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Mistakes encountered in manuscripts on education and their effects on journal rejections

Abstract

The goal of this study was to identify common mistakes made in research study manuscripts submitted to journals of Education and the effects of these mistakes on rejection by the journal editors and referees. An online questionnaire was developed for this purpose with 43 items and five open-ended questions. Common mistakes were identified by administering the 43 questions, which were to be answered in two stages: first by using 5-point Likert scale responses, and then by responses arranged according to semantic differential scale (for the effects of the mistakes on rejections). The online questionnaire was sent to the editors and referees of Turkish journals of Education indexed in SSCI and ULAKBIM. Data were then collected from 232 participants and examined. The quantitative data obtained from the questionnaire items were analyzed, and the mean and standard deviation scores were presented in tables. The qualitative data gathered from the open-ended questions were analyzed descriptively. The results show that researchers mostly make mistakes in the discussion, conclusion, and suggestions part of the manuscripts. However, mistakes made in the methods part are the most significant causes of manuscript rejection.

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Acknowledgments

We thank Res. Asst. Omer ARPACIK for his assistance with the transference of the questionnaire to the web environment.

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Correspondence to Yuksel Goktas.

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Celik, E., Gedik, N., Karaman, G. et al. Mistakes encountered in manuscripts on education and their effects on journal rejections. Scientometrics 98, 1837–1853 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11192-013-1137-y

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Keywords

  • Reasons for manuscript rejection
  • Manuscript review
  • Mistakes in education manuscripts
  • Manuscript review process