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Author Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to look at the Review Process in order to understand how their submissions will be evaluated. Authors are also strongly encouraged to examine the journal's Focus and Scope to assure the manuscript is a fit for the journal and to determine and identify the appropriate category of the submission.

All submissions must be prepared following the JoSoTL Style Sheet. While there is no formal page limit, authors should adhere to recent article lengths, typically 20 pages or less. Manuscripts should be submitted following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, 2010.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. URLs for online references have been provided. My references include DOIs (Digital Ojbect Identifiers) when available, which are preferred over other URLs.
  4. 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. If selected for publication the editors retain the right to move figures, illustrations and tables to enhance readability.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. Please refer to the APA Guidelines.
  7. Any permissions required to reproduce previously published portions of the Submission or material within the Submission, such as artwork, has been duly obtained by Author.

Copyright Notice

Copyright Notice and Assignment of Rights The publishing industry has grown increasingly complex in recent years, particularly the variety of means for delivering information. To best manage the rights associated with works published in the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (hereinafter referred to as “JoSoTL” or “Journal”), the Trustees of Indiana University (hereinafter “IU”) should hold the copyright to works published in the Journal. However, the Journal will grant authors and readers the explicit rights to use and copy submissions published here under appropriate circumstances. This arrangement represents the primary approach most journals use for developing copyright agreements with their authors. JoSoTL encourages authors to consider this arrangement as the best means of ensuring proper management of their copyright. Transferring copyright to the Journal makes administration of copyright and reprint much simpler, and since it is the policy of the Journal to release reprints for all nonprofit uses, transferring copyright to the Journal should lead to wider dissemination of submissions. , By checking below, Author hereby perpetually, irrevocably, and unconditionally assigns, transfers, and conveys to IU and its successors and assigns, and IU hereby accepts, all of Author’s rights, title, and interest in and to the Submission, including all works based upon, derived from, or incorporating the Submission, and all income, royalties, fees, claims, and other payments or proceeds now or hereafter due or payable with respect to the Submission. Author hereby waives and agrees not to enforce any and all moral rights and all personality rights that Author may have in the Submission. Although the copyright will remain with IU, Author shall retain a nonexclusive license to: 1. Reproduce, distribute, publicly display or perform the Submission, in whole or in part, for Author’s personal, professional, or educational purposes, provided that the manner of use does not conflict directly with the business interests of the Journal and that each copy includes the following statement: “Copyright 2015 by The Trustees of Indiana University. Reproduced with permission from the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL).” 2. Publish all or part of the Submission in Author’s subsequent works, such as a new article on the same subject or a book, provided that JoSoTL is credited as the original published source of the relevant material. For the period of one year after the date of first publication in the JoSoTL, any publication of the Submission in collective work prepared by others shall require the Journal’s permission. Author Representations and Warranties Author represents and warrants to IU all of the following: (a) Author (or author and co-authors) is/are the sole author(s) and proprietor(s) of the Submission and own(s) all rights, title, and interest in and to the Submission; (b) Author has not granted and will not grant any licenses or other rights to the Submission to any third party; (c) the Submission is free of any liens, encumbrances, security interests, and restrictions on transfer; (d) to Author’s knowledge, the Intellectual Property that is assigned as part of the Submission does not infringe Intellectual Property Rights of any third party; (e) if portions of the Submission or any material within the Submission, such as artwork, has been previously published, permission has been granted to reproduce such material in the Journal and in any subsequent reuse or license of the Submission, including electronic use. (f) there are no legal actions, investigations, claims, or proceedings pending or threatened relating to the Submission; (g) the Submission contains nothing libelous or contrary to law; and (h) Author has full power and authority to enter this Agreement. Work of the U.S. Government By checking [here], Author certifies that the Submission is the work of a U.S. government employee (prepared by an officer or employee of the U.S. government as part of official duties) and, as such, is not subject to U.S. copyright law. Policy on Authorship If the Submission has multiple authors, the submitting Author warrants that he or she has the authority to act on behalf of all other authors and hereby agrees to the following: i. The submitting Author is solely responsible for determining authorship and the appropriate order in which co-authors’ names appear in articles that are submitted to the journal for publication. ii. The journal shall accept no responsibility for disputes over authorship, which should be addressed by the sponsoring institution of the submitting author or lead author, as appropriate, based on the policies established by that author’s sponsoring institution. iii. If the journal publishes a manuscript and is later informed in writing by the submitting author that there is an error regarding authorship, it will publish corrections or retractions only at the written request of the submitting author. iv. The journal shall have no obligation to remove, or attempt to remove, any electronic versions of a work it has published from any electronic repository or other site over which it does not exercise control. Indemnification Author will defend, indemnify, and hold harmless IU, and IU’s officers, trustees, employees, agents, successors, and assigns, from and against all losses, liabilities, and costs including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys’ fees, expenses, penalties, judgments, claims and demands of every kind and character that IU or its officers, trustees, employees, agents, successors, or assigns may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of, based upon, or by reason of: (a) the breach by Author of any of the representations or warranties made by Author under this Agreement; (b) Author’s use of the Submission prior to the date of this agreement; or (c) Author’s failure to perform his or her obligations under this agreement. Entire Agreement This Agreement is the entire agreement concerning the subject matter hereof. It supersedes all prior and contemporaneous agreements, assurances, representations, and communications between the parties. Privacy Statement The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party unless compelled by law.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.