A Special Call for JLS Report and Reflection Papers: 30 Years of JLS

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Journal of the Learning Sciences. In three decades, the journal has established itself as one of the premier venues for sharing research on learning and design. As a way to commemorate JLS’ 30th anniversary and envision its growth over the next decade, we invite Reports and Reflections papers that offer deliberate discussion of the conceptual and methodological development of the Learning Sciences and articulate new challenges.

These papers might (a) consolidate “big ideas” related to critical research themes and envision future research agendas that synergize different dimensions of learning; (b) re-consider foundational concepts and design approaches in a new context; and/or, (c) present exploratory studies of new concepts, research methods, designs or technologies that are significant for the next generation of Learning Sciences scholarship. See our editorial note for a few example themes: Note from incoming co-editors.

More info about this Call:

  • Successful submissions for the “30 years of JLS” call will be published in the Report and Reflection section on an ongoing basis in 2021 and 2022.
  • Although we do not have a firm deadline, we would encourage submissions to come in as soon as possible within this year (2021).
  • Keep in mind that JLS does not publish pure literature reviews.
  • Please refer to the JLS instructions for authors regarding the structuring of Reports and Reflections papers. https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=hlns20. Papers submitted to this special call may be slightly longer than regular Reports and Reflections, but should be no longer than 6000 words (excluding references).

Authors who are interested to write such Reports and Reflections papers are welcome to share their themes and abstracts with the JLS editors for early feedback.

Aachey Susan Jurow (susan.jurow(at)colorado.edu) & Jianwei Zhang (jzhang1(at)albany.edu)

Co-Editors in Chief, Journal of the Learning Sciences

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