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Author Guidelines


Accepted for publication are papers on college and university teaching that demonstrate scholarly excellence in at least one of the following categories:

  • Research: Reports important results from own experience or research; describes problem clearly; provides baseline data; explains what researcher has done and why; and provides results.
  • Integration: Integrates research of others in meaningful way; compares or contrasts theories; critiques results; and/or provides context for future exploration.
  • Innovation: Proposes innovation of theory, approach, or process of teaching; provides original and creative ideas based on results of research by self or others; and outlines proposed strategy for testing effectiveness of ideas.
  • Application:  Describes and assesses exemplary practice, for example, in one’s own course, informed by theory and the literature; includes applied research and research that confirms or challenges previous outcomes.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts are reviewed first by the editorial staff. Those that are appropriate for the Journal are sent to at least two experts in teaching scholarship, particularly in the writer's discipline or subject area. All reviews are "blind," that is, without identifying the author(s) to the reviewers. Reviewers are encouraged to write comments for the author(s). Editorial feedback and/or reviews are provided to authors for all manuscripts.

Articles may be rejected or accepted outright, or accepted with a request for revision. In some cases, articles requiring major revision (such as including an additional year's results) are not officially accepted or rejected, but will be reconsidered when revised.

Manuscripts are submitted electronically via OJS, our online submission system. Use of this system requires that you create an author account.

Please prepare your manuscript according to APA format as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition. The main points to remember are the following:

  • Include an abstract of 100 words or less. See pages 73-75 of the APA Manual for guidance on how to write a good abstract.
  • References appear in a references section at the end of the manuscript. See pages 313-352 of the APA Manual for the formats for different types of reference material. Only and all sources cited appear in the references section. Suggested readings may be listed in a separate bibliography.
  • In the text, sources are cited by author(s) and date, and by page numbers for direct quotations. See pages 253-278 of the APA Manual for citation formats.
  • Headings, if they are used, are not numbered. See pages 47-48 of the APA Manual for guidance concerning headings.
  • The proper physical appearance of the manuscript is described on pages 50-67 of the APA Manual.
  • Manuscripts should average 4000-5000 words, including references. Excessively long manuscripts usually can be reduced without damaging quality.
  • Many reviewers tell us that tables, figures, and charts are effective ways to replace dull text and that examples and stories help capture the reader's interest. Please use active voice.
  • When you describe new approaches and programs, please include evaluative information. If you have not run a controlled study with pre- and post-tests, describe what next steps should be taken to confirm your findings.

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. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned to authors.

  • THE SUBMISSION FILE SHOULD BE UPLOADED in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-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. Furthermore, the text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The manuscript has been blinded for review and all identifying information has been removed.
  • All author names are included with the submission.
  • A title and abstract have been entered into the appropriate fields. The length of the abstract is 100 words or less.
  • At least three carefully thought out keywords, separated by semicolons, have been entered into the Keywords box.
  • References should appear in the proper format at the end of the manuscript. References should also be copied into the References Box of the submission form, separated by blank lines. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • A COVER LETTER MUST BE UPLOADED AS A SEPARATE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT (COVER LETTER - SUPPPLEMENTARY FILE). The cover letter must include the following information: title of manuscript; primary contact name, snail mail address, email, and phone number; all additional author's names; and manuscript keywords. 
  • If the submission is for a currently advertised special issue, please put a statement on your cover page that indicates that this is a submission for  {insert theme} special issue.
  • Indicate in your cover letter if the submission was originally a presentation at one of the Lilly Conferences on College Teaching.
  • If the research involves human subjects, approval from the institution's IRB has been obtained.

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