The Emerging Learning Design Journal



Philosophy of The Emerging Learning Design Journal

For more information, please see The Emerging Learning Design Journal Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in The Emerging Learning Design Journal provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Emerging Learning Design Journal, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Emerging Learning Design Journal. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Emerging Learning Design Journal, please contact the editors.

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Formatting Requirements

The Emerging Learning Design Journal has no general rules about the formatting of articles upon initial submission. There are, however, rules governing the formatting of the final submission. See Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for details. Although bepress can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality PDF (Adobe's Portable Document Format) file, or a Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or RTF file that can be converted to a PDF file.

It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in PDF will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Montclair State University Digital Commons website and/or software agree not to misuse the Montclair State University Digital Commons service or software in any way.

The failure of Montclair State University Digital 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 Montclair State University Digital Commons and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Review Process

The Emerging Learning Design Journal offers speedy publication of high quality work as a service to authors who have crafted papers for delivery at the annual Emerging Learning Design meeting as well as for sole publication in the journal.

The editorial staff will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts promptly and the editor will determine the suitability of the manuscript for the Journal’s readers.

The editor-in-chief will forward the manuscript to the member of the Journal’s Peer Review Editorial Board who has been identified as a subject matter expert in the topic area of the paper. After further evaluations, this member will identify qualified reviewers based on the topic of the paper.

Papers will undergo independent, double-blind reviews by two peer reviewers who are subject matter experts for evaluations. Make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to the authors’ identity. The submission letter should indicate the title of the manuscript, the authors’ names and institutional affiliations, and the date the manuscript is submitted.

The first page of the manuscript should omit the authors’ names and affiliations but should include the title of the manuscript and the date it is submitted. Author notes, acknowledgments, and footnotes containing information pertaining to the authors’ identity or affiliations may be added on acceptance.

The Journal Editor in collaboration with the Section Editor will resolve conflicting reviews or other issues affecting the final evaluation of a manuscript.

Acceptance, recommended revisions, or rejection of submissions will normally occur within six months.

After an article has been scheduled for publication, the editors may contact the author to see if it needs to be updated for events that may have occurred since the manuscript was accepted. After an article has been edited, the editors will email a PDF of a preliminary webpage proof to the author for their review and approval approximately one month before publication.

If the editors request a revision of a manuscript, the revised manuscript may be re-reviewed by the original reviewers. Multiple revisions are sometimes requested. Requesting a revision is not a guarantee of ultimate acceptance.

If an article is rejected, the editors generally provide the author with feedback regarding the reason for rejection. These comments should not be construed as the based for a revision and resubmission to the Journal.

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Criteria for Publication

Within the scope of the journal, manuscripts should represent a substantial advance in emerging learning design in terms of originality, importance to the field, interest for researchers or practitioners in the field, rigorous methodology or theoretical bases with conclusions justified by the evidence presented, and lastly, adherence to the highest ethical standards.

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Manuscript Preparation

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (most recent edition). Manuscripts may be copyedited for bias-free language. Review APA’s Checklist for Manuscript Submission before submitting your article. Double-space all copy. Other formatting instructions, as well as instructions on preparing tables, figures, references, metrics, and abstracts appear in the Manual.

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Authors of accepted papers must obtain and provide the editor on final acceptance all necessary permissions to reproduce in electronic form any copyrighted work, including, for example, test materials (or portions thereof) and photographs of people.

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Institutional Review Board

Any research that involves human subjects must have institutional review board (IRB) approval. The study must have been conducted in accordance and with permission from the Institutional Review Board of the institution where the research took place. The IRB must have approved the protocol, and written informed consent must have been obtained from all study participants. The name of the committee and the approval number should be included in the Methods section. Moreover, if no IRB is acknowledged, the manuscript will be returned to the authors.

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The Emerging Learning Design Journal maintains a zero-tolerance policy concerning plagiarism. Published articles that the editors determine to include plagiarized content will be removed from the online archives and readers will be notified of the action in a subsequent issue of the Journal (as well as on the website).

Furthermore, manuscripts received from an author determined to have at any time submitted plagiarized material will not be considered for future publication in the Emerging Learning Design Journal.

If you have any questions, you may contact the editors eldj@mail.montclair.edu . We look forward to working with you.

Forms for Publications Rights, Disclosure of Interests Forms, Internet posting guidelines according to APA can be found at


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