About the Journal

The Electronic Journal of e-Learning is an online open access journal that aims to publish articles and papers that contribute to the development of theory and practice in the field of e-learning. For full details of the aims and scope of the journal, please see below.

All papers submitted to the journal are initially reviewed by the Editors and those selected for consideration are submitted to a double-blind peer review by at least two members of the Review Board. On the basis of these reviews, the Editors will then either:

  1. Accept the paper for publication with no changes
  2. Accept the paper for publication with only minor, editorial changes
  3. Accept the paper for publication provided it is amended in line with the reviewers comments
  4. Recommend a more major re-write and offer the chance to resubmit 
  5. Reject the paper as unsuitable for publication
  6. In all instances, reviewers' comments are passed to the authors.
The journal also periodically publishes book and conference reviews and these are welcomed at any time.

In accordance with the practice in the open access community authors are asked to pay a nominal sum to publish in EJEL, which is intended to cover some of the costs of publishing. The current publication charge is GBP 400 + VAT. This amount is payable only after the paper has been accepted for publication.

There are no charges to access the journal on screen or to print or download the papers. 

Continuous Publication

EJEL now follows a continuous publication model. This means that once a paper has been finally accepted, an invoice for the publication fee will be sent. On receipt of payment the paper will pass through to production and authors will receive page proofs to check. We will endeavour to publish the paper within two weeks of authors accepting the page proofs.  The journal will continue to gather articles for between five and six issues per year, but the  journal’s website will be continuously updated throughout the year. When the deadline of an issue has passed, it is closed and the next issue is begun. This model allows for faster publication of articles that no longer need to wait for the issue to be completed,  allowing authors to see their work published as soon as possible. The exception to this process is special issues. In this case authors will be kept informed as to progress of the issue, and where possible all papers will be published together.

Aims and Scope

The Electronic Journal of e-Learning provides a multidisciplinary forum for research on education and learning that informs theories and practice of how people learn, and the design of e-learning environments in different contexts. EJEL provides perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of e-learning initiatives.The journal also includes topics that focus on increasing operational efficiencies in the implementation of e-learning, as well as technological system development issues.

The journal contributes to the development of both theory and practice in the field of e-learning. The journal accepts academically robust papers, topical articles and case studies that contribute to the area of research in e-learning.

Every paper submitted to the journal is double-blind-refereed by at least two members of the Review Board or other suitably qualified readers. The Editors reserve the right to reject papers that the consider of insufficient quality, or not sufficiently relevant to the subject area. The editors are prepared to discuss contributions before submission. The journal publishes work in the categories described below.

Research Papers
Within the overall scope of EJEL, these may be qualitative or quantitative, empirical or theoretical in nature and can discuss completed research findings or in some cases work in progress may also be considered.

Case Studies
Within the overall scope of EJEL, case studies are welcomed illustrating pedagogical, learning, and educational practices regarding design, planning, conducting and evaluating modules, courses, knowledge sharing etc.

View Points
Within the overall scope of EJEL, view points are less academically rigorous articles usually in areas of controversy which will fuel some interesting debate.

Conference Reports and Book Reviews
Anyone who attends a conference or reads a book that they feel makes a contribution within the scope of  EJEL is encouraged to submit a review for publication.

Contribution and Dates
Papers can be submitted at any time. The period from submission to publication varies but as the journal operates a continuous publication model, papers will be published when they have been finally accepted and the publication fee has been received.
Ethics Guidelines

Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited is committed to the highest ethics practices. In pursuance of this our prospective authors, our reviewers our editors and administrators are required to adhere to a code of practice. The principles which underpin this code of practice are listed below for each of these groups.

Competing interests
Authors, reviewers and editors must declare any conflicting or competing interests relating to a given article. 

