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Author Guidelines

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.

Sections 1, 4 and 5 are usually by invitation but suggestions to the editor are welcome. Submissions to sections 2 and 3 are peer reviewed.

The editor (with the advice of the editorial board) will decide which section of the journal is most appropriate for submissions.

WORD LIMIT: The journal does not have a rigorous word limit for papers, but it is expected that papers for Community Directions will be less than around 2000 words and for Research directions less than around 4000 words. These are soft limits, not targets: shorter submissions are welcome. Supplementary materials are not allowed.

Authors proposing to submit significantly longer papers, or to submit review articles to the Pedagogic Directions section should discuss their proposals with the editor in advance. In any case, the editor is pleased to advise on prospective submissions.

Papers must be submitted using the article template.

References must use the Harvard style and DOIs must be provided for all cited works, where available.

The journal is open access and has no publication charges for authors. Material in the journal is published as CC-BY.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).


  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. The text is double-spaced; uses an 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.



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