‘Annotated research methods in Caribbean Research’ (Cook & Bastick, 2010)


Call for Papers

The editors are issuing a call for papers for inclusion in the printed publication ‘Annotated research methods in Caribbean Research'. For more information, see below.



This book of papers is intended for Caribbean researchers who need to expand their repertoire of research methods in order to release their ideas for rigorous published research.  


This is an innovative approach to enhancing research relevant to the Caribbean and its Diaspora.  The editors are of the view that an extended repertoire of method options is a timely conceptual tool for promoting rigorous development of Caribbean research and for enabling the rich diverse research potential of our Caribbean researchers.  

To this end we invite the original authors of Caribbean research to submit for this publication their ALREADY PUBLISHED PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS with additional personal annotations of the research methods they have used.  


Contents of book

Annotated methods papers will be published under the following sections and categories, according to the main methods used:

  1. Quantitative – various categories
  2. Qualitative – various categories
  3. Mixed methods – various categories

Innovative methods are particularly welcome 

The book will be indexed under the areas of research covered by Caribbean scholars and practitioners with disciplinary affiliations in health, education, psychology, communications, languages, development, management, social work, Caribbean identity, cultural studies and other relevant areas. 

Format of submitted papers

Your original published paper may be annotated in one of two formats – (i) Embedded: Method annotations can be embedded at appropriate points within the original paper, using a different font or (ii) Endnotes: Numbers (similar to footnote numbers) can be used at the relevant sections in the original paper. These numbers will then refer to endnotes; that is, all the annotations corresponding to the numbers are placed at the end of the original published paper rather than as footnotes that are placed at the bottom of each page. However, whichever format authors prefer, it is necessary to begin with an Abstract of their method annotations followed by an Introduction relating their chosen methods to their Caribbean content. The original annotated paper would then follow and conclude with a Discussion of the practical/theoretical advantages and disadvantages, the achieved/thwarted intentions of the author and personal advice to the readers on improvements that the author would, in 20:20 hindsight vision, now make if replicating the research. The annotated parts of the final paper can be approximately 3,000 to 5,000 words in addition to the word length of the original paper.    

Style is APA (5th Edition). Manuscripts should be sent as email attachments. Diagrams/Figures should be embedded in your manuscript using Windows metafile format or Enhanced metafile format, whichever enables you to enlarge without loss of picture quality (to do this – copy and use the ‘paste special’ choices).  


Authors are responsible for obtaining the necessary copyright releases, if any, from the publishers of their original papers. These releases must be submitted with the annotated paper. At the initial stage, a draft abstract can be submitted without copyright releases. The editors promote open-access to research. To this end, the book will be published under Creative Commons copyright* so that readers may use the work without permission, providing they give full credit to the authors, do not use the work for commercial advantage and pass this access on with their use of the work. Authors similarly retain full rights to their published work. 

Please note that under most Copyright Acts, the author of an article may retain the copyright to an article accepted for journal publication. However, some closed-access journals demand the transfer of copyright as a condition of publishing your article. Even though ours is a non-profit publication for educational purposes, if you have signed away copyright of your paper, as the author, you are responsible for obtaining written consent from the original copyright holder for Attribution-Non-commercial-Share Alike Creative Commons world-wide usage*, submitting all original signed permissions to us when you submit your manuscript, and paying any usage fees to your copyright holder.  If you have signed away copyright in your work you are advised to enquire with your copyright holder before submitting your intention to publish in this book. We will email a ‘Permission request letter’ to you, should you need one. 

* (for licensing details see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/)

To download a Copyright Request Form, and the Guidelines for structuring your annotated paper, please enter below your name and the email address of where the form and guidelines should be sent :



Six-step process to publication

Step 1: Choose one of your peer-reviewed published papers on Caribbean research for which you would like to annotate your methodology.

Step 2: Check if you have signed away your copyright. If so, then download the copyright request form and send it to the copyright holder for permission to republish your paper in our book.

Step 3: Write a draft abstract (about 250-300 words) saying very briefly what aspect of Caribbean research your paper covers, what methods you used and why you think they are particularly suitable for this aspect of Caribbean research.

Step 4: Email your ‘notice of intent’ to one of the editors. This will include these three attachments: (i) Your draft abstract, with a statement of the section and category in which you would tentatively place the research method(s) you will be annotating, (ii) the citation of your published paper with a copy of that paper, and (iii) a statement saying you hold the copyright or that you are seeking the permission to republish from the copyright holder. YOU CAN DO IT NOW. This must be completed by the first deadline of Jan 14th 2008.

Within two-weeks you will then hear from the editors if we can accept your submission.

Step 5: Once your submission has been accepted, you should prepare your annotated paper for review as outlined in the ‘Format of submitted papers’ from the Call for papers on www.AnnotatedResearch.com and email it to the editors, with the completed copyright release if required, and brief ‘bio-pic’ that introduces you to the readers. This must be completed by the second deadline of Feb 29th 2008.

Step 6: Where necessary, the editors will identify a reviewer to work with you in fine tuning the annotations to suit the readership of the book. Your final annotated paper must be ready for publication by the third deadline of May 28th 2009.

The editors will then work with the publishers to have the book published by April 2010.




Notice of intent: YOU CAN DO IT NOW, and up to the very last day of January, Thurs Jan 31st 2008: indicate your intention to submit your annotated methods paper by sending a draft abstract of your intended annotations, an APA citation to your original paper, a copy of your original paper and an indication of the section and category in which you would tentatively place the research method(s) you will be annotating. 

Paper for review: Feb 29th 2009: draft annotated methods paper for review, with any necessary copyright releases. 

Paper for publication: March 28th 2010 final annotated methods paper for publication. 

Please send your ‘Notice of intent’ (see above) to: 

Loraine D. Cook (University of the West Indies, Jamaica) at Loraine.Cook@AnnotatedResearch.com, or to 

Tony Bastick (University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago) at Tony.Bastick@AnnotatedResearch.com