Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Learning Design was a peer reviewed open-access multidisciplinary forum.

Its focus was on the systematic study and investigation of pedagogy and learning design in higher education, with a focus on the innovative use of technology.

The scope was unlimited in terms of discipline areas addressed and in technologies investigated.

The readership of the journal was interested in the design of learning experiences for higher education students in online, blended and offline learning environments.


Section Policies


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Peer Review Process

Manuscripts submitted for publication were double-blind peer reviewed which means each paper was assessed by two reviewers and any identifying information in relation to the author was removed during the review process.

Reviewers followed an evaluation framework and recommendation guidelines to ensure objectivity and fairness.

Submitted articles had not have been previously published. If publication or dissemination through presentation had occurred, then the article should have acknowledged this and paid due credit to the original source.

Apart from special issues, there was no Call for Papers for the Journal of Learning Design. Submissions were ongoing throughout the year.


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Learning Design was a bi-annual publication, typically in March and September of each year. Special issues were typically published mid-year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content. JLD's definition of Open Access aligns with that of AOSG (Australian Open Access Support Group).

The AOSG, a group based at the Australian National University, Canberra, has listed the Journal of Learning Design on its list of Open-Access journals which it endorses.



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JLD Publication Ethics Statement

JLD aligns itself with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) best practice guidelines for dealing with ethical issues in journal publishing and has adopted the COPE guidelines which the journal members (Advisory Board, editors and the journal manager) have agreed meet the purposes and objectives of the Journal.

COPE’s international standards for authors of scholarly research publications and describes responsible research reporting practice. They may be summarised as follows:

  • The research being reported should have been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner and should comply with all relevant legislation.
  • Researchers should present their results clearly, honestly, and without fabrication, falsification or inappropriate data manipulation.
  • Researchers should strive to describe their methods clearly and unambiguously so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • Researchers should adhere to publication requirements that submitted work is original, is not plagiarised, and has not been published elsewhere.
  • Authors should take collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
  • The authorship of research publications should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions to the work and its reporting.
  • Funding sources and relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed.