Open Access Policy
Teaching & Learning Inquiry provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. TLI adheres to the BOAI definition of open access: that users have the right to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles".
Articles published in TLI are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited, and that reproductions of this work cannot be used for commercial purposes.
There are no charges to authors for article processing (APC's) or for submission.
Ethical Review of Human Subjects ResearchSoTL projects are classified as 'human subjects research.' Consequently, authors documenting SoTL projects should have ensured that these projects have been successfully reviewed according to the institution’s research ethics committee guidelines. Policies and procedures for review of human research ethics vary by institution, so check with your institution for details.
Disclosure of Conflict of Interest
Authors will disclose any conflicts of interest upon submission. In accordance with APA guidelines, TLI requires that all authors provide “notice of any interests that might be seen as influencing the research.”
Authors who publish with Teaching & Learning Inquiry agree to the following terms of copyright:
Authors retain copyright and grant Teaching & Learning Inquiry right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, allowing others to share the work with proper acknowledgement and citation of the work's authorship and initial publication in Teaching & Learning Inquiry.
To be eligible for publication in TLI, manuscripts should not be shared publicly (i.e., posted online) a) while under review (after being initially submitted, or after being revised and resubmitted for reconsideration), or b) upon notice of acceptance and before publication. However, in pursuit of manuscripts of the highest quality, TLI encourages authors--before submitting to TLI--to seek mentorship and feedback from relevant communities. (This copyright specification does not apply to presenting at conferences, which a traditional academic practice in readying ideas for publication.)
Authors may enter separate, additional contractual agreements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in Teaching & Learning Inquiry. Here are sample statements acknowledging this initial publication:
For reprints: “[article title]” by [authors] ([date]) originally was published in Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI), the official journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Articles published in TLI are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. The original article is available at [DOI].For adaptations: This publication extends or adapts “[article title]” by [authors] ([date]), originally published in Teaching & Learning Inquiry (TLI), the official journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). Articles published in TLI are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. The original article is available at [DOI].
Once published, authors are strongly encouraged to share the published version widely, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in Teaching & Learning Inquiry. (See The Effect of Open Access.)
Publication Ethics & Malpractice StatementIn keeping with the standards of scholarly communication, TLI abides by the 10 policies in the following Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement.
1. TLI's Editorial Board & Journal's Relationship to Professional Organization
TLI's Editorial Board is made up of recognized international leaders in the field. In its pursuit of quality, TLI is accountable to its Editorial Board and to the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), the major professional organization for SoTL practitioners and scholars and those who support them.
The co-editors of TLI are in regular communication with these two bodies to ensure the journal’s high standards, its international representation, and its adherence to the values and principles of the Society.
2. Authors & Authors’ Responsibilities
There are no fees or charges required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in the journal, as indicated by the Open Access Policy statement.
- that their submission is prepared appropriately for an anonymous review process,
- that all authors have significantly contributed to the work,
- that their submission has not been previously published and is not under consideration for another publication, and
- that their work adheres to the TLI Style Guide for Authors, which includes providing references in APA format, including DOIs where available.
As part of the submission process, authors also include information regarding sponsorship or other support of the work. In accordance with APA guidelines, TLI requires that all authors provide “notice of any interests that might be seen as influencing the research.”
If authors become aware of an error, they are obliged to promptly notify the editors of TLI and provide retractions or corrections of mistakes.
3. Peer Review Process
Manuscripts considered appropriate for review (except reviews of books, conferences, etc.) are examined by three reviewers using a double anonymous reviewing process. Full details are available in the journal's onlie description of its peer review process.
The editors, associate editors, Editorial Board members, and reviewers will not be involved in the review process if they have collaborated with any author(s), work at the same institution as the author(s), or have a personal relationship that doesn’t allow them to evaluate the manuscript objectively.
Reviewer guidelines include the following:
- Judgements should be fair, unbiased, informed by expertise, and based on Felten's "Principles of Good Practice in SoTL,” a highly cited work in the field.
- Reviewers should have no conflict of interest.
- Reviewers should point out relevant published work not cited in the paper.
- Reviewed articles should be treated confidentially.
4. Journal Response to Research Misconduct
The editors will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. If the journal’s editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, the editors will investigate the allegation by contacting the authors and their institutions as necessary. Depending on the results of the investigation, the article and any supplementary material may be corrected or retracted. In that event, a notice of the correction or retraction will be posted on the journal’s announcements page, on the table of contents for the issue the article appeared in, and on the original page for the article.
5. Copyright and Access
TLI is an open access journal, freely available via the Internet. Authors retain copyright and grant Teaching & Learning Inquiry right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, allowing others to share the work with proper acknowledgement and citation of the work's authorship and initial publication in Teaching & Learning Inquiry. More detailed information is available in the journal's Open Access Policy and in the Copyright Notice section of the Author Guidelines.
TLI uses the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.
7. Ownership and Management
Information about TLI's sponsor, the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL), and publisher, the University of Calgary (Digitization and Repository Services, Libraries and Cultural Resources,) is available in the Journal History section of the TLI website.
The TLI website (http://tlijournal.com) includes statements on rigour and ethics, and a link to this statement on publication ethics and malpractice.
9. Publishing Schedule
TLI is published twice annually.
10. Name of Journal
The full name of the journal, Teaching & Learning Inquiry: The ISSOTL Journal, is unique and clearly indicates the relationship between the journal and the sponsoring International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this journal falls within the scope of the standard functioning of peer-reviewed journals. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to informs readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.
This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.
Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, thepublic record of scholarly publishing
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