Publishing Ethics

Ethical standards for publication exist to ensure high-quality scientific publications, public trust in scientific findings, and that people receive credit for their ideas. Research in Learning Technology complies with the guidelines and best practices set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Papers submitted to Research in Learning Technology are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'. Research in Learning Technology has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper. The peer referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors throughout the review process. The decision to accept or reject a paper is based on comments from at least two independent reviewers. Only scientifically qualified editors evaluate reviews and make the decision to accept or reject a submission. 

Research in Learning Technology uses Crossref Similarity Check (powered by iThenticate) to screen all new submissions for plagiarism, but authors, researchers and freelancers can also use iThenticate to screen their work before submission by visiting