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 and 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.

As part of the submission process, authors complete a detailed checklist and follow TLI's specific Author Guidelines, thereby affirming the following:

  • 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. TLI 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 License, (CC-BY) 4.0 International, 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.

6.  Archiving

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.

8. Website

The TLI website (  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.