Journal of the Learning Sciences

Welcome to JLS

Visit this page for news, resources for reviewing and writing at JLS, and information about ways to engage with articles once they’re published.

The publisher’s website for this journal is located at

A. Susan Jurow & Jianwei Zhang, JLS Co-Editors in Chief
A. Susan Jurow & Jianwei Zhang,
JLS Co-Editors in Chief

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Featured Article

  • JLS Outstanding Paper (2022): Utilizing dance resources for learning and engagement in STEM

    This paper authored by Folashadé Solomon, Dionne Champion, Mariah Steele and Tracey Wright received the Outstanding Paper Award from the Journal of the Learning Sciences. As the selection panel comments, “By employing culturally responsive pedagogy, the authors established a connection between the learning of physics and dance education, thereby promoting access and equity…The meticulous analysis provided insights into how dance, as an embodied form of knowledge, facilitated a transformation in the black girls’ relationship with physics.”

    See the video talk below and the full text at

Call for Manuscripts

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Articles that enhance the international reach of JLS. Articles from regions that are relatively new to the learning sciences.

JLS by the Numbers

  • 2021 Impact Factor 6.083
  • 5-Year Impact Factor 6.888
  • Rank 13/267 for Education, 6/61 for Educational Psychology
  • Acceptance rate 10% in 2022


Reviewers Explain the Review Process at JLS

Both reviewing and making use of reviews are important aspects of being an academic. In this video series we interviewed experienced learning scientists about their reviewing. If you’re a new reviewer view these videos to learn about the reviewing culture at JLS. If you’re already experienced, pick up a few new ideas.

Topics include why scholars decide to review, how they approach the task, the key issues that go into their recommendations, communicating with authors, and tips for new reviewers.

Preparing your manuscript

  • NEW! Changes to APA style: From May 2020, all new manuscripts are required to follow APA style 7th edition. There are many changes to referencing and style. View this video from Scribbr to get up to speed.
  • NEW! Writing the structured abstract: View our Resources page to understand why this strategy was introduced how how to use it effectively.

After your article is published

JLS uses two strategies to promote your newly published article. These strategies are:

  • iconWeb 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 iconVideo Introductions: A video intro is a 3 minute video to summarize the key contributions of your article.
  • webinar iconWebinars: A webinar is an online seminar in which you discuss your article with interested audiences.