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Writing and Technology Book

Call for Chapters for:

Exploring Technology for Writing and Writing Instruction

Editors: Kristine E. Pytash & Richard E. Ferdig

Kent State University, USA


Update:  Accepted authors…please see below for “Details to Keep in Mind for Your Full Chapter Submission”

Technology and new digital media continue to reshape and redefine notions of literacy and what it means to be literate. Specifically, writing is currently viewed as a dynamic and social process, which extends beyond the production of print-based text. Digital technologies also provide new possibilities for pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. Researchers and educators are beginning to understand how students use digital technologies to construct written text in the classroom and how digital technologies afford the opportunity to explore writing out of school and in new social and cultural contexts.

Exploring Technology for Writing and Writing Instruction will provide a comprehensive examination of the use of technology for writing and writing instruction in a diverse range of settings, including early and elementary, secondary, and postsecondary classrooms, teacher education, and professional development contexts. It will also explore the wide range of out-of-school contexts in which students are using technology and digital media for the production of writing. This important new publication will be distributed worldwide among academic and professional institutions and will be instrumental in providing researchers, scholars, students, teacher educators, and other professionals access to the latest knowledge related to the impact of technology on writing and writing instruction.  Contributions to this important publication will be made by scholars throughout the world with notable research portfolios and expertise.  Although several publications address literacy and technology or reading and technology, the field lacks a collection of contemporary research on writing and technology.  This book fills that niche and provides readers theoretical and empirical explorations into writing technologies and technologies that teach writing instruction.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igiglobal.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2013.

Important Dates

September 30, 2012:          Proposal Submission Deadline

October 15, 2012:              Notification of Acceptance

December 31, 2012:           Full Chapter Submission

January 31, 2013:               Review Results Returned

March 1, 2013:                   Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:  Dr. Kristine Pytash (kpytash@kent.edu) or Dr. Richard Ferdig (rferdig@gmail.com), editors, no later than September 30, 2012.   Please also contact Drs. Pytash or Ferdig if you would like to serve on the Editorial Review Board of this book.


Details to Keep in Mind for Your Full Chapter Submission

(Copied from IGI – http://www.igi-global.com/publish/resources/edited-details.pdf)

Chapters must
· be submitted in Microsoft® Word.
· be typewritten in English in APA style

1. Originality of chapters. Only ORIGINAL chapters will be accepted for publication. Upon acceptance of your chapter, you will be required to sign a warranty that your chapter is original and has NOT been submitted for publication or published elsewhere.

2. Revised chapters. IGI Global will not publish a chapter that is a “revised” version of a chapter that you published elsewhere. While your chapter may certainly be based on the same data and research as another chapter published by you, the chapter you submit to IGI Global must be a completely new and original work—in other words, it must NOT have the same wording or formatting as another chapter previously published by you.

3. Images. IGI Global requests that your chapter not contain more than five to eight images (images include screenshots, figures, tables, graphics, etc.)

· Submission. Images are generally classified into two types – figures and tables.
i. Figures should NOT be included within the text of your chapter. All figures must be submitted as separate .tif files. (It is important that you CLEARLY indicate in the text where the images should be placed by including a caption. Please see “Chapter Organization and Formatting” [below] for an example). If figures are not included as separate .tif files, you will be contacted for their submission and production will be held until they are received.
ii. Tables can be included in the text of your chapter if they were created in Word and are NOT image files. Otherwise, they should be treated as figures (see above) and submitted separately.
· Color. Please note that while images will appear in color in the electronic version of your manuscript, images will appear in black and white only in the printed version; thus, for images of the best quality, it is important that you submit your images in black and white.
· Size. Please ensure that all images submitted for publication are sized exactly as they should appear in print. Additionally, please ensure that your .tif files are saved at a 300+ dpi setting for the best quality.
· Numbering. Figures should be numbered according to their appearance in the text of your chapter (i.e., the first figure in your chapter should be labeled “Figure 1”; the first table in your chapter should be labeled “Table 1.”). In order to ensure the proper placement of all images, please ensure figure/table numbers are included BOTH in your captions AND within the name of each separate .tif file.

4. In-text citations. Please ensure that all information in your chapter that is taken from another source is substantiated with an in-text reference citation. Please also note that your references must follow APA (American Psychological Association) style (The publisher will return your chapter to you for correction if you do not properly format your references.).

· While some examples of references in APA style are included in the following pages, it is highly recommended that you reference an actual APA style manual (5th edition). If you do not own an APA style manual, you may either 1) consult your library or 2) visit APA’s Web site to order your own copy: http://www.apastyle.org/pubmanual.html. It may also benefit you to consult the following pages of APA’s Web site for frequently asked questions and other tips:
http://www.apastyle.org/faqs.html and http://www.apastyle.org/previoustips.html.
· In-text citations should NOT be numbered. When you use the source in the text, the author’s name and year of publication should appear within parenthesis. An example of this is: (Travers, 1995). Please do not include any abbreviations. Please see the following examples:
i. In most organizations, data resources are considered to be a major resource (Brown, 2002; Smith, 2001).
ii. Brown (2003) states that the value of data is recognized by most organizations.

