International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Author Guidelines

The focus of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHE) is broad and includes all aspects of higher education pedagogy, but it focuses specifically on improving higher education pedagogy across all content areas, educational institutions, and instructional delivery domains. Manuscripts submitted should be based on a sound theoretical foundation and appeal to a wide higher education audience, both nationally and internationally. Manuscripts of a theoretical, practical, or empirical nature are welcome and manuscripts that address innovative pedagogy are especially encouraged.

Types of Manuscripts
  • Research Articles: Research articles include 15-25 page manuscripts (approximately 4,000 - 7,000 words) that are theoretical or empirical in nature. Research articles are to be well grounded in the relevant literature and present knowledge, methods, and insights relevant to higher education pedagogy. The broad scope of the journal and its diverse readership necessitates that research articles address issues that have a wide appeal and significance to higher education practioners.
  • Instructional Articles: Instructional articles are 10-20 page manuscripts (approximately 3,000 - 6,000 words) designed to explain and describe innovative higher education teaching methods. Instructional articles, while grounded in the literature on higher education pedagogy, focus on the detailed explanation of tentative, emerging, or alternative teaching methodologies rather than the reporting of empirical data.
  • Review Articles: Review articles are 3-5 page manuscripts (1,000 - 1,500 words) that include commentaries and evaluations of recently published works - books, articles, or web sites - related to higher education pedagogy. IJTLHE does not publish literature reviews.
Submision Procedure

By submitting to IJTLHE, authors are confirming that the manuscript has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions to IJTLHE must be made online through the Online Submission Form. Do not send submissions by email or postal mail. Submissions must be blinded for peer review and uploaded as a single Miscrosoft Word file. IJTLHE accepts manuscripts between August 15th and May 15th of each year, and is on break from May 16th to August 14th. IJTLHE does not have article processing charges and does not have submission charges.

Human Subject Research and Informed Consent

The protection of human subjects is vital in human subjects research. When human subjects are involved in research it is up to the researcher to treat the subjects ethically. For publication in IJTLHE, authors must indicate that any human subjects research has been approved by the author's Institutional Review Board (IRB) or by a relevant ethics committee. If requested by IJTLHE, authors must be able to provide a statement or documentation from the IRB committee, or relevant ethics committee, of this approval.

All authors must explicitly address approval by an IRB committee, or relevant ethics committee, in their manuscript. This statement of approval must also address the provision of informed consent by human subjects. If authors did not obtain informed consent, this must be explicitly addressed as well. IJTLHE reserves the right to reject manuscripts where it is believed that human subjects research ethics have not been upheld, even if the research was approved by an IRB committee, or relevant ethics committee.

Authors submitting manuscripts involving human subjects must meet the following requirements:

  1. Attainment of approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or relevant ethics committee
  2. Explicit description of how informed consent by participating human subject was obtained, or an explanation of why informed consent was not obtained, within the manuscript
  3. Submission of a statement or documentation, if requested by IJTLHE, indicated IRB approval, or approval by a relevant ethics committee
Review Process

The IJTLHE is committed to the highest standards in peer review. Upon submission, all authors will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. Following a brief editorial review to determine the manuscript's appropriateness for IJTLHE, each manuscript will be blind peer-reviewed by up to three members of the Executive and/or Review Board. The review process will take approximately 8-12 weeks. At the end of the review process authors will be notified as to the status of their manuscripts - accept, reject but encourage resubmission, or reject - and will receive substantive feedback from the reviewers. The Executive Editor is responsible for all final decision. Over the past several years, the manuscript acceptance rate for IJTLHE is approximately 19 percent.

Copyright Permissions

Manuscript authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permissions for any copyrighted materials included within manuscripts. The authors must provide permission letters, when appropriate, to the IJTLHE Editors.

Editorial Policy

All manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to copyediting by Associate Editors. Subsequent to copyediting, and prior to publication, authors will be provided galley proofs to correct errors and provide final approval of all changes.

