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Asian Journal for Mathematics Education

Asian Journal for Mathematics Education

Published in Association with East China Normal University
Published in Association with Asian Centre for Mathematics Education

eISSN: 27527271 | ISSN: 27527263 | Current volume: 1 | Current issue: 2
Asian Journal for Mathematics Education (AJME) is an international, peer-reviewed journal established by East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, China. This open-access journal seeks to publish high-quality original research and scholarly articles focusing on various areas/topics in mathematics education. Prof. Fan Lianghuo serves as the founding Editor-in-Chief. ECNU sponsors the journal by covering open-access article processing charge (APC), so there is no APC for the authors. Please direct any enquiries to ajme@math.ecnu.edu.cn.

Asian Journal for Mathematics Education is a peer-reviewed open access journal published in English. The mission of the journal is to contribute to the advancement of mathematics education research, theory and practice in Asia and, more generally, the world. The journal seeks to publish high-quality original research and scholarly articles focusing on various areas/topics in mathematics education including, but not limited to, as follows:

  • Mathematics teaching and learning
  • Mathematics curriculum and textbook research
  • Mathematics teacher education and professional development
  • International and comparative studies on mathematics education
  • Use of modern technology in mathematics education
  • Cross-disciplinary research involving mathematics education (e.g., STEM education with mathematics as one of the subjects)

The journal welcomes manuscripts based on methodologically sound empirical studies, as well as high-quality scholarly articles including literature review papers in mathematics education. In principle, all the manuscripts submitted to the journal are expected to have specific relevance for Asia or general significance for the world in mathematics education. The journal particularly encourages submissions from authors in Asia, but equally welcomes submission from other regions of the world.

Editor-in-Chief
Lianghuo Fan East China Normal University, China
Honorary Editor
Geoffrey Howson University of Southampton, UK
Associate Editors
Christian Bokhove University of Southampton, UK
Jinfa Cai University of Delaware, USA
Jeongsuk Pang Korea National University of Education, Korea
Yoshinori Shimizu University of Tsukuba, Japan
Catherine P. Vistro-Yu Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Managing Editor
Fenghua Zhang East China Normal University, China
Editorial Board Members
Jill Adler University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Dubravka Gracin University of Zagreb, Croatia
Anjum Halai Aga Khan University, Pakistan
Rahmah Johar Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia
Gabriele Kaiser University of Hamburg, Germany
Roza Leikin University of Haifa, Israel
Frederick Leung University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Yeping Li Texas A&M University, USA
Xin Ma University of Kentucky, USA
Swee Fong Ng Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Chunxia Qi Beijing Normal University, China
Kenneth Ruthven University of Cambridge, UK
Alan Schoenfeld University of California at Berkeley, USA
Gert Schubring Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Gabriel Stylianides Oxford University, UK
K. Subramaniam Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, India
Jianpan Wang East China Normal University, China

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Asian Journal for Mathematics Education

Table of Contents:

  1. Open Access
  2. Article processing charge (APC)
  3. What do we publish?
    3.1 Aims & scope
    3.2 Article types
    3.3 Writing your paper
  4. Editorial policies
    4.1 Peer review policy
    4.2 Authorship
    4.3 Acknowledgements
    4.4 Funding
    4.5 Declaration of conflicting
    4.6 Research Data
  5. Publishing policies
    5.1 Publication ethics
    5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
  6. Preparing your manuscript
    6.1 Formatting
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Identifiable information
    6.4 Supplementary material
    6.5 Reference style
    6.6 English language editing services
  7. Submitting your manuscript
    7.1 How to submit your manuscript
    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    7.3 Information required for completing your submission
    7.4 ORCID
    7.5 Permissions
  8. On acceptance and publication
    8.1 SAGE Production
    8.2 Online publication
    8.3 Promoting your article
  9. Further information
  10. Appealing the publication decision

Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mea to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

SAGE Publishing disseminates high-quality research and engaged scholarship globally, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion in publishing. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors from across all countries and backgrounds.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Asian Journal for Mathematics Education will be reviewed. As part of the submission process, you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Asian Journal for Mathematics Education may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

1. Open Access

Asian Journal for Mathematics Education is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by the collection of article processing charges which are paid by East China Normal University. There is no charge either for submitting a manuscript to the journal or publishing with the journal.

For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

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2. Article processing charge (APC)

The article processing charge is covered by East China Normal University, so there is no APC charged to authors.

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3. What do we publish?

