Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities (JELO)

Call for Papers for Spring 2017 special issue and Fall 2017 regular issue – the submission period is now closed.

JELO is a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication of the Central Valley Afterschool Foundation. The JELO connects research and promising practices throughout California and the nation, fostering a dialogue that engages both researchers and practitioners in the field. In 2017, The Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities will publish two issues: a special issue in Spring and our regular issue in Fall. At this time, we welcome the submission of papers for both our Spring 2017 special issue and Fall 2017 regular issue.

Spring 2017 special issue: This special issue will focus specifically on articles addressing gender-focused initiatives and equity and diversity in the expanded learning field. Suggested topics include:

  • Mentoring programs for women/girls of color
  • Fostering school success and reducing suspensions and expulsions
  • Meeting the needs of vulnerable and striving youth
  • Increasing access to inclusive STEM education
  • Sustaining reduced rates of teen pregnancy
  • Expanding pathways to economic prosperity

Fall 2017 regular issue: JELO is also accepting submissions for all other original articles related to expanded learning for our Fall 2017 issue. Suggested topics are inspired by the Learning in Afterschool and Summer (LIAS) principles which include:

  •  Active, project-based learning
  •  Collaborative learning and programs
  •  Applied learning activities
  •  Learning that supports mastery
  •  Learning that expands horizons
  •  Instructional strategies that promote student learning

Please feel free to contact us regarding potential topics for either issue prior to submitting.

The journal solicits original papers in two categories:

  • Research-based: presentation of new research using data that includes an abstract, an introductory paragraph, a brief literature review, methods (quantitative and/or qualitative), results and implications. An example would be an academic or field study.
  • Practitioner-based: presentation of an essay or brief focused on a specific promising practice that includes an abstract, an introductory paragraph, a short literature review, description of the practice, results, and recommendations for implementation and sustainability. An example would be program evaluation/assessment or case study.

Submission guidelines:

  • Submit electronically using the following link: Article Submission Form
  • Please indicate in the “Article Abstract or Summary” text box of the Article Submission form if you will be submitting for Spring of 2017 or Fall of 2017.
  • Use word or rich text format
  • Follow American Psychological Association, or APA (6th Edition) formatting rules (click on following link for guidelines:
  • Do not to exceed 3,500 words for practitioner articles and 5,000 words for research articles (not including references and tables)
  • Include in the electronic submission attachment a cover page with: manuscript title, indication of whether your article is a research-based or practitioner-based submission, author(s), affiliation, address, phone, and email address
  • Eliminate any author identifying references within the paper in order to ensure a blind review

Review Process:
Upon receiving your submission the chief editor or associate editors will send notice of receipt to the contact author. The editors will review the submissions for suitability for the journal and specific category. If not suitable the editors will provide guidance for the author. If suitable, the paper will be sent to the editorial review board for blind review. To view previous issues of the JELO, please go to:

Questions/Comments contact Kim Boyer: