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Author Guidelines

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

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Preparing for submission In his/her covering letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article – or very similar work - has been previously published, or is under consideration elsewhere.

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 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 http://research.ithenticate.com.


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.

Manuscript layout Manuscripts should normally be less than 6000 words including tables, captions, and references. Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout. 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 a "Supplementary 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 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. Examples

Journal
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.

Book
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, 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.

Newspaper
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: http://www.dlib.org/dlib/July95/07weibel.html 

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

 

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. ►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.
  2. ►Practicalities

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

    1. References are in accordance with journal style.
    2. URLs to online references are provided and ready to click (e.g. www.journal.alt.ac.uk).
    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 has not been justified; a ragged right-hand margin has been used.
    8. Only one space has been entered after the full-stop at the end of a sentence.
    9. A double hyphen (--) has been used to indicate a dash in text.
    10. TAB has been used when indenting paragraphs or separating columns in tables.
    11. Italics or ‘single quotes’ have been used for emphasis (avoid using underlines).
    12. The text is double-spaced, using a 12-point font.
    13. The same elements have been keyed in exactly the same way throughout the manuscript.
    14. No tables, figures and legends have been uploaded separately. On the contrary, I/we have provided a complete manuscript PDF-file, with all tables, figures, legends and supplementary material (if applicable) placed at the end of the manuscript, following the references.
      Only the cover letter and title page should be supplied separately, during step four of the submission process.
  3. ►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 during step 4 of the submission process.
    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.
 

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