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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 single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Types and Length Guide

The following manuscript types are encouraged:

  • Research Articles: Substantive reports of original research; up to 5,000 words.
  • Letters: Brief reports of original research, or responses/commentary on previously published AISHE-J articles; up to 2,000 words.
  • Reviews: Brief reviews of specific resources (books, websites, multi-media etc.); up to 1,000 words.

Manuscript Preparation

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

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 both in PDF format, and 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).
  • Type: Research Article, Letter or Review.
  • For Research Articles only, include an abstract (maximum 300 words).
  • Keywords: A list of key terms for indexing etc.

Citation and referencing should be done in conformance with the Harvard (author/date) style.

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.

Sections, subsections etc., should be numbered using a hierarchical decimal format with dotted separators, thus: "1", "1.2", "3.1.6", to a maximum hierarchical depth of three.

Tables and figures should be numbered in separate decimal sequences ("Table 3", "Figure 5" etc.). 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. 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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