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Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

We welcome all HRD and HRD-related research and encourage submissions from scholar-practitioners across all categories.

Manuscripts will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

Refereed Full Manuscripts

  • Significance of the research problem and/or theoretical conceptions
      • Author(s) describe a compelling research problem or theoretical conception
      • The problem or theoretical conceptualization for HRD practice and/or research is timely
      • Author(s) provide a clear description of the practice, setting, and organizational need linked to the problem issue
  • Relevance and thoroughness of literature review and/or conceptual framework
      • Author(s) clearly demonstrate that a systematic literature review was conducted
      • The literature review includes relevant and current literature
      • Author(s) provide an adequate description of the practice that allowed for testing of existing and appropriate research and theory
      • Conceptual framework is supported by the extant literature
  • Clarity of research questions, purpose, and/or hypotheses
      • Author(s) clearly state the research question(s)/hypotheses
      • Author(s) clearly state the purpose of the submission/research
  • Appropriateness and justification of the research design and methods
      • Author(s) employ appropriate research design and methods for the research question(s)
      • Author(s) provide a justification for the research design and methods
      • Author(s) clearly describe how the design addressed organizational need and incorporated existing theory and/or research on subject
  • Rigor and robustness of data collection and analysis methods:
      • Author(s) demonstrate an adequate level of rigor through the description of data collection and analysis
      • Data collection and analysis methods are appropriate for the research design and methods employed
  • Quality of reporting of results and discussion
      • Author(s) clearly report the results of the research
      • Author(s) provide a clear and concise description of practice outcomes, with metrics where appropriate
      • Author(s) incorporate lessons learned from practice
  • Appropriateness of conclusions and/or recommendations
      • Conclusions and/or recommendations are adequate for the results and reported discussion
      • Author(s) identify conclusions and/or recommendations that are logically supported from the reported results and discussion
  • Contributions to HRD
      • Author(s) adequately describe the potential this submission has in advancing HRD theory and/or research
      • There are clear and appropriate implications for HRD practice, HRD research, and/or HRD theory
      • The implications provided are based on the results and discussion
      • Author(s) adequately describe next steps for practice and further work that could be done to test practice or address problem
      • Each of the implications provided are substantively detailed and adequate for HRD
  • Overall clarity and quality of writing
      • Paper is written in a clear and logical structure
      • Submission is generally free from grammatical errors
      • Author(s) adequately cite references in text in accordance with APA 7th Edition Guidelines
      • Author(s) provide an appropriate bibliography that supports the in text citations

Refereed Extended Abstract

  • Significance of the research problem and/or theoretical conceptions
      • Author(s) adequately describe a compelling research problem or theoretical conception 
      • The problem or theoretical conceptualization for HRD practice and/or research is timely
      • Author(s) provide a brief description of the practice, setting, and organizational need linked to the problem issue
  • Relevance of literature review and/or conceptual framework
      • Literature review and/or conceptual framework is adequately supported by relevant and current literature 
      • Author(s) provide a brief description of the practice that allowed for testing of existing and appropriate research and theory and/or conceptual framework
  • Clarity of research questions, purpose, and/or hypotheses
      • Author(s) clearly state the research question(s)/hypotheses
      • Author(s) clearly state the purpose of the submission/research
  • Appropriateness and justification of the research design and methods
      • Author(s) briefly describe appropriate research design and methods for the research question(s)
      • Author(s) provide a justification for the research design and methods
      • Author(s) briefly describe how the design addresses organizational need and incorporated existing theory and/or research on subject
  • Rigor and robustness of data collection and analysis methods:
      • Author(s) provide brief description of data collection and analysis
      • Data collection and analysis methods are appropriate for the research design and methods employed
  • Quality of reporting of results and discussion
      • Author(s) provide brief report of the results of the research
      • Author(s) provide a clear and concise description of practice outcomes, with metrics where appropriate
  • Appropriateness of conclusions and/or recommendations
      • Conclusions and/or recommendations are adequate for the results and reported discussion
  • Contributions to HRD
      • Author(s) briefly describe the potential this submission has in advancing HRD theory, research, and/or practice
      • Author(s) briefly describe next steps for practice and further work that could be done to test practice or address problem
  • Overall clarity and quality of writing
      • Abstract is written in a clear and logical structure
      • Submission is generally free from grammatical errors
      • Author(s) adequately cite referenced in text in accordance with APA 7th Edition Guidelines
      • Author(s) provide an appropriate bibliography that supports the in-text citations

Non-Refereed FOCUS Session

  • Proposal describes the need for the session
  • Proposal explains the intended activities of the session (if applicable)
  • Proposal describes the various perspectives offered by each participant/facilitator
  • Proposal description explains the session format and intent?
  • Proposal contributes towards the advancement of HRD
  • Proposal identifies biographical information for the sponsor and for each panelist, specifically highlighting expertise as related to the focus of the session
  • Authors provide a description of the overall value of the proposal

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