Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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.
- Submission: 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).
- Format: The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF, document file format.
References - Full list of references being provided for all citations at the end of the work, in alphabetical order.
Use APA style, for guidance see: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/style/reference/tf_APA.pdf.
Please ensure any hyperlinks included in the text and referencing list have been recently tested and are up to date. Any source you use must be accessible to all.
Layout - Please format your submissions:
- In Arial 12 point
- Single line spacing
- Justified to the left margin
- Section headings should be emboldened (Arial 12)
- Sub-section headings should be italicised (Arial 12)
- Single line break between paragraphs, do not indent text
- Do not use bold, italics or underlining in the main text
- Quotes- if less than one line use double quotation marks. If longer than one line the quote should be separated by a line break, in italics, and use an indentation of 0.6cm from the left margin. Please put page number from source.
- No footnotes.
- Endnotes are permitted but do keep brief and avoid too many.
- Tables and figures should be inserted into the position preferred by the author.
- Insert page numbers. Bottom of the page, right (Plain no 3 in Microsoft Word)
- We seek submissions which consider an international audience and our wide constituency of all involved in Higher/Tertiary Education. So do be mindful of the audience. This includes the usage of terms that may not be understood outside of any national context in HE or constituency of roles (including, but not limited to, the use of; years 4/5/6 in place of first year, second year or final year etc ). It is also important to remember to give further explanation of description of nation based organisations (such as, Ofsted, Office of Learning and Teaching), this may be done as an endnote.
- If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
A critical review of a book related to student engagement (usually to a maximum of 1000 words)
These pieces are based on personal experience of studying at university and are usually around 2000 words. What engaged you with your studies, or what disengaged you? What helped you to build relationships in your university? What advice would you give to your younger self? What a dvice would you give to your tutors, or university service managers? Tell us about how you felt about student engagement initiatives and how they impacted on your studying.
You don't need to include references in a student voice piece, but of course you can if you like. Structure the piece so that it has a beginning, middle and end, telling your story in your own words. It can be useful to imagine writing for a colleague or peer who doesn't know much about the aspect of student engagement you are discussing.
We love to receive student voice pieces, and we prefer to have at least one student as the reviewer, so if you are interested in reviewing, please do register.
Case studies/Practice Pieces
These pieces are based on student engagement practices within the setting of the curriculum (learning, teaching and assessment in practice), extra-curricular activities or broader student experience initiatives. A case study should describe the context and a rationale for the work, a fairly brief review of the literature to contextualise the work, then a description of the implementation and an evaluation.
You will need to include an abstract and a reference list. Reference to your ethics approval is required for all research articles and case studies where an institution would feasibly require it. We know there is some variation between countries but we expect to see approval for any study which reports on staff or student experiences in any way. Email us if you need to discuss this.
Case studies are usually around 3000 words.
Research articles should report on substantive qualitative or quantitative studies (or mixed methods) about student engagement. They will usually be be approximately 6-8000 words in length (inclusive of all texts, bios, abstracts, references, tables and figures). However, if your paper is considered suitable for review but is over the word limit it you will be asked to shorten it on return of reviewer comments and revision. If your paper is considerably over the word limit, it will be returned to you without being checked and we will ask you to resubmit a shortened version.
Abstracts of between 150-250 words are required for all manuscripts submitted. The paper should be based on ongoing or completed research and should provide a clear rationale for the study, a literature review, an overview of the research methodology adopted (we welcome both qualitative and quantitative research), presentation of findings and a discussion of those findings in relation to existing knowledge (a maximum of 8000 words). You can adapt these headings to your own needs and style, but some form of each of these sections is likely to be necessary to ensure that the work is well situated in the literature on student engagement and that the narrative is clear to readers. Reference to your ethics approval is required for all research articles and case studies where an institution would feasibly require it. We know there is some variation between countries but we expect to see approval for any study which reports on staff or student experiences in any way. Email us if you need to discuss this.
Each manuscript should include keywords. (we may suggest changes to these to enable consistency).
These are fairly short contributions based on the perspective of the writer. These will be informed opinions which may reference scholarship but are not expected to be rigorous as papers. They will usually be a maximum of 2000 words and related to a topical issue in student engagement.
Non-text submissions – this would include short films, animations, audio files/podcasts or other forms of media that can be shared on-line and are accessible to our readers. Contact the editorial team to ensure that the submission is in a suitable format for the journal.
Creativity special issuespecial edition organisation
This section is for authors seeking developmental feedback on their articles before peer review.
Special Edition Abstracts
What impact has the pandemic had on student engagement in higher education? Are there things you've been forced to do quickly which are working well which you would like to keep? How has student engagement changed? We think our readers would like to find out more about how it's been and then think about how these experiences may shape the future of student engagement.
We hope to capture all the dimensions of engagement - interactions, community-building, partnership, co-creation, design, peer learning and whatever else has affected you. We invite case studies, articles, opinion pieces and student voice pieces; we are always keen to encourage pieces co-authored with students, and provide support for student-led pieces.
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