The Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation (JMDE) was founded in 2004 at Western Michigan University’s groundbreaking Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation doctoral program and in concert with the Evaluation Center, also at Western Michigan University. JMDE’s mission is to freely publish and disseminate scholarly work that contributes to the development of evaluation theory, methods, and practice.

JMDE publishes one issue each Spring (typically May) and one issue each Fall (typically October or November). When appropriate, we ask guest editors to help us publish special issues highlighting recent developments, significant themes, neglected concerns, or novel approaches of interest and concern to evaluators and the field.


Aims and Scope

As our title suggests, the papers we publish cover not only the various constituent influences that make up evaluation, but also the intersections of evaluation with a traditional discipline, or combination thereof. JMDE publishes the following types of double-blind, peer-reviewed manuscripts (though other types of manuscripts will be given due consideration):

  • Research on evaluation
  • Literature reviews
  • Reflections on practice
  • Theory development
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods developments for evaluation
  • Developments in approaches to practice
  • Developments in teaching evaluation

In addition to print manuscripts, JMDE is interested in fully utilizing the online, multimedia environment and will give due consideration to non-manuscript works, including audio, video, and image submissions.

Questions regarding the relevance of a potential submission or how to submit a non-manuscript work should be directed to the Interim Executive Editor at michael.harnar [at]

JMDE is committed to expanding access to its content and to the publication process. If you require accommodations at any point during the submission process, please contact us at gregory.d.greenman [at]


Open Access

The Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. The submitted manuscript will be shared at for global use. JDME publishes all content under a CC BY-NC license,  indicating the terms by which the author’s material may be used, and will add the appropriate license logo on the published work.


Peer Review

With the exception of editorials, book reviews, and "ideas to consider," all sections of JMDE are subject to double-blind peer review.

All manuscripts submitted to JMDE should be double-spaced and follow the style recommendations of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.; click here for APA style resources).

Manuscripts submitted to the peer-reviewed sections of JMDE must be completely blinded to author(s), affiliation(s), and any other potentially identifying information.  If manuscripts contain any identifying information when they are submitted, they have to be corrected before they can be sent out for review. This slows down the reviewing process. To avoid delays, please follow these guidelines:

  • Remove all mentions of author name(s), institutional affiliations(s), and sources of funding from the paper (including page headers and footers, footnotes, and acknowledgments)
  • Please avoid phrasing in which you refer to your own previously published work (for example, “elsewhere I have argued…”). If possible, refer to your own references in the third person. Avoid citing unpublished manuscripts.
  • Check that all identifiers have been removed from electronic files such as Microsoft Word documents (File → Information → Check for issues → Inspect Document)

Please note that inadequately blinded manuscripts will be returned to authors for further anonymizing.


Copyright & Licensing

Authors who publish with the Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation (JMDE) retain all of the copyrights in their work. In order to publish the manuscript, the Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation (JMDE) seeks a non-exclusive worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, display, perform, and make reasonable derivative works (ex: translations, abstracts, and changes in file type/format for accessibility). 

In order to ensure optimal access and dissemination to the published manuscript, JMDE requires authors to select a creative commons license to publish their manuscripts under. These licenses both facilitate the discoverability and usability of JMDE publications and alert researchers to the permitted uses of the manuscript in the clear standardized terms of their non-exclusive worldwide licenses. All content in JMDE is published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC) license.  

JMDE authors assert that the submitted manuscript, including all text, attachments, tables, charts, pictures, or other material is the original work of the author(s) and if applicable the author has obtained written permission to reproduce all previously published work. The Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation is not responsible for obtaining copyright permission for work submitted that is not from the original author submitting the manuscript nor can it be held liable for copyright infringement. 

Authors who publish with JMDE are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal via a properly formatted citation or short statement.  

Ex: “Article Title” was published in *year* by the Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation (JDME). Explore other scholarship that contributes to the development of evaluation theory, methods, and practice at  

JMDE’s authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on a personal website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.