Info for Authors

About the Digest

The UnifiEd Digest is a bimonthly professional journal that curates essentials for leading Christian schools with cultural intelligence. The UnifiEd Digest maintains the highest standards of professionalism and excellence.  The editorial board determines the fitness of guest articles for publication.

Monthly Columns

[01] - Theological Foundations

This monthly column provides a theological framework for cultural engagement in Christian education. These articles provide leaders with ongoing theological scaffolding for biblical cultural engagement to circumvent pragmatism and sub-Christian ideals from informing cross-cultural interaction in your organization.

[02] - Classroom Insights

The classroom is ground zero for student engagement and has the most potential for intellectual and cultural formation. This column provides educators insights to facilitate a learning environment befit for students from every culture.

[03] - Research Brief

This column curates the most useful scholastic research from various academic disciplines that provide relevant information to lead and teach with cross-cultural understanding.

[04] - Resource Review

Navigating the constant deluge of books, articles, journals, blogs, and other resources focused on cultural intelligence, racial reconciliation, cross-cultural communication, and diversity is a full-time job—let the UnifiEd Digest staff do it for you. We’ll provide you with a list of noteworthy resources and a review of the resource the editorial board deems most relevant for leading a Christian school cross-culturally.

[05] - Best Practices

The most valuable insights for educators often come from “the trenches.” The UnifiEd Digest enthusiastically invites school leaders from around the world to publish articles describing the best practices that have assisted them in leading their schools with cultural intelligence.

[06] - Podcast

The Wall draws upon insights from thought leaders to spark biblical engagement with God’s world.

01. Submissions

Guest Submissions

Guest submissions are welcomed, but please read the submission guidelines carefully to familiarize yourself with what we publish. As a professional journal, entries should be written in a clear, informal style free of jargon and accessible to educators (not just educational researchers).  We do not print footnotes, only parenthetical references. All submissions are carefully reviewed. Due to the volume of submissions, we cannot provide a detailed explanation for why a submission has been rejected.  All accepted essays and articles are rigorously edited and fact-checked.  Authors must attend to requested revisions before the submission is published.  The editors of the Unified Digest decide where and when the piece is published. After final editorial approval, submissions will appear in our online journal.  

Guest submission approval process

Within the scope UnifiEd Digest statement of purpose, relevant to the column you are submitting to, of high quality academic scholarship.

Dates for each step in the editorial process will be clearly defined by the Managing Editor and must be maintained by the author or publication is jeopardized.

02. Guidelines

Guidelines for submission

Essay Format
Manuscript should contain text, in sequence of  title,  author(s), their school/organizational affiliations, 3-sentence abstract, 3-5 keywords, main text, references, supplement/supporting information (if any), and conflict of interest acknowledgement.

Abstract
The abstract provides a brief (no more than 3-sentence) summary that clearly states the main objectives and conclusions of the work; it should give the reader a clear idea of what the submission achieves. Note: the abstract is important to determine if the submission fits within the scope of the UnifiEd Digest and the syndicated columns that solicit guest authors.  

Author Biography
Biographies of the first author and/or the corresponding author are 50 words or less (please include high resolution photo).  Biography should include educational background, vocational responsibilities, areas of professional curiosity.

Graphics and Images
Graphics and images will be considered for publication if understanding the submission is bolstered by the image.  The graphics and images should be no larger than 16.6 cm×3.8 cm (width×height).  Resolution is 300 dpi at least; the format is emf, wmf, eps, ai, etc.; the width is within either single column (85 mm) or double column (166 mm), and must be no longer than 230 mm.  

03. References

References

Published Works
All references cited in the text must be included in the reference list at the end of the essay, however, only cite web addresses parenthetically in the text (not in the reference list) and include the date the page was accessed. Parenthetical citations should include the author(s) last name and the page number of the work cited.  The reference list should follow Harvard citation formatting.

Unpublished Works
Any unpublished work (personal communications, manuscripts in preparation and manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted for publication) must be referred to in the text and not listed in the references.  Parenthetical citations include the full list of authors, including their initials. For example: (T. Gaines, B. Waddell & J. Gaines, unpublished observations) or (W. Strickland, personal communication).  Unpublished resources do not need to appear in the reference list at the end of the essay.  

Conflict of Interest
All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work. Please add a paragraph for ‘Conflict of interest.’ When authors have nothing to declare, please write: ‘The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.’ This declaration must be made and the end of all guest submissions.  

Publishing Ethics
The publication of an article is subject to review by an editorial board. This review is an essential building block in the development of a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the work of the authors and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society of society-owned or sponsored journals.