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Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning serves to disseminate the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in higher education. Aimed at promoting lively conversations on teaching and learning among members of the education industry, this online journal features examples that focus on current thinking, pedagogical practices, and latest trends in SoTL. The publication also seeks to build on and enhance SoTL through a systematic inquiry of teaching practices and learning experiences that have potential applications for educators.

A peer reviewed, trans-disciplinary, open-access electronic journal, Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning is created and supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre, Singapore University of Social Sciences. Published twice a year, the range of articles addresses topics and issues of significance to practitioners, scholars and researchers who are concerned with diverse aspects of teaching and learning. It welcomes contributions on development initiatives which enhance teaching and learning across disciplines. Contributions can be in the form of research articles, case studies, essays, or reviews of current scholarship.

Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning serves to disseminate the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in Higher Education. Aimed at promoting lively conversations among educators, this online journal features examples that focus on current practice and latest trends in SoTL. It seeks to build upon and enhance SoTL through a systematic inquiry of teaching practices and learning experiences that have potential applications for educators.

A peer reviewed, trans-disciplinary, open -access electronic journal, Advances in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, is created and supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre, Singapore University of Social Sciences. Published twice a year, the range of articles strives to be inclusive in scope, addressing topics and issues of significance to scholars as well as practitioners who are concerned with diverse aspects of teaching and learning. Our journal website is: http://tlc.suss.edu.sg/research/AdvSoTL

The journal welcomes contributions on development initiatives which enhance teaching and learning across disciplines. Examples ofinitiatives could include those related to instructional methods and practice, curriculum development and implementation, evaluation and assessment, and the use of instructional technology for teaching and learning. Papers sought for submission are as follows:

  • Research articles (3,000 – 5,000 words) focusing on higher education research on teaching and learning. Articles could include case studies research and findings.
  • Essays (2,000 -3,000 words) on such topics as how SoTL can directly improve teaching and learning outcomes; how best to integrate SoTL into higher education via F2F, online, or in combination.
  • Reviews (1,000 - 1,500 words) Literature reviews and scans of practice that show new understanding, meta -analysis, and analytical and integrated reviews on SoTL studies.

Kindly refer to our Author Guideline and Manuscript Template to guide you in your submission. Please refer also to our Submission and Peer Review Process document. You are encouraged to submit early to be in time for the publication of the next issue. All full papers are to be submitted to: sotl@suss.edu.sg

Submissions: Articles may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis. Articles will only be published after the necessary revisions are made to the satisfaction of the editor, and after the editor has accepted the article for publication. We reserve the right to hold accepted articles for up to 12 months before publishing them.

Publication date for next issue: 31 July 2015

Deadline for submission of next Issue: 30 April 2015.

Submission Guideline

  1. Submission for a manuscript implies that the paper has not been submitted to or published in any other journal. We also consider manuscripts previously presented in a workshop, symposium or conference on condition that the manuscripts have undergone substantial revision. The authors also need to inform the editorial office at the time of submission that the paper is based on a previous workshop, symposium or conference for which permission has been sought.
  2. Copyrights for articles published in this journal are retained by the authors. The first publication rights are granted to this journal. You will be asked to sign a copyright form upon the acceptance of your manuscript for publication.
  3. Please refer to Authors' Guidelines and the Manuscript Style Template on the preparation on the manuscript.
  4. All articles, along with their abstracts, are to be submitted via email to sotl@suss.edu.sg

The Peer Review Process

All research articles submitted in this journal will undergo a full review process that comprises the steps described below. During the peer review process, you will not be able to request any changes to the article. However, if your paper is accepted, you will have a chance to make revisions after peer review and before the final submission of your article.

  1. Initial Review: The editor will evaluate each manuscript to determine if its topic and content is suitable for consideration by the journal. Manuscripts that are not aligned to the theme of SoTL will be returned to the author within a month.
  2. Peer Review: Based on initial screening by the editors, each paper that passes the review is anonymised, and sent to an anonymous referee under the double-blind peer review process. Referees will be asked to evaluate the manuscript based on its originality, relevance of the topic to teaching practice, soundness of methodology (if any), and its implications for practice. The reviewers' recommendations determine whether a paper will be accepted, accepted with minor changes, with significant changes or rejected. Manuscripts that require major or minor changes, along with the reviewer's report, will be sent back to the authors. Authors will need to revise manuscripts and return them to the editor within 2-3 weeks for the reviewer’s consideration.
  3. Recommendations: Based on the reviewer's comments after revision (if any), the editor will make decisions on the acceptability of the manuscript for publication. The editor will communicate his or her decision to the author. As with most journals, the author will be notified of acceptance within four to six months of submission, pending a number of factors (e.g. availability of the referees) which could influence the timeframe.

  1. Submit only text files or files in .doc or .docx format (such as from Microsoft Word).
  2. Please use the Manuscript Style Template when preparing your manuscript.
  3. Your article should include four major sections: the Title, Abstract, Main Body, and References. Further requirements of the title, abstract and references are given below.
    • Title: The title given should be concise and informative, without abbreviations. Please indicate the author’s name and author’s institution.
    • Abstract: The abstract should be concise and factual (maximum length of 150 words). The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the study, the principal results and major conclusions. References should be avoided. Where essential, they should be cited in full.
    • References: Author(s) should follow the APA style in referencing. Visit the APA's web site: http://www.apastyle.org/manual/index.aspx
  4. The article submitted should consist of not more than 30% of the textual material published elsewhere by the same author or authors, and this must be acknowledged and cited. Please provide more than a few scholarly references. The remaining 70% of the article must be unique and original to your current submission.
  5. Tables are useful for presenting a large quantity of information clearly and concisely. They typically display numerical data in columns and rows for easy classification and comparison. Tables do not duplicate text, but rather present new information. They should be interpretable without the text. Use them only when necessary.
  6. Unpublished results and personal communication should not be in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text. Delete any references not cited within the main text of the article.
  7. You are required to have obtained permission for the use of any copyrighted materials in your work. Examples of copyright materials includes diagrams, tables and figures. Citations, quotations, diagrams, tables, and maps can be added to the article but need to be accurate.
  8. All graphs and drawings should be original or have a formal release from the copyright owners. Graphics can be in colour for the electronic edition but must be legible in black or grey scale for the print edition. They must be of high resolution (300 dpi), clear and easy to view as we are unable to improve the quality of images.
  9. References must be listed in alphabetical order by author and further sorted chronologically if necessary. Avoid excessive self-citations. Avoid providing more than three references of which you are first author. You are also to provide full bibliographic information for each source at the end of the manuscript.
  10. Please hyperlink the citations in the text to your references. Please also provide the external website address of your reference (if any). This will allow our reviewers to counter-check the external sources.
  11. Your article should be thoroughly checked and proofread before submission, both by the author and a critical editorial friend. Please follow British spelling conventions. Spelling should be kept internally consistent. Use spellcheck software for checking the accuracy of spelling before submitting your paper.

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