Editorial Policies


PAGE CONTENTS:
INTRODUCTION
EDITORIAL CALENDAR
PEER-REVIEW POLICY
EDITING POLICY
ARTICLE TYPES AND CRITERIA
EXAMPLE TOPIC AREAS
COPYRIGHT POLICY
PRIVACY POLICY
DISCLAIMER POLICY

INTRODUCTION
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Are you a professional educator or a researcher of education? Do you have an interest in teaching and learning? Would you like to contribute to the higher education teaching and learning community? If yes, consider submitting an article for publication on this portal. Email us your full name and a brief bio about yourself, the type of article you are submitting, along with your completed article, to hetlportal@gmail.com. Please read and follow the policies and criteria below before submitting your article. We appreciate your interest and we will respond to your submission as soon as possible about next steps.

All selected articles will be published on the home page of this portal – a new article will be published on the home page about every two weeks. And then twice a year, the peer-reviewed academic and feature articles will be republished in The HETL Review (in e-journal form). Opinion articles do not appear in the The HETL Review. The HETL Review e-journal will then be posted on the portal and made available to everyone for free.

We welcome submissions from established or new authors, researchers, and practitioners. The target audience is anyone involved in higher education and teaching & learning, including faculty/researchers, management/administration, and other professionals working for higher education non-profit organizations, government entities, and business organizations.

We offer no compensation for published articles but your article, if published, will be read by many higher education professionals around the world. Articles should not be used as a means, either directly of indirectly, to promote or sell anything, (e.g., products, services, events, notices, callouts), or as a vehicle to redirect traffic to one’s own site or blog. However, your photo, your brief bio, and a reference or link to your site or blog will be included in the “editor’s note” that introduces the article.

EDITORIAL CALENDAR
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On-going themes:

  • Best practices in teaching and learning.
  • New pedagogical approaches in teaching and learning.
  • Innovation and the future of teaching and learning.
  • Comparative studies in teaching and learning.
  • Interdisciplinary teaching and learning.
  • Intersections of teaching, learning, and research.
  • Internationalization of teaching and learning.
  • Democratization of teaching and learning.
  • Socialization of teaching and learning.
  • Digitization of teaching and learning.
  • Faculty development and learning communities.
  • Collaborative and cooperative learning.
  • Active learning and student engagement.
  • Holistic and meaning-centered learning.
  • Transformative education and dialogic education.
  • Service learning and community-based learning.
  • Research-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group-based learning, project-based learning, case-based learning, problem-based learning, context-based learning, and others, as well as the intersections between these x-based learning approaches.

Special theme for 2011: University 2.0. Theme topic areas:

PEER-REVIEW POLICY
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We use two types of peer-review: 1) a double-blind peer-review and 2) an editorial peer-review. The review process for academic articles and for feature articles is a double-blind peer-review process. The review process for opinion articles is an editorial peer-review process (not blinded). Invited articles do not go through a formal review process but are subject to minor editing changes by the editor.

For academic articles, if the article meets the appropriate criteria for this type of article, the editor will send the article to the appropriate reviewers for review – the reviewers (also known as a referees) come from the review and advisory board. The reviewers will review the article and return an assessment of the article to the editor. Based on the reviewers’ comments, the editor will decide to either 1) publish the article as is, 2) reject it for publication, or 3) send it back to the author with comments for revision and subsequent resubmission.

For feature articles, if the article meets the appropriate criteria for this type of article, the editor will send the article to the appropriate reviewers for review – the reviewers (also known as a referees) come from the editorial board for submissions. The reviewers will review the article and return an assessment of the article to the editor. Based on the reviewers’ comments, the editor will decide to either 1) publish the article as is, 2) reject it for publication, or 3) send it back to the author with comments for revision and subsequent resubmission.

