Dear Author,

Welcome to the "Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal" (DPJ). We are delighted that you consider publishing your work with us. We assume that, as an author (authors), you want your work to be accessible, read, or seen by your peers, responded to, cited, and discussed by the widest possible audience. The success of the field of Dialogic Pedagogy depends on the quality of the work of researchers and scholars like you.

We invite you to submit original articles that include NEW scholarship, previously unpublished scholarship, and/or significantly expanded previous scholarship. The manuscripts may describe research and/or argue theoretical and conceptual issues in dialogic pedagogy; reviews of books; videos, audios, and transcripts of your collected data; and reports on conferences and research projects relevant to the field of dialogic pedagogy.

I. Deciding if your work should be published by the Dialogic Pedagogy International Online Journal

The purpose of DPJ is to advance international scholarship and pedagogical practice in the area of dialogic pedagogy and education. The journal is multidisciplinary, international, multi-paradigmatic, and multicultural in scope, accepting manuscripts from any scholars and practitioners interested in the dialogic nature of teaching and learning in formal institutional and informal settings. We encourage any research scholars and practitioners with an interest in dialogue and pedagogy to submit articles for editorial consideration. We loosely define 'dialogic pedagogy' as any scholarship and pedagogical practice, from educational researchers and practitioners, which values and gives priority to 'dialogue' in learning/teaching across a wide range of institutional and non-institutional learning settings".  To make a decision about publishing with DPJ, please take your time to evaluate whether or not your manuscript is suitable for the DPJ and the community behind the journal based on the description of the journal’s Focus and Scope. If you are not sure and have questions regarding the journal's aims and scope, we urge you to write to the journal editor with your questions.

II. Genres of publications

DPJ welcomes submissions of manuscripts and multimedia of different genres, formats, and styles (for more details, see Dialogic Pedagogy Journal: Genres, formats, styles). The main peer-reviewed genres of publications are the following:

The main peer-reviewed genres involve purely or mixed conceptual, empirical, and/or methodological papers

a)      Theoretical, conceptual, essays;

b)     Ethnographic and/or empirical research reports with conceptual analysis and "thick descriptions";

c)      Description of and reflection on innovative dialogic educational practices;

d)     “Special issue” – a collection of thematically related papers.

The main non-peer-reviewed genres of publication are the following:

e)     Video/audio recorded or transcripts of innovative dialogic educational practices with the possibility of fragment-by-fragment analysis of records and their discussions;

f)      Critical commentaries on published articles (both impressionistic and focused);

g)     Critical book reviews (invited or volunteered); *Please see the guidelines below in section XI for initiating, requesting and submitting critical book reviews.

h)     Manuscript work in progress for critical, supportive, non-judgmental peer feedback;

i)       Reports about relevant projects and conferences;

j)       Announcements relevant to the field of Dialogic Pedagogy or DPJ.

We encourage innovative genres and formats.


III. Language of the submission

Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal publishes peer-reviewed works in English, with optional supplemental materials in other languages that won’t be reviewed. In the spirit of the polycentric nature of the English language and the submissions from the international body of authors whose first language may not be English, the Journal allows for variations in the overall composition, flow, and scholarly style of the articles as well as the grammar of English. The readability of the manuscript for the Dialogic Pedagogy community should be negotiated among you (the author(s)), the editor(s), and the reviewer(s). However, it is the main responsibility of the author(s) to ensure readability for the Dialogic Pedagogy community. The spelling should be standard (either UK or USA) unless warranted by the scholarship of the paper. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, its final draft in English will be published on the DP-IOJ website by the journal's editors. If you (the author(s)) also wish to publish versions of the article in another language (your first language), you will be responsible for all editing and production of the non-English version of the article.

IV. Ethical considerations

- DPJ expects that the contributors treat their research participants ethically, concerning their well-being, as regulated by the national policies and laws (although not only limited to them).

- DPJ is committed to gender-neutral language, gender-inclusive language, inclusive language, or gender neutrality that aims to eliminate (or neutralize) reference to gender in terms that describe people. For example, the words fireman, lesbian, stewardess, and, arguably, chairman, are gender-specific; the corresponding gender-neutral terms are firefighter, homosexual, flight attendant, and chairperson (or chair). The pronoun he may be replaced with he or she or s/he when the gender of the person referred to is unknown. Other gender-specific terms, such as actor and actress, may be replaced by the originally male term (actor used for either gender) (see  Sexist, xenophobic, ethnic, national, body image, and homophobic slurs, or racist and classist terms should not be used unless it is a part of the research focus itself."

V. Potential conflict of interest and disclosure of the funding sources

A conflict of interest may exist when an author(s) or the author's institution has a financial or other relationship with other people or organizations that may inappropriately influence the author’s work. A conflict can be actual or potential and full disclosure to the Journal is the safest course.

