Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Review of Disability Studies (RDS) is a peer-reviewed academic journal that is targeted towards any person interested in disability studies. We have readers and authors from all over the world. We accept submissions in English of a scholarly nature covering a range of disciplines within disability studies as well as creative works expressing ideas in the area of disability. The RDS journal contains the following sections: 1. Research and Essays; 2. Topical Forums; 3. Creative Works; 4. Best Practices; 5. Multi-Media Review; 6. Notes from the Field; 7. Dissertation Abstracts. The journal is published four times a year, and each issue runs approximately 50 pages.

 

   


Section Policies

Editorial

This is the RDS Editorial section. The editorials are largely written by the Editor-in-Chief, Megan Conway.

Editors
  • Megan Conway
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Unchecked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles and Essays

Articles should be no longer than fifteen single spaced pages or 7,500 words, including references and tables. Additional word restrictions may apply to articles that are part of a forum and will be determined by the guest editor. Use the most current guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA 6.0) for all headings, citations, references, paragraph formatting, and quotes.


Editors
  • Kelly Fritsch
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Kiriko Takahashi
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Forums

Forums are collections of articles on special topics or geographical areas, conference proceedings, or "up and coming disability scholars" collections. To submit a proposal to serve as editor of a forum, please select "forums" in the drop-down menu for your submission and indicate "forums proposal" in the Comments for the Editor box.

To submit a paper in response to a forums Call for Papers, please select "forums" in the drop-down menu and indicate "TITLE" of the Call to which you are responding. Some forum Calls will require submission of an abstract directly to the guest editor(s) before a full paper can be submitted. Please refer to each Call for Papers for specific information about submitting to that Call.  Forum submissions are expected to follow all general and section-specific guidelines for submission.

Editors
  • Jenifer Barclay
  • Megan Conway
  • Stefanie Kennedy
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Creative Works

Creative works (poetry, fiction, visual arts) must fit within the general area of disability studies. Creative works will be published in the format in which it was submitted. Fiction should not exceed 10 single spaced pages or 5,000 words. Multiple poems may be submitted for consideration as one submission but may not exceed five single spaced pages. Visual art should be submitted as a JPEG file with a resolution of 150. All visual material must be accompanied by a short paragraph describing the image in detail.


Editors
  • Raphael Raphael
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Best Practices in Disability Studies

Best Practices in Disability Studies is for curriculum, teaching texts and resources, strategies for integrating DS into various disciplines, historical pieces or discussion of historical events that can be used as teaching tools.

Articles should be no longer than ten single spaced pages or 5,000 words, including references and tables. Use the most current guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA 6.0) for all headings, citations, references, paragraph formatting, and quotes. For syllabi, use consistent formatting and only include elements that are relevant to your discussion of disability studies curriculum.

Editors
  • Megan Conway
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Multimedia

This section is for media submissions (films, videos, audio, photography) as well as reviews of films, social network sites, blogs, online magazines, and websites.

Film, video, and audio submissions should be in the form of a YouTube video link, should be no longer then 3 minutes in duration, and should be captioned and audio described. Captioning MUST be accurate (automatic captions must be edited for accuracy).

Photography should be submitted as a jpeg file with a resolution of at least 150.  All visual material must be accompanied by a short paragraph describing the image in detail.

Reviews should be no longer than two single spaced pages or 1000 words, including references. Use the most current guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA 6.0) for all headings, citations, references, paragraph formatting, and quotes.

Editors
  • Raphael Raphael
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Notes from the Field

Notes from the field includes announcements of conferences, jobs, events, new publications, and other current happenings.

Notes from the field should be no longer than 50 words in length and should include specific websites or who to contact for more information.

Editors
  • Megan Conway
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

v14i2 Forum - The Crip, the Fat and the Ugly in an Age of Austerity: Resistance, Reclamation, and Affirmation

By invitation only, the special forum The Crip, the Fat and the Ugly in an Age of Austerity: Resistance, Reclamation, and Affirmation. Category allows invited authors to submit full manuscripts to the Special Guest Editors Dr. Jen Slater, Sheffield Hallam University j.slater@shu.ac.uk, and Dr. Kirsty Liddiard, University of Sheffield k.liddiard@sheffield.ac.uk

Please indicate that your proposal is for consideration of the special forum upon submission. Papers considered for inclusion should be approximately 7500 words, and may take the form of critical, academic, multimedia and creative works about disability and care as well as reflections on care’s varied pedagogical aspects and international scope.

Editors
  • Jenifer Barclay
  • Megan Conway
  • Stefanie Kennedy
  • Kirsty Liddiard
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Jenny Slater
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

v14i3 Forum - Dismantling Abelism: The Moral Imperative for Leaders

By invitation only, the special forum Dismantling Ableism: The Moral Imperative for Leaders. Category allows invited authors to submit full manuscripts to the Special Guest Editors Holly Manaseri Holly.manaseri@cortland.edu and Josh Bornstein bornsteinj@felician.edu.

Please indicate that your proposal is for consideration of the special forum upon submission. Papers considered for inclusion should be approximately 40000 words, and may take the form of critical, academic, multimedia and creative works about disability, race, and their intersectional relationship.

Editors
  • Jenifer Barclay
  • Joshua Bornstein
  • Megan Conway
  • Stefanie Kennedy
  • Holly Manaseri
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

v14i4 Forum - Disability and Shame

By invitation only, the special forum Disability and Shame. This category allows invited authors to submit full manuscripts to the Special Guest Editors Dr. John Y. Jones, jjones@truman.edu, Dr. Dana Lee Baker, bakerdl@wsu.edu, and Stephanie Patterson, stephanie.patterson@stonybrook.edu. 