For opinion articles, if the article meets the appropriate criteria for this type of article, the editor will send the article to the appropriate reviewers for review – the reviewers (also known as a referees) come from the editorial board for submissions. The reviewers will review the article and return an assessment of the article to the editor. Based on the reviewers’ comments, the editor will decide to either 1) publish the article as is, 2) reject it for publication, or 3) send it back to the author with comments for revision and subsequent resubmission.

For invited articles, the publisher or editor-in-chief invites an author to submit an article for publication. Invited articles are usually opinion type articles but they are not blind reviewed. However, the publisher or editor-in-chief may suggest to the author that he/she make minor edits to the article to fit the formatting and theme requirements of the portal.

EDITING POLICY
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For academic, feature, and opinion articles, after the article has been reviewed by the appropriate reviewers and if that article is selected as a candidate for publication, the article will go through a formal editing process. The editing process (also known as the editorial cycle) consists of several steps, including revision, resubmission, copyediting, proofreading, and publication. The editing process is conducted by members of the ‘editorial board for submissions’ and the editor-in-chief.

If the article is sent back to the author for revision and subsequent resubmission, the editor reserves the right to provide the author with comments about what areas of the article need revision. After the author makes the revisions, the author may then resubmit the article to the editor for reconsideration. The editor will then make a decision to either publish the revised version or to reject it.

ARTICLE TYPES AND CRITERIA
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We consider three different types of articles for publication on the portal. The different article types are academic articles, feature articles, and opinion articles and they are discussed in more detail below. The author of the article agrees that the work he/she is submitting meets the appropriate criteria and does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws. All submitted articles are first screened by the managing editor to determine:

  1. the suitability of the article for publication on the portal,
  2. the type of article submitted (i.e., academic, feature, or opinion), and
  3. if the article meets the criteria defined for that type of article.

Submitted Academic Articles

Academic articles are peer-reviewed by selected members of the ‘review and advisory board’ using a double-blind peer-review process (at least three anonymous reviewers). These articles typically involve both primary research and secondary research. The author must be able to verify, upon request, all primary or secondary research data used for the article. The author must assert that the article does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws. Therefore, only submit articles that you believe can pass this level of scrutiny. Examples of different types of journal articles include mainly original research papers, but some concept papers, article reviews, and literature reviews may also qualify if they contain significantly new information and generate significantly new knowledge.

We accept two subtypes of academic articles:

  1. An original, unpublished, academic article based on an academic research study conducted by the author(s) that typically is based on both primary and secondary research data and normally involves explanatory research. This type of journal article should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and generates significantly new knowledge on the topic. OR
  2. An assessment or critique of a previously published, peer-reviewed, full-length article from an academic journal. This type of academic article should be between 3,000 and 6,000 words and contain new research and have at least 50% new content. The author must adhere to any copyright conditions imposed on the original article.

All articles must be submitted as a .doc formatted Microsoft Word document. Images embedded in the document should be in gif, jpg, or png format. The article must be written in a coherent academic journal style throughout. All journal articles should be formatted and referenced using the APA Style. If you are not familiar with APA style, you may view the APA Style tutorial for further guidance.

Note however that any article selected for publication will be reformatted to fit the formatting requirements of the portal platform. For instance, any submitted article that is selected to be published will be reformatted to single-line spacing when posted on the homepage. It is suggested that submitted academic articles include the following sections.

Title
Abstract
Keywords
Introduction
Literature Review
Research Methods
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Conclusions
References

Submitted Feature Articles

Feature articles are peer-reviewed by selected members of the ‘editorial board for submissions’ using a double-blind peer-review process (at least two anonymous reviewers). These articles typically do not involve primary research but may involve secondary research. The author must assert that the article does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws. Examples include concept papers, descriptive research, article reviews, literature reviews, book reviews, conference and workshop reports, as well as those types of in-depth articles found in leading higher education newspapers, magazines, bulletins, blogs, and newsletters.

