Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

 The journal exists to showcase and disseminate innovation and research in the teaching of Physical Sciences in higher education. The journal seeks to promote developments in teaching and learning to practitioners and to the wider community through the publication of short reports and reviews and to support and encourage evidence-based teaching through the publication of research articles, particularly in the early stages of development.

There are five sections to the journal:

[1] Editorial and opinion pieces on policy issues

[2] Community Directions: This section will consist of short reports of innovations or developments in teaching. These should be written in an accessible style for a general audience. Short reports of conference presentations may be appropriate for this section.

[3] Research Directions: This section will contain peer reviewed research articles on pedagogy and outreach in higher education. These articles should be directed towards evidence-based developments in teaching and learning and in the delivery of outreach. The journal will be pleased to receive reports of the preliminary findings of research subject to appropriate standards of scholarship.

[4] Pedagogic Direction: Reviews of topics in pedagogic research and innovative practice

[5] Book reviews: the journal will continue to publish reviews of books received

In addition, in order to promote the innovative work in pedagogy in the physical sciences to an external audience the journal will contain a summary of some of the highlights from conferences and other publications. 

Sections 1 and 4 are usually by invitation but suggestions to the editor are welcome.

Submissions to sections 2 and 3 are peer reviewed.

 

 

Section Policies

Article

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Book Review

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Communications

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Editorial

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Foreword

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Preface

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Reflections

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Reviews

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Clarifications and Corrections

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Research Directions

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Pedagogic Directions

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Community Directions

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Opinion Piece

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Book Reviews

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Review

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Peer Review Process

Submissions to sections 1 and 4 are usually by invitation, but suggestions to the editor are welcome.

Submissions to sections 2 and 3 are peer reviewed by one or more members of the editorial board.


Where peer review of submissions falling within the remit of the journal highlights issues that need to be addressed, the editorial team would normally expect to work with authors to overcome these.


Papers are posted on line as soon as they are accepted.

 

 

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.  All content is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0).

 

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.