About This Journal

The Journal of Black Educology (BE) is a collective, peer-tuned, open-access, digital journal that is dedicated to the sounds of theory, philosophy, research, and praxis central to the genealogy of Black struggle and liberation with education. The journal does not co-create “issues” to be solved, but songs to be declared. Thus, each song listens to and studies the “volumes” to express the resonances and echoes in the chorus of Black liberatory education. BE seeks to be a communal space for scholars, educators, and people working directly in Black education to continue to create music for education is the instrument of liberation.

The BE declares (publishes) “songs” (articles); “re-sounding commentary” (reviews of media, books, curricula, reports); “notes from the studio” (notes from the field); community-based commentary and artwork from the global sounds of Black education liberation. Since BE is an online journal, there exists a possibility to feature sound recordings as well, which can be embedded in the PDF copies of the journal.

Songs (Articles): BE accepts article submissions that are between 3,000-5,000 words (exclusive of references) utilizing APA citation style. Diverse methodological and theoretical perspectives are encouraged. Authors collecting data must have an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRBPHS) or other approval for the ethical collection of data. Authors must attest to honoring ethical standards to the ownership and creation of the work they present; this Journal will not tolerate plagiarism in any form.

Re-sounding Commentary (Reviews): BE will also feature re-sounding commentary of new books, media (movies, songs, graphic art, exhibitions, installations, fashion, etc…) in the space of Black liberatory education. These reviews are solicited by the Re-sounding Commentary Editor. Suggestions can be emailed and/or books/media links/curricula mailed to Blackeducology@usfca.edu. These reviews should be 1,000-2,000 words (exclusive of references).

Notes from the Studio/Community-Based Commentary (Notes from the Field): Notes or commentary can be up to 1,000-2,500 words (exclusive of references) and pertain to engaged projects, the process of co-creating alternative ways of being in relation that is nourishing and/or reflections from community engagement.

Artcraft (“Artwork”): Artists whose craft addresses Black education and liberation are encouraged to declare images and zines that will be considered for the cover of each song (no longer called an “issue”) of the journal. Artists will be credited on the journal website. For consideration, please email your original image (no larger than 25MB) to Blackeducology@usfca.edu .

Declarations: BE recognizes the importance of language to describe lived-experiences, especially in spaces of domination. The songs that are sent and listened to are not merely submissions for we do not engage in submissive behavior. Recognizing the genealogy of struggles and declaration of liberatory practices, we listen to declarations.

For all declarations, please see Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although our hosting site bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the song (article) in Microsoft Word file that the editorial team will then convert to a PDF file upon final approval. Voice files that are shared can also be added to the declarations.