Submit a Manuscript to the CJPE

Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria 

Articles

Submissions of up to 7,000 words on evaluation theory and practice, including innovative methodological approaches, standards of practice, strategies to enhance the implementation, reporting and use of evaluations. Articles reporting original empirical research on evaluation are of particular interest.

Submitted manuscripts will be evaluated through double-blind peer review in relation to:

  • Interest and relevance to evaluation practice in Canada and abroad - the articles must focus on areas of evaluation theory and practice of interest to evaluation scholars, students or practitioners.
  • Clarity and conciseness of the article.
  • Originality of the issue, method, or practice reported in the article.
  • Please note that the Journal does NOT publish evaluation summaries or reports. 
  • The Journal publishes articles in both French and English. For specific Manuscript Submission Guidelines please see next section.

Research and Practice Notes

A Research and Practice note is a brief, structured description and analysis of a subject of importance to evaluation practice. This type of manuscript results from the systematic examination of one or many dimensions of evaluation practice and seeks to share lessons learned with other practitioners and researchers.

These papers should be no longer than 3,000 words including references. The dimensions of evaluation practice that could be the subject of a practice note include (but are not limited to): managing an evaluation function, planning evaluation work, designing evaluation methods and data collection strategies, engaging evaluation stakeholders, employing innovative evaluation methods and strategies, conducting evaluation projects, reporting and communicating evaluation results, fostering evaluation use, and teaching evaluation. 

Research and Practice Notes should be structured in the following way:
  • Introduction and/or context section to orient the reader
  • Brief description of the dimension(s) of practice being examined, with references to relevant literature
  • Overview of method(s) used to systematically examine or analyze the dimension(s) of practice to extract what was learned (e.g., reflective case study, post-mortem, key informant interviews, analysis against theoretical model or framework, etc.).
  • Description and analysis of what was learned, with emphasis on highlighting the factors that are thought to account for success (or lack of success)
  • Conclusions and implications for evaluation practice, theory and/or research, in Canada or elsewhere

Manuscripts will be subject to double-blind peer review. The evaluations will be based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the practice of evaluation
  • Credibility of the analysis
  • Validity of conclusions and implications
  • Originality 
  • Clarity and conciseness
  • Reader interest

Book Reviews

Reviews of current publications relevant to theory and practice in program evaluation are reported in most issues. Reviewers are solicited directly by the Book Review Editor. Book reviews should be no longer than 1,000 words and include a basic description of the book's contents as well as an original critique of the book.


Instructions to Authors and Style Sheet

All manuscripts submitted to the CJPE must conform to the following guidelines and style sheet. Manuscripts that do not conform will be sent back to the author.

  • Submissions must not have been previously published, nor should they be before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided to the Editor.
  • Manuscripts (articles and practice notes) must be submitted electronically on the CJPE online journal management system (OJS) at: http://cjpe.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca
  • Manuscripts can be submitted in English or French.
  • Manuscripts must include an abstract of no more than 100 words.
  • Articles should not exceed 7,000 words including references; Research and Practice Notes should not exceed 3,000 words including references; Book Reviews should not exceed 1,000 words.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format as a Microsoft Word file.
  • All submissions must be double-spaced on 8 1/2 by 11 inch pages. One-inch margins are required on all four sides.
  • All tables and figures must be numbered separately and grouped together at the end of the manuscript. Figures must also be submitted as individual .jpg, .tif, or .pdf files with a minimum of 300-dpi resolution. Clearly visible notes within the text should indicate their approximate position.
  • Manuscripts must conform to the referencing format of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. All authors of manuscripts accepted for publication that do not conform to APA style will be charged a copyediting fee that must be paid before the manuscript is published.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references should be provided.
  • Content footnotes are discouraged and should be used only when absolutely necessary.
  • Authors are required to ensure that all clues to their identity are removed from manuscripts submitted for potential publication.
  • All submitted manuscripts will be subject to double-blind review by up to three expert members of the valuation community. The reviewers' comments will be shared with the authors with identities withheld.

 

Style Sheet

File Format Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format as a Microsoft Word file.
Language Manuscripts can be submitted in English or French.
Margins 1" margins are required at the top, bottom, right and left of every page.
Spacing With the exception of tables and figures, all pages must be double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch pages.
Typeface Font size should be no smaller than 12 point. Times Roman is preferred.
Order Title Page (separate page)
Abstract / Résumé
The text of the article
Acknowledgements ( if appropriate)
Endnotes (if necessary)
References
Appendices (if appropriate)
Tables (one per page)
Title Page

The title page must include the title of the article, the name(s) of the author(s), and institutional affiliation(s) and the city and province in which the author(s) work(s).

This should be uploaded as a separate document.

Abstract An abstract of no more than 100 words must be provided in English and in French. It is the author's responsibility to provide translated abstracts.
Headings Major headings (e.g. INTRODUCTION) must be bold, in caps and flush with the left margin. Secondary headings must be bold, lower case and flush with the left margin. Tertiary headings must be lower case and flush with the left margin.
Tables and Figures All tables and figures must be numbered separately, with tables grouped together at the end of the manuscript. Figures must also be submitted as individual JPG, TIF, or PDF files with a minimum of 300-dpi resolution. Clearly visible notes within the text should indicate their approximate placement.
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Each table and / or figure should be provided on a separate page. The table and figure should be identified at the top centre of the page as follows:

Figure 1
Logic Model of the Program

The location of the table or figure in the text should be identified as follows

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Insert Table 1 About Here
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Citations

When a work has up to five authors, the following format must be used:

For the first citation in the text:

Smith, Jones, Brown, Frank and Mackay (1994).

Thereafter, use only Smith et al.

When a work has more than five authors, cite only the surname of the first author, followed by et al.

Rist et al. (1995).

References

The reference section of the article requires a bold, capitalized heading flush with the left margin. Entries should appear in alphabetical order by first author surname. Do not include works which were not cited in the text. Periodicals should be referenced as follows:
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., and Author, C. C. (1995). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx. Yyy-yyy..

Nonperiodicals should be referenced as follows:
Author, A. A., and Author, B. B. (1995). Title of work. Location: Publisher.

Parts of a nonperiodical (e.g. book chapter) should be referenced as follows:
Author, A. A. and Author, B. B. (1993). Title of Chapter. In A. Editor, B. Editor and C. Editor (Eds.), Title of book. (pp. Xxx-yyy). Location: Publisher.

Endnotes Endnotes are discouraged. If they are absolutely necessary, they should appear in a separate section with a bold, capitalized heading flush with the left margin.
Acknowledgements If they are necessary, acknowledgements should appear in a separate section with a bold, capitalized heading flush with the left margin.
For Additional Details American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Sixth ed., Washington, DC: APA.

 

Copyright Notice

The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) owns the copyright to all material published in the Journal. Authors are informed of this policy prior to submission of the final copy for publication. Requests for permission to reprint, post or distribute copies of articles (electronic or hardcopy) come to the Editor-in-chief, who has the authority to decide on behalf of CES.

 

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