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Author Guidelines

Submissions considered appropriate for the Journal of Learning Design include:

  • Applied research in the field of learning design in higher education, with a particular focus on the innovative use of technology.
  • Reports of best practice and innovation which are grounded in research and systematic observation.
  • Reports of basic research with direct, well-specified implications for practice.
  • Position papers intended to stimulate critical discussion
  • Papers as part of commissioned Special Issues
Articles submitted to the Journal of Learning Design should not be under consideration by any other journal or have been published elsewhere. Exceptions are made for the approved reprint of conference papers.

Manuscripts should be 4,000-6,000 words in length including references and acknowledgments. Submissions must include an abstract of 150-200 words, appropriate keywords, and a copyright statement. No template will be used and submissions are to be presented as a Word (or open-access equivalent) document. Submitted articles should be de-identified to facilitate blind peer review.

The Journal of Learning Design accepts submissions in English (UK/Australia) and uses the APA 6.0 referencing convention.

Manuscripts that do not adhere to this format will not be considered and returned to the authors.

Once an editorial decision has been reached, the nominated author of the manuscript will be notified. The initial advice will be that the submission is:

  • Accept as is
  • Accept with Minor Revision
  • Revise and Resubmit, or
  • Reject.
Further advice will be given to authors, where required, regarding the modifications needed to their submissions.


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 text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. The academic convention is APA 6.0
  3. The submission is 4000-6000 words in length and is in English adopting British/Australian rather than US spelling.
  4. The article is to be submitted in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or similar document file format.
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. No template is needed. The JLD team will complete the layout in the JLD format.
  6. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided, particularly where DOIs are available.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  8. JLD aligns itself with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) best practice guidelines for dealing with ethical issues in journal publishing and has adopted the COPE guidelines which the journal members (Advisory Board, editors and the journal manager) have agreed meet the purposes and objectives of the Journal.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors 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 acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their 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 (See The Effect of Open Access).


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