Call for Papers
Each issue of the American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) explores decisions and challenges related to conceptualizing, designing and conducting evaluations. AJE offers original, peer-reviewed, often highly cited articles about the methods, theory, ethics, politics, and practice of evaluation. AJE also provides essay-length reviews of books on a single topic or issue relevant to the theory and practice of evaluation and the role of evaluation in society.
AJE features broad, multidisciplinary perspectives on issues in evaluation relevant to education, public administration, behavioral sciences, human services, health sciences, sociology, criminology and other disciplines and professional practice fields.
- Advances in Evaluation Theory
- Evaluation and complexity science
- Evaluation and implementation science
- Evaluation and systems thinking
- Evaluation capacity building
- Evaluation Ethics and Standards
- Evaluation in international settings
- Evaluation issues in a specific field of application
- Methods and Measurement in Evaluation
- Teaching Evaluation
- The Politics of Evaluation
The American Journal of Evaluation also features rotating special sections, such as
Ethics -- Explorations of ethical challenges faced by practitioners in their work with clients and stakeholders as well as ethical issues affecting the design, delivery, and evaluation of social interventions.
Exemplars -- Interviews with evaluators whose work illustrates the application of different models, theories, and principles.
Dialog -- Scholars offer opposing points of view to stimulate readers' thoughts on the topic in question.
Forum -- Provocative essays on philosophical, ethical, and practical matters in the profession of evaluation
Methods Notes -- Useful reports of new or improved evaluation methods, techniques, tools, products, and/or services.
Teaching Evaluation -- Articles that discuss evaluation teaching and training in diverse environments, including traditional academic settings, as well as K-12, corporate, government, non-profit, and community settings.
The Historical Record -- Illuminating analysis of important turning points within the profession, commentaries on historically significant evaluation works, and interviews with evaluation luminaries on historically noteworthy events and people.
Whether you are an academic, international or national agency employee, government researcher, non-profit employee, independent consultant or student, you will find something to help you meet your challenges in every issue of American Journal of Evaluation.
The American Journal of Evaluation (AJE) publishes original papers about the methods, theory, practice, and findings of evaluation. The general goal of AJE is to present the best work in and about evaluation, in order to improve the knowledge base and practice of its readers. Because the field of evaluation is diverse, with different intellectual traditions, approaches to practice, and domains of application, the papers published in AJE will reflect this diversity. Nevertheless, preference is given to papers that are likely to be of interest to a wide range of evaluators and that are written to be accessible to most readers.
|Christina Christie||University of California, Los Angeles, USA|
|Leslie Goodyear||Education Development Center, USA|
|Keith Zvoch||University of Oregon, USA|
|Rachael B. Lawrence||University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA|
|Rebecca Campbell||Michigan State University, USA|
|Anne Vo||University of California, Los Angeles, USA|
|Marc Braverman||Oregon State University|
|Mohammed Javad Ahmadi||Afghanistan Ministry of Education|
|Eric Barela||Partners in School Reform|
|Kathleen Bolland||The University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA|
|Lois-Ellin Datta||Datta Analysis|
|Stewart I. Donaldson||Claremont Graduate University|
|Mariana Enriquez||Independent Consultant|
|Amanda Greene||National Institutes of Health|
|George Grob||Center for Public Program Evaluation|
|Melvin Hall||Northern Arizona University|
|Michael Hendricks||Independent Evaluation Consultant|
|Karen E. Kirkhart||Syracuse University, USA|
|Frances P. Lawrenz||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Henry M. Levin||Teachers College, Columbia University|
|Anna Madison||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Katharine McKnight||Pearson Education, K-12 Solutions|
|Rakesh Mohan||Idaho State Legislature|
|Kathryn E. Newcomer||University of Missouri, Columbia|
|Michael Q. Patton||Utilization-Focused Evaluation, Saint Paul, MN|
|Laura R. Peck||Abt Associates|
|William Penuel||University of Colorado at Boulder, USA|
|Susan Philliber||Philliber Research Associates|
|Hallie S. Preskill||FSG Social Impact Advisors|
|Stephanie M. Reich||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Maurice Samuels||MacArthur Foundation|
|Saumitra SenGupta||California Mental Health External Quality Review Organization|
|Lyn M. Shulha||Queen's University|
|Janet Usinger||University of Nevada, Reno|
|Beth C. Weitzman||New York University, USA|
|Rebecca H. Woodland||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
Individuals interested in contributing to the Ethical Challenges, Exemplars, Teaching Evaluation, and Book Reviews sections should contact the relevant section editor (see Contribution Categories). All other manuscripts should be submitted to the SAGETRACK where authors will be required to set up an online account. If prospective contributors have questions or are uncertain about the appropriateness of possible submissions, they are welcome to contact the relevant section editor or Sharon F. Rallis at AJEManage@educ.umass.edu.
The purpose of the American Journal of Evaluation is to publish work that contributes to the development of evaluation theory, methods, and practice. To determine if a manuscript is relevant to our audience, authors should review the aims and scope of the journal.
The AJE publishes the following types of unsolicited peer reviewed manuscripts:
- Reports of research on evaluation
- Critical literature reviews
- Theory development papers
- Developments in qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
- Reports on conceptual developments in approaches to practice
- Evaluation history reports
- Papers on teaching evaluation
- Essays on key issues in evaluation theory, practice, methods, or ethics
Manuscripts should not be right justified. Every element within the manuscript must be double-spaced, including tables and references, and must follow the style recommendations of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.; click here for APA style resources). All manuscripts must be submitted online following the instructions for submission at Author Center.
Please follow the submission guidelines that are highlighted in our Submission Guidelines Document here.
Authors must submit written permission from the copyright owner (usually the publisher) to use material being borrowed or adapted from other sources, including previously published material of your own, along with complete details about the source. Any permissions fees that might be required by the copyright owner are the responsibility of the author(s) requesting use of the borrowed material, not the responsibility of Sage or American Evaluation Association. The documentation of permission should be included with the manuscript at the time of submission and uploaded as a supplementary file. For detailed information about permissions including what types of materials require permission, please refer to Sage's Permissions Guidelines.
Ethical and Legal Considerations
A submitted manuscript must be an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or a preliminary report), must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere, and, if accepted, must not be published elsewhere, including on a website, in similar form, in any language, without the consent of Sage and American Evaluation Association. Each person listed as an author is expected to have participated in the work to a significant extent. Although the editors and referees make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its editors, the publisher, or the American Evaluation Association.
Time for Review, Decision, and Production
The usual time from manuscript submission to the author's receipt of the editor's decision about publication is approximately 2 months. During that time, each manuscript undergoes a rigorous double-blind peer review by up to 5 reviewers, and review by the Editor or Associate Editor. The editor's possible decisions are (a) accept; (b) accept, with minor revisions; (c) major substantive revisions required (must be resubmitted for full review with no guarantee of acceptance); or (d) reject. Revised manuscripts are requested to be returned within 120 days. The time from acceptance to publication is dependent on many factors including the number and types of manuscripts awaiting publication, variations in time required for revisions, and ability of author(s) to provide all materials required for publication. All manuscripts are edited and copyedited before they are sent to the printer. The corresponding author receives page proofs for approval before publication. The Editor will keep authors informed of the projected date of publication.
Regular membership in the American Evaluation Association is $80 annually ($50 for students) and includes a subscription to the American Journal of Evaluation and New Directions for Evaluation. Membership dues and changes of address for members should be sent to: AEA, 16 Sconticut Neck Rd. #290, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Membership and other information is also available on the AEA Web site.
SAGE Choice and Open Access
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.