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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, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The initial submission file is in PDF file format.
  • Where appropriate, both internal and external hyperlinks have been embedded in the manuscript; specifically including hyperlinks to access full texts of cited references online (preferably open access versions, where available).
  • The text is 1.5 spaced; uses a 11-point arial font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • An abstract has been included both in the metadata and at the statr of the manuscript itself. References should be included in the manuscript only if absolutely necessary and kept to a minimum.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal. References should be presented in APA (Version 6). See
  • The instructions for Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The names of all authors have been uploaded when creating the submission (names should not appear on the manuscript that will be sent for blind review).  All authors have contributed to the paper and all are in agreement with its content. The order of authorship is correct.
  • If the paper includes research with human participants, the work adheres to the research ethics policy of your institution(s).  The methodology should clarify that the research has ethical approval.  If formal ethical approval was not required under your institution's policy this should be explained.
  • All images (including diagrams and photographs) are credited as appropriate. If an image is taken directly from another source, permission has been obtained to use the image. Please bear in mind that AISHE-J is published under a Creative Commons license. Permission to include an imge must explicitly include [permission to reproduce the image in AISHE-J under the journal's open licensing terms. Please do not include images taken from other sources if you do not have permission from the copyright holder.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Types and Length Guide

The following manuscript types are encouraged:

  • Research Articles: Substantive reports of original empirical research; up to 5,000 words (excluding references).
  • Case Studies/Reflections/Reports: Academicnarticles discussing and/or reflecting on specific initiatives/interventions or issues.  Articles should should make clear the wider relevance; up to 5,000 words (excluding references).
  • Literature Reviews: Narrative or systematic reviews of the literature to address a learning and teaching question; Up to 5,000 words (excluding references).
  • Reviews: Brief reviews of specific resources (books, websites, multi-media etc.); up to 1,000 words (excluding references).

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts for review must be initially submitted in PDF format only.

Only manuscripts that have been prepared in accordance with these guidelines will be considered.  Manuscripts for review must be initially submitted in PDF format only.  Manuscripts should be typed using 11- point, Arial font, 1.5 spacing.

Note that to facilitate the double-blind peer review, author names should not appear anywhere in the initially submitted manuscript for review. (Contact details for the corresponding author will be captured separately during the manuscript submission process.) Author information will, of course, be included in final manuscripts after they have been accepted for publication.

When a manuscript is accepted for publication, the final version must be submitted in a suitable electronic "source" format. The following source formats are accepted:

Please use British English spelling and idiom throughout. Ensure that the manuscript has been fully spell-checked and proof-read for grammar, punctuation etc., before submission.

The manuscript should have a title page containing the following information:

  • Title (maximum 40 words).
  • An abstract that clearly summarises the paper (maximum 300 words).  This should include a key findings (if applicable) and conclusions. References should not be included unles absolutely necessary and, inthat case, kept to a minimum. 
  • Keywords: A list of up  to 5 key terms for indexing etc. These should be presented alphabetically, separated by semi-colons.

Citation and referencing should follow APA version 6 guidelines APA Style 6th Edition Blog: References

Book: Author last name, Initial(s). (Year). Title of work. Location: Publisher 

Example: Thomas, G. (2011). How to do your Case Study: A Guide for Students and Researchers.  London: Sage.

In the text:  Thomas (2011) suggests.........   

 A range of methods can be used within a single case study (Thomas (2011).

Journal articles: Author last name,  Initial(s). (Year). Title of article. Title of journal, Volume (Part), pages.

Example: Braun, V. & Clarke, C. (2019). Reflecting on reflexive thematic analysis. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 11(4), 589-597. 

In the text

Braun and Clarke (2019) argue that....

...however, thematic analysis is understood and implemented in different ways (Braun & Clarke, 2019).

Where there are 3 or more authors, please include all (upto a maximum of 5) the first time the source is cited and there after, use et. al.  All authors should be included in the Reference list.  For 6 or more authors, 'et al.' can be used in the text from the outset.



Web Hyperlinks to resources external to the manuscript may be embedded and associated with relevant link text using the appropriate native mechanism of the electronic format in use; alternatively, place the URL of a hyperlink in a normal, numbered, footnote (using the native footnote mechanism).  Where references are available online, the title in the reference list should be hyperlinked as appropriate.

Heading levels.

AISHE-J uses a title case and up to 3 levels of headings as outlined below.  Please do not include more than 3 heading levels in your manuscript. 

Title case: Manuscript title only.  Centered, capitalised, bold 18-point, full-stop.

                                    Doing a Thematic Analysis: A Guide for Learning and Teaching Scholars.

Level 1: Left-aligned, bold, capitalised, 18-point, full stop.


Level 2: Left-aligned, bold, upper and lower case, 14-point, full stop.

The Role of Feedback.

Level 3: Indent left, italicised, 12-point, full stop.

Responses to open-ended questions.

Text body

Use Arial, 11 point with 1.5 spacing.


These should be italicised and presented in quotation marks.  Larger quotes should be indented.

Tables and figures.

Table and figures should be kept to a minimum.  They must add something to the interpretation of the text and be referred to in the text.  Please do not include multiple graphs illustrating responses to a series of individual questions. It is often clearer for the reader to combine into a single table. 

Graphs should include clear legends and both tables and graphs should have a title.  This should be centred, bold, 10 point, below the table or graph.  Arial font should be used for consistency with the main text.

Tables and figures should be numbered sequentially, i.e. starting, Table 1, Table 2, Figure 1, Figure 2 and so on.  These should be incorporated in the appropriate locations in the running text (i.e., they should not be gathered separately at the end of the manuscript).

Footnotes may be used where absolutely necessary.  They should be kept to a minimum.  These should be encoded and embedded with the appropriate native mechanism of the electronic format in use. They should be numbered in a single decimal sequence.

Internal cross-references, including citations, should be hyperlinked using the appropriate native mechanism of the electronic format in use.

Research Articles

Research articles are substantive reports of original research. They may normally be up to 5,000 words in length. Research articles are subject to full, double blind, review by at least two peer reviewers.

Reflections, Journeys and Case Studies

Reports on the activities of educational projects are welcome. Projects should have demonstrably significant applications for teaching and learning within an academic discipline or across the Higher Education sector. Reports may normally be up to 5,000 words in length and are subject to review by a designated section editor.


Review articles present brief reviews of specific resources (books, websites, multi-media etc.) which may be of interest to AISHE-J readers. They are normally no more than 1,000 words in length.  Each review article is reviewed for publication by a designated section editor.

Letters and Announcements

Letters to AISHE-J may be used to present brief reports of original research, or to provide responses/commentary on previously published AISHE-J articles. Letters should normally be no more than 2,000 words in length. Each letter is reviewed for publication by a designated section editor.

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