3.1 Aims & scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Asian Journal for Mathematics Education, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

Asian Journal for Mathematics Education is a peer-reviewed open access journal published in English. The mission of the journal is to contribute to the advancement of mathematics education research, theory and practice in Asia and, more generally, the world. The journal seeks to publish high-quality original research and scholarly articles focusing on various areas/topics in mathematics education including, but not limited to, as follows:

  • Mathematics teaching and learning
  • Mathematics curriculum and textbook research
  • Mathematics teacher education and professional development
  • International and comparative studies on mathematics education
  • Use of modern technology in mathematics education
  • Cross-disciplinary research involving mathematics education (e.g., STEM education with mathematics as one of the subjects)

The journal welcomes manuscripts based on methodologically sound empirical studies, as well as high-quality scholarly articles including literature review papers in mathematics education. In principle, all the manuscripts submitted to the journal are expected to have specific relevance for Asia or general significance for the world in mathematics education. The journal particularly encourages submissions from authors in Asia, but equally welcomes submission from other regions of the world.

3.2 Article types

• Original Research: Scientific paper with clear research methods and structure.

Format guide:

  • Word limit: should not exceed 11,000 words (including references)
  • Abstract: up to 200 words, structured
  • Keywords: up to 6 (in alphabetical order)
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

Review Article: Article that summarizes the current state of understanding on mathematics education.

Format guide:

  • Word limit: should not exceed 11,000 words (including references)
  • Abstract: up to 200 words, structured
  • Keywords: up to 6 (in alphabetical order)
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

• Research Commentary: On research methods, evaluation studies, published research on a certain topic, and other research-related issues.

Format guide:

  • Word limit: should not exceed 4,000 words (including references)
  • Abstract: up to 200 words, structured
  • Keywords: up to 6 (in alphabetical order)
  • Tables/Figures: no limit

3.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

3.3.1 Making your article discoverable

For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

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4. Editorial policies

4.1 Peer review policy

Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Asian Journal for Mathematics Education all papers are sent out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in their preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers at any stage of the submission process, be that through the web-based submission system or other communication.

Reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Our policy is that reviewers should not be assigned to a paper if:

  • The reviewer is based at the same institution as any of the co-authors.
  • The reviewer is based at the funding body of the paper.
  • The author has recommended the reviewer.
  • The reviewer has provided a personal (e.g. Gmail/Yahoo/Hotmail) email account and an institutional email account cannot be found after performing a basic Google search (name, department and institution).

The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers.  Asian Journal for Mathematics Education utilizes an anonymised peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Associate Editor. Associate Editor will make recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief who then makes the final decision.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

4.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

4.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

4.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

  • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
  • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
  • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

4.3.2 Writing assistance

Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

4.4 Funding

The Asian Journal for Mathematics Education equires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

The Asian Journal for Mathematics Education encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

4.6 Research Data

At SAGE we are committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research. Where relevant, the Asian Journal for Mathematics Education encourages authors to share their research data in a suitable public repository subject to ethical considerations and to include a data accessibility statement in their manuscript file. Authors should also follow data citation principles. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway, which includes information about SAGE’s partnership with the data repository Figshare.

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5. Publishing policies

5.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

5.1.1 Plagiarism

The Asian Journal for Mathematics Education and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

5.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. The Asian Journal for Mathematics Education publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page. Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

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6. Preparing your manuscript

6.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word, LaTex files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines  

Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

6.3 Identifiable information

Where a journal uses double-anonymised peer review, authors are required to submit:

  1. A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymised. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
  2. A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymised material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers.

See https://sagepub.com/Manuscript-preparation-for-double-anonymised-journal for detailed  guidance on making an anonymous submission.

6.4 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information, please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplemental files.

6.5 Reference style

Asian Journal for Mathematics Education adheres to the APA 7th reference style, except for cited books, the places of publication should be included in the reference.

6.6 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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7. Submitting your manuscript

7.1 How to submit your manuscript

Asian Journal for Mathematics Education is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mea to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

7.3 Information required for completing your submission

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

7.4 ORCID

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

7.5 Permissions

Please ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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8. On acceptance and publication

If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

8.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

8.2 Online publication

One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

8.3 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

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9. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Asian Journal for Mathematics Education editorial office as follows:

Email: ajme@math.ecnu.edu.cn

Telephone: (86)(21) 54342646-105

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10. Appealing the publication decision

Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at publication_ethics@sagepub.com

 

 

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