HETL Global Communities

Call for Articles

The information on this page pertains only to the International HETL Review (IHR). If you would like to submit an article to one of our sister publications, please go to Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE) or Journal of Meaning-Centered Education (JMCE).

IHR invites contributions from professional educators from around the world. To submit an article, see the submission Instructions page. Go to the Editorial Calendar page for a list of our current themes.

The acceptance rate for 2013 was 29%.
The acceptance rate for 2012 was 29%.
The acceptance rate for 2011 was 43%.

The primary aims of the IHR are to, 1) to provide a forum for a diverse set of voices to share their expertise and research in the field of teaching and learning, 2) to create a rigorous, peer-reviewed process for the dissemination of scholarly knowledge on teaching and learning, and 3) to build a vibrant research community of scholars and educational thought leaders from all academic domains in higher education.

We consider four different types of articles for publication on the portal. The different article types are academic, feature, opinion, and interview 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 editor-in-chief to determine:

  1. the suitability and appropriateness of the article topic,
  2. the academic rigor and writing quality of the article,
  3. the type of article submitted, and
  4. if the article meets the criteria defined for that type of article.

If the article is not suitable or is deemed low quality, then the article will be rejected. However, if the article meets the above criteria, it will be accepted and go through the review process. After the review process, the article will be subject to one of the following outcomes:

  1. Publishable. Accept with no revisions, minor revisions, or some major revisions.
  2. Not publishable yet. The author must rewrite and submit as a new submission for a new full round of reviews.
  3. Not publishable and cannot be salvaged.

HETL encourages global participation and invites authors from different backgrounds, cultures, and educational beliefs to contribute. Although academic rigor and writing quality is required and cannot be compromised, HETL may tolerate some article development if the work shows promise. Submitted articles must not be under review at other journals (i.e, no simultaneous submissions) or previously published elsewhere.

WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR ARTICLE ADHERES TO THE APPROPRIATE GUIDELINES.

Submitted Academic Articles

Academic articles are peer-reviewed 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 and that all appropriate ethical standards (e.g., informed consent) were followed. 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 6,000 and 8,000 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 4,000 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.

Academic articles should have a title page with the author(s) name, position/title, institutional affiliation, email address(es), an abstract of less than 200 words, and five keywords. The abstract should summarize the purpose, the methods used, and the key findings of the paper.

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. The article 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 publishing platform. For instance, selected articles will be reformatted to single-line spacing when published. See existing articles on this portal for examples.

Submitted academic articles should include the following sections:

Title
Author(s)
Affiliation(s)
Keywords
Abstract
Introduction
Literature Review
Research Methods
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Conclusions
References

Submitted Feature Articles

Feature articles are peer-reviewed using a double-blind peer-review process (at least three anonymous reviewers). These articles typically do not involve primary research but usually involves 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, as well as those types of in-depth scholarly articles found in leading higher education newspapers, magazines, bulletins, blogs, and newsletters.

In a feature article, the statements made by the author need to be supported and grounded by evidence from the literature or even by the results of a small scale research project. The argument is based on findings, not on conjecture; the author explains how his/her ideas and beliefs are related to the existing body of knowledge and what is new in what he/she says.

The Review also accepts  scholarly book reviews, scholarly conference reports, and scholarly technology reviews.  These types of feature articles are typically around 4,000 words in length and focus on books, conferences, and technology applications. For guidelines, see the Guidelines and Forms page.

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 3,000 and 6,000 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 3,000 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.

Feature articles should have a title page with the author(s) name, position/title, institutional affiliation, email address(es), an abstract of less than 150 words, and five keywords. The abstract should summarize the purpose, the methods used, and the key findings of the paper.

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. The article 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 publishing platform. For instance, selected articles will be reformatted to single-line spacing when published. See existing articles on this portal for examples.

Submitted Opinion Articles

Opinion articles should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. 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. These articles should be written in first-person, narrative style. The author’s personal views and conclusions should be based on the author’s subject matter expertise and experience on the topic. Examples include articles that appear in the op-ed or commentary sections of newspapers, magazines, bulletins, blogs, and newsletters.

In an opinion article, the author expresses his/her thoughts and beliefs based on his/her professional experience and lessons learned throughout their career. The author explains why he/she thinks what they say is true, correct and valuable but does not necessarily need to ‘ground’ their statements solely in the academic literature, or to conduct any further research to test, verity, validate those beliefs.

Exact copies of articles published elsewhere 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.

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. 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.

Note however that any article selected for publication will be reformatted to fit the formatting requirements of the publishing platform. For instance, selected articles will be reformatted to single-line spacing when published. See existing articles on this portal for examples.

Submitted Interview Articles

Interview articles should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. 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. These articles should be written in first-person, narrative style. These articles are based on the opinion, subject matter expertise, and experience of the interviewer and interviewee.

Exact copies of articles published elsewhere 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.

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. 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.

Note however that any article selected for publication will be reformatted to fit the formatting requirements of the publishing platform. For instance, selected articles will be reformatted to single-line spacing when published. See existing articles on this portal for examples.

EXAMPLE TOPIC AREAS

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

1) practice of teaching and learning in higher education

– 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

– 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

– 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

– 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

– 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

– 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

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.

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