Before publication, authors of accepted manuscripts must assign copyright of the manuscript to the International Journal on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Submission Guidelines

The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHE) publishes articles relevant to teaching and learning in higher education, broadly defined. All manuscripts must be submitted in English and in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx files only). The following Submission Guidelines pertain to all manuscript types, that is, Research Articles, Instructional Articles, and Review Articles. Ultimately, authors should follow the guidelines set forth in the 7th Edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

APA Guidelines (7th Edition)

It is not possible to cover all aspects of writing, formatting, and styling a manuscript in these brief guidelines. The most important guide should be the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition). The APA Publication Manual (7th Edition) guides the expectations of the IJTLHE for all submitted manuscript.

General Manuscript Structure

All manuscripts should conform to the following general structure:

  1. Title Page
  2. Abstract
  3. Keywords
  4. Body of Manuscript
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. References
  7. Tables, Figures, and Appendices
  8. Biographical Author Notes (for accepted manuscripts only)
  • Title Page: Include the manuscript title only. Do not include the authors' names, affiliations, email addresses, or phone numbers. Author information will be obtained during the online submission process. Do not bold face or italicized anything on the title page.
  • Abstract: Include a 150-250 word abstract describing and summarizing the manuscript. The abstract should provide the reader with a brief, but comprehensive summary of the contents of the manuscript.
  • Keywords: At the bottom of the Abstract page, include 3-5 keywords, separated by commas that may be used to index the manuscript.
  • Body of Manuscript: The body of the manuscript should conform to standard organization and content based on the type of manuscript (e.g., research vs. instructional vs. review; quantitative vs. qualitative). Consult the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition) for greater guidance. A few specifics include:
    • Length: Manuscript will depend on the type of manuscript submitted: Research Article (15-25 pages), Instructional Article (15-25 pages), and Review Article (3-5 pages). These lengths include only the text of the manuscript and not the abstract, references, and appendices. Manuscripts of greater length will be considered as space and interest provide.
    • Format: Again, follow the guidelines in the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition). A few specifics include: double-spaced text; 12-point standard font (e.g., Times, Times Roman);1-inch margins (i.e., top, bottom, left, right); italics, as needed, but no underlining; page numbers, in the upper right corner of the page header; and section headers, as needed.
    • Style: All manuscripts should conform to the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition) for punctuation, spelling, capitalization, italics, abbreviations, headings, quotations, numbers, tables, and figures. In addition, authors should follow the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition) for reducing bias in language.
    • Footnotes and Endnotes: Any acknowledgements of persons, institutions, or granting agencies should be brief.
    • References: Any acknowledgements of persons, institutions, or granting agencies should be brief.
  • Acknowledgements: Any acknowledgements of persons, institutions, or granting agencies should be brief. That said, to be transparent regarding any conflicts of interest, it is important that funding and support sources are identified and any impact those sources may have had on the article (e.g., study design, data interpretation, report freedom).
  • References: All manuscripts should conform to the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition) for citations and references. The following examples are provided for clarity, however, authors should consult the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition) for specific formats. Any manuscript that does not have properly formatted citations and references will not be accepted
    • Article w/o DOI: Habron, G., & Dann, S. (2002). Breathing life into the case study approach: Active learning in an introductory natural resource management class. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 13(2/3), 41-58.
    • Article w/ DOI: Resta, P., & Laferriere, T. (2007). Technology in support of collaborative learning. Educational Psychology Review, 19, 65-83. doi:10.1007/s10648-007-9042-7
    • Book: Bruner, J. (1990). Acts of meaning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
    • Chapter: Butcher-Powell, L. M. (2004). Teaching, learning, and multimedia. In S. Mishra & R. C. Sharma (Eds.), Interactive multimedia in education and training (pp. 60-72). Hershey, PA: Idea Group.
    • Webpage: Anderson, J. R., Reder, L. M., & Simon, H. A. (1995). Applications and misapplications of cognitive psychology to mathematics education. Retrieved June 29, 2002, from
  • Tables, Figures, and Appendices: All manuscripts should conform to the APA Publication Manual (7th Edition) for the inclusion of Tables and Figures. Tables and Figures should be numbered sequentially (e.g., Table 1, Table 2, and Figure 1, Figure 2) and include descriptive titles.
  • Biographical Notes: Short biographical notes for each author are only necessary once the manuscript has been accepted. Biographical notes are 50-100 words in length and typically include name, rank, and job title; institution, city, state, and country; teaching, research, and grant focus.
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