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Susan A. Yoon & Jan Van Aalst
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19 February 2020
JLS will have a new lay-out that the publisher has already implemented for some other journals. This change applies to all new accepted articles.The biggest change is the introduction of structured abstracts for regular and special issue articles (not Reports and Reflections). From now the structured abstract should be less than 200 words and have the following elements: Background, Methods, Findings, and Contribution. We hope that structured abstracts will help bring out the significance of the...
19 February 2020
You probably are aware that a new edition of American Psychological Association was released last year (APA, 7th ed.). The new style has significant changes to referencing. JLS has agreed with the publisher to adopt this new style with immediate effect, with a short transition period. For the next two months we will not return manuscripts that don't comply with 7th edition, but the final version that is accepted must do so. From May 1, new manuscripts must also comply. If you use EndNote, the 7t...
19 February 2020
In November we issued a call for proposals for the next special issue, to be published in in 2021. We received 7 very good proposals, which were discussed by two independent meetings of associate editors: one for the those in the US and Canada, and one for those in Europe and Asia. We selected a proposal on learning in and through the arts, to be edited by Keith Sawyer and Erica Halverson. This proposal received the strongest support in the review and addresses an important need to extend the re...


Situating Data Science: Exploring How Relationships to Data Shape LearningSituating Data Science: Exploring How Relationships to Data Shape Learning 

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson & Joseph L. Polman

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The scope of JLS and instructions for authors are explained at the publisher's website (above). Here we mention 3 areas specific areas where we currently would like to see more submissions:

  • Articles that help the field understand how learning-sciences research can better impact policy and practice. Please see the open-access guest editorial by Susan McKenney for a detailed call.
  • Reports and Reflections: These are short articles of 4000 to 6000 words that aim to stir up debate and support the development of the field. For 3 examples, see volume 23 issue 1 (2014). We are interested in articles that help to make connections to other fields, methodological papers, and many more topics.
  • Articles that enhance the international reach of JLS. Articles from regions that are relatively new to the learning sciences.

 2018 Impact Factor 3.545

Rank 8/243 for Education, 7/59 for Educational Psychology 

 Average Review Time 107 days in 2018 

Acceptance rate  11.6% in 2018

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Reviewers explain the review process at JLS

Preparing your manuscript 

After your article is published

JLS uses three strategies to promote your newly published article. The three strategies are:

  •   Web Annotation: Web annotations can be a useful vehicle for getting conversations around published articles started, provide information to authors about who is interested in the article, provide feedback, and build connections.
  •   Video Introductions: Video intro is a 3-min video to summarise the key contributions of your article. 
  •   Webinars: a webinar is an online seminar in which you discuss your article with interested audiences. 

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