Exact copies of papers published or delivered elsewhere (like at a conference or workshop) are not accepted. However, if you adapt it to meet the criteria defined for this type of article and it fits the current theme of the portal and you have the copyright to any adapted material, then it can be submitted for consideration.

We accept two subtypes of feature articles:

  1. An original, unpublished, feature article based on the author’s own work. This type of article should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. OR
  2. An assessment or critique of a previously published, full-length article from a general audience periodical. This type of article should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words and contain significantly new insight on the topic. The author must adhere to any copyright conditions imposed on the original article.

Examples of feature articles include those found in leading higher education newspapers, magazines, bulletins, blogs, and newsletters that cover higher educational issues in-depth such as those found in Change Magazine or in the “Features” section of the Times Higher Education or in the “Review” section of The Chronicle of Higher Education or those produced in a university setting such as the Teaching and Learning Magazine.

All articles must be submitted as a .doc formatted Microsoft Word document. Images embedded in the document should be in gif, jpg or png. There is no pre-defined format for this type of article but the article should follow APA Style formatting and referencing, use single line spacing, 12 point Times New Roman font, and be written in a professional style. The article should be written in a neutral, unbiased, and where appropriate, have fully documented references and corresponding in-text citations.

Submitted Opinion Articles

Opinion articles are peer-reviewed by selected members of the ‘editorial board for submissions’. These articles typically do not involve primary or secondary research, although a short list of references to support the article is often helpful. The author must assert that the article does not infringe upon any copyright or intellectual property laws. Opinion articles are based solely on the opinion and experience of the author and are written in first-person, narrative style. Examples include articles that appear in the op-ed or commentary sections of newspapers, magazines, bulletins, blogs, and newsletters.

Exact copies of papers published or delivered elsewhere (like at a conference or workshop) are not accepted. However, if you adapt it to meet the criteria defined for this type of article and it fits the current theme of the portal and you have the copyright to any adapted material, then it can be submitted for consideration.

We accept two subtypes of opinion articles:

  1. An original, unpublished opinion article based on the author’s personal view of a topic. OR
  2. A critique of a previously published, full-length opinion-editorial article.

Opinion-editorial articles should be between 1000 and 3,000 words and submitted as a .doc formatted Microsoft Word document. Images embedded in the document should be in gif, jpg or png format.

Examples of opinion-editorial articles include those that typically appear in the op-ed or commentary sections of newspapers, magazines, bulletins, blogs, and newsletters. Interview (question and answer) type articles would also fall under this category.

There is no pre-defined format for this type of article but the article should use section headers were appropriate, use single-line spacing, 12 point Times New Roman font, and be written in a professional style. The author’s personal views and conclusions should be based on the author’s subject matter expertise and experience on the topic.

Invited Articles

  1. An original, unpublished article from an individual who is invited by the publisher or editor-in-chief to write an article for the portal. Invited articles are typically opinion type articles.
  2. Exact copies of papers published or delivered elsewhere (like at a conference or workshop) are not accepted. However, if you adapt it to meet the appropriate article criteria and it fits the current theme of the portal and you have the copyright to any adapted material, then it can be submitted for consideration.

EXAMPLE TOPIC AREAS
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Example topic areas for articles may include but are not limited to the following:

1) practice of teaching and learning in higher education
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– institutional mission and course design
– designing program and course strategies
– integrating theory and models with praxis
– integrating teaching and learning methods
– integrating special needs into course design
– culture, values, and context-based issues
– managing inertia and resistance to change
– classroom management and leadership
– managing diversity in the classroom
– implementing new learning technologies
– implementing new teaching technologies
– integrating technology with pedagogy
– learning outcomes and effectiveness
– research on practice of teaching and learning

2) scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education
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– teaching philosophies and taxonomies
– teaching theories, models, frameworks
– didactical, dialectical, and other methods
– teaching development and training
– teaching assessment and evaluation
– learning philosophies and taxonomies
– learning theories, models, frameworks
– pedagogical, praxis and other methods
– learning engagement and motivation
– learning assessment and evaluation
– learning outcomes and measurement
– ontological and epistemological philosophies
– integration of teaching and learning methods
– research on scholarship of teaching and learning

