For Authors

What are the Land-Grant Press series?

The Cooperative Extension series includes science-based, peer-reviewed scholarly work authored by Extension Agents and University scientists. The publications provide information related to practical application for professionals, managers, and owners who benefit from Cooperative Extension educational offerings. Visit the Clemson Cooperative Extension Programs webpage to view the list of program areas, and review the qualifications provided in the Cooperative Extension series Authorship Decision Tree to determine if your submittal is appropriate.

The 4-H Curricula series promotes positive youth development through experiential learning for K-12 students. The curricula focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), healthy living and civic engagement. Contact the SC 4-H Program Team Director for approval to submit. Contact information is available on the SC 4-H website.

The Teaching Section (LGP-TS) series focuses on sharing of observations and reflections of scholarly work for practical application. The series will help teaching faculty adopt learning activities, ideas, innovations, and strategies to improve teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes. Research about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is not accepted. Review the LGP-TS Authorship Decision Tree to determine if your submittal is appropriate.

Who can publish?

Cooperative Extension personnel and University scientists and faculty are encouraged to submit publications to the appropriate series. Authors from outside of Clemson University are welcome to submit with a Clemson co-author. Contact the managing editor to discuss submittal guidance if you are not partnering with a Clemson co-author.

Publications should provide practical application for the stakeholder. Research articles are not accepted. If a publication’s content follows the scientific method and includes methods and materials and a results section, it is most likely not an appropriate submittal. Publications that have been published elsewhere will not be accepted.

How do I prepare a publication, and what is the submittal process?

See the For Authors webpage for instructions on how to prepare and submit your publication for the Cooperative Extension and Teaching Section series. For the 4-H Curricula series, contact the SC 4-H Program Team Director.

Submittals are accepted through the Land-Grant Press Collections website in Clemson Libraries TigerPrints digital repository and publishing platform.

What does the peer-review process entail?

The consulting editors perform an initial review of new submittals to determine if the publication can move into the formal review phase. The formal review involves three reviewers that include at least one internal (to Clemson University) and one external reviewer. After all three reviews are submitted, the feedback is released to the author, and a revision is usually requested. The consulting editors perform a final review of revisions, and the managing editor proofs the approved revision and may suggest minor edits and correct template formatting for the author’s approval before the final version is posted to lgpress.clemson.edu.

  • The authors recommend two or more external (from outside of Clemson) reviewers.
  • Internal reviewers are assigned by the editorial board.
  • Reviewers are asked to submit feedback within two to three weeks (time-sensitive publications can be expedited if advance notice is given).
  • Review feedback is released to the authors through the online review system.
  • If a revision is required, authors must make a list of all significant reviewer comments and explain how they were addressed in the revision.
  • Authors upload their revisions back into the system, and a final review is provided by a consulting editor. Additional edits may be required.
  • Final revisions are copyedited, formatted, and uploaded to the Land-Grant Press website, lgpress.clemson.edu.

How long does the peer-review process take?

Reviewers are asked to return feedback within one to two weeks, but the length of the entire process (from submittal to approval and posting) will depend on the time it takes reviewers and authors to turn around feedback and revisions. The editorial coordinator oversees the submittal and review process to facilitate efficiency and will communicate updates to the author.

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