International Journal of Transformative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Author Guidelines


General Submission Guidelines

  • IJTTL prefers that all submissions be written in a style that is accessible to a broad international readership, including those individuals who may not be familiar with the subject matter.

  • IJTTL solicits manuscripts in five main categories: Empirical research articles, research brief, conceptual articles, practice-based articles, and review articles. For the necessary submission items and other requirements, please see the category below for the article you intend to submit.

  • To facilitate the double-anonymous review process, manuscripts must conceal or remove the authors’ identity, affiliations, and funding source(s), as well as any other indications that exist within the manuscript. Please see the anonymizing examples below to ensure your manuscript contains no identifying information. Manuscripts submitted without author’s name(s) removed will be returned without review for alteration and resubmission.

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Preparing Your Paper

  • Basic Structure: Your paper should be compiled in the following order (some submission categories may be an exception): title, abstract, keywords, main text introduction, methods (materials), results (findings), conclusions, references, appendices (as appropriate), and a separate file including author statements (as needed, i.e., data availability statement, funding statement, conflict of interest disclosure, ethics approval statement, patient consent statement, permission to reproduce material from other sources, clinical trial registration, acknowledgment, etc.).

  • Style guidelines:

    • Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation.”

    • Long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

    • All authors are encouraged to include their ORCID number, freely available at https://orcid.org/
  • Formatting and Template: Papers should be an editable Word file including text, figures, and tables. All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods (materials), results (findings), and conclusions, references. One title page document including author(s) information and one anonymous document should be submitted. A downloadable manuscript template document is available here.

  • Abstract and keywords: All manuscripts should include an abstract of 120-150 words. Please also include 3 to 5 keywords researchers will use to find your article in indexes and databases.

  • References: Please use the APA 7th edition citation style when preparing your paper.

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Submission Categories

  • Length of manuscripts for each category is suggested but are not restricted to the stated range. Please include the total word count when you submit your article.

  • Empirical research articles (6,000-8,000 words): Manuscripts in this category address issues from an applied and original research perspective reporting on studies based on data and evidence to inform the teaching and learning community in higher education. Research can be qualitative, quantitative, mixed or other based on theoretical foundations.

  • Research brief (2,500-5,000 words): Manuscripts in this category present brief summaries of research areas, research findings, or empirical studies in progress. This can be written in a brief narrative form, a concise literature review, or an interview with an established scholar on a relevant topic.

  • Conceptual articles (2,500-5,000 words): Conceptual manuscripts interrogate theories and concepts or address practice strategies or approaches from theoretical perspectives. This may include, but is not limited to, expanding or reconstructing theories or suggesting practical applications of theoretical concepts.

  • Practice-based articles (2,000-4,000 words): This category serves as a forum for stakeholders in higher education teaching and learning communities to share perspectives, challenges, successes, lessons learned, and stories to provide valuable insights to those involved in higher education. Manuscripts may address a range of issues that stem from advancing and transforming the teaching and learning in higher education.

  • Review articles (1,000-1,500 words): Manuscripts in this category present reviews, such as book, article, technology resource, or media reviews. Review articles will be evaluated based on the review’s connection to relevant theories and concepts and pedagogical application in the global higher education setting.

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Anonymizing Author Identification

  • Authors must ensure that submission materials outside of the title page file contain no identifying information. This includes any information within the text, in-text citations, references, or footnotes. These may be reinserted in the final draft

  • If there are multiple authors, please use Author1, Author2, etc.

  • Avoid writing in such a way that potentially reveals author identity even when the author’s name has been removed.

  • Examples of what is not acceptable:

    • This way of implementing education policy is consistent with the term I refer as ‘social justice enabling practice’ (Author, 2019).

    • The data for this study are derived from the National Magnet School Survey (Author, 2018).
  • Examples of what is acceptable:

    • This way of implementing education policy is consistent with what is referred to as ‘social justice enabling practice’ (Mavrofordato, 2019).*

      *In this particular instance, including the author’s anonymized reference in the references list minimizes opportunity for providing clues to the author’s identity.

    • The data for this study is derived from a national survey of magnet schools.*

      *In the case of a large national survey where only the author and their colleagues have access to it, citing it would reveal their identity. However, if the author uses widely published data (MET, NCES, etc.), it is acceptable to disclose the specific database.

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    Rights for Authors and Academic Commons

    As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Academic Commons all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

    Attribution and Usage Policies

    Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of Academic Commons, requires credit to Academic Commons as copyright holder (e.g., Academic Commons © 2024).

    Personal-use Exceptions

    The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Academic Commons provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

    • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
    • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
    • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
    • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

    People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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    General Terms and Conditions of Use

    Users of the Academic Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Academic Commons service or software in any way.

    The failure of Academic Commons to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Academic Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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