Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

OLJ publishes original research on online and blended learning primarily in higher education contexts.  The journal is ranked in the top 15% of all journals in the field of education by H Index according to Scopus/Scimago Lab.  OLJ has an impact factor of 1.10 for 2019.

 

Section Policies

Advances in Cognitive Presence Special Issue of Online Learning

Editors
  • Marti Cleveland-Innes
  • Larisa Olesova
  • Nathaniel Ostashewski
  • Ayesha Sadaf
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

2021 OLC Conference Special Issue

Editors
  • Laurie Dringus
  • Tanya Joosten
  • Patsy Moskal
  • Karen Swan
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Special Conference Issue: AERA Online Teaching and Learning SIG

Editors
  • Daniela Castellanos-Reyes
  • Sally Meech
  • Jennifer Richardson
  • Peter Shea
  • Karen Swan
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Access

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Administrative Perspectives

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Blended and Experiential Learning

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Blended Learning

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Comparisons Between Traditional and Online Environments

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Critical Reviews

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Cultural and International Perspectives

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Faculty Attitudes and Student Engagement

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Empirical Studies

Editors
  • Chen Guo
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Lessons From the Field

GUIDELINES FOR LESSONS FROM THE FIELD PAPERS A good practitioner-based manuscript will provide as much as possible of the following: 1. Background on a) the theory or theories, b) research results or other literature, and/or c) unique situation(s) that initiated the search for and design of the practice. 2. Sufficient detail about the setting (the institution, department, or program) so that readers can assess whether the practice may be applicable to their own setting. 3. Sufficient detail about the practice so that others may duplicate the practice if they desire to. 4. Evidence about the practice's outcomes, such as learning analytics, data on effectiveness, or other evaluation data. 5. Analysis of the practice's strengths and weaknesses. 6. Recommendations to others about use or modification of the practice. These manuscripts will use APA (7th Edition) for formatting and references. DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR LESSONS FROM THE FIELD PAPERS 1)Background: Brief information about the study (e.g., what initiated the need for the study; problem of practice(s)/problem statement: what is the issue(s) being studied; other literature relating to this problem; theory or theories) 2) Setting: where the problem and investigation occurred (e.g., type of institution or organization, department, or program) 3) Investigation & Practice: describe how the issue was studied and describe the practice that was derived from the outcomes/findings 4) Analysis: analyze the practice in terms of strength, weakness, further application in other settings 5) Recommendations: provide recommendations to others about using the practice, modifications of the practice, any future research needed 6) Please use APA: These manuscripts will use APA (6th Edition) for formatting and references.

Editors
  • Chen Guo
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Faculty Issues

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Faculty Development

Editors
  • Chen Guo
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Instructional Support of Online Student Interactions

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Integrating Accessibility into Online Higher Education

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Learning Technology and Organizations: Transformational Impact

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Research

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

K-12

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Mobile Learning

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Online Discussion Analyses

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Online Learning for Healthcare Professionals

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Open Educational Resources

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
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Planning, Design, and Evaluation

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Qualitative Perspectives

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Best Practices

GUIDELINES FOR LESSONS FROM THE FIELD PAPERS A good practitioner-based manuscript will provide as much as possible of the following: 1. Background on a) the theory or theories, b) research results or other literature, and/or c) unique situation(s) that initiated the search for and design of the practice. 2. Sufficient detail about the setting (the institution, department, or program) so that readers can assess whether the practice may be applicable to their own setting. 3. Sufficient detail about the practice so that others may duplicate the practice if they desire to. 4. Evidence about the practice's outcomes, such as learning analytics, data on effectiveness, or other evaluation data. 5. Analysis of the practice's strengths and weaknesses. 6. Recommendations to others about use or modification of the practice. These manuscripts will use APA (6th Edition) for formatting and references. DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS FOR LESSONS FROM THE FIELD PAPERS 1)Background: Brief information about the study (e.g., what initiated the need for the study; problem of practice(s)/problem statement: what is the issue(s) being studied; other literature relating to this problem; theory or theories) 2) Setting: where the problem and investigation occurred (e.g., type of institution or organization, department, or program) 3) Investigation & Practice: describe how the issue was studied and describe the practice that was derived from the outcomes/findings 4) Analysis: analyze the practice in terms of strength, weakness, further application in other settings 5) Recommendations: provide recommendations to others about using the practice, modifications of the practice, any future research needed 6) Please use APA: These manuscripts will use APA (6th Edition) for formatting and references.

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Scale

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review of Literature

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Social Engagement in Online Learning

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Student Issues and Challenges

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Student Perspectives

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Student Retention and Interaction

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Learner Engagement

Editors
  • Sturdy Knight
  • Peter Shea
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Online Learning adheres to traditional standards of double-blind peer review.  The journal also adheres to the ethics policies of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).  The Editors of OLJ encourage reviewers to read the COPE guidlines here.

In alignment with recomendations from ICMJE, "manuscripts submitted to journals are privileged communications that are authors’ private, confidential property, and authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of a manuscript’s details.

Reviewers therefore should keep manuscripts and the information they contain strictly confidential. Reviewers must not publicly discuss authors’ work and must not appropriate authors’ ideas before the manuscript is published. Reviewers must not retain the manuscript for their personal use and should destroy copies of manuscripts after submitting their reviews.

Reviewers who seek assistance from a trainee or colleague in the performance of a review should acknowledge these individuals’ contributions in the written comments submitted to the editor. These individuals must maintain the confidentiality of the manuscript as outlined above.

Reviewers are expected to respond promptly to requests to review and to submit reviews within the time agreed. Reviewers’ comments should be constructive, honest, and polite.

Reviewers should declare their relationships and activities that might bias their evaluation of a manuscript and recuse themselves from the peer-review process if a conflict exists."

 

Publication Frequency

Online Learning is published 4 times a year.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Fees for Publication

The journal does not charge fees for publication and is provided as a service to the OLC and broader education communities.

 

Digital Archiving Policy

OLJ uses the PKP/PLN digital archiving policy.

 

Open Access

As a condition of publication, the author agrees to apply the Creative Commons – Attribution International 4.0 (CC-BY) License to OLJ articles. See: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

This license allows anyone to reproduce OLJ articles at no cost and without further permission as long as they attribute the author and the journal.

Author(s) hold copyright in their work, and that they retain publishing rights without restrictions.

 

Journal policies on authorship and contributorship

OLJ is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record.

Following recommendations from ICJME, the editors of OLJ recommend that authorship be based on the following 4 criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

 

Journal policies on conflicts of interest

In alignment with recomendations from ICMJE, all participants in the OLJ peer-review and publication process—not only authors but also peer reviewers, editors, and editorial board members of journals—must consider and disclose their relationships and activities when fulfilling their roles in the process of article review and publication.

a. Authors

When authors submit a manuscript of any type or format they are responsible for disclosing all relationships and activities that might bias or be seen to bias their work.  

b. Peer Reviewers

Reviewers are asked at the time they are requested to critique a manuscript if they have relationships or activities that could complicate their review. Reviewers must disclose to editors any relationships or activities that could bias their opinions of the manuscript, and should recuse themselves from reviewing specific manuscripts if the potential for bias exists. Reviewers must not use knowledge of the work they’re reviewing before its publication to further their own interests.

c. Editors and Journal Staff

OLJ editors who make final decisions about manuscripts will recuse themselves from editorial decisions if they have relationships or activities that pose potential conflicts related to articles under consideration. Editorial staff members of OLJ who participate in editorial decisions will provide editors with a current description of their relationships or activities (as they might relate to editorial judgments) and recuse themselves from any decisions in which an interest that poses a potential conflict exists. OLJ editorial staff must not use information gained through working with manuscripts for private gain.

 

How the journal will handle complaints and appeals

Complaints about the review and publications process should be directed, in writing, to the Managing Editor who will communicate these to the Editor.  Complaints will be adjudicated by the Editor, and as needed, other members of the editorial staff. 

Rulings on submissions are conducted by the peer review process and overseen by a qualified editor engaged with the journal.  The journal is under no obligation to review all manuscripts submitted and decisions on papers forwarded for review are final.

 

Plagiarism

We will endeavor to protect the rights of authors and will investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. We also seek to protect the reputation of the journal. Submitted articles may therefore be checked with duplication-checking software. If an article is found to have plagiarized published work we reserve the right to take action including publishing a correction; retracting the article; or pursuing other procedural or legal remedies.