VI. Copyright, Attribution, and Usage Policies

Copyright for articles published in DPJ is retained by the author under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0, license (  DPJ does NOT own the copyright for the articles it publishes.  Under a CC-BY 3.0 license, anyone is permitted to copy, share, distribute, transmit, or adapt a work, provided the user attributes the work in the manner specified by the author as indicated on the journal Web site.  Although you (as author) are the sole owner of the copyright of your published article, we ask you to acknowledge the journal as the place of first publication when you distribute or re-publish this copyrighted work and reference the publisher-assigned DOI (Digital Object Identifier) (e.g., “The article was first published in Dialogic Pedagogy: An International Online Journal, 2013, 1.  DOI: 10.5195/dpj.2013.14”).


VIII. Reviewing process

See Peer Reviewing Procedures of the 2-stage model.


Anonymity, attribution, and collaboration

a)      Authors are encouraged to nominate referees for their manuscript, experts in the addressed area, without any promise or obligation on the part of the DPJ editors to invite any of them;

b)     Authors may choose to remain anonymous i.e., masked) or attributed (i.e., known);

c)      Referees may choose to remain anonymous or attributed to the authors and/or the public;

d)      During the reviewing process both authors and referees may change their status from being anonymous to attributed to each other (and public or just to each other).


IX. Submission

Manuscripts, videos/films, photos, and audio files should be submitted electronically to Dialogic Pedagogy: International Online Journal's online submission system. Please log in to the DP-IOJ as an author, or, if you are not yet a registered author/reader at DPJ please create your account and then log in as an author. You will be prompted to follow a number of steps in the process of submission of your work. The web will guide you.

Please make sure the submission has the following components:

  • Title: up to 200 characters with spaces
  • Name and affiliation of the author or authors
  • Short 1 paragraph of no more than 150 words  bio for each author
  • Abstract – up to 300 words
  • Keywords: between 5 min and 10 max
  • Acknowledgments (optional)
  • Text Body (see below)
  • References in either format: APA, MLA, Chicago
  • Appendix: (optional)
  • Illustrations: photos, graphics in the flow of the text (optional)
  • Tables in the flow of the text (optional)
  • Film (video) (optional)
  • Audio recording (optional)
  • Transcript (optional)
The following components need to be submitted both in the submission form and within the body of the manuscript:
  • Title
  • Abstract – up to 300 words
  • Keywords: between 5 min and 10 max
  • References

The length of the submitted manuscripts is 15,000 words maximum (a few words is fine) without abstract, references, transcripts, appendixes, tables, and supplemental materials. Beyond this length, the author(s) should justify the excess of the length in a letter to the editors accompanying the manuscript submission.

Text and Referencing (Citation) styles:

Please submit your manuscript in the Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx extensions). Depending on your scholarly needs and orientation, you might prefer different text and referencing (citation) conventions and styles. DP-IOJ accepts the following manual formatting and referencing styles: APA, MLA, ChicagoIllustrations

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X. Instruction to prepare an invited commentary of a published work

The purpose of the commentaries–response is to generate important dialogue: dialogue-agreement and/or dialogue-disagreement in the field. The overall tenor of the commentary is intended to focus on the context and direction of work that the article represents, although, through your own lenses, that should be explicated.

XI. Guidelines for preparing a critical book review

We see book reviews as important pieces of critical scholarship, rather than just a summary of a book. It should include a critical evaluation of its most important points.

We wish to invite and encourage all members of JDP to participate in the review of books that are relevant to our focus on dialogic pedagogy.

We encourage critical and thoughtful analyses of the texts that you will review. Our emphasis here is on the content of the book, its relevance, and provocation to dialogic pedagogy, its point-of-view in response to yours, and your own interpretation and implications. We discourage any personalized negative comments regarding the personal traits or personality of the author(s) in general. It is only the ideas the author(s) are promoting should be the focus of your review.  You may wish to complete your review with others or even by interviewing the author themselves – we welcome creative approaches to this process.

Consistent with the dialogic principles that underpin JDP, we are committed to the promotion of diverse points of view and interpretations of published texts.  This means that everyone who wants to review a book is able to apply on the DPJ site by clicking on ‘BOOKS FOR REVIEW” and then “REQUEST THIS BOOK FOR REVIEW”.  In response, you will, in due course, receive an email from one of the Book Review Editors. If your request is accepted, you will have two months to complete your review.  If you are not the first person* to review this book, we ask that you take into consideration previous reviews that have been completed and their responses (on the Home page of JDP) in your writing. We would like to avoid having several reviews where the book is characterized in the same manner.

Once your review is complete you should email it, with a photograph and short bio of yourself if you wish, to the Book Review Editors. If the review is accepted, they will work with you to ensure it is published online within the subsequent two-month period.

Once published, your review will appear on the Home page of the DPJ site. Others will then have the opportunity to comment on your review**

If you have written, read, or know of a book that might be suitable for review in DPJ, please send details (title, author, date, publisher URL) to the Book Review Editors. They will then put it into the “BOOKS FOR REVIEW” site so that others may have the opportunity to contribute.

* We are committed to providing equitable opportunities for all members of JDP to contribute to book reviews. This means that members may either **respond to other reviews (by clicking on ‘ADD COMMENT’ after published reviews. Please remember that you should be logged in to do this) OR request a complete review on the “REQUEST THIS BOOK FOR REVIEW” site. Our hope is that many dialogues will ensue as a result of these dual avenues.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Jayne White & Mikhail Gradovski
DPJ Book Review Editors