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Editorial: Strengthening Manuscript Submissions

M. Kathleen Heid and Glendon W. Blume 

March 2011, Volume 42, Issue 2, Page 106

Abstract:
Over the past 3 years, we have had the privilege of reading submissions from hundreds of authors and analyzing thousands of reviews for those manuscripts. Many of those manuscripts reported data-driven studies addressing issues that are vital to mathematics education but were not suitable for publication for a range of issues related to the design of the study. Based on input from reviewers as well as her own assessment, it is the formidable responsibility of the editor to craft letters that would help authors improve those manuscripts. In the spirit of sharing with the broader readership the kinds of advice offered to authors over the past few years, we have re-examined those letters and noted patterns in the kinds of issues that were identified. Although each of these issues is one with which the authors (and readers) undoubtedly are familiar, we thought it would be useful to share the ways in which these issues arise in submissions