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The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (JOCI) (ISSN 2333-7281) is an online, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal for all those who create, research, use, and assess contemplative and introspective methods and practices in college and university settings. Contemplative and introspective practices cultivate new ways for us to understand the connections between our inner worlds, those around us, and the broader systems in which we all interact. JOCI promotes the understanding, development, and application of these practices in order to serve a vision of higher education as an opportunity for cultivating personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, purpose, and values.

JOCI is published by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, a nonprofit organization which seeks to transform higher education by supporting and encouraging the use of contemplative practices and perspectives to create active learning and research environments that look deeply into experience and meaning for all in service of a more just and compassionate society.

The journal is available by subscription to individuals and institutions, and is freely available to members of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, a multi-disciplinary professional academic association and initiative of The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

JOCI accepts manuscripts for review on a rolling basis. The annual publishing schedule is subject to change depending on the pool of submissions and special issues. Prospective authors may submit papers at any time. For more information, please review our Submission Guidelines, below.

Submissions are always welcome. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • All submissions must be original works not previously published and not currently under review by other publications.

  • Papers should be suitable for a broad, interdisciplinary audience.

  • JOCI operates a blind peer review process during which the identities of the author and the reviewers are concealed. Please be sure to remove your name (and the names of any co-authors) from your manuscript text and the file’s properties.

  • The suggested word count is 7500 words for articles and 3,000 words for reflections.

  • Follow our Author Guidelines for more detailed information on document formatting, punctuation, quotations, etc.

  • Please use APA format for your citations. All submissions must include references.

 

Articles

Articles should describe and analyze specific developments and applications of contemplative practice and inquiry relevant to higher education. We seek papers that consider the context of the scholarship and practices described (e.g., type of institution, class size, student demographics and identity, traditions of contemplative practice), and we support the representation of diverse contemplative approaches and methods. Expected length of articles is roughly 7,500 words.

Reflections

Reflections may include personal essays, research notes, literature reviews, opinion pieces, and creative/artistic presentations of material, including controversial or challenging material. Reflections should engage substantive issues in the field and are evaluated with the same criteria used for Articles, as applicable to the piece. Expected length of Reflections is roughly 3,000 words.

Book Reviews

JOCI publishes book reviews. Authors and publishers can send publications to be considered for review to the editor. Materials received will not be returned. The editor will solicit book reviews from impartial reviewers. Unsolicited reviews may also be considered for publication, although decisions to publish reviews are made at the discretion of the editor. We seek to publish engaging, informative, and critical reviews of books related to contemplative education and contemplative learning broadly conceived. Book reviews should be addressed to the interdisciplinary and international readership of the journal. Reviews should describe the intended audience of the book, summarize its major themes, outline the theoretical framework and core assumptions of the work, and critically assess the argument of the book and its overall contribution to the field. Book reviews will be roughly 1,000-1,500 words, although longer reviews may be admissible in the case that several works are being reviewed.


CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING SUBMISSIONS

Articles should describe and analyze specific developments and applications of contemplative practice and inquiry relevant to higher education. We seek papers that consider the context of the scholarship and practices described (e.g., type of institution, class size, student demographics and identity, traditions of contemplative practice), and we support the representation of diverse contemplative approaches and methods.  Articles are evaluated against the following criteria:

  1. Clarity and extent of the description and analysis of the contemplative practice/inquiry used

  2. Suitability for a broad, interdisciplinary academic audience

  3. Potential impact on teaching, learning, and the broader cultures and social contexts of higher education

  4. Quality of the writing

  5. Consideration of relevant literature and research, including publications in earlier issues of JOCI

  6. Quality of the analysis or assessment.

Reflections should engage substantive issues in the field and are evaluated with the same criteria used for Articles, as applicable to the piece.

TO SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT

  1. Register with the journal. During registration, you must select the option to enroll as an author.

    If you are already registered but have not enrolled as an author, you must edit your profile and select this option before beginning the submission process.
     
  2. Once you are enrolled as an author and have logged in to the website, you may begin the five-step submission process here.

The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry (ISSN: 2333-7281) is an online, peer-reviewed journal which advances the understanding, development, and application of contemplative and introspective methods in order to serve a vision of higher education as an opportunity for cultivating personal and social awareness and an exploration of meaning, values, and engaged action. The development of critical first-person perspectives and alternative ways of knowing allows everyone in higher education to examine their own experience in relationship to the material they study, transforming their understanding of how their work, study, and actions affect the wider world.

JOCI is published by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Members of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education have quick, free access to the Journal’s contents through the ACMHE member portal. To learn more about the ACMHE and to join, please visit acmhe.org.


If you have questions, contact Carrie Bergman, Editorial Assistant, at carrie@contemplativemind.org or (413) 582-0071.

The Editors, Dr. Trudy Sable and Dr. David Sable, may be reached at editors@contemplativemind.org.