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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Submission for Research Articles section or Case Studies section has been scrutinised, reviewed and approved by an institutional ethics process and/or committee.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed. Please ensure that there are two copies of submission:

    1. One anonymous copy of submission for blind review upload in Step 2 and;
    2. A non-anonymous copy of submission. You will upload this version in Step 4 as a Supplementary File.

Author Guidelines

Guidance for authors

Scope of the journal

The Student Engagement and Experience Journal is an interdisciplinary, online peer-reviewed publication hosted by Sheffield Hallam University. The journal invites contributions from colleagues in varied roles and disciplines who share an enthusiasm for fostering student engagement with learning and providing and supporting outstanding student experiences at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.

Although primarily focused on the student engagement with their learning experiences, the editors recognise the impact of students' broader experiences (not restricted to those shaped by the curriculum) from recruitment to becoming alumni. The journal aims to provide space for discussion of these issues and to start conversations across roles and subject disciplines.

The journal takes a broad notion of student engagement, rooted in the literature. Submissions are particularly invited which address evidenced features of good practice in fostering student engagement and providing and supporting an outstanding student experience at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level. These may include:

  • Encouraging interaction between staff and students
  • Encouraging a sense of community and co-operation amongst students
  • Encouraging active learning
  • Motivating students through high expectations and levels of challenge
  • Encouraging students to spend 'time on task'
  • Respecting diverse talents and approaches to learning
  • Providing students with prompt feedback on their progress

Collaborative submissions are especially welcomed: particularly those that involve colleagues working in different roles or areas of the institution.

Types of submissions

The journal accepts a range of submissions including:

  • Research articles (2000-5000 words)
    These may include original qualitative or quantitative research (analysing primary or secondary data), analysis of policy and strategy, and reviews of theory or literature. All research articles will be expected to apply appropriate methodological rigour.
  • Case studies of practice (2000-5000 words)
    These may include examples of learning materials, pedagogic approaches, processes and systems, and approaches to student support which foster student engagement. Case studies are expected to be accompanied by reflection and evaluation of the impact the example had on student engagement and the student experience.
  • Viewpoints (500-1500 words)
    Viewpoints are more journalistic in style and may include personal reflections or opinion pieces that aim to start a conversation or contribute to the debate on an particular topic within student engagement or the student experience more broadly.
  • Book reviews/recommendations (500-1000 words)
    Authors are invited to submit reviews of recent books (or older publications that reviewers consider to have had a significant influence on their practice) that address any aspect of student engagement or the broader student experience. Book reviews should include a short overview of the book's contents, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, and identify what use/impact the book could have on practice.

The word limits above are given as a guideline but submissions are not restricted to text based articles. As long as the submission addresses the aims and scope of the journal and meets the criteria for publication, the editorial and peer-review boards are committed to consider and encourage submissions that include new media (e.g. images, video, audio, animations) or are in alternative formats (e.g. posters, presentations, transcripts of conversations).

Style Guide (including template and examples of Harvard referencing) can be found here in Word (Docx)

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