ALARA ARCS Monograph Series

Action Research Monograph Series


The purpose of the monograph series is to provide an opportunity for authors to publish quality refereed work that is more extensive than the length of a conventional paper. This should enable an author to present in depth information and analysis with a topic.

The monograph case studies will contribute to theoretical and practical understanding of action research and action learning in applied settings.

The monographs are targeted at a broad range audience including practitioners, academics, researchers, leaders, community workers, students etc. A key emphasis is on the fact that the monographs will be formally refereed and only quality case studies will be published. In this situation, quality refers to evidence of rigorous data collection, strong theoretical underpinning, deep reflection on results, and professionally written using APA guidelines.


Topics from any context of action research are considered. Types of case studies might include (but are not limited to):

• Completed cases, successful and unsuccessful;
• Partial successes and failures;
• Work in progress;
• Within a single monograph, multiple case studies which illustrate important issues; and
• Problematic issues in current cases.

Typical monographs would include rationale, background, a topic literature review, research methodology and methods, ethical considerations, action research phases and findings, interventions, discussion of findings and their implications, references and appendices. They should contribute new knowledge.

A title page, table of contents (including figures and tables), an abstract of approximately 500 words, up to ten key search words and an executive summary should precede the monograph. Total length should range from 8,000 to 16,000 words. Gender and culture free language is required. APA referencing is to be used.

A brief author biography of up to 500 words should be included for publication. We encourage dual or multiple authorship.

Monographs must be original and unpublished work suitable for an international audience and not under review by any other publisher or journal. ALARA will hold the copyright on all published monographs. No payment is associated with monographs.

Submitting Monographs

An electronic version of the monograph should be submitted for consideration to the editor.

Copy (e-copy only) must be in Word format, 12 point Times New Roman font, 2.5cm margins, and APA style. Subsections must be indicated by the following heading levels:

• Level 1 – lower case and bold (14pt)
• Level 2 – lower case (12 pt)
• Level 3 – italic.

No numbering of headings or subsection is to be used.

Careful proof reading must have occurred prior to submission. All identifying names must be removed. A separate file should be submitted outlining monograph title, author name(s), address, email address, phone and fax numbers.


The review process normally takes up to three months and authors can anticipate extension beyond this if revision is required.

Evaluation of suitability of monographs will be based on a monograph:
• offering new ideas
• making a significant contribution to the field
• arousing interest and stimulating debate
• showing sound scholarship and rigorous research design.

Reviewers may recommend:
1. Acceptance of monograph following minor revisions
2. Revision of monograph and resubmission for further review
3. Rejection of monograph.

When a monograph is accepted for publication, authors will be required to sign a copyright release form. Authors will receive two complimentary copies of the monograph publication.


Address all correspondence to:

Prof. Eileen Piggot-Irvine
School of Leadership Studies
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Rd
Victoria BC
Canada V9B 5Y2

Copyright information and ALARA Inc publication terms and conditions for Monographs

In submitting and having your work accepted for publication as an edition of the ALARA Monograph Series, you agree to the following copyright and publication terms and conditions.

Background and rationale

ALARA Inc. publishes works via a member’s newsletter, a bi-annual journal, an occasional monograph series and its website.

ALARA Inc. retains copyright of all published works, to ensure that
1) authors’ works are protected, and
2) authors can benefit from the administration of copyright fees by ALARA Inc., as a registered member of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).

ALARA inc. does not retain these rights exclusively, and authors are entitled to republish the Monograph in a printed or electronic collection without charge as long as they ensure that ALARA Publications are properly credited, and they notify the Monograph Editor of their intent to do so. We like to keep in touch with authors to continue building the AR/AL network of researchers, practitioners and writers, existing and new.

Copyright and authors’ works

As an author, and if you are a current financial member of ALARA Inc., you are entitled to 50% of any copyright monies collected as a result of the reprint and/or redistribution of your work, if it is an original work submitted to and published in an ALARA Inc. publication.

ALARA Inc. will:
- manage the communication and referral of any requests for reprinting and/or redistribution of your work,
- endorse the copyright process herein through its Executive Committee,
- administer the copyright licensing and fees or monies associated with it,
- notify you, the author, of any monies to which you are entitled, as a result of reprinting and/or redistribution requests, at 50% of the total amount, shared with ALARA Inc.

If you are not a financial member of ALARA, individual arrangements can be made, at a fee for service arrangement with the ALARA Executive Committee.

Authors are requested to agree to these terms by sending an email to the Monograph Editor explicitly stating their agreement on submitting their final draft. This agreement is kept in ALARA’s administration records. Monograph Editor’s contact information: Eileen Piggot-Irvine:

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