Who Can Submit?

International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is open to people from any program, discipline, or field. IJ-SoTL exists to help promote an evidence-based, collegial, public approach to teaching and learning that continuously builds a body of understanding and knowledge.

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General Submission Rules

Authors submitting works must own the copyright to the work being submitted or be authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to IJ-SoTL, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at IJ-SoTL. If you have concerns about the submission terms for IJ-SoTL, please contact the editor.

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Areas of Submission

Submissions in the following areas may be made at any time during the posted submission window.

  • Research articles (3,000 - 8,000 words) IJ-SoTL focuses upon original research about teaching and learning topics in higher/tertiary education. The results of the research are to be analyzed and evaluated for their meanings, implications, and applications for the improvement of student learning.
  • Essays (2,000 - 5,000 words) Essays on such topics as how SoTL can directly improve student learning outcomes; how SoTL has transformed an academic community/culture; the connections between SoTL and other forms of scholarship; how best to integrate SoTL into higher education; the problems and benefits of international collaboration in doing SoTL and applying the results to college teaching (classroom, online, or in combination)

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Format and Style Guidelines

  • Use APA format as found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition, for headings, citations, references.
  • Before you begin, please be sure you have the following items:
    • Article Title
    • An abstract (separate from the article body – 100-150 words)
    • Keywords for your article (4-6)
    • Article in one of the following formats: Microsoft Word or RTF
    • Brief biographical sketch for each author
  • Document Structure:
    • Introduction
    • Subsequent sections of the body of the article
    • References
    • Appendices (if any)
  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the editor.)
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editor.
  • The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear in the original submission of the manuscript.
  • All submissions are to be in English. Please avoid using colloquialisms and regional terminology that may be unknown to an international audience.
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file (Word, RTF, or PDF files are accepted).
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1.5 inches (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Single space your text.
  • Use a single column layout with left justified.
  • Use 12 point Verdana font for the body of the text.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
  • The text of a manuscript should be divided in headings (not more than three levels deep).
  • Notes, citations, and suggested sources should be placed at the end of the submission in APA format.
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copyedit your manuscript.

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Additional Formatting Recommendations

Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification

Indent all paragraphs except those following a section heading. An indent should be at least 2 em-spaces. Do not insert extra space between paragraphs of text with the exception of long quotations, theorems, propositions, special remarks, etc. These should be set off from the surrounding text by additional space above and below.

Don't "widow" or "orphan" text (i.e., ending a page with the first line of a paragraph or beginning a page with the last line of a paragraph).

All text should be left-justified (i.e., flush with the left margin—except where indented).

Language & Grammar

All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.

Authors should use formal English grammar. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) is the "standard" guide, but other excellent guides exist as well.

Colored text

Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.) .

Emphasized text

Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.


Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.

Tables and Figures

To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.5" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.

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The author will retain copyright of the article, subject to IJ-SoTL’s license to:
  • reproduce, distribute, publish and transmit the article, through whatever medium IJ-SoTL determines is best to accomplish its goals, whether the medium is now known or later developed
  • incorporate the contribution into a multimedia, hypertext environment, including appropriate hyperlinks

Paper copies and electronic dissemination of unaltered articles and essays (or excerpts from them) published in this journal may be made by the authors and others for nonprofit personal, professional, educational and research purposes at no cost and without securing permission. Only the final, published version is allowed for dissemination. Do not post or distribute the Author’s Original Manuscript (preprint) or Accepted Manuscript (postprint). Please note the following definitions:

  • An Author’s Original Manuscript or preprint is the version of your article before peer-review.
  • An Accepted Manuscript or postprint is the version of your paper after peer-review when it has been accepted for publication.

The following must be provided when disseminating the articles and essays:

Copyright 2006 by Georgia Southern University reproduced with permission from International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning.

For all other purposes, permission must be obtained from the author.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Digital Commons@Georgia Southern website and/or software agree not to misuse the Digital Commons@Georgia Southern service or software in any way.

The failure of Digital Commons@Georgia Southern to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Digital Commons@Georgia Southern and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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