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CURR935: Democratizing the Curriculum

So, You've Decided to Author an Advocacy Paper!

Dr. Kelly Heider

Professor/Graduate Information Literacy Librarian

What is an Advocacy Paper?

An advocacy essay is a paper designed to garner support from readers regarding a specific belief or cause. Advocacy essays could be used as a call for action or intended to simply raise awareness on a social issue (Davidson, 2020, para. 1).

Example Advocacy Papers

Skim through the example papers included in the folder below:

Rubric for Advocacy Paper

Name of Author:                                               

Paper Title:

Feedback provided by:

Scale: UA= Unable to Assess, NA = Not Applicable, NI= Needs Improvement, S = Satisfactory,

G: Good, VG: Very Good,                 EX= Excellent

Please note, at this stage of the process, some and/or of these elements may be present.  Please provide narrative feedback, especially if many of these are missing and/or underdeveloped.

Copy and paste this rubric (do not upload) with your feedback into your assigned critical friend’s d2l thread by 3:00pm on Saturday March 26, 2022. This will make it possible for your critical friend to use your feedback to improve their advocacy paper. It will also give me a chance to reflect on your evaluation before I use the same rubric to evaluate the paper.



UA   NA   NI    S   G   VG   EX

Questions, Concerns, Helpful Feedback

What is the main question addressed by the research? Is it relevant and interesting?



Has the author included an introduction that is well developed? Does it include the following:(a) A powerful statement that gets your attention right away  (b) a brief statement alludes to the problem/issue (c) a very clear pronouncement statement, expressed in a  sentence or two, about the sections that have been included in the body of the paper.?  



Does the body of the paper include at least 2-3 APA level one headings that demarcate the main sections of the paper? 



Has the author included subheadings, for each of the main headings APA level one headings? Has the author followed APA level heading conventions?



Has the author included a section where the problem/issue has been discussed fully with at least 5-8 scholarly, in-text citations? Are the citations current, timely, relevant to the argument?



Has the author included a section where the author is describing how the identified problem/issue can be resolved? If so, does this section include at least 5-8 scholarly, in-text citations? Are the citations current, timely, relevant to the argument?



If the author is disagreeing significantly with the current academic consensus, do they have a substantial case? If not, what would be required to make their case credible? Please provide helpful feedback in the comment section.


If the paper includes tables or figures, what do they add to the paper? Do they aid understanding or are they superfluous?


Does the paper include a conclusion that does not exceed 10-15 lines? Does it begin with a restatement of the issue/problem? Does it restate the evidence presented in the body succinctly? Does it conclude with a call to action?



How original is the topic? What does it add to the subject area compared with other published material?



How to Peer Review Like a Pro

Watch this video for information on the peer review process as well as best practices for serving as a peer reviewer for an academic journal. These tips will also help you peer review your classmates' advocacy papers.

About Scimago

Scimago Journal & Country Rank

What is Scimago? Scimago is an open access resource that includes both journal and country rankings based on scientific indicators developed from information contained in the Scopus database. Citation data is drawn from over 34,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers. Country performance metrics are included for 240 countries worldwide.

Why is Scimago important to me as either a graduate student? Scimago helps graduate students evaluate the productivity, impact, influence, and prestige of journals, book series, conference proceedings, and trade journals they may want to cite in their own scholarly writing. Scimago also helps graduate students find an appropriate outlet for their work.

How do I find information on a particular journal? Conduct a title or ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) search on the Scimago home page.

What should I do if I can’t find information on a particular journal in Scimago? Check Beall’s List of Potential Predatory Journals and Publishers ( first. Then, do a Google search. Some newer journals (especially open access journals) may not be indexed in Scimago.

How do I find the rankings of different journals in my field? Click on the “Journal Rankings” link on the Scimago home page and choose a subject area and category.

How do I compare the rankings of journals I’m considering for submission? Click on the “Viz Tools” link and scroll down to “Compare.” Then click on the “Compare Journals” button. You may type in the titles of up to six different journals.

What do the Scimago Metrics measure/mean?

  • H index- measures the productivity and impact of a scholarly journal
    • Developed by Jorge Hirsch (2005), a physicist at UC San Diego
      • Ordered the articles from the largest number of citations to the smallest number of citations
      • Then, looked at the last position in which f (function that corresponds to the number of citations for each publication) is greater than or equal to the position.
        •  f(A)=10, f(B)=8, f(C)=5, f(D)=4, f(E)=3 
        • H index=4
  • Quartile- designates a journal in the top 1-25% (Q1), top to middle 26-50% (Q2), middle to bottom 51-75% (Q3), or bottom 76-100% (Q4)
  • SJR (Scimago Journal Rank)- measure of a journal’s impact, influence, or prestige. It expresses the average number of weighted citations received in the selected year by the documents published in the journal in the previous three years.

Using Scimago to Locate a Top-tier Journal to Submit Your Advocacy Paper for Publication

Locating Calls for Book Chapters on Advocacy in Education

Calls for book chapters are publicized on the Internet through both publisher and professional organization websites, blogs, and Facebook pages as well as websites designed exclusively for the advertisement of book chapter calls. Simply search "calls for book chapters 2022 AND education" or "calls for book chapters 2022 AND advocacy in education" to locate them.

The following are some suggested websites/blogs that advertise calls for book chapters in the field of education on a regular basis: