Lumat evaluation criteria
Rationale for study
- The rationale is current and focuses on scholarship most important to justifying the study.
- The rationale establishes a link between the study and previous research.
- The rationale provides a strong justification for the importance of the study.
Problems, questions or hypotheses
- There are one or more explicit problems, questions, or hypotheses.
- Problems, questions or hypotheses are important to science, mathematics or technology teaching and learning.
- The problems, questions, or hypotheses link to the rationale.
- The methodology is appropriate for the problems, questions, or hypotheses.
- The methodology is appropriate for the type of study (e.g., ethnographic, philosophical).
- The methodology is reported thoroughly but concisely.
- Samples and sampling procedures are clearly described.
- Data sources are clearly described.
- Instrumentation includes reliability and validity.
- Manuscript includes information on the tools of data gathering, e.g. interview methods, mind maps, observation methods.
- Data tables, figures, and pictures are complete, easy to read and add significantly to the understanding of the study.
- Quotations are documented and support assertions or warrants.
- Data address the problems, questions, or hypotheses.
- The conclusions are supported by the data.
- The conclusions address the problems, questions, or hypotheses.
- The conclusions make a convincing argument for the importance/significance of the study for science, mathematics or technology teaching and learning.
Style and expression
- The manuscript includes an abstract.
- The title conveys the nature of the study.
- The manuscript follows the instructed style.
- The manuscript is clear, concise and easy to read.
Along with your comments on the review and answers to the editor’s questions, the report should contain a recommendation to the editor. Your options may include:
Accept submission: The manuscript would be suitable for publication in its current form (after copy-editing and proofreading).
Revisions required: The manuscript could be suitable for publication after the author(s) have responded to the reviewer comments and made changes where appropriate. These changes could include referencing another work or a rewrite of a few sections.
Resubmit for review: The manuscript could be suitable for publication after the author(s) have responded to the reviewer comments and made changes where necessary. These changes could include redoing experiments or a substantial rewrite of several sections.
Resubmit elsewhere: The manuscript is not suitable for the journal it was submitted to, but the content is good and could be suitable for a different journal.
Decline submission: The manuscript is not suitable and it should not be considered further.