Call for Chapters: Pathways to Professions (P2P) and E-Credentials for Inclusive Excellence


Yi Huang, Ph.D.
Coppin State University

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: May 15, 2019
Full Chapters Due: September 12, 2019
Submission Date: September 12, 2019


With the increasingly interconnected learning and employment ecosystems, e-credentials and alternative e-credentials are trailblazing multiple pathways to professions for inclusive excellence. Leveraging high-impact practices and competency-based demonstration, the new generation of micro-credentials and digital badges offers competitive advantages for both professional growth and career advancement. The recent proliferation of e-credentials reflects cross-sector interests and indicates growing potential of disrupting both traditional schooling and pathways for career advancement. However, the varying quality and value of the e-credentials is creating confusion within the current educational landscape, and will continue to impact future practices across educational, employment, and policy arenas on how learning and credentials are designed, experienced, and awarded.


The book aims to investigate the state of e-credentials, exam theories and practices, and share promising practices and explore implications with case studies highlighting e-credentials and alternative e-credentials issued through a variety of agencies such as Institute of Higher Education (IHEs), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), private industries, and/or professional associations. The intents are to (1) increase quality and value of e-credentials through collective research and development; (2) share theories, policies, and promising practices on design, development, and implementation of e-credentials, and (3) improve validity and transparency of e-credentials through multi-sector partnership for inclusive excellence. The four sections will address the following topics:

Section I. The State of E-Credentials: Theories, Practices, and Implications for Higher Education
Section II. E-Credentials: Model Development, Implementation Processes, and Implications
Section III. Alternative E-Credentials: Model Development, Implementation Processes, and Implications
Section IV. Multiple Pathways to Professions: E-Credentials for Inclusive Excellence

Target Audience

Integrating theories, practices, and implications with practical insights from case studies, the target audience for the book include IHE researchers and educators, LEA administrators and practitioners, industry leaders, and policy makers at local, state, national and international levels.

Recommended Topics

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

 Case Studies. Authors are encouraged to submit case studies on (1) E-Credentials or (2) Alternative E-Credentials. Contents may include, but are not limited to, a summary of institutional context, purpose and types of e-credentials offered, content and construct of the e-credential/alternative e-credentials model, development and implementation processes, data collection, outcomes analysis, lessons learned, and implications for the future.

 Theory, Practice, and/or Policy. Authors are encouraged to submit chapter entries on vision, theory, practice, and/or policy on e-credentials and/or alternative e-credentials at regional, state, national, and/or international level(s). Contents may include, but are not limited to, analysis/metanalysis of current policies, progresses, challenges, and recommendations in areas of theory, practice, and/or policy.

 Assessment, validation, transparency, potability and/or e-credentialing technology. Authors and industry leaders are encouraged to submit chapter entries on assessment and validation strategies; approaches to increasing transparency and potability, and/or current use and advancement of e-credentialing technology.

Submission Procedure

Researchers, practitioners, industry leaders, and policy makers are invited to submit on or before May 15, 2019, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by May 30, 2019, about the status of their proposals with chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by September 12, 2019, and final revisions are due by December 8, 2019. All interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Pathways to Professions (P2P): E-Credentials for Inclusive Excellence. All proposals must be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery®TM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

May 15, 2019: Proposal Submission Deadline
September 12, 2019: Full Chapter Submission
November 10, 2019: Review Results Returned
December 8, 2019: Revisions due from Authors
December 22, 2019: Final Acceptance Notification to Authors
January 5, 2020: Final Chapter Submission


Yi Huang, Ph.D.

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