5. Direct quotations. The author’s name, date of publication, and the page(s) on which the quotation appears in the original text should follow direct quotations of another author’s work.
· Brown (2002) states that “the value of data is realized by most organizations” (p. 45).
· “In most organizations, data resources are considered to be a major organization asset” (Smith, 2003, pp. 35-36) and must be carefully monitored by the senior management.
· If a direct quote that you wish to include in your case is more than 40 words long, please be sure to format your quote as a block quote (a block quote uses no quotation marks, and its margins are indented from the left; also, you’ll notice that the period at the end of the sentence comes before the parenthetical in-text citation)
i. Example: As an ever-growing number of people around the world have gained access to e-mail and Internet facilities, it has become clear that the communicative environment provided by these tools can foster language learning. E-mail facilitates access to speakers of one’s target language. (Vinagre & Lera, 2007, p. 35)
ii. NOTE: If you plan on including more than 2 paragraphs of quoted text, you must acquire permission from the copyright holder for use of the quote before IGI Global will agree to publish your chapter.

6. Acquiring permission for copyrighted images. It is your responsibility to obtain written permission to include any copyrighted images (whether they be screenshots [e.g., a screenshot of a page from a company’s Web site, a screenshot of a scene from a video game, etc.], figures, tables, graphics, etc.) in your chapter. The copyright holder MUST agree to and sign IGI Global’s permission form before IGI Global will agree to include the image in your chapter. To obtain a copy of this permission form, please contact the book editor or IGI Global (development@igi-global.com).

Please note that while permission is sufficient for brief quotations, it is not sufficient for images. Please also keep in mind that the copyright is generally held by the publisher of the image rather than the author of the image.

After you obtain permission, you are then responsible to indicate in the caption of the image the original source of the image and that it is being used in your chapter with permission. Your caption should appear as:

Figure 1. [insert caption here]. (© [insert copyright year here], [insert copyright holder’s name here]. Used with permission.).

Please note that, should you create an image that is loosely based on another copyrighted image, you must indicate in the image caption that your image is adapted from another copyrighted image and then provide the original source:

Figure 1. [insert caption here]. (Adapted from [insert source of copyrighted image here]).

As some publishers require that you obtain permission for use of even an image that you may have adapted from one of their images, it is your responsibility to investigate as to whether or not permission is needed for your adapted image.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since acquiring permission may take a significant amount of time, it is very important that you begin the process as soon as possible. Should you not obtain permission by the time the manuscript is ready to be sent to production, you will have the option of removing, replacing, or redrawing the image in question.

7. Permission fees. Subsequent to the previous point, IGI Global will NOT agree to publish any copyrighted image for which a permission fee is required, OR for which permission is required for each subsequent publication of the image.

8. Trademark use. All trademark use within your chapter MUST be credited to its owner, or written permission to use the name must be granted.

9. LaTex. LaTex files NOT accepted because they are not compatible with IGI Global’s typesetting program. As an alternative, we recommend that you use MathType. Please do not hesitate to contact IGI Global at development@igi-global.com to request a copy of our math guide.

10. Metafiles. If you include equations in your chapter, it is important that you do NOT use metafiles for any mathematical symbols or letters unless absolutely necessary. For example, take into consideration the following equation: (a + b) – (c + d) = e. There is absolutely no need for the use of metafiles here since each of the symbols and letters in this equation appear on your keyboard.

Additionally, it is extremely important that all symbols and letters are consistent in their formatting (i.e., if you italicize “x” in equation number one, please be sure to italicize “x” throughout the rest of your chapter if it is used to represent the same item). Please note that the unnecessary use of metafiles and the inconsistent formatting of symbols and letters will have an adverse effect on the quality of your chapter, as well as slow down the production of the entire book.

NOTE: We recommended that you use Mathtype (http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/) to create complex equations. Do not use the Equation Editor that accompanies Word 2007 because there is a problem in the program that corrupts equations when outputting the final typeset version of the article to postscript for printing. If you are using Word 2007 for your submission and do not have Mathtype, please use the Equation Editor for Word 2003 when creating equations. Microsoft has been alerted to the problem and it will be fixed in future versions of Word. Instructions for accessing the 2003 editor are available on the Microsoft website.

11. Interviews. Please note that if any full interviews are included in your chapter, you must have the interviewee sign IGI Global’s “Interview Release and Assignment Agreement” with which you will be provided by the book editor or IGI Global (development@igi-global.com) upon request.

12. Copy editing and proofreading. It is crucial that complete copy editing and proofreading of your chapter be conducted PRIOR to submission to ensure proper use of the English language, proper grammatical structure, and correct spelling and punctuation. Chapters that are submitted to the publisher are considered to be in their FINAL FORM and ready for publication as is. Please also keep in mind that the material you submit for production is final. Other than minor grammatical, typographical, spelling, and reference list corrections, major changes such as moving and/or deleting paragraphs, sections, etc., will NOT be permitted.

13. APA and IGI Global House Style. Please be advised that due to APA and IGI Global house style rules, changes in regard to, among other things, capitalization, the appearance of block quotes and bulleted and numbered lists, as well as the placement of images on your pages may be adjusted accordingly during the typesetting phase.


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