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Author Guidelines

Writing for the Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age: Author Guidelines

Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age (JOLTIDA) is an open access peer-reviewed international education journal that focuses on computer and internet technologies in education.

JOLTIDA’s ultimate mission is to establish new knowledge in education science and contribute to change the community’s view of the nature of education science in a positive way. To meet this goal, JOLTIDA pursue to significantly promote excellence in educational technology: i.e., dissemination of evidence-based, peer-reviewed insightful scientific information, discussion of timely controversial theoretical/practical issues, adherence to the publishing standards of journalistic integrity, ethics (Committee on Publication Ethics [COPE]; www.publicationethics.org.uk), and presentation excellence, and promotion of instructional technology’s perspectives to the education science community and the public.

JOLTIDA focuses on research and development of learning and teaching activities supported with digital technologies in K-12, higher education, and various learning environments. JOLTIDA welcomes research and development studies that aim to improve learning outcomes and teaching practices by integrating digital technologies into learning environments and learning and teaching activities. The types of studies include, but not limited to, experimental studies, case studies, needs assessments, developmental research, usability studies in K-12, higher education, and business training contexts with emphasis on improving learning outcomes and teaching practices for learners and professionals.

SCOPE

JOLTIDA disseminates state-of-the-art knowledge about education science in computer and internet technologies. Multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary in scope, original contributions related to new technologies in education are invited that

a.) describe completed empirical/theoretical research on educational/instructional technology,

b.) report on rigorous evaluations of computing technology innovations in education,

c.) present a synthesis of prior research that results in evidence-based recommendations for enhancement of educational/instructional technology, or

d.) present a critical commentary on an emerging issue of keen interest. The specific scopes include:

  • Adaptive and individual learning
  • ICT integration in classrooms
  • Computer and/or Internet technologies
  • Critical/Computational thinking
  • New issues in distance education
  • New theoretical/methodological issues in education
  • Technology/Teacher education
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Cyber security and privacy

REVIEW PROCESS

JOLTIDA values and emphasizes blinded peer-review process. The journal applies a two-stage screening and reviewing process. At the first stage, manuscripts are screened by section editors whether the submitted work is in concordance with the journal's focus and coverage. If the submitted manuscript is approved by the section editor, at the second stage, the submitted manuscript is sent to two reviewers. In the review process, authors or reviewers cannot know each other's any identifying information such as name, institution, title, or position. If two reviewers do not have agreement on their decisions, the manuscript is sent to a third reviewer.

Decision on acceptance. Editor-in-Chief accordingly decides whether the paper should be accepted as it is, revised (major or minor), or rejected based on reviewers’ suggestions/evaluations. Selection of manuscripts for publication is based on timeliness, originality/significance, scientific quality throughout the study, usefulness of practical implications, and readability (easily understandable, well-structured/written papers in English are required). Please note that most of the manuscripts published in JOLTIDA require revision(s) before acceptance for the best. If authors have a different idea from reviewers’ opinions, authors can present their positions with sufficient scientific evidence/references. A rejection may be appealed by e-mailing Editor-in-Chief of JOLTIDA, Dr. Mehmet Akif Ocak, at info@joltida.org to request that she/he “initiate a rebuttal.” A cover letter to the revised manuscript should include a.) Editor-in-Chief’s permission on the rebuttal and b.) reasonable information on why the author is requesting review of another revision of the paper.

Timeline. Authors are informed with initial results of the review process usually within two months after the submission of the manuscript. Authors can log on to http://joltida.org/index.php/joltida/login at any time to check the status of their submissions. Authors who have no notification of a decision within two months of submission are welcomed to contact the editorial office at info@joltida.org for an update on the manuscript’s status. Contacts before two months of submission are however discouraged.

Editing. All accepted manuscripts are under the control and authority of JOLTIDA on a continuing basis: i.e., editorial modifications and revisions necessary to fall in line with JOLTIDA’s editorial rules. Authors are considered to agree with it upon submission of the paper(s) to JOLTIDA. Intensive editing – e.g., fact-checking for accuracy, reference validation, determinations of balance, and confirmations of lines/words for readability and accessibility – will be followed upon acceptance of the paper.

