ResearchOER Journal Guidelines to Authors

Authorship Policy

Author(s) should consult the Guidelines to Authors (below) before they submit their manuscripts to ResearchOER Journal. Author(s) should submit their original work (which should not be published before). Author(s) should ensure that their manuscripts have been submitted only to our journal. It is the sole responsibility by authors(s) to ensure that their manuscripts avoid plagiarism and ensuring that all sources are acknowledged. Authors should be listed in the order of contribution to the paper... main author comes first. Author(s) should be accurately represented. Author(s) should adhere to all research ethics guidelines of their discipline. Author(s) should mention if ethics approvals have been gained for their studies, and they must declare the approval number/code. Author(s) are obliged to participate in peer review process. Manuscripts from PhD/Master Theses may not undergo formal peer-review process, as they already went the peer-review process of thesis examination. Author(s) need to consent that their data are authentic and not manipulated. Author(s) should own their data or they have permission to use data to reproduce in their paper. The submitted manuscript MUST NOT infringe on the rights of others, including privacy rights and intellectual property rights. It is the responsibility of author(s) to ensure that each of these rights are maintained. When an error is found, the editor will enforce a correction. Author(s) need to submit an authorship form signed by all authors and according to their agreed order, before an article becomes openly accessed online, and that the article has not and will not be published elsewhere. Author(s) should review the submission's Metadata and check if they are correct and accurate. The metadata is used to index the submission on publication and will assist readers' ability to locate the paper. Articles in ResearchOER Journal are published under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).


Guidelines to Authors Step-by-Step


Step 1: Writing your manuscript

1) Your manuscript should align with the scope of the ResearchOER Journal

2) The abstract (300-400 words) should be structured into: # Background & Aims; # Approach & Methods; # Results & Findings; and # Keywords (at least 5 keywords).

3) Your manuscript can be theoretical, empirical, or methodological. Word limit and the structure for manuscripts vary:

  • Full Paper [5000 - 10000 words]: Title, Introduction, Background & Literature Review, Methodology [approach, instruments, sample], Data Analysis & Results, Discussion, and References

  • Research Report [2000-3000 words]: Title, Introduction, Body, Conclusion, Recommendations, References, and Appendices (if any).

  • Research Proposal [2000-3000 words]: Title, Introduction, Background to Research Problem, Research Problem & Questions, Research Methods, Expected Research Outcomes, Research Limitations, and References

  • Thesis Summary [5000 - 10000 words]: Title, Introduction, Background & Literature Review, Methodology [approach, instruments, sample], Data Analysis & Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Recommendations, and References.


Step 2: Polishing your manuscript

1) Follow the template style:
Font (12 Times New Roman [Normal] & 14 Times New Roman [Section Headings] ),  spaces (1.5 space)