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Review Process

  1. All submissions must be previously unpublished manuscripts and must only be submitted to IJ-SoTL (multiple submissions of a manuscript to more than one publication at a time is not accepted). Each reviewer may include specific and narrative comments for the author of the submission about its content, argumentation, research methodologies, data, conclusions, etc. These comments will be given to the author, without identifying the reviewers.
  2. Each reviewer will give a recommendation about publication of a manuscript according to the following list of options:
    • Accept: no revision needed
    • Accept: minor revisions needed
    • Reject (provide reasons in comments)
  3. When all reviews have been received by the editor, a decision will be made regarding publication and authors will be contacted. If the reviews are very different, the editor may ask 1-2 additional Editorial Review Board members to read and evaluate the submission and then, upon receipt of the additional reviews, a final publication decision will be made.
  4. The response time for articles will normally be 6 – 8 weeks after the submission period closes.

Criteria for Review of SoTL Articles

Research articles are first screened by the editor for suitability before being sent for blind review by three members of the Editorial Review Board. Reviewers will consider the general criteria for any authentic scholarship as described in Scholarship Assessed: Evaluation of the Professoriate by Glassick, Huber and Maeroff (1997).

  1. Clear goals
    Does the scholar state the basic purposes of his or her work clearly?
    Does the scholar define objectives that are realistic and achievable?
    Does the scholar identify important questions in the field?
  2. Adequate preparation
    Does the scholar show an understanding of existing scholarship in the field?
    Does the scholar bring the necessary skills to his or her work?
    Does the scholar bring together the resources necessary to move the project forward?
  3. Appropriate methods
    Does the scholar use methods appropriate to the goals?
    Does the scholar apply effectively the methods selected?
    Does the scholar modify procedures in response to changing circumstances?
  4. Significant results
    Does the scholar achieve the goals?
    Does the scholar's work add consequentially to the field?
    Does the scholar's work open additional areas for further exploration?
  5. Effective presentation
    Does the scholar use a suitable style and effective organization to present his or her work?
    Does the scholar use appropriate forums for communicating work to its intended audiences?
    Does the scholar present his or her message with clarity and integrity?
  6. Reflective critique
    Does the scholar critically evaluate his or her own work?
    Does the scholar bring an appropriate breadth of evidence to his or her critique?
    Does the scholar use evaluation to improve the quality of future work?

Further, the board members review articles with the following questions in mind:

Relevance for SoTL
Does the paper focus sufficiently on a SoTL question or inquiry?
Does the paper have a purpose and provide knowledge applicable to the teaching and learning process?
Does the paper give evidence of significant and ethical SoTL research?

Content
Are the paper's conclusions valid based upon the evidence systematically gathered and upon the argumentation provided?
Does the paper provide new knowledge or otherwise advance the scholarship of teaching and learning?
Does the paper have originality of approach or questions pursued, or a unique perspective on familiar approaches or questions?

International Significance & Relevance
Is the paper on a topic that would be of value for an international readership?
Is the paper intellectually accessible for college faculty in various countries and higher education systems?
Does the paper serve to promote international knowledge, conversations or collaborations about the topic, or about SoTL in general?