportunities to learn for the students they serve. For more information, see Lou Matthews's editorial Identity Crisis: The Public Stories of Mathematics Educators, and Erika Bullock’s editorial Public Stories of Mathematics Educators: An Invitation to Tell. (Length: ~3,500-6,500 words, inclusive of references, appendices, footnotes, figures, tables, etc.)

Editors
  • Erika Bullock
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RESEARCH ARTICLES

Research Articles manuscripts fit into (3) three general areas (please find a brief description of each area below). Research manuscripts undergo a double-blind, peer-review process, for details about the review process please see Peer Review Process, which is found under ABOUT. (Length: ~5,000-15,000 words, inclusive of references, appendices, footnotes, figures, tables, etc.)

1. Focus on Research - Empirical (qualitative and quantitative) manuscripts evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain.
2. Focus on Theory/Policy - Theoretical and policy manuscripts evaluated on their basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain.
3. Perspectives from the Field - Field-based accounts of the innovation of urban practitioners. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of writing, and potential to positively impact the practice of mathematics teaching and learning in urban schools. Action research and accounts from teachers and administrators are especially encouraged. An emphasis will be placed on publishing those manuscripts that provide clear examples of practice based directly on research applied in K-16 settings. While a detailed literature review and analysis of underlying theory are not required, manuscripts are expected to describe a literature-supported practice and provide citations that document the relevant literature.

Editors
  • David Stinson
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BOOK REVIEW

Book Review manuscripts (solicited or unsolicited) undergo an open, peer-review process by the Editor and members of the Editorial Team, for details about the review process please see Peer Review Process, which is found under ABOUT. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis of their innovation, quality of scholarship, and contribution to our understanding of mathematics education in the urban domain. These essays intend to provide the larger mathematics education community with critical reviews of books that positively impact our understanding of the complexities, challenges, and promises of the urban domain. For more information, see Christopher Jett’s editorial An Urban Mathematics Education Book Review: Considerations for JUME Book Review Authors. (Length: ~2,500-4,500 words, inclusive of references, appendices, footnotes, figures, tables, etc.)

Editors
  • Christopher Jett
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Peer Review Process

Peer review (double-blind and open) of manuscripts submitted to JUME begins after the due date indicated in each issue’s Call for Manuscripts. The peer-review process takes place in multiple phases. Throughout each of these phases, the editors and reviewers in partnership with authors work collaboratively to refine the manuscript with the overall goal of assisting authors in readying their manuscripts for eventual publication in JUME.

In the first peer-review phase, the Editor conducts a cursory review of the manuscript, ensuring that the work is aligned with JUME’s focus and scope as well as formatting guidelines and style. Authors will be notified by the Editor if the manuscripts does not align with the focus and scope of JUME or, in the case of Research Articles submissions, does not warrant being sent out for double-blind peer review. (~8 weeks)

The second peer-review phase is a double-blind review process in which manuscripts submitted to the Research Articles section are sent to at least one member of the JUME Editorial Board and solicited experts (at a minimum 2) in the field of urban mathematics education. Manuscripts submitted to the Commentary, Response Commentary, Public Story, and Book Review sections are open peer reviewed by the Editor and members of the Editorial Team.

As part of the review process, based on recommendations from the experts (for both double-blind and open peer-reviewed manuscripts), a decision will be made to Accept Submission, Revisions Required, Resubmit for Review, or Decline Submission.

• Accept Submission – Publish this manuscript in its present form (i.e., no major revisions necessary).
• Revisions Required – This decision indicates that the manuscript will (most likely) be accepted for publication provided that the recommended revisions are made in collaboration with the editors; it may be an involved process where several revision requests are made. Depending on the scope of the revisions, a second round of double-blind reviews may be requested of one or more of the original reviewers.
• Resubmit for Review – The material may be worthy of publication in JUME following substantial revisions. The needed revisions are extensive enough to warrant resubmission as a substantially revised manuscript sent for another round of double-blind reviews. When available, two or more of the original reviewers will be requested to review during the second or third round of reviews.
• Decline Submission – The material in its present form is not worthy of publication in JUME, even with substantial revisions. (~12 weeks)

Final decisions about manuscript selection are determined by the Editor, most often in consultation with the Editorial Team. Authors are notified accordingly by the Editor. For those manuscripts that are eventually accepted for publication, the Editor, the Associate to the Editor, and Assistant Editor(s) then proceed with the third and final peer-review phase: in collaboration with the manuscript authors, the Editorial Team readies the manuscript for publication through the final editing, copyediting, and formatting and production processes. (~4 weeks)

 

Publication Frequency

JUME is published twice a year, in Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter issues.

JUME has a rolling submission process (i.e., submissions are accepted and reviewed year-round). Manuscripts to be considered for Spring/Summer publication should be submitted on or before December 1; manuscripts for Fall/Winter publication should be submitted on or before May 1.

 

Open Access Policy

JUME provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.