Call for papers to be published in the NACAA Journal

Purpose:

To provide NACAA members an opportunity to publish in a nationally recognized refereed journal.

To provide NACAA members an opportunity to share successful Cooperative Extension Service scholarly work such as original research, applied research, demonstrations, innovative ideas and related Extension activities.

To provide the NACAA membership with additional professional improvement opportunities that will enable them to become a more knowledgeable Cooperative Extension professional.

Eligibility:

NACAA member in good standing are encouraged to submit articles.  At least one author (preferably all authors) must be a member of NACAA for a paper to be considered.

Recognition:

Successful peer reviewed articles will be published on the NACAA website at:  www.nacaa.com/journal . Publication dates are June 1st and December 1st of each year.

Journal of the NACAA National Peer Reviewers:

 

All articles receive an initial review by the Journal of the NACAA editor.  Articles that pass this review are then forwarded to three different Journal of the NACAA National Peer Reviewers based upon relevant subject matter expertise.  Peer reviewers are selected from the NACAA membership and are successful authors of peer reviewed journal articles, Extension bulletins, books or book chapters.

 

Submission Deadlines:

 

Articles must be submitted by March 15th for publication in the June 1st issue and September 15th for publication in the December 1st issue.

 

Author Agreement:

 

The submitted article is the sole, original work of the author(s) listed, has not been previously published, does not violate any copyrights and has been submitted only to the Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The article's copyright is fully transferred to the Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, which will hold full and exclusive rights to the article. The article does not represent a violation of the Civil Rights of others and this article does not violate the Code of Federal Regulation for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46). In making a submission, author(s) are affirming the above conditions. Furthermore, author(s) affirm that the Journal of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, its Editor, Executive Director and Board of Directors will be held without blame if any of the above conditions are not satisfied.

 

Submission:

 

All papers must be submitted electronically at: http://www.nacaa.com/journal/post_editor.php. No paper submissions will be accepted.  Articles can be composed and saved online.  Completed papers that have been saved and submitted can still be edited and resubmitted any time before midnight Alaska Time on the submission deadline date.  Submissions after the deadline will be considered for the next issue unless an author withdraws the paper.  The lead submitting author will receive an email confirming that their paper has been received.  If you do not receive a confirmation email, contact the editor.

 

Article Length:

 

The article should not exceed 4,000 words not including tables, figures and the literature citations.  Significantly shorter articles are strongly encouraged.

 

Abstract:

 

The paper’s abstract is entered in a separate dialogue box than the main body of the paper.  The abstract should be a concise summation of the paper’s purpose, general methods, results and conclusion.  While the Journal of NACAA does not set specific limits on the length of the abstract, it generally should not be more than 100 words.  The abstract is written as a single paragraph.

 

Article Format:

 

Authors have the liberty to format section headings as they desire.  Most papers would follow this or a similar heading format: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Literature Cited.   Section headings should be centered on the page.

 

Literature citations should conform to the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.  Click here for some examples of APA style.

 

Because the Journal of the NACAA is an online publication, authors should prepare their articles with on-screen viewing in mind.  This generally means shorter paragraphs and more lists.

 

Page Tools:

 

For security reasons normal cutting, copying and pasting operations will not work on the submissions page.  Authors will need to use the submission page’s tools for conducting these operations.  Hovering the cursor over a tool will reveal its function.  The graphic below shows some of the more commonly used tools.

 

Authors who compose their papers outside the website in Word should use the normal copy function within the word processer.  However, they should use the “paste from Word” tool to paste the article into the submission webpage.

Tables, Graphics and Pictures:

 

All tables in the article should be numerically labeled with a brief explanation of the table.  The title and the explanation should be centered beneath the table.  For example:

 

 

Trial A

Trial B

Trial C

Trial D

Replication 1

1

2

4

3

Replication 2

2

4

8

5

Average

1.5

3

6

4

 

Table 1. Results of four different potato varieties grown using 80 ppm nitrogen.

 

All graphics and pictures will be referred to as figures.  They too should be numerically labeled with a brief explanation centered beneath the figure.  For example:

Figure 1. Cabbages grown in the study were much smaller than those in previous trials.

 

Uploading Tables, Graphics and Pictures:

 

It is recommended that tables be created on the website rather than imported in as a graphic.  To create a table on the submission website, use the table tool button.

 

Graphics and pictures cannot be cut and pasted into the submission website.  Follow the five step uploading and pasting process below:

 

1. Locate the image and upload it to the submission website then click save.

2. Highlight and copy the image URL as it appear on the screen

 

3. Click the image tool.

4. Paste the copied URL link into the URL box.

5. Center and adjust size of image.