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Learning and Teaching

The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences

Information for Authors

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Aims and scope
LATISS – Learning and Teaching is a refereed journal that uses the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, politics, international relations and social policy to reflect critically on learning and teaching practices in higher education and to analyse their relationship to changes in higher education policies and institutions.

The research field of Learning and Teaching includes:

  • all aspects of learning and teaching and higher education reform from national and
  • comparative perspectives, developments in curriculum, assessment, learning and teaching methods
  • institutional, national and international policies on learning and teaching – e.g. shifts from elite to mass education, audit systems, quality enhancement, the Bologna process and markets in higher education.

The journal seeks to promote scholarship and research on learning and teaching and invites contributions from a wide and diverse community of practitioners, researchers and students.

Submission of Manuscripts
Mailed submissions will be reviewed, however e-mail submissions are preferred. Please note that all correspondence will take place via e-mail. Send email submissions to the editors:

Penny Welch and Sue Wright

Mailed submissions must include a disk or CD and three printed copies of the article. Please mail materials to:

Penny Welch
University of Wolverhampton
Stafford Street, Wolverhampton
Tel: 01902 321000.

Submissions should be original and not be under consideration by any other publication. Please ensure that the manuscript is for an audience with a basic knowledge of the area, and that it is written in a succinct, disciplined and precise style, avoiding jargon and convoluted constructions wherever possible. Contributions are likely to fall into one of four categories:

  • Articles (5000-8000 words) extending knowledge through original research and scholarship.
  • Essays (3000-4000 words) offering new perspectives and stimulating debate
  • Reports (1000-2500 words) of research in progress and innovations in practice
  • Reviews (600-1000 words) of relevant recent publications, electronic media and software and conferences.


The document must be set at the US letter or A4 paper size standard. The entire document (including the notes and references) should be double-spaced with 1-inch (2.5 cm) margins on all sides. A 12-point standard font such as Times or Times New Roman is required and should be used for all text, including headings, notes, and references. An unusual character or diacritical mark should be flagged, as the character may not translate correctly during typesetting.

The article must include an abstract of no more than 150 words and 6 to 8 keywords. The abstract should not duplicate the text verbatim but include the research question or issue, identify the data, and give some indication of the findings. Keywords will be drawn from the content and not duplicate the article title.

Upon acceptance, authors are required to submit copyright agreements and all necessary permission letters for reprinting or modifying copyrighted materials. The author is fully responsible for obtaining all permissions and any related fees.

Anonymous Review
The last page should provide the title of the article, complete contact information for each author (address, phone, fax, and e-mail), biographical data of approximately 100 words for each author, and any acknowledgments. Please provide a total word count and indicate the number of tables and/or figures as included. Highlight or otherwise indicate any subsequent references to previous work by the author(s) so that manuscripts can be made entirely anonymous before being sent to 2 referees.

Process for Refereeing and Accepting Articles
Learning and Teaching is a refereed journal. Articles are sent to two or three people with relevant experience and expertise for comment. Referees are asked to advise the editors whether the article should be published and if so, with what recommended changes. The editors respond to the author with their decision and a list of any changes needed for the article to be accepted for publication. They also send the anonymous referees' comments to the author.

Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication but do not conform to the style guide may be rejected or returned to the author for amendment. The Editors also reserve the right to alter usage to conform to the style guide issued by the Publishers. Authors may not supply new materials or request major alterations following the copyediting stage so please ensure that all text is final upon acceptance. Contributors will receive one free copy of the relevant issue.

Style Guide
The style guide is based on the Oxford Guide to Style (OGS), with some deviations for house preferences. The journal uses British punctuation and spelling, following The Oxford English Dictionary (OED). Please refer to the following for a summary of key stylistic requirements Download PDF

Ethics Statement
Authors published in Learning and Teaching (LATISS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to anonymous peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While every effort is made by the publishers and the editorial board to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make it clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete Learning and Teaching Ethics Statement.

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