Author Responsibilities
Authors will:-

  1. Ensure that all researched work submitted is original, prepared to a high scholarly standard and fully referenced using the prescribed referencing system.
  2. All authors are represented accurately and other appropriate acknowledgements are clearly stated including sources of funding if any.
  3. Open and full disclosure of the source of all data and how it was acquired.
  4. Certify that all the data has been acquired in keeping with recognised ethical research practices.
  5. If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
  6. Read carefully, agree and sign a licence to publish form.
  7. Correspond and comply with the editor and publisher in any requests for source data, proof of authorship or originality in a timely manner.
  8. Co-operate with any consequent investigations if any issues are raised by reviewers, editors or the publisher.
  9. Provide appropriate information for errata if such an event occurs.
  10. Remain in good communication with the editor(s), publisher and any co-authors if the need arises.
  11. Agree to submit only one paper at a time, waiting for the current paper process to be completed before submitting another.
  12. Recognise that the Editorial Board has the final decision to publish.
  13. To ensure funds are available to pay the publishing fee of £400+VAT if the paper is accepted. If payment is not made, we will be unable to consider any further submissions from those authors to the journal in the future.

Reviewer Responsibilities
eviewers will:-

  1. Only review papers that are relevant to their own expertise.
  2. Read the papers with appropriate care and attention and use their best efforts to be constructively critical.
  3. Regard the work being reviewed as confidential and will not discuss it with others and will keep their own identity from authors.
  4. Review submitted work in a timely manner.
  5. Report any suspected ethical misconduct which appears in the work.
  6. Avoid any offensive language in their appraisals of the papers.
  7. Agree to review a reasonable number of future versions of the work and provide follow up advice where necessary.
  8. Seek advice from the editor if anything is unclear at any time during the review process or if there is any possible conflict of interest.
  9. Communicate with both the publisher and editor in a timely fashion.
  10. Treat all papers reviewed fairly without any favour of prejudice.

Editor Responsibilities
Editors will:-

  1. Only authorise for publication content of the highest quality.
  2. Ensure that a thorough, objective and blind peer review is conducted for original article submissions.
  3. Clearly identify articles which will not be peer reviewed (i.e. invited opinion).
  4. Be transparent with regards to the review and publication process with appropriate care that individuals will not be identified when it is inappropriate to so do..
  5. Provide advice to the authors during the submission process when necessary.
  6. Provide the right to appeal any editorial decision.
  7. Be attentive to the possibility of third party material being  included in papers for which there may not be sufficient permission..
  8. Be prepared to publish errata when necessary.
  9. Communicate with both the publisher and the author(s) in a timely manner.
  10. Treat all submissions fairly without any favour of prejudice.

Administrator Responsibilities
Administrators will:-

  1. Log all submissions received in a timely manner.
  2. Acknowledge receipt of submission to the lead author.
  3. Check the title of the paper and the abstract for relevance to the e-Journal and where it is not relevant inform the author.
  4. If the submission form is incomplete, inform the author and hold the paper until a completed form is received.
  5. Request the author to abbreviate the paper if it is over the word limit.
  6. Forward the paper to the Editor.
  7. Obtain clearance from the editor to proceed to review if the paper is below the minimum number of words.
  8. Distribute the paper to appropriate reviewers and remind them periodically about the required review date.
  9. Despatch the reviews to the authors and remain as a conduit between the authors and the reviewers until the paper has been accepted or withdrawn.
  10. Treat all authors and reviewers fairly without favour or prejudice.

Our procedures when an issue of Ethics is raised
If an issue of Ethics is raised by a reviewer or the Editor or a reader of the e-Journal, then the person raising the issue will be asked to submit the concern in writing to the publisher. On receipt of this the publisher will present the written statement to the Ethics Review Panel, which will give the matter its close attention. The person or persons about whom the concern has been raised will be immediately informed about this matter and invited to reply. Any report of possible ethics impropriety is a major issue for the Journal and will be investigated appropriately. If misconduct has been committed the paper will be withdrawn, an apology will be called for and if not forthcoming the author/s may be excluded from having any future paper reviewed by the Journal.

Dan Remenyi PhD