Please indicate that your proposal is for consideration of the special forum upon submission. Papers considered for inclusion should be approximately 4000 words, and may take the form of critical, academic, multimedia and creative works about disability, race, and their intersectional relationship.

Editors
  • Dana Baker
  • Jenifer Barclay
  • Megan Conway
  • John Jones
  • Stefanie Kennedy
  • Stephanie Patterson
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Maria Timberlake
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Checked Indexed
  • Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Board Application

Are you willing to:

1.  Evaluate 2-4 manuscripts a year and determine if the manuscript is (a) publishable without revisions, (b) publishable with simple revisions that can be made by the editors, (c) publishable with revisions made by the author, or (d) not publishable.


2.  Provide specific feedback to the editors and the authors about style, presentation, and content.


3.  Serve on the Review Board for a period of three years.


4.  Conduct anonymous peer reviews, which involve an extra level of scrutiny, and reviewers must follow a specific set of guidelines.


5.  Subscribe to RDS. RDS Review Board Members are required to maintain an active subscription to the journal. Exceptions can be made for individuals who cannot afford the subscription price, at the discretion of the managing editor.


6.  Attend online Review Board Member Meetings (introduction meeting, annual meeting, etc).

Editors
  • Megan Conway
  • Kelly Fritsch
  • Review of Disability Studies: An Intern RDSJ
  • Checked Open Submissions
  • Unchecked Indexed
  • Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

General

All works submiteed to RDS are evaluated by a peer reviewer. All Research Articles and Essays are assigned to two anonymous peer reviewers. Authors can expect peer review to take approximately 4 weeks, although review time may vary based on volume of submissions and the availability of reviewers.

Evaluation Criteria

1. The relevance and originality of the manuscript,its interest to scholars of Disability Studies, and its contribution to knowledge in the field. Put another way: does the article make a significant contribution tothe literature in its subject area? Does the paper standout in some way from others in its field? How relevantis the submission to the mandate of RDS?

2. Does the article frame disability in such a way that it embraces non-medicalized, socio-cultural perspectives of disability? If not, are there simple things that the authors could do to revise their approach (such as use of language, inclusion of more relevant citations) or is the article in need of a greater shift of perspective that would require significant redevelopment? Are there other journals that might be a better fit for the article?

3. Does the article strike a reasonable balance betweenmeeting the specialist standards and language of Disability Studies, and being accessible to general readers?

4. Are the claims appropriately discussed in the contextof earlier literature?

5. The quality of arguments, the soundness of methodology and reasoning, the quality of data,and the validity of analysis. How convincing is theargument?

6. Is the argument balanced? Would the manuscript benefit from shortening orexpanding of any sections? Have any relevant pointsnot been considered?

Publication Decision Categories

Accept

The submission (i) has a clear argument that is (ii)supported convincingly by sufficient evidence; (iii) isaware of existing literature in the field; and (iv) throughits argument and evidence makes a contribution to thefield. Only small textual changes are necessary for the manuscript to be ready for publication.

Accept with Revisions Required

The submission (i) has a clear argument that is (ii) supported convincingly by sufficient evidence; (iii) isaware of existing literature in the field; and (iv) throughits argument and evidence makes a contribution to thefield. More significant changes are needed then for “accept” in order for the manuscript to be ready for publication, but with revisions the manuscript is of publishable quality.

Revise and Resubmit

The manuscript merits eventual publication, provided revisions (sometimes extensive) are carried out satisfactorily. Examples of the sorts of revisions commonly required include the following:

• Development of the argument and analysis;

• Sharpening of the focus;

• More supporting evidence;

• Greater knowledge of relevant existing literature/publications in the field;

• Fuller documentation and/or answers to queries onspecific points of fact;

• Rhetorical improvements, especially those affect ingclarity, e.g. excessive use of the passive voice, vague pronouns, weak transitions, etc.;

• A reduction in the overall length through elimination of redundancies and wordiness.

Reject

The manuscript is deemed unsalvageable. This decision could be reached for a variety of different reasons, including methodology, argumentation, evidence, or prose. Please note: if the style is thoroughly confusing (to the point wherea decision to “reject” has been reached), examples should be cited. If the submission makes no original contribution, this point should be made with reference to existing Studies.

Publication Frequency

RDS is published quarterly, with 4 issues a year.

Delayed Open Access

The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 12 month(s) after an issue is published.

Advertising Policy

The Review of Disability Studies is the ideal vehicle for reaching an international audience in the field of disability studies. We have and are pursuing affiliations with other major organizations in the field.

Subscribers are academics, advocates, and libraries. It is a highly receptive audience for appropriately targeted advertising. Research shows that specialty journals such as the Review of Disability Studies are cited by professionals as the most useful source of information for the purchase of products and services, more so than conferences, direct mail, and direct sales.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ISSN? 1552-9215 (online)

How long has the journal been in existence? Since 2003

What is the average number of downloads for the online version? 1000 average per issue

What countries are the readers from? RDS has readers from all over the world, but some of the most common countries represented are Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States

How often is RDS published?  4 issues /year

Where is RDS published? University of Hawaii at Mānoa, USA

What is the name of the publisher? Center on Disability Studies

What is the scope/audience for RDS: Persons interested in disability studies

What is the rejection rate? 60%

How long does it take for a manuscript submission to be reviewed? 1-3 months

What is the average amount of time between a publication decision and publication? It varies significantly with amount of revisions needed, number of articles waiting to be published, topic/country of origin of the article, and type of article. One year is a typical amount of time between acceptance and publication, but the wait can sometimes be longer.

Is the journal refereed (peer reviewed)? 2 types of review (a) anonymous peer review (2 anonymous peer reviewers) (b) regular peer review (1 non-anonymous peer review.

 

 

 

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