3) management of teaching and learning in higher education
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– vision, mission, and value management
– planning, organizing, and leading functions
– management of legal and political mandates
– management of social and cultural issues
– policy-making and strategic management
– stakeholder and community engagement
– managing organizational culture and values
– staffing and managing human resources
– budgeting and managing financial resources
– technology and managing information resources
– process and operational management
– managing organizational change and innovation
– managing academic standards and quality
– integrating teaching, learning and research
– research on management of teaching and learning

4) technology in teaching and learning in higher education
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– teaching and learning technologies for F2F classes
– teaching and learning technologies for online classes
– blended teaching and learning methods and tools
– instructional design and pedagogical approaches
– social learning methods and social media tools
– learning outcomes and performance standards
– research on technology in teaching and learning

5) internationalization of teaching and learning in higher education
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– immigration and educational integration
– political, legal, and public policy issues
– social, multicultural, and multilingual issues
– technological (Web, e-learning, etc) issues
– economic, market, and student choice issues
– organizational partnerships and collaboration
– teacher and student exchanges and recruitment
– teacher and student mobility and transience
– international teaching and learning standards
– research on international teaching and learning

6) diversity in teaching and learning in higher education
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– diversity in the higher education ecosystem
– external diversity and internal diversity
– institutional mission and type diversity
– academic and experience diversity
– talent, skill, and language diversity
– cultural and nationality diversity
– age and disability diversity
– gender and racial diversity
– impact on course design and content
– impact on teaching methods used
– impact on learning methods used
– impact on educational outcomes
– teaching and learning diverse viewpoints
– teaching and learning interdisciplinary theories
– research on diversity in teaching and learning

7) other topic areas of teaching and learning
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Most topic areas overlap, to one degree or another, with other topic areas. For instance, technological issues often overlap into scholarship, management, and international topic areas. So, we welcome articles that cover multiple areas and we welcome articles that bridge the gaps between different topic areas. Also, other closely related issues in higher education teaching and learning that don’t necessarily fit into one of the above areas are also welcome.

COPYRIGHT POLICY
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Copyright © 2010-2011. The HETL Association. No content on this site, including the site design and layout may be copied or reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher. All content posted on this site is governed by applicable copyright and intellectual property rights. Contributing authors assign to the editorial board and any educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive right to use their published article for educational use and in courses of instruction provided the author is given credit for the article. Contributing authors also grant a non-exclusive right to the editorial board to publish their article in full in electronic or printed journal form. Contributing authors retain their individual intellectual property and copyrights on their original work.

Contributing author(s) assert their right to be named as the author(s) of their article and that they have full copyright permission, i,e, there are no copyright infringements, to publish their article on the HETL Portal. The author(s) assign to HETL Portal and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this article for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The author(s) also grant a non-exclusive licence to HETL Portal to publish this article in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors) and in electronic and/or printed form within the HETL Review. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the author(s).

PRIVACY POLICY
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User email addresses, or any other user information provided to us, will not be used for any purposes outside this site. Comments submitted via the comment forms on this site are considered confidential and will not be used for any purposes outside this site. All users of this site are also governed by the privacy policy and user agreement of the WordPress site host.

DISCLAIMER POLICY
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This site is for educational and informational purposes only. The content posted on the site, including links to external sites, does not represent an endorsement of that content by management, editors, board members, or contributing authors. Although reasonable efforts are made to maintain quality content, all content on this portal is provided without warranty of any kind. The management, editors, board members, and contributing authors are not liable for the readers’ use of the site content and readers agree to use the information provided on this portal for informational purposes only and at their own discretion. The management, editors, board members are not liable for any copyright infringements made by contributing authors. The views made by contributing authors are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views of HETL.