Research articles - Quantitative and Qualitative Research
Most research articles published in the Journal use quantitative methods, and the maximum length for these manuscripts is 3500 words. The word limit for manuscripts reporting qualitative research is 4000 words. Mixed methods research will also be accepted. Concise, clear writing is one of the criteria by which editors and reviewers evaluate submissions. Manuscripts reporting original research should have a clear organization with an abstract.
Articles on Educational Research
Articles describing educational research and interventions should measure and report outcomes beyond participants' reactions and change in knowledge. Demonstration of the impact of educational interventions should include changes in observed behaviors of learners as a result of the intervention.
Language (usage and editing services)
Please write your text in good English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these). Authors who feel their English language manuscript may require editing to eliminate possible grammatical or spelling errors and to conform to correct scientific English may wish to use the English Language Editing service available from Elsevier's WebShop
Author rights
As an author you (or your employer or institution) have certain rights to reuse your work.
Human Subjects
Appropriate approval by all institutional or other human subjects review boards must be designated in the methods section. Authors should indicate formal review and approval, or formal review and waiver.
Submission checklist
The following list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item. Ensure that the following items are present: One author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details: E-mail address All necessary files have been uploaded, and contain:
  • title
  • Keywords
  • abstract
Further considerations
  • Manuscript has been spell-checked and grammar-checked
  • References are in the correct format for this journal
Submitting a Manuscript
Authors should submit all manuscripts through the Journal's editorial website. The manuscript submission process is broken into a series of screens that gather detailed information about the manuscript, including title, abstract, keywords, and that allow authors to upload all pertinent files including the cover letter, manuscript, figures, and tables.
Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files.
A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. For this reason, References should be avoided, but if essential, then cite the author(s) and year(s). Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself. The abstract is the second page of all manuscripts with the exceptionof "In the Moment - Personal Narratives" for which an abstract is required. Abstracts should be prepared with a structured format with a maximum of 250 words. Four elements should be addressed: objective, methods, results, and conclusions. Please label each section clearly with the appropriate subheading.
Content Requirements
Maximum of 1000 words in length (excluding What's New?, table/figure and references). Maximum of 10 key references. An abstract is required.
What's New? - Summarize innovation and outcomes in maximum of 40 words. oBackground - Brief background to establish the importance of the issue addressed in the intervention.
  • Educational Approach and Innovation - Description of the educational innovation and methods utilized in assessing the intervention. Justification of what makes the approach to or type of education innovative
  • Results - Assessment of the intervention's outcomes.
  • Discussion and Next Steps - Discussion of the impact of the work in advancing what is already known about the topic.
  • A cover letter and title page as required for other submissions to the Journal. Outline next steps to further understand the issues related to the problem.
These articles will undergo the peer review process and be evaluated on the importance of the problem being addressed, the innovative nature of the project, the methods utilized in assessing the intervention, and the significance of the outcomes. We aim to publish one report in each issue.