Paper Refereeing Process

Note: Instruction for non-refereed papers are given in the general authors' instructions page.

1. General
2. Author's instructions when preparing the paper for submission
3. Key dates for the refereeing process
4. ICOTS-6 Proceedings Editorial Committee
5. ICOTS-6 refereed paper checklist (To download the Form click here)
6. Author's Warranty and Indemnity
DOWNLOAD: ICOTS-6 Full Paper Refereeing Response Form

1. GENERAL

Papers for inclusion in the ICOTS-6 proceedings as refereed publication will be reviewed by three referees selected from a panel of peers approved by the International Program Committee (IPC). The paper must be accepted by at least two referees before being accepted for presentation as refereed paper.

The review process is "double blind" - identification of both authors and referees is removed from all documentation. The ICOTS-6 IPC believes that the review of papers gives conference participants some confidence in the quality of the publication of the papers specified as "refereed" in the proceedings.

Referees are asked to comment on the suitability of papers for presentation at the conference as a refereed paper. While the refereeing process essentially relies on subjective judgments, referees are asked to compare the paper being reviewed against a broad interpretation of the accepted norms for reporting of research. Usually it is expected that the paper represents a significant contribution to knowledge about statistics education or the research processes in statistics education. It is assumed that the refereed published papers are substantially different from papers which have been previously published elsewhere. Where a paper has been presented previously or has been modified from previous presentations, this should be clearly acknowledged. All referees' comments will be returned to the authors as anonymous critiques.

Papers must meet the standards of presentation described in the instructions to authors for ICOTS-6 as given on the ICOTS-6 IPC Website in the Announcements page under Guidelines for authors about preparation of manuscripts (http://www.beeri.org.il/icots6/). This includes basic requirements such as readability, being free of grammatical and typographical errors, and strict adherence to style requirements as well as the extra requirements for papers to meet the refereeing standards. The refereed papers have the same length and formatting requirements of the all papers (maximum six A4 pages for invited papers and four A4 pages for contributed refereed papers). They will appear in the same volumes of the proceedings as the other papers presented at the conference, but will be noted that they have satisfied the refereeing process.

Authors can optimize the chance of acceptance if they make the focus clear, draw on relevant literature, justify and explain the methodology, present data and findings clearly, and use the data to frame logical conclusions. Papers should stand up to the normal criteria applied in refereed journals.

Authors desiring their papers to be refereed must submit the final version to their Session Organizer by November 1, 2001. Papers not satisfying the referees can still appear in the proceedings if they satisfy the general authors' instructions. Authors of papers which do not conform to the style requirements are likely to have their papers rejected unless they can return the restyled paper within 5 days. Papers accepted for publication by referees will not be included in the proceedings until the conference registration fee is received. The editors cannot accept late submissions due to the tight deadlines.

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2. AUTHOR'S INSTRUCTIONS WHEN PREPARING THE PAPER FOR SUBMISSION

When submitting your paper please complete and include the form Author Checklist for Refereed Papers ((To download the Form in WORD format click here).
The files should be sent via e-mail attachment to the Session Organizer who will check that the formatting style has been followed and if so will send it to the Editor of the ICOTS-6 Proceedings, Brian Phillips, bphillips@swin.edu.au.
If not it will be returned for correction.
The copy which is sent to the referees will have the author's identification removed by the Conference Editor.

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3. KEY DATES FOR THE REFEREEING PROCESS

By April 1, 2001: Submit title and abstract (up to 500 words) to Session Organizers indicating your intention to submit your paper for refereeing. A panel will assess the suitability of the proposed paper as refereed contribution to ICOTS-6.
By Oct. 1, 2001: Invited and Contributed Authors are encouraged to submit a draft version to their Session Organizer for suggestions and comments. This is especially important for papers to be refereed.
By Nov. 1, 2001: Final Invited and Contributed refereed papers must be submitted to their Session Organizer. The Session Organizer checks the paper has meet the formatting and embalm it as an attachment to the Editor of the ICOTS-6 Proceedings, Brian Phillips, bphillips@swin.edu.au.
The Editor or sub-editors will give the paper a unique code and remove any author identification on the paper then send a copy to three appropriate members of the Peer Review Panel.
Note:
All papers which meet the instructions to authors will be published in the proceedings. Furthermore, those which also meet the refereeing process, will be identified as having satisfied the refereeing process.
By Jan. 1, 2002: The referees return their comments to the ICOTS-6 Proceedings Editor. At least two of the referees must agree that the paper satisfies the refereeing requirements. The editor will contact the authors with the results of the refereeing process.
By Feb. 1, 2002: Final refereed papers ready.

