Scholarship and Lore: Games for Learning Series
The Center for Learning Through Games and Simulations and Central Michigan University Press welcome submissions of pedagogical games for publication that fall within the framework of our core mission and values as part of our series on Scholarships and Lore: Games for Learning.
To submit a game to the Scholarship and Lore: Games for Learning series, please include with your submission the following:
- A proposal identifying:
- your contact details and professional affiliation(s);
- a brief description of your game (e.g., content focus, core mechanics, etc.);
- the game’s target audience (e.g., educational level, academic discipline, etc.);
- the learning objectives for the players;
- a justification for addressing these learning objectives via a game;
- a description of the ways in which the game is innovative;
- a summary of comparable games on this topic;
- a statement on why you believe that your game is suitable for publication by the press; and
- a list of three content experts you feel are most appropriate for evaluating your game.
- A playable prototype of the game complete with clearly-written rules (if the submission has specialized pieces or materials, please email the press editor to determine the best way to route these materials to the reviewers); and
- Any pedagogical materials in support of the game (e.g., contextual class materials, lesson plans or assignments for use with the game, assessment rubrics, etc.).
Please send your submissions by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (if electronic); or
- Mail: Central Michigan University Press, 001 Anspach Hall, Central Michigan University, 1429 S. Washington St, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 (for any physical materials).
The submission deadlines for press review are as follows:
- January 31, for February Editorial Board Meeting
- May 31, for June Editorial Board Meeting
- September 30, for October Editorial Board Meeting
- Tracy S. Davis, Central Michigan University
- Andrew D. Devenney, Central Michigan University
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Information for Peer Reviewers
Peer review is an essential component of both the editorial process and publication quality at Central Michigan University Press. A well-crafted review is also vital in helping authors and game designers as they revise their work.
The press uses a double-blind peer review process, meaning the identities of both the authors/designers and the peer reviewers are concealed from one another. All peer reviews are confidential and will not be used for any other purpose than to guide the editorial decisions of the press and improve the content of the game without the expressed written permission of the review author. All game submissions are the private, confidential property of the author/game designer, and reviewers should keep the submissions and their content strictly confidential.
Below are questions to guide reviewers for either type of review they may be asked to engage in.
Subject matter peer review questions
- Is the content of this game free of errors?
- Do the learning objectives and the subject matter content of the game align?
- Are figures and data within the game necessary, legible, and helpful?
Game mechanics peer review questions
- Are rules clear and detailed enough that you feel you could run the game?
- Is the game engaging enough that even if you aren’t a content expert you would want to play it again?
- After playing the game do you perceive that you have an increased awareness of the learning objectives?
- Do the game mechanics reinforce the learning objectives?
- If there is a win objective, is it clear and realistic? If there isn’t a win objective, does it make sense with the goals of the game?
- In what ways is the game innovative?
- Are there comparable games on this topic? If so, please identify them.
Your final review should contain: 1) an objective assessment of both the technical rigor and the novelty of the game; 2) a specific recommendation (Accept without Revision, Revise, or Reject); 3) a justification for your recommendation; and 4) a summary of the specific strengths and weaknesses of the game.
- If your recommendation is to Reject the submission, please give a detailed explanation of your reasoning.
- If your recommendation is to Revise the submission, please indicate whether it is a Major or Minor revision and furnish the author/designer with a clear, sound explanation of why this is necessary. Please also indicate to the editor whether you would be willing to review the revised game in the future.
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Vision and Mission: The Game Press
Central Michigan University Press, through its game press initiative, is committed to innovative, research-based, peer-reviewed, engaging pedagogical games. It seeks to support scholars and game designers in fostering the use of games and meaningful play in the classroom. In doing so, the Press is committed to:
- Organizing and securing a high-quality, peer-review process that examines both the mechanics and subject matter of press games equally;
- Promoting games as worthy scholarly endeavors that make meaningful contributions to the academic pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and discovery;
- Supporting a diverse array of game designers who are typically underrepresented in game development and scholarship;
- Prioritizing affordable games that have potential promise as educational learning tools over games driven primarily by wider financial or commercial considerations;
- Welcoming game submissions that are innovative, experimental, or take risks; and
- Embracing a range of academic disciplines, game play, and mechanics in press publications.
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CMich Press Games Editorial Board
The Central Michigan University Press Games Editorial Board is comprised of faculty members from a variety of academic disciplines both at Central Michigan University and at other institutions around the United States. Board members review proposals and reports on new projects/games under consideration for publication. The Board must give final approval by majority vote to every project/game published and to every special imprint or series established by the Press.
Editorial Board Members
- Professor Monica Evans | School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, University of Texas at Dallas
- Professor Christienne Hinz | Department of History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
- Professor Daria Kluver | Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Central Michigan University
- Professor Scott Nicholson | Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Wilfrid Laurier University
- Professor Gretchen Papazian | Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University
- Professor Wendy Robertson | Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Central Michigan University
- Professor David Simkins | School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Institute of Technology
- Professor Jonathan Truitt | Co-Director, Center for Learning Through Games and Simulations, Central Michigan University
- Dr. Andrew D. Devenney | Associate Director, Center for Learning Through Games and Simulations, Central Michigan University
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