QUERY LETTERS

We first encourage authors to familiarize themselves with the journal at http://joltida.org/index.php/joltida/index. Authors who would like to get pre-feedbacks on the fitness of the journal’s scope and goal may send their query to Editor-in-Chief of JOLTIDA, Dr. Mehmet Akif Ocak, at info@joltida.org. Query letters may include one-page description or abstract of authors’ proposed manuscript an abstract. Do NOT send the full manuscript. This procedure is optional; thus, it does not impact on the journal’s decision on acceptance of the paper.

SUBMISSION

We recommend that you carefully review the About the Journal page as well as the Author Guidelines. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the Author Guidelines may be returned to the corresponding author for technical revisions before undergoing double-blind peer review or be rejected in case of many violations detected. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting all manuscripts online at

http://joltida.org/index.php/joltida/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions or, if already registered, can simply log on and go through the five-step on-line submission process. For questions about submitting a manuscript, contact Editor-in-Chief of JOLTIDA, Dr. Mehmet Akif Ocak, at info@joltida.org.

PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT

Cover letter. Authors have to submit a cover letter with each manuscript. The cover letter should articulate/confirm the following information:  

  • Submitted manuscripts are not considered elsewhere for review process and/or publication. If there is any other submissions related to the submitted manuscript to the other journal(s) that may duplicate any part of the submitted manuscript, author(s) must declare the details about it including supporting statements of the significance and originality of the submitted manuscript.
  • There are no other publications related to the submitted manuscript, either in whole or in part, nor have the findings been posted online.
  • The author(s) confirms full access to all aspects of the research and writing process, and will take final responsibility for the paper.
  • If this article is accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.
  • Official permission has been obtained for reusing or modifying previously published tables, charts, figures, art works, illustrations, or any other parts of the manuscript as a format of signed letters from the copyright-holders. Authors are responsible for any permission fees.
  • Conflicts of interest and authorship. To ensure transparency of real and potential conflicts of interests that may lead to bias or an actual conflict of interest, all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript – e.g., financial, consultant, institutional and/or other relationships – must be stated. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as “none declared.” All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript as well as cover letter.
  • Authors’ names and affiliations do not appear anywhere on the manuscript for ensure scientific integrity.

(Please see a sample for Cover letter)

General Guidelines. Margins should be 1½" on all sides, left justified only. Type must be a minimum of 12-point font size. Double-space throughout and arrange the text in the following sequence: title, affiliation, abstract, main text (figures and tables included), references. Number the pages consecutively, in the upper right-hand corner. Number the lines continuously beginning with the main text. Include a short title in the header of each page, just above the page number.

We encourage authors to use headings and subheadings throughout the manuscript. We also encourage the use of diagrams, tables, charts, illustrations, and photos; however, authors should place them in the body of the text.

Authors are required to follow APA 6.0 style for preparation of their manuscripts. Please strictly follow the requirements written in the APA style and place your title, abstract, key words, main text, tables and graphics (with captions or titles) within the text as this will produce document that is easier to review. Note that a corresponding author information is required on the first page of the template. Authors are also encouraged to write in active voice.

Language. Manuscripts should be written in English language.

Title. Title of the study must not exceed limit of 15 words. Please use Times New Roman, 14 pt for the title.

Author(s). Provide author names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses.

Abstract. The abstract should deliver the essence of the manuscript in a concise or clear academic writing. Please provide a structured abstract using the following headings: Background, Purposes, Methodology/Approach, Findings, and Discussion. The abstract must be Times New Roman 11pt, single line spacing, justified, and should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should not contain any undefined acronym or abbreviation.

Keywords. Include 5 keywords for indexing purposes. Keywords should be written in italic.

Corresponding author. Provide the corresponding author along with; (In footer section of the first page)

  • E-mail
  • Full mailing address (including phone number)

Main text. The main body of the manuscript should not exceed 10,000 words. Type face should be Times New Roman, 12 pt, and justified. Avoid footers and footnotes except in tables, where needed. Authors should clearly articulate implications and recommendations for educators and scholars in the discussion section.

Headings. 3 levels of headings should be used as the title:

  • First level, all capital letters, bold and centered
  • The second level, the first letters capitalized, left justified, bold and not left indent. Second level headings should be used appropriately to describe the subtopics of the main topic.
  • Third level, the first letters capitalized, bold, italic and left indented 1.25 cm (0.5 inch). Use third level headings to describe subtopics of topics in the second level headings.

