Article Types / Special Report
This article format allows authors to introduce a topical problem in technology-based education, and provide an account of the applied solution(s) in their local environment. They are required to present a detailed description of the problem at hand, explain how it was addressed, and report their findings and experiences. Special Reports may not necessarily comprise research-based information, yet they should meet the standards of originality, clarity and significance, so that others can replicate the presented approach or adopt similar practices in their own environments.
The following are the structure and specifications of a Special Report:
- Abstract: (100-200 words, unstructured)
- Keywords (3-10 keywords)
- Problem (provide an introduction to the problem and its context to help readers make comparisons with their own environment)
- Solution (explain in detail how the problem was addressed, and how much time and resources, if any, were allocated)
- Results and Conclusion (report the outcomes, present your insights, and make suggestions for improvements)
- Footnotes; all manuscripts must contain the following sections under the heading 'Footnotes':
- Authors’ Contribution: Authors specify their individual contributions to the research process and writing of the manuscript. They indicate their contributions to different aspects of a project such as conceptualization, study design, experimentation, data acquisition, statistical analysis, preparing the manuscript, etc. Please note that the authors’ initials, rather than full names, should be used for identification.
- Conflict of Interests: Authors must disclose any financial and non-financial competing interests in advance of the review process. They need to declare if they received financial payment for the research, or if they have close relationships with people or entities that could inappropriately influence (bias) their study. Non-financial interests may include the disclosure of any personal, political, religious, ideological, academic and intellectual interests that might bias a study. If there are no competing interests, add the following statement: “The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper”.
Ethical Considerations: If a study involves human participants/or animals, authors need to obtain approval from the ethics committee/Institutional Review Board of their institution and be prepared to provide documentation when requested by editors. They must provide the name of the committee/board along with the Ethical Approval Code/ID. This code/ID must be linked to an official website showing the details of approval.
Authors should also declare that they have obtained written informed consent from each potential research participant. It should be clearly stated that the researchers were properly introduced before the research, and the participants understood the objectives of the research. The authors also maintain that the consent was not obtained under coercion and that the participants had the choice to withdraw at any stage of the research. Finally, it should be indicated that the participants were assured of confidentiality regarding the information provided.
- Funding/Support: All sources of financial and material support for the research work are acknowledged in this section. Authors should identify the roles of the sponsor(s) if any, in study design, collection, analysis, interpretation of data, and in preparing the manuscript. Please include the name(s) of the funding organization(s) along with the grant number(s). If no funding has been provided for the research, please add the following statement: "This research did not receive any outside funding or support"
- References conform to the style outlined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), also referred to as the “Vancouver” style.
A Special Report includes a maximum of 3000 words (including references), 3 tables/illustrations, and 20 references.