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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or a compatible file format.  Supplementary video, audio, and image files can be provided.  To submit video files, please use Dropbox and include the link in the text document.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines below this checklist.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please follow the instructions for ensuring a blind review.
  • Harvard referencing is used.  Authors should use the University of Bolton's Guide on Harvard Referencing.
  • Authors comply with the terms and conditions.

Author Guidelines


References for all journal contributions should be in Harvard format following the University of Bolton's Library Guide on Harvard Referencing.


In reviewing authors' work, reviewers will focus on:

  • the appropriateness of the content for the journal
  • the originality of the work
  • the usefulness of the piece
  • methodology
  • ethics
  • clarity
  • presentation and referencing.

Terms and conditions

Authors are responsible for ensuring correct academic practices (e.g., obtaining ethical clearance and applying strict ethical standards; the work submitted is their own work; the accuracy of the content of their submission; obtaining necessary permissions for the use of any material used from other publications, including their own; correct referencing; not plagiarising the work of other). The Journal accepts no liability resulting from inappropriate academic practice by authors. The Journal publishes work under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0. Before publishing an author's work, authors will be be asked to sign a Consent to Publish statement.



Editorial pieces will be on the journal content and important educational themes.

Research Articles

Research articles include descriptions of empirical research studies. Papers are written in the third person and are between 2,000 and 5,000 words. The normal journal format of abstract (maximum 200 words), introduction, methodology, results, and discussion is expected, however, there may be some variation by discipline. Research articles are subject to double-blind peer review.

Literature Review Articles

Review articles  focus on topics that have seen significant development or progress in recent years with comprehensive depth, balanced perspective, intellectual insight, and broad general interest. Reviews do not merely summarise the literature, but should critique fundamental concepts, issues, and approaches that define the field of learning and student experience in further and higher education. Review articles cannot include unpublished material (unpublished/original data, submitted manuscripts, or personal communications). Any inclusion of verbatim text must be contained in quotation marks and clearly reference the original source. Review articles are written in the third person and have a maximum word count of 6,000 words and may include up to five figures/tables. The abstract should have a maximum of 200 words. Review papers are subject to double-blind peer review.

Practitioner Research / Case Studies

Practitioner research articles /case studies are descriptions of practitioner research studies. Papers are written in the first or third person, as appropriate, and are between 1,000 and 3,000 words. The normal journal format of abstract (maximum 200 words), introduction, methods, results, and discussion is expected for research pieces (however, there may be some variation by discipline), whilst case studies will vary with format.  Practitioner case studies are subject to peer review.


  • Meet the Prof: This features short, solicited accounts from university professors on their job roles and what really excites them. The first person is used and the length is a maximum of 1,500 words. Meet the Prof is subject to peer review.
  • My Doctorate: These are short reflective accounts from students of the personal process of completing a doctorate and the significance of the research undertaken. They are 1,000 words long and written in the first person. They will be from students who have either completed, or who are nearing completion of, a doctorate. The doctorate could be a PhD via the traditional route, by published research, by professional practice, or a practitioner doctorate. My Doctorate is subject to peer review.

Lessons from the Front Line

This section is for practitioners who would like to share insights from their practice that may be of benefit to a wider audience. The maximum length is 1,000 words and the first person is used. Lessons from the Front Line are subject to peer review.

Opinion Pieces

These are short pieces of approximately 1,000 words in which the author gives a reasoned view on an issue. The piece is written in the first person.  Opinion Pieces are subject to peer review.

The Student Experience

These reflective pieces are written by students about their experience of their studies and are peer reviewed. They are written in the first person and are a maximum of 1,000 words. They offer students an opportunity to talk about the learning experiences that really inspired them.

Workshop and Conference Abstracts

These are abstracts from the University of Bolton's annual Teaching Intensive Research Informed (TIRI) conference, and other relevant conferences.

Conference Reviews

These are reports on conferences you have attended. Reports are written in the first person and are a maximum of 750 words, and are peer reviewed.

Book Reviews

These are reviews of contemporary and classic texts written by students or practitioners. They are written in the first person and the maximum length is 500 words. Book reviews are peer reviewed.


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