Editorial Policies


Paper types and submission processes

For information about the types of paper published by the Journal of Learning Analytics, how to submit a paper, and details of the peer review process, see the journal's Focus & Scope.

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Learning Analytics publishes three issues a year: Spring, Summer and Fall.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The journal does not charge authors submission or processing charges to submit – costs are covered by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).

The journal operates an ‘Early Access’ system, through which accepted papers are first published as soon as possible after acceptance, and assigned to an issue number at a later date. This system maximises exposure to the work from the earliest possible date, while also ensuring the rigour of the peer review process.


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Special Section Proposals

Special Section Proposals

To submit a proposal for a special section, guest editors should email jla.editorial@gmail.com with a 1-3 page document detailing:

    1. Guest editors and their respective affiliations
    2. Proposed theme of the special section, and background on why it is important and timely
    3. Scope and relevant topics for the special section
    4. Proposed timeline for the review process and publication
These details will form the basis of the call for papers for the special section. Special section proposals will be reviewed based on their relevance to the learning analytics community, previous coverage of the topic in the journal and other publications, and likely impact on the field.

Statement on Publication Ethics and Misconduct

The Journal of Learning Analytics subscribes to the UTS ePress Statement on Publication Ethics and Transparency and follows the ethical standards set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with the following items related to publication ethics. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines will be returned to authors.
    • The submission is original and has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted to another journal for consideration.
    • The text adheres to the ethical, stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines
In case of misconduct, plagiarism, or if a paper is found not to be original, it will be rejected or removed following the COPE retraction guidelines.



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Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the author/s to ensure:

    • Any conflicting or competing interest is disclosed on submission of their work and all sources of funding are declared.
    • They contact the Journal Editors to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work.
    • The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited, according to the Journal’s style guide.
    • Authorship of the work is accurately reflected. This means all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the authorship of the work, and all those who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, or analysis and interpretation of the work. Other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the paper and their contribution described. Please refer to the Authorship Statement below for more information on authorship.
    • That their submission follows all Author Guidelines (including those for ensuring a blind review).

Authorship Statement

Authorship of an article in the Journal of Learning Analytics (JLA) is an important label that denotes both credit and responsibility for the work conducted and should accurately reflect individuals’ contributions.

Qualification for authorship of a JLA article is based on three criteria:

    1. Substantial contributions to the conception of the work, design of the study, or analysis and interpretation of the data
    2. Involvement in the writing of the manuscript to be submitted
    3. Approval of the final submitted version with responsibility for the integrity of its content
The author list for a JLA submission should include all those, and only those, who satisfy all three of these criteria. Individuals who meet the first criterion should have the opportunity to qualify for authorship by being given the opportunity to participate in the review, drafting, and final approval of the manuscript. Any changes to the author list (including order) must be approved by all authors of the original submission.

Contributors who do not meet all three of the criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but can be recognized in a separate acknowledgements section. JLA explicitly disallows the practices of guest, gift and ghost authorship; responsibility for the correct attribution of authorship resides collectively with the submitting authors.

Submissions with four or more authors will be required to submit a statement that outlines the contribution that each author has made to the work and manuscript preparation.


Complaints related to the Journal of Learning Analytics should be directed in the first instance to the Editors via the official journal contact information. Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics. If complainants are unsatisfied with the response they may contact the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR).