Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The mission of the Journal of Improvisation in Professional Practice is to provide a discourse community that explores major inquiries about improvisation in our professional lives.  The Journal brings together voices from academic and non-academic prose traditions.  One of the principles of the Journal is that we all have something deeply important to say about the work we do.  The Journal poses the broad question: What does improvisation mean for your work? 

The Journal welcomes narratives from all fields of work and seeks to open up and explore the definition of “work.”  The Journal thrives on writing that challenges and explores definitional assumptions about work: that it is something we get paid to do, perhaps, or that it happens in a workplace.   Additionally, the Journal welcomes a pluralism of views and definitions of improvisation.  Explorations of and claims that some work isn’t improvisational are crucial to this broader discussion, and are welcomed by the Journal.  

The Journal defines “professional practice” broadly to include the activities of professionals, the education of professionals and the conceptualizing of professions.  We welcome work that explores and interrogates the notion of professional practice.

 

Major inquiries that the journal will explore:

  • How do we learn the improvisatory practices of a profession?
  • How well can the complex and conflicting definitions of improvisation help us gain insights into how we work and how we learn to work?
  • How does practice happen?
  • How do we learn the practice of a profession?
  • How does education for the professions happen?
  • How can we understand the on-the-job education as well as pre-service, university-based education?
  • How do our values as educators within our profession inform and get informed by our role as educators? 
  • To what extent is work an aesthetic experience?
  • How does creative expression and individuality in one’s work influence crucial issues facing the world of work right now?

 

Section Policies

Narratives

These are shorter works with a maximum of 2000 words.  They do not require research or references.  This is where practitioners from all fields can invite us into an understanding of what is improvisational in their work.  One of the goals of the journal is to become a source and provide a forum for practitioner voices.  We want to hear from the practitioner what it means to work.  We are interested in hearing from all professions and welcome submissions from unpublished writers and writers who don’t typically write scholarly work.

Narratives go through a process of double-blind peer review.  Submissions must not include any identifiers for the author or anyone else included in the narrative.   Please alter the name of your place of work and of the people who might be included in your narrative. 

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Scholarly Research Articles

These submissions are long-form research articles of about 4000 to 8000 words or 15 to 30 typed, double-spaced pages.  The aim of these articles is to contribute to the emerging field of improvisation as it pertains to any aspect of professional practice. Professional practice is defined broadly to include the activities of professionals, the education of professionals and the conceptualizing of professions.  These articles will preferably be qualitative research that delves deeply in the discussion and analysis of the research.  Conventions such as abstracts, section headings, explanation of methodology are valued but not required.

Please use APA citation format for all submissions. Submissions go through a double-blind peer review process.  Please make sure there are no personal identifiers in the submission for either the author(s) or any participants or people otherwise mentioned in the article. 

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Peer Review Process

Submissions go through a double-blind peer review process. Please make sure there are no personal identifiers in the submission for either the author(s) or any participants or people otherwise mentioned in the article.

 

Open Access Policy

The Journal of Improvisation in Professional Practice is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons “Attribution” license. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.