Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal will focus on Higher Education teaching, learning, research and contemporary thought. The aims of the journal are to raise the profile of scholarship in educational practice, and to bring together learners and educators in an open, creative and collaborative publication.

 

The journal seeks to do this by publishing a range of contributions from those engaged in higher education. Through sharing good practice, and recognising achievements in learning and teaching, and the evaluation of innovative practice, the journal positions the University as a home for higher educational research and innovative teaching, bringing students into the heart of higher educational inquiry.

 

The journal accepts papers and other contributions from University of Leicester staff, students and alumni. We promote equality and diversity by identifying and challenging barriers in deciding journal policy, recruitment and future direction. We welcome insights from funded and unfunded teaching development projects, as well as investigations into classroom practice, learning development, educational theory, student experience and related areas. Students and staff are equally welcome to submit work. Creative writing and reinterpretations of research and scholarly outputs are particularly welcome. Our peer reviewers will offer constructive feedback on all submissions in the spirit of building capacity for scholarship in higher education.

 

The readership of the journal is broad, so it is important that the journal is open and discoverable via educational database searches.

 

Section Policies

Final reports of funded projects

Summary of description of the project with an extended evaluation of impact and sustainability of the work.

Editors
  • Kerry Dobbins
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case studies

A method of sharing interesting and innovative practices, these pieces can be a description of supported by evaluative evidence or research that use a case study as a method. The case studies can focus on any aspect of Higher Education experience, from learning and teaching, assessment and feedback, and engaging and supporting learners. (1000-2000 words)

Editors
  • Matt Mobbs
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Conceptual and evidence based research articles

An original piece of academic research or scholarly inquiry. Normally 3,000-5,000 words, or equivalent.

Editors
  • Alex Moseley
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Opinion pieces and brief position papers

Scholarly insights regarding HE practice and policy, including critical responses to changes and developments in the sector and/or more speculative pieces exploring and proposing alternatives.

Responses to previous journal content can also include letters, provided these are also clearly  grounded in relevant scholarship.

Editors
  • Stephen Rooney
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Creative writing

Poems, artworks, cartoons or other creative artefacts reflecting the experience of contemporary higher education.

The form is varied and we welcome any creative format that can be represented in the online journal.

Editors
  • Chiara Fabrizio
  • Georgina Saldanha
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reviews and commentaries - books, reports, techniques, technologies

Short reviews or critical assessments of published work, of pedagogic practice, or of learning technologies from the past 2 years.

Reviews of older material are acceptable if the review develops new perspectives, or acts as a guide for the reader.

The review or commentary should include a brief description of the item, including explanations for unfamiliar readers and its implications for higher education practice. It should also include an evaluation of the strengths and limitations of the publication approach or tool, with supportive citations or evidence.

Guide length: 1,000 words.

Editors
  • Alexandra Patel
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Peer review is an important facet of the Journal. We are developing our policy and wish to explore supportive ways to develop our practices in a highly supportive mode. Further details will be posted here shortly.

 

Publication Frequency

The Journal will publish twice a year. Normally in December and in June.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal 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.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Editorial and Publication Roles

The Editor [Dr Frances Deepwell]

  • oversees the entire review, editing and publishing process.
  • working with the Journal Managers and Editorial Board, typically establishes the policies and procedures for the journal.
  • Where necessary assigns submissions to the Section Editors to see through Submission Review and Submission Editing.
  • keeps an eye on the submission's progress and assists with any difficulties.
  • once review is completed support the Section Editors in seeing the submission through the Editing process (including copyediting, layout editing, and proofreading) 
  • creates the journal issues, schedules submissions for publication, arranges the Table of Contents, and publishes the issue

Section Editors

[Chiara Fabrizio, Matthew Mobbs, Alex Moseley, Alex Patel, Steve Rooney]

The section editor is a member of the Editorial Board, and is responsible for:

  • Identifying "hot topics" and themes relevant to future editions of the journal
  • Sourcing high quality manuscripts (ie encouraging and commissioning writing where necessary)
  • Managing the review process for submissions relevant to their section.
  • Overseeing the submissions that are accepted through the Editing process (that is, through copyediting, layout editing, and proofreading). In some cases this means carrying out the editing.
  • Actively promoting their section, and the journal as a whole.

Section editor term: 2 years, extending by agreement. 

Online Journal Managers [Dr Kerry Dobbins; Matt Mobbs; Dr Alex Patel]

The Journal Manager is responsible for:

  • setting up the journal web site, including new Sections
  • Configuring the system and tools available (eg Reading Tools)
  • Managing the user accounts, including enrolling the Editors, Section Editors, Copyeditors, Layout Editors, Proofreaders, Authors, and Reviewers
  • setting up Review Forms
  • editing the default Emails
  • Reporting Statistics and Reports to the Editorial Board

Author [accepting submissions - please register]

The Author is responsible for:

  • uploading a submission file and to provide metadata or indexing information, and to upload Supplementary Files, in the form of data sets, research instruments, or source texts that will enrich the item, as well as contribute to more open and robust forms of research and scholarship.
  • track the submission through the review and editorial process — as well as participating in the copyediting and proofreading of submissions accepted for publication — by logging in to the journal's website.

"Peer" Reviewer [accepting reviewers - please register]

The Reviewer is selected by the Section Editor to review a submission. Selection of reviewers for each submission is based on the experience and aptitude of the peer reviewer, not their status.

Reviewers are responsible for

  • Submitting reviews to the journal's web site and Uploading attachments for the use of the Editor and Author.
  • Stating areas of interest relevant to the journal to aid Section Editors assigning work to them
  • Participating in reviewer training as appropriate
  • Reviewers may be rated by Section Editors, again depending on the policies for this journal.
  • Reviewers will receive a maximum of 4 articles to peer review in any calendar year. 

Interpretation Author

The Interpretation Author helps to rethink submissions to the journal in different forms, to help articles to reach a wider audience, particularly the student body.

The interpretation officer is responsible for

  • Working with Section Editors to identify potential articles and features for reinterpretation as they are submitted
  • Working with the author to reinterpret identified articles, in accessible and creative forms (eg. short videos, podcasts, comics, infographics, etc.)
  • Critically reviewing other re-interpretations, from other Interpretation Authors
  • Liaising with the Section Editors and Editor around publication, and actively promoting interpreted artefacts to a wide audience.

Social Media Manager [Mary Renton]

The social media manager will oversee the use and distribution of messages via social media. This involves regular campaigns and special calls for participation at stages in the journal lifecycle.

The manager is responsible for:

  • Maintaining a social media presence in relation to LLI, UoL and externally (blog, twitter, facebook, yammer etc)
  • Investigating social media tools and approaches to maximise visibility of the journal
  • Using social media to curate information relevant to the readership of the journal and linked to articles in press

 

Graphical Imagery Designer

The Graphical Imagery Designer will create imagery, such as photographs, diagrams, illustrations and cartoons to enhance the appearance and develop an identity for the Journal.

The designer is responsible for:

  • Suggesting directions for the visual identity for the Journal.
  • Creating new imagery that supports general scope of Journal, and for key themes of individual submissions or issues.
  • helping the Editorial Team ensure that visual content use follows copyright laws.