Instructions for writers
We publish articles and good practices provided by the readers of the portal themselves. Researchers and e-learning practitioners are invited to submit their work to eLearning Papers.
Two types of articles are welcome: In-Depth and From the Field.
In-Depth articles are full-length texts that discuss current findings from research or long-term studies. They should have the following characteristics:
Academic focus: Articles must be original, scientifically accurate and informative, reporting on new developments and recently concluded projects.
In good form editorially: Successful articles are clear and precise. They should develop their argument coherently and present a unity of thought.
Length: Articles should range from 4,000 to 6,000 words.
From the field articles are synopses of current practices or studies taking place within Europe or beyond. They should have the following characteristics:
Brief communications: These articles should summarise experiences and practices in education, innovation and technology with a focus on the applied methodologies and impact evaluation.
In good form editorially: Successfularticles are clear and precise, they should concisely communicate the keypoints of the practice being discussed.
Length: Should not exceed 1,200words.
Call for papers
The open and past calls for papers are available here. Moreover, we continuously consider "opentopic" papers according to available space in the publication and thequality of submissions.
The articles will be anonymously peer-reviewed, which means that they will be evaluated by an expert or experts in the subject who are unaware of the authors and institutions who produced the article at thetime of review. Reviewers may be external peer-reviewers or members of the portal's Editorial Board. The authors will be informed about the reception and acceptance of their texts.
Articles are reviewed in relation to a number of criteria, including:
- Innovation level: Does the article offer a landmark contribution to the field
- Connection with call for papers: Does the article reflect the topic expressed in the call?
- Content: Is the article an excellent, significant piece of research?
- Presentation: Is the article prepared for publication according to academic standards?
Submissions: technical requirements
All article submissions should be sent in electronic format, preferably DOC, RTF or similar, and must include the following:
A clear indication of the call for papers the article is addressing.
Language: Both articles and summaries must be in English. Authors are responsible for ensuring the correct use of English in their texts, and translations should be revised before submission.
The style and terminology used and the ideas expressed should be clear and accessible to everybody. Such clarity should not be detrimental to the depth and precision of contents. Note that we discourage submissions that promote a specific productor service.
Title: Must effectively, creatively and concisely communicate the content of the article.
Summary: The summary must be in English. This is not an executive summary but rather should communicate the key points and conclusions of the article to a large audience. It should be written in an attractive and accessible manner. In-Depth summaries should not exceed 200 words. From the field summaries should not exceed 50 words.
Key words: Authors should include up to 5 relevant key words.
Conclusions: Special importance is given to the representation of the conclusions. Articles must go beyond telling about a research process and its methodology and provide an analysis of the findings.Conclusions should be clearly stated both in the summary and at the end of the article.
Images andVideo: Please send high-resolution JPEG files of all images you wish to include in the article along with your submission. For videocontent, please send links to the video hosted on YouTube, Vimeo or similar. Please include captions for each image or video that appropriately credit the content, and indicate where this should be placed in the text. eLearning Papers only publishes authorised material, if the images or videos used have copyrights, it is the responsibility of the author to obtain the necessary permissions for publication.
References: All references should be cited in the main text in thefollowing styles:
- Merwell & Twinfield (2004)
- (Merwell, 2004; Brown et al., 2003)
All references should be listed in alphabetical order at the end of the article under the heading "References". Consider the following examples:
Laszlo, A. & Pérez, K. (2001). Values and Technology: Interactive learning environments for future generations. Educational Technology, 37 (2), 15-26.
Blackwood, D. (1999). Cash for Competence. New York Times, June 24, 1999, 15.
Cable, E. (1999). There'll never be enough interaction. Personal Computer Journal, July 26, 1999, http://www.vnunet.co.uk/News1/88164.
Book (authored or edited)
Brown, C. & McIntyre, P. (2001). Making sense of Tutoring, Buckingham: Open University.
Chapter in book/proceedings
Maloney, T. W. (1999). Toward a theory of motivating instruction. In Walker, D.F. & Hess, R. D. (Eds.) Instructional advances: principles and perspectives for design and use, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 68-95.
Fulberg, J. G. (2000). E-Performance at work: organising and presenting information, retrieved July 7, 2002 from http://leahi.kcc.edu/org/conf2000/fulberg.html.
Author profile: Before publishing in the eLearning Papers portal, all authors must create a public profile in the portal. For submissions, authors should include their name, contact information (e-mail and telephone), and current position and institution.
Copyright policy and responsibilities
Authors remain responsible for the content of what they submit for publication.The editors reserve the right to publish, reject and edit the material submitted and to select the publication time. If the material is published in another place prior to publication in eLearning Papers, the author must indicate this clearly when submitting the text and provide contact details in relation to the original publication, in order to seek permission for republication.
Creative Commons licence
The texts published in this journal, unless otherwise indicated, are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivativeWorks 3.0 Unported licence. They may be copied, distributed and broadcast provided that the author and the e-journal that publishes them, eLearning Papers, are cited. Commercial use and derivative works are not permitted. The full licence can be consulted on http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
Articles published in eLearning Papers should be referred to according to the following format:
Author's name (year of publication). Article title. eLearning Papers, issue number. URL
Example of reference: Darcy, Jonathan (2008). The Integration of Virtual Mobility. eLearning Papers Nº 7.
Contact information: editorialteam[at]openeducationeuropa[dot]eu