Tables. Table titles should be placed at the top of the related table. Table titles should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt, and justified. All tables should be referenced in the text of the manuscript.

Figures. Figure titles should be placed at the bottom of the related figure. Figure titles should be written in Times New Roman, 12 pt, and justified. All figures should be referenced in the text of the manuscript.

Acknowledgement. This is an optional section. At the end of the paper, before the references, the acknowledgments should be given if there is a source of funding that contributed to the manuscript. You may also recognize other people who made contributions to the manuscript.

References. All the references should be presented according to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009) (APA; www.apastyle.org). All the resources cited in the main text should be listed in the references. For double-checking of the refereed resources, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) information on each reference should be also described. The references should be written in Times New Roman, 11 pt. Do NOT use any reference formatting software (e.g., End Notes).

Appendices. All the appendices should be presented after the references. Please use an identifying capital letter for each Appendix (Appendix A, Appendix B). Please refer to each Appendix in the manuscript.

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. Author guidelines has been used for preparation of the manuscripts.
  2. 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).
  3. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  4. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  5. Tables and figures are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. (Authors’ names and affiliations do not appear anywhere on the manuscript for ensure scientific integrity)
  8. A Cover Letter has been provided with the manuscript (Please see Author Guidelines for preparation of cover letter)

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.

 

TYPES OF SUBMISSIONS 

Original Research/ Empirical Research

Case Study (including Assessment Study and Usability/Feasibility Study)

Systematic/Integrative Review Paper (including Meta-Analysis)

Method Paper (including Developmental Research)

Discussion Paper

Perspectives. They are brief, accessible pieces covering a wide variety of timely topics of relevance to technology-mediated learning and teaching. It includes proposals. Perspective articles are limited to 1000 to 1200 words and usually include one figure or table. There is a maximum of 5 references.

Letters to the Editor, up to 300 words and 3 references. JOLTIDA welcomes letters to the editor on items published in JOLTIDA in the preceding six months. Letters may address statistics, facts, research, or theories of the previously published articles in JOLTIDA; however, it should not include critiques of original research or personal attacks on an author rather than constructive criticism of the author’s ideas/study findings. Authors of the original article may be invited to provide thoughtful responses to one or more letters by Editor-in-Chief of JOLTIDA, Dr. Mehmet Akif Ocak.

Other Types of Submissions. JOLTIDA also welcomes submissions of narratives, reflections, viewpoints, commentaries, photo/graphic essays, and other forms of writing. Contact Editor-in-Chief of JOLTIDA, Dr. Mehmet Akif Ocak, at info@joltida.org to discuss formats not discussed in these guidelines.

PLAGIARISM

The authors should ensure that they have submitted original manuscript to JOLTIDA. It is author(s) responsibility to cite or quote other researchers’ work appropriately.

The Journal of Learning and Teaching recommends authors to use plagiarism detection tools to check their work for plagiarism.

Before blind-review process, the editors check all manuscripts for plagiarism using plagiarism detection tool (iThenticate: Plagiarism Detection Software). Manuscripts having problems with plagiarism are returned to the authors and necessary actions are taken immediately. The Editors have right to remove already published manuscript if they discover problems regarding plagiarism.

PUBLICATION FEE

There are no publication fees for the Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age

OPEN ACCESS

JOLTIDA uses Open Journal Systems 2.4.6.0, which is open source journal management and publishing software developed, supported, and freely distributed by the Public Knowledge Project under the GNU General Public License. For more information, please visit http://joltida.org/index.php/joltida/about/aboutThisPublishingSystem. With open access in JOLTIDA, authors of accepted peer-reviewed articles can take advantage of allowing readers perpetual unrestricted online access to their published article globally, immediately upon publication as well as retaining their copyright for all articles.

FAQ for open access. http://pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/

 

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. Author guidelines has been used for preparation of the manuscripts.
  2. 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).
  3. A Cover Letter has been provided with the manuscript (Submit a Cover Letter in Step 4) (Please see Author Guidelines for preparation of cover letter)
  4. 5 keywords were included for indexing purposes.
  5. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx), RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  6. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  7. Tables and figures are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  8. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

  9. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

    Authors’ names and affiliations do not appear anywhere on the manuscript for ensure scientific integrity.

 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  • Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in Journal of Learning and Teaching in Digital Age.
  • Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

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.