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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.
  • ►Formal agreement:

    By checking off the sub-items below #1-7 you formally take responsibility for the guarantees given therein and may be held accountable for any breach thereof. Note that this procedure is instead of, but just as valid as, signing the agreement on paper.

    1. I, the submitting author, shall be the point of contact throughout the peer review and proofreading process (if applicable).
    2. I, the submitting author, warrant that I am authorized by all co-authors to submit this version of the manuscript and to be their spokesperson during the review process and beyond.
    3. I, the submitting author, warrant that this manuscript – or a very similar version – has not previously been previously published, or is under consideration elsewhere.
    4. I, the submitting author, warrant that the submitted manuscript is original, and that neither it nor any illustration or supplementary material, or any part thereof, are in any way in violation of any existing original or derivative copyright.
    5. I, the submitting author, warrant that the submitted manuscript contains nothing obscene, indecent, objectionable or libelous according to generally accepted norms.
    6. I, the submitting author, warrant that any interests that might impair the credibility of the manuscript are disclosed in the cover letter to the Editor, which letter may be uploaded at the same time as the manuscript.
    7. I, the submitting author, warrant that I and my co-authors shall indemnify and hold harmless The Association for Learning Technology as to warranties and representations of the author's ownership, originality, or similar breaches. Such indemnification shall last beyond publication of the article, as well as extend to all related claims.
  • ►Practicalities

    I/we have strictly followed the Author Guidelines and made sure that:

    1. References are in accordance with journal style and DOI numbers have been included where available.
    2. URLs to online references are provided and ready to click (e.g.
    3. All references mentioned in the Reference list are cited in the text, and vice versa.
    4. All tables and figures are referred to in the text.
    5. Abbreviations in tables and figures are explained in the table notes and figure captions.
    6. (If you are not a native speaker) The English text has been revised using a professional manuscript editing company e.g. Cambridge Language Consultant, Write Scientific Right, Editage, Cambridge Proofreading LTD, Quality Proofreading by PSUK, Scribendi Inc. or similar services (which can be found on the web using search terms such as “scientific editing service” or “manuscript editing service”.) All services are paid for and arranged by the author. Use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.
    7. The text is double-spaced, using a 12-point font.
    8. To facilitate the peer review process, I/we have provided a complete manuscript file (PDF, DOC or RTF), with all tables, figures, legends and supplementary material (if applicable) placed at the end of the manuscript, following the references.
      Only the cover letter (if any) and title page (mandatory) should be supplied separately, in order to protect the blind review process.
  • ►Double blind review

    The journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the identity of the authors should remain unknown.

    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. 
      The title page revealing the identity of the authors is uploaded separately (click Add Another File after uploading the main manuscript).
    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.

Author Guidelines

Due to a high volume of submissions in 2020 and 2021 we are not accepting new submissions at this time. The journal has published over 50 articles in the past 12 months, which is far above our usual level of publication and we hope to open submission again in August 2021. 

Please contact if you require further assistance. 

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS After carefully reviewing the style guidelines below, submit manuscripts online by clicking on Submit Manuscript. Step-by-step instructions on how to submit your manuscript online are available during the submission process. 

Manuscripts that do not conform to the guidelines given here may be returned to authors before being reviewed.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

PLAGIARISM DETECTION To verify the originality of submitted content, RLT editors check all submissions for plagiarism using Similarity Check/Ithenticate, a plagiarism screening software that checks submissions against millions of published research papers, and billions of web content.

Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting


LANGUAGE All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. 

NON-DISCRIMINATORY WRITING Articles should make no assumptions about the beliefs or commitments of any reader, should contain nothing which might imply that one individual is superior to another on the grounds of race, sex, culture or any other characteristic, and should use inclusive language throughout. Please ensure that writing is free from bias, for instance by replacing 'he' or 'his' by 'he or she' or 's/he' or 'his/her', and by using non-racist language.

COMPETING INTERESTS Authors are responsible for disclosing all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interests. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS List all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, such as a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged. Groups of persons who have contributed materially to the paper but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be listed under a heading such ‘participating investigators’ and their function or contribution should be described.

PUBLICATION FEE Publishing in Research in Learning Technology is free of charge. Colour illustrations are also free of charge, just as supplemental audio-visual or interactive material.

AUTHORSHIP Each of the manuscript’s authors should meet all three of the following criteria: (1) has made a substantial contribution to the design of the study, the collection of the data, or the analysis or interpretation of the data; (2) has drafted the manuscript or helped revise it, shaping its intellectual content; (3) has approved of the submitted manuscript. Each author should be able to take public responsibility for a portion of the paper’s content, and should be able to identify the co-authors who are responsible for the remaining material.

Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help or writing assistance and a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should be acknowledged in a section called Funding, which follows the Acknowledgements. 

How to structure a paper

Manuscripts should normally be less than 6000 words including tables, captions, and references. Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References. Begin each section, including figure and table legends, on separate sheets; insert running page numbers.

TITLE PAGE Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s), 4) email addresses for all authors (listed by authors' initials), and 5) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper. Please observe that the journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the title page revealing the identity of the authors should be uploaded as separate file.

The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the article.

ABSTRACT Articles must include an abstract of around 200 words providing sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. After the abstract, please give 3-5 keywords; avoid using the same words as in the title.

SECTION HEADINGS Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

FIGURES Upon acceptance please supply figures/graphics/images in at least 300 dpi. 

If the figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/graphs/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

When figures/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the figure legend thus: (Reproduced with permission from xxx.)

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL Supplementary material may be added free of charge, and will be published in the form in which it is received.

REFERENCES SYSTEM References should follow the Harvard Style and DOI numbers must be included where available. Examples

Kselman, T. & Davies, B. N. (1988) ‘The problematics of education in the 1980s: some reflections’, Oxford Review of Education, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 312–332. doi: 10.1080/0305498830090102

If there are more than three authors, list the first author, followed by et al.

Parry, J. P. & Smith, G. (1994) Death in Banaras, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 

Chapter in edited book
Young, G. (1981) ‘Hospice and health care’, in Race, Class and Education, 2nd ed., eds C. Saunders, H. Summers & G. Teller, Edward Arnold, London, pp. 145–167.

Edited book
Bloch, M. & Parry, J. (eds) (1982) Death and the Education of Life, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Conference proceedings
Bohre, N. (1993) ‘Integrated education’, IEEE Symposium on Education, Detroit, MI, pp. 276–281.

Simpson, L. (1987) ‘Education goes private’, The Sunday Times, 13 Oct., p. 10.

Electronic media
Weibel, S. (1990) ‘Metadata: the foundations of resources’, D-lib magazine, [online] Available at: 

Smith, J. (1998) Social Work Education in Scotland, Dissertation Thesis …, University of Glasgow.

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