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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, charts and tables included in the article are also attached as a seperate file when submitting.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The International Journal for the Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning invites submissions in the form of original scholarly essays, review essays and book reviews. To submit one of these, you must create your own login through this online journal system and then submit it through the online submission process.

Important note: please make sure to enroll as an 'Author' when creating your account; otherwise you will not be able to submit manuscripts for review.

Style Guidelines:

Please submit a Word document (.doc) in Times New Romans, 12pt font, 1" margin on all sides, and double-spaced. IJSoTEL uses the style guide of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition for article submissions. The following are some examples of APA formatting taken from the OWL Purdue website:

Single Author

Berndt, T. J. (2002). Friendship quality and social development. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11, 7-10.
Two Authors

Two Authors

Wegener, D. T., & Petty, R. E. (1994). Mood management across affective states: The hedonic contingency hypothesis. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66, 1034-1048.
Three to Seven Authors

Several Authors

Kernis, M. H., Cornell, D. P., Sun, C. R., Berry, A., Harlow, T., & Bach, J. S. (1993). There's more to self-esteem than whether it is high or low: The importance of stability of self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 1190-1204.

Article in Journal Paginated by Issue

Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5-13.

Edited Book with an Author or Authors

Plath, S. (2000). The unabridged journals. K. V. Kukil (Ed.). New York, NY: Anchor.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. A. Editor & B. B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

Article From an Online Periodical with DOI Assigned

Brownlie, D. (2007). Toward effective poster presentations: An annotated bibliography. European Journal of Marketing, 41, 1245-1283. doi:10.1108/03090560710821161

Article From an Online Periodical with no DOI Assigned

Kenneth, I. A. (2000). A Buddhist response to the nature of human rights. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 8. Retrieved from http://www.cac.psu.edu/jbe/twocont.html

IJSoTEL uses in-text citations in parentheses, not numeric characters. A full reference list should be on its own page at the end of the essay. Reference lists should not contain any “dead sources,” meaning you must have cited the reference in the body of the essay.

Any charts, tables, or figures inserted into an essay should also be attached as a separate file when submitting. Further, any original research data should accompany the submission as a separate file attachment. If the author is using a statistical research software product, such as SPSS or R, then the dataset should be exported as an Excel file and attached to the essay submission. 


Academic scholarship is founded upon trust and the reliability of the source of knowledge. As a scholarly journal, IJSoTEL requires that the community of knowledge is built upon original work that uses solid research data. Though essays in this publication vary in methodology, a high standard of ethical behavior is expected of all authors. If you would like to explore guidelines for publishing ethically, see Elsevier’s "Ethics Toolkit".

Types of Submissions
1.Articles: Essays or reports documenting completed SoTEL projects; theoretical or scholarly papers, systematic reflections, syntheses of literature, or reports on the field (3,000-10,000 words).
2. Discussion: informed responses to articles in previous issues (1,500-5,000 words).
3. Innovation: systematic reflection through creative products or deliverables (1,000-10,000 words).
4. Reviews: reviews of books, external articles, web resources, or conferences (1,000-1,500 words).