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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 submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs or DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text and references are double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed at the end of the text, with placement clearly marked within the text at the appropriate points.
  • The text is in the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If applicable, the manuscript adheres to institutional and funding agency ethics requirements for collecting data on human participants. Indicate the details in your manuscript (anomyize for review)
  • Ensure your paper does not include any identifying information. This includes author names, institutional affiliations, programs, and/or identifying details in the text and self-citations. Additionally, please remove “Document Properties and Personal Information” using the "Check for Issues” feature in Microsoft Word.

Author Guidelines

Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching (PPLT) is a publication of the University of Calgary Conference on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching. The publication publishes manuscripts developed from presentations delivered at this conference.

By submitting a manuscript to Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching (PPLT), the author(s) agree(s), that neither the manuscript nor any substantially similar manuscript has been published, is in press, or is under consideration elsewhere.


PPLT accepts submissions in essay format and submitted as an MS Word document. Use a standard typeface and size (Times New Roman 12 pt.) and double space with left justification. Margins should be 1 inch and essays should be 6-10 pages, including figures and tables, with a maximum of two pages for references. Please include an abstract of 100-150 words.


PPLT uses the language and format (headings, tables, figures, citations, and references) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.)

All tables should be in an editable format (i.e., not an inserted graph). If the tables are created in Word, ensure the tables are created using columns and rows and not using tabs. All tables and figures should be placed at the end of the manuscript on separate pages but within a single document. Placement of each table and figure within the text should be clearly marked within the text as "Place table (or figure) X here".

Figures should have enough resolution so that when it is printed on a letter size page, everything is legible. Whenever possible, include the original file that was used to create the figure (e.g., Excel, PowerPoint, or Photoshop).

Ensure pattern (not colour) is used to distinguish portions of the figure, or used in the legend. While the colour version of the manuscript will be made available on the PPLT Open Journal System, some readers may only be able to print a black-and-white version of the manuscript, and figures need to be legible without colour.

Running head

A running head of no more than 5 words should be included in the manuscript.

References and citations  

All references and citations are in the APA (7th ed.) format. 

A resource for how to cite Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers: 
Last name, First initial. Nation/Community. Treaty Territory if applicable. Where they live if applicable. Topic/subject of communication if applicable. personal communication. Month Date, Year.


Footnotes are not allowed and endnotes should be minimal and be listed after the text and before the Reference section, having been marked within the text by superscript numerals.


Authors are responsible for copyediting and APA compliance.

Book Reviews

The intent of each issue of PPLT is to include reviews of books authored by the conference keynote speakers, and other books relevant to teaching and learning in higher education.

The conference offers an opportunity for faculty, students, academic librarians and staff at the University of Calgary and the wider academic community to share, critically examine and build on our collective knowledge of teaching and learning.

Scholars are invited to review recent books written by the featured keynote speakers, or other books that pertain directly to the conference theme in learning and teaching in higher education.

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