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Submission Guidelines for TxDLA Journal of Distance Learning

The guidelines on this page are intended to aid authors in formatting and submitting their work in a manner consistent with the journal’s policies.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in TxDLA Journal of Distance Learning 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. However, all authors must be current members of the Texas Distance Learning Association at the time of publication. See the TxDLA Membership page for more information on membership fees.

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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 TxDLA Journal of Distance Learning, 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 TxDLA Journal of Distance Learning.

All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee(s) and that board must be named by the authors and the IRB approval number included in the cover letter.

Research articles, including all references, tables, and figures, should be between 3,500-5,500 words, though exceptions will be considered. Submissions that significantly exceed this limit will not be accepted for review. Tables and figures are encouraged, and they should be placed within the text, not at the end. By submitting to TxDLA-JDL, the authors agree to the submission of their article to "Turnitin" for the sole purpose of detecting plagiarism.

If you have concerns about the submission terms for TxDLA Journal of Distance Learning, please contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

As a condition of publication in the Journal, all authors agree to the following terms.

  • First publication rights to original work accepted for publication is granted to the Journal and copyright for all work published in the journal is retained by the author(s).
  • Works published in the journal will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). By granting a CC-BY license in their work, authors retain copyright ownership of the work, but they give explicit permission for others to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the work, as long as the original source and author(s) are properly cited (i.e. a complete bibliographic citation and link to the journal’s website). No permission is required from the author(s) or the publishers for such use. According to the terms of the CC-BY license, any reuse or redistribution must indicate the original CC-BY license terms of the work.
    • Exceptions to the application of the CC-BY license may be granted at the editors’ discretion if reasonable extenuating circumstances exist. Such exceptions must be granted in writing by the editors of the Journal; in the absence of a written exception, the CC-BY license will be applied to all published works.
  • Authors may enter into separate, additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the published version of the work, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in the journal.
  • Authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in the Journal as soon as the issue is available.

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Submission Process

All submissions to TxDLA JDL should be made using the online submission form. Submissions to TxDLA JDL must comply with ALL items on the following checklist. Non-compliant submissions will be returned to authors for revision before any further consideration.
  • Originality: The submission has not been previously published and is not currently under consideration for publication by another journal.
  • All authors listed on the submission meet the requirements for authorship outlined in the journal’s policies.
  • The submission has been properly prepared for blind review, with no individually identifiable information/references to the authors included in the manuscript. Acknowledgments (including financial support) should not be included in the manuscript; they may be listed separately during the submission process.
  • Author identification should be removed from the properties for the file.
  • Written consent has been obtained from all individuals or institutions named in the acknowledgments section.
  • All manuscripts adhere to the APA format, The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).
  • Manuscript files are in Microsoft Word file format (.doc or .docx).
  • The text is double-spaced and uses a 12-point font.
  • Manuscripts are expected to be free of grammatical and typographical errors.
  • Submission topics must relate to distance learning. Research articles, including all references, tables, and figures, should be between 3,500-5,500 words, though exceptions will be considered. Submissions that significantly exceed this limit will not be accepted for review.
  • By submitting to TxDLA JDL, the authors agree to the submission of their article to "Turnitin" for the sole purpose of detecting plagiarism.
  • Tables and figures are encouraged, and they should be placed within the text, not at the end.
  • All requirements specific to a certain type of submission (e.g. Research Articles) have been satisfied. See the guidelines by submission type below.
  • Spelling and grammar checks have been performed.
  • A cover letter has been submitted separately that addresses the appropriateness of the submission for publication in the TxDLA-JDL and that lists all co-authors (as applicable). The cover letter should be a separate Word document (.doc or .docx), and will be uploaded separately from the manuscript to preserve the blind review process. All research involving human participants must have been approved by the authors' institutional review board or equivalent committee(s) and that board must be named by the authors and the IRB approval number included in the cover letter.
  • If you need assistance or advice in ensuring that your paper meets the required standards for a peer-reviewed journal, you can go to http://www.authoraid.info/en/, a free mentoring service.

Format and Length

Microsoft Word is the preferred format for submission of text documents. Paper copies are not accepted. An informative abstract of 150 - 250 words is required [for all submissions except reviews]. Please refer to the individual section policies below for appropriate submission length.

Layout

All manuscripts must be submitted in APA format (adequate margins, single column, font size no smaller than size 12). All copy, including references and captions, must be typed double-spaced. The first page of the manuscript [text] must bear the title of the paper. Author names or other individually identifiable information should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).

Citation Style

In general, the APA format should be followed in completing the author/date parenthetical citation format. Consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).

Organization

Submissions should be organized according to the guidelines in the section policies below.

Figures and Tables

All tables should be in Word table (.doc or .docx) file. Do not use tabs. Figures and tables should be clearly labeled, with appropriate captions listed APA style.

References

The accuracy and completeness of the references are the responsibility of the author. Failure to submit accurate and properly formatted references may delay review and publication.

Correspondence

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Section Policies

The journal welcomes original research papers.

Editorial and Commentary

The Editorial and Commentary includes editors’ reflections on a topic or introduction to the current issue.

Research Articles (Peer-reviewed)

  • Original findings resulting from quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research should be submitted for this section. Research methods include case studies, policy analyses, and program evaluation.
  • All research articles must include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words. The structure of the abstract should mirror the required sections outlined below (excluding the literature review section).
  • Guidance for manuscript style should be derived from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010).
  • Research articles, including all references, tables, and figures, should be between 3,500-5,500 words, though exceptions will be considered.
  • Research articles should include the following primary sections (subordinate sections will vary by paper):
    • Abstract (150-250 words, describing the research problem, the method, the basic findings, the conclusions, and the recommendations)
    • Keywords
    • Introduction (Problem)
    • Literature Review
    • Methods (including description of sampling)
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion
    • References

Reviews of Products

This section will provide a forum for description and critical evaluation of the quality, effectiveness and value of new development in soft-ware and programs in distance learning. (platforms, tools, hardware, software, etc.) in distance learning. Product reviews should include a description of the features, potential uses and user groups of the product and evaluation of key attributes.

All reviews should follow this basic outline:

  • Product name, publication/corporate information, pricing information
  • Product review
Reviews should be no longer than 500 words

Reviews of Books

This column provides a forum for expert commentary on recent literature on distance learning. Discussion should focus on how the book could impact distance learning and its community of practitioners.

All reviews should follow this basic outline:

1. Heading
Citation information for book reviewed including: title in full, author, place, publisher, date of publication, edition, number of pages, and ISBN. Followed by name of reviewer and institutional affiliation.

2. Introduction
Provide a synopsis of the book being reviewed including an introduction to the topic and an overview of the content of the book. Include the author’s background and qualifications, intended audience, and purpose of the book.

3. Critical Review
Is the book current, accurate? Does the author support the information with researched evidence?

4. Significance to the field of distance learning
Does the book have a meaningful impact on the literature of distance learning?

5. Overall impression
Would you recommend the book to others? What is your overall opinion of the book?.

Submissions should not exceed 1,000-1,500 words.