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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published.
  • The submission has not been submitted to another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, OpenOffice or WordPerfect document file format and is virus free.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • When including images, tables or figures or similar material from a third party, you are required to obtain written permission from the copyright holder to include their work in your article following the first review and before re-submission. It is important to include appropriate acknowledgment to the copyright holder with each image, table and/or figure caption.

  • Where submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

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Invited Articles

These are incited or commissioned items or articles. We are starting with the EAB as the first pool of people to invite subsmisions from and can broaden that out later.

Articles - Primary studies

Primary studies or evaluations are articles reporting on primary research activity. Primary studies are required to demonstrate clear and appropriate methodology, a clear description of context and transferable lessons for others' benefit.

Articles - Literature reviews

A literature review is an article providing an up to date, reasonably comprehensive overview of peer-reviewed literature relating to a particular aspect of open, flexible or distance learning. 

Articles - Descriptive pieces

A descriptive piece is an article providing an orientation to a particular initiative associated with open, flexible or distance learning. Descriptive pieces have a definite 'so what' to them, and include implications that are meaningful to a general audience.

Articles - Position pieces

A position piece is an article with a clear, honest and insightful perspective on some aspect of open, flexible or distance education. Position pieces are expected to be grounded in relevant literature and contribute to an ongoing discourse.


Contains general articles

Research notes or reports

Descriptions of current or ongoing research projects.

Book reviews

Will be reviewed by journal editors, in collaboration with the Book Review Editor (see below)

DEANZ 2016 Conference

Refereed papers linked with DEANZ conference in 2016

Addenda to Articles

Addendum to Articles are follow-up reports, new information, or further exploration of something already published. Addedndum are preferably written by the original authors.

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