RESEARCHING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN EDUCATION, BUSINESS AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
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1. If I present my research at one of your conferences, do I have to publish my research in one of CSI's journals?
Frequently Asked Questions about the Center for Scholastic Inquiry
While we certainly hope you will partner with us in publication of your research and elevation of your professional status, you certainly are not required to publish with us if you present your research at one of our conferences. In fact, our online conference proceedings are not copyrighted; therefore, you are free to submit your research to other academic journals.
2. Do I need to be a member of CSI to attend your conferences?
Absolutely not; regardless of membership status, all professionals, practitioners and graduate students in the fields of education, business and behavioral sciences are welcome at our conferences. Professional membership in the Center for Scholastic Inquiry offers you discounts on many of our products and services, including conference registration. Additional membership benefits specific to our conferences include appreciation gifts, members-only event invitation/participation, registration fee scholarships, and visitors' invitations. For a full description of all of our member benefits, please visit our Membership page.
3. What is the difference between a Best Presentation Award and a Best Paper Award?
At our academic research conferences, researchers who give the best presentation in each breakout session and researchers who submit the best paper in each disciplinary track are recognized. Best presentation awards are determined by session attendee voting. Best paper awards are determined by executive board voting. All awards are conferred on the last day of the conference during the closing general session.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH AT OUR CONFERENCES:
4. What if my institution will not cover conference costs unless I am a confirmed presenter?
The Center for Scholastic Inquiry is not a presentation company; the value we offer is meaningful professional development and continuing education. That said, however, sharing scholarly work and research findings certainly increases expertise and authority and augments mastery of the body of knowledge. Therefore, to accommodate situations where confirmation is necessary, the Center for Scholastic Inquiry offers an advance review of abstracts/proposals submitted for conference presentation. If you require an advance review to secure approval for conference registration, please email your abstract/proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line advance review. The review committee will evaluate your submission, and you will receive notification of their informal decision within three business days.
5. Why do I need to pay to present with CSI?
No one pays to present with CSI. The Center for Scholastic Inquiry hosts research conferences which provide continuing education and meaningful professional development to our attendees. There is, of course, a fee for conference registration. As part of that registration fee, among many other benefits, CSI makes a 30-minute time slot available for you to present one paper/presentation in a conference breakout session. For a full list of what a conference registration fee includes, please click here.
6. Why do I have to pay before I know if my paper is accepted for presentation?
There is a registration fee associated with conference attendance, not presentation. One of the many values included in that fee is the time slot made available for you to present a paper/presentation if you elect to do so. You are paying for the continuing education and professional development offered at our research conferences. If you elect to present, that benefit is extended to you as part of your conference registration. To learn more about CSI’s conferences, please click here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PUBLISHING YOUR RESEARCH WITH CSI:
7. If I want to publish my research with CSI, am I required to present at one of your conferences first?
While we certainly want to highlight your scholarly research at our conferences, you are welcome to publish your research in one of our peer-reviewed journals without presenting it at one of our conferences. For full details on publishing with CSI, please review our Submission Guidelines. Once you are familiar with our guidelines, begin the publication process.
8. Why does it cost me anything to publish?
The fees that the Center for Scholastic Inquiry charges offset only a small portion of the prepress process and labor. In order to produce and publish high-quality, indexed academic journals, the Center for Scholastic Inquiry’s prepress process is extensive and stringently quality-controlled. Each manuscript/journal must be typeset, formatted, markedup, proofed and screened. Image/graphic imposition must be completed and a final printing file produced. All of these steps are completed before our journals go to print. Following printing, there are extensive distribution and fulfillment costs assumed by CSI. The Center for Scholastic Inquiry adds value to the publication fee by including digital publishing (in perpetuity) and a complimentary copy of the printed journal with your article.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PREPARING YOUR SUBMISSIONS:
9. What is the difference between an abstract and a proposal?
For our purposes, an informative abstract is a 250-word part of the larger proposal. An informative abstract is a concise synopsis of a study and should include a problem statement, a description of the research method/approach, a summary of the study results/findings, and a discussion of the conclusions/implications. An effective abstract is coherent; presents the paper’s/presentation’s purpose, method and scope; follows the chronology of the paper/presentation; adds no new information; is understandable to a novice in the field and uses passive verbs to emphasize information rather than the writer(s).
A proposal includes the paper/presentation title, contact information for the author(s), 100-word biography for each author, and the informative abstract. CSI guidelines require the full proposal to be no longer than 1500 words (including the abstract). Click here for specific formatting and style guidelines for both a full proposal and an informative abstract.
11. How do I get my manuscript ready to submit?
The Center for Scholastic Inquiry asks that all manuscripts are prepared according to specific format and content requirements. For detailed guidelines and to be sure that your manuscript is properly formatted, please view our Manuscript Guide.
10. How do I format an abstract?
Because the content of the abstract is the basis for acceptance of submitted papers/presentations at our research conferences, The Center for Scholastic Inquiry provides an abstract template that will help you meet our submission requirements. CSI encourages and invites you to review the abstract template and use it to format your submission. Please view the sample.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT CSI’s ABSTRACT AND MANUSCRIPT REVIEW PROCESS:
12. How long does it take to hear if my manuscript has been accepted for publication?
If you select a standard review, you can expect to receive notice of CSI’s determination in two to four weeks. If you select an expedited review, you will receive notification within seven business days.
13. How long will it take to hear if my presentation abstract has been accepted?
Typically, the Center for Scholastic Inquiry completes reviews of abstracts submitted for conference presentation consideration within seven days of receipt. For full details on the acceptance process, please click here.
14. Why does the manuscript review process take so long?
Each manuscript is matched to a review committee with expertise in the field of study. Once the manuscript is assigned to the appropriate team, a number of criteria must be considered by each member of the reviewing committee. Each reviewer makes and documents his or her determinations concerning the scholarship of the writing, the magnitude and implication of the study, the fit and reliability of the research approach and the scholastic creativity of the study. Because academic and scientific merit are so important to CSI’s overall mission, the manuscript review process is seriously and carefully undertaken. You can learn about the specific questions our review committees consider when reviewing manuscripts by reading Step 2 of our Submission Guidelines.
15. Are CSI's journals peer-reviewed?
Yes, absolutely. All journal submissions are rigorously reviewed by CSI’s editorial staff and by a minimum of two peers in a juried process so that the Center for Scholastic Inquiry's publications feature and endorse only the most exceptional and progressive scholarship in the fields of education, business and behavioral sciences. You can learn more about our peer review process by reading our Publication Guidelines.
17. How do I subscribe to one of your journals?
The Center for Scholastic Inquiry offers individual and institutional rates for both digital and print versions of our academic journals. You can subscribe by mail or online. For complete details, please view our Journal Subscriptions page.
16. How can I recommend CSI journals to my university’s librarian?
Of course; we have a downloadable recommendation form available for each of our journals. Please visit our Library Recommendations page and follow our three-step process to suggest our journals to your institution.
18. What is the acceptance rate for publication in your journals?
The initial acceptance rate for each of our journals is less than 20%. However, authors are encouraged and welcome to revise and resubmit their manuscripts within one year in the event their research is declined.