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4. ICOTS-6 PROCEEDINGS EDITORIAL COMMITTEE

Editor: Brian Phillips, bphillips@swin.edu.au
Editorial Committee: Lucy Busija (Assistant Editor)
Catherine Bailey (Sub Editor)
Immacolata Guarnieri (Sub Editor)
Jane Pontikis (Sub Editor)
Tracey Shea (Sub Editor)
Debbie Voogd (Sub Editor)
Peer Review Panel: Listed in the ICOTS-6 Peer Review Panel page.

If you have questions regarding these guidelines, please contact the Editor.

 

ICOTS-6 AUTHOR'S CHECKLIST (To download the Form click here)

REFEREED PAPER

(Click here for Non-refereed paper checklist)

*** PAPERS WILL ONLY BE ELIGIBLE FOR ACCEPTANCE ON THE COMPLETION OF THIS FORM ***
1. PERSONAL INFORMATION
First name: Last name:
E-mail:
Title (e.g., Dr., Prof. etc.): Gender (Optional):
Affiliation:
Street:
City: Zip/Post Code:
State:
Country:
Tel. (W): Tel. (H) (Optional):
Fax: Website (Optional):
Session Name:
Session Number:
Paper Title:

 

2. CHECKLIST (FOR REFEREED PAPER)

NOTE: Please tick each box.

I would like to submit my paper to a blind referee process. Yes [ ] No [ ]
If Yes, complete the following checklist for those submitting their paper for refereeing.
NOTE: Please tick each box.
My refereed paper:
  makes a genuine contribution to the development of knowledge in statistical education;
  has taken into account the relevant literature on the topic and is adequately referenced;
  is a scholarly presentation which is a new contribution to the field and has not been published elsewhere;
  reports a significant outcome or event, or a novel experience;
  has been proofread by at least one peer (once the review process begins it is unlikely that alterations can be made);
  is within the guidelines described in the instructions to authors for ICOTS-6;
  is in English and has been submitted to spell checking (English or American accepted);
  is readable by MS Word 97 (or newer versions) for PC;
  has been provided electronically to the Session Organizer with accompanying hard copy;
  I understand that the paper will be refereed by three independent experts blindly, that is without the author being identified.
Illustrations are:
  in an approved file format, provided in the body of the manuscript; or
  in an approved file format, provided on separate files; or
  provided on separate sheets of white paper, in black art line ink and clearly marked.
Bibliography is:
  complete and consistent with guidelines.

 

4. AUTHOR'S WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY
I, (full name) warrant
to International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) that the paper entitled:
(title)
submitted for possible inclusion in the ICOTS-6 Conference Proceedings is an original work of mine (and, where applicable, joint authors) and does not infringe the copyright or any other right of any other party and that I am the sole proprietor of all rights in the work. I agree to indemnify, and keep effectively indemnified, IASE from and against all actions, proceedings, costs, damages, claims, demands, expenses, loss and liability whatsoever arising out of or by reason of any breach by me of this warranty.
Dated this (date) day
Of the month of (month) Year (year)
Signed (Your signature)
At (City/Country)
In the presence of (Witness signature)
***
PLEASE NOTE: IF THERE IS MORE THAN ONE AUTHOR, EACH AUTHOR MUST COMPLETE AND SIGN A SEPARATE AUTHOR'S WARRANTY AND INDEMNITY
***

Downloads
Download the full Refereeing Guidelines document in WORD format.
Download the form: "Author's checklist for refereed paper" in WORD format.
Download the ICOTS-6 Full Paper Refereeing Response Form. New


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