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. As a professional courtesy, authors should indicate if they are submitting such work, and if and where the work currently appears or has appeared. Exceptions include: Translations into English of a previously published paper by the same authors not in English; Publication of all or part of a revised thesis or dissertation; Publication of a paper previously made public as a conference presentation, white paper, technical report, or preprint.
The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. Exceptions made for OER Reviews Submissions.
Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
For Articles, download the article template to format article before submission.
The text adheres to the APA stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
All funding sources and contributors are listed in the Acknowledgments section.
Author(s) have stated any conflicts of interest, or have included a statement declaring no conflict of interest.
Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals, ethical treatment of human and animal research participants, and gathering of informed consent details have been provided as Supplementary Information as necessary.
Two columns will be chosen per JOERHE publication. They should be submitted as other articles in the current CFP to the "Columns" section unless previously agreed upon by the Columns Editor. Columns are meant for a general audience so avoid technical language unless necessary. If technical language needs to be used, be sure to thoroughly explain. The focus should be educational but not a presentation of original research or a case study.
- Download the Column Template here
- Columns should be between 2000-3000 words
- No abstract required- Leave field blank
- Include title and 5-6 keywords
- It is encouraged to have the column broken up into sections with subheadings
- Hyperlinks are encouraged for online sources. Make sure all hyperlinks are active and usable before submission
- Columns are meant for a general audience so avoid technical language unless necessary. If technical language needs to be used, be sure to thoroughly explain. The focus should be educational but not a presentation of original research or a case study
- Though intended for a general audience, this is still a scholarly piece, thus references are encouraged
- Illustrations, graphs, and tables should be used sparingly and should adhere to APA formatting
Please format Columns into the Column Template before uploading.
JOERHE welcomes quantitative and qualitative research articles and discussion pieces concerning Open Educational Resources in Higher Education. Authors are encouraged to discuss the practical applications of their knowledge and findings, propose best practices, discuss theoretical models and frameworks, and to describe their programmatic and practical experiences.
Submission and Publishing Timeline
The Call for Papers is announced in the Spring. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Submissions will not be accepted outside of the CFP. The digital release of the issue is in the Fall of the same year.
Call For Papers
Feb 1- April 5
Open Peer Review
Ends May 24th
Deadline for Initial Editorial Decisions
Deadline for Final Editorial Decisions
Copy Editing, Layout, and Galley Approval
Aug 31st- Sept 12th
Main Text File
Download the Article Template Here
The main text file should be in Word format and include:
- Abstract (no more than 250 words)
- Up to five keywords
- Main body (3,000-6,000 words, excluding references)
- Literature Review
- Conflict of Interest Statement
This journal uses American Psychological Association (APA) reference style.
Figures and Supporting Information:
Up to four (4) figures, tables, graphs, diagrams, supporting information, and appendices may be supplied and should be embedded in the main body of the text. Additional items can be uploaded as supplementary electronic files e.g. survey instruments, data, etc.
Data/Supplementary Information (optional)
Any Datasets or Supplementary Information should be submitted as a separate file. The file should be clearly named and all information accompanied by legends or captions.
Please format your article submission into the Article Template before uploading.
The Innovative Practices section consists of short-form, practical, applicable, case-study type articles that are not research-based and provide a description of a practice, innovation, or program that is replicable and/or useful for individuals in higher education who are engaged in Open Pedagogy, Open Data, and/or Open Educational Resources. The addition of tables, toolkits, checklists, and other practical aids are encouraged.
Innovative Practice submissions should be 3,000-4,000 words excluding references and appendices. Innovative Practices undergo one round of open peer review as well as a review by the Section Editor.
Please format your article submission into the Innovatice Practices Template before uploading.
OER Review Proposal Submission
JOERHE welcomes proposals for OER content reviews. OER content eligible for review include textbooks and ancillary materials, activities, lesson plans, modules, and simulations at the post-secondary level. Proposals should be submitted as other articles in the current CFP to the "Reviews" section unless previously agreed upon by the Reviews Editor. The Reviews Editor will select the OER review proposal and invite a full review submission. Up to 5 review submissions will be chosen per JOERHE publication.
OER eligible for review must be:
- Published in an Institutional or OER Repository
- Have a persistent URL
- Have an open license, such as a Creative Commons license
OER Review Proposal Submission Guidelines
- Include a brief narrative of 100 words or less addressing the following:
- A link to the OER content
- Your experience with OER and/or OER reviews
- Why the OER merits review
If your proposal is accepted, you will work with the Reviews Editor to produce the following:
- Review Narrative
- Word File, MP3, MP4 acceptable
- Review Rubric
- The OER review narrative may be submitted in one of three ways:
- A Word File, no longer than 1,500 words in APA format
- Select "Submission Text" to upload file
- An MP4 file, screencast showing the material with an accompanying audio narrative, no longer than 10 minutes
- Select "Multimedia Submission" to upload file
- An MP3 file, audio narrative, no longer than 10 minutes
- Select "Multimedia Submission" to upload file
- Download OER Review Rubric as a Word File
- Upload completed Review Rubric as a Word File and include in File:
- Title of OER material
- Author(s) of content
- URL to OER content
As a condition of publication in Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education, all authors agree to the following terms of licensing/copyright ownership:
- First publication rights to original work accepted for publication is granted to Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education but copyright for all work published in the journal is retained by the author(s).
- Works published in Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). By granting a CC BY license in their work, authors retain copyright ownership of the work, but they give explicit permission for others to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the work, as long as the original source and author(s) are properly cited. No permission is required from the author(s) or the publishers for such use. According to the terms of the CC BY license, any reuse or redistribution must indicate the original CC BY license terms of the work.
- Authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.
It will be the responsibility of the authors to secure all necessary copyright permissions for the use of third party materials in their manuscript. Authors will be required to provide written evidence of this permission upon acceptance of their manuscript.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.