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Author Guidelines

Overview of Author Guidelines Online Learning uses general APA Style 7th Edition Style guidelines for its publications except where otherwise indicated.


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. 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).
  2. Before submitting a manuscript for review, please evaluate whether the manuscript will meet the review guidelines: 1. The topic is of interest to Online Learning readership (i.e., on the topic of online education/teaching/learning; original, supported by empirical research and backed by data). For originality and interest to readers, you may wish to consult the Online Learning bibliography. 2. The manuscript’s organization is clear and its components are complete (Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Review of Related Literature, Research Questions, Methods, Results, Discussion/Conclusions/Recommendations, References, and Acknowledgments section, if applicable). 3. The research strategies and methods are appropriate and the choices for these strategies are explained with analyses of strengths, weaknesses, limitations and next steps. 4. Information is provided on the research design, participants and variables sufficient to allow others to replicate the study. 5. The manuscript is correct in grammar, punctuation, and APA style.
  3. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.  The manuscript itself does not contain the author names or other identifying information.
  4. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  5. The text is single-spaced; otherwise follows APA Style;and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.  Your abstract should be a single paragraph, double-spaced. Your abstract should typically be no more than 250 words.
  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 How do I ‘blind’ a paper for review?* have been followed. Please note: most sections are peer reviewed.  * How do I ‘blind’ a paper for review? To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties: 1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with ‘Author’ and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc. 2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save. 3. With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.
  8. Please be sure that ALL authors are listed in the submission's metadata and that the author information is shown EXACTLY the way you want it to appear in the publication. (This is VERY important. If your paper is published, the author information is automatically transferred to the Table of Contents.)

Copyright Notice

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

This licence allows anyone to reproduce OLJ articles at no cost and without further permission as long as they attribute the author and the journal. This permission includes printing, sharing and other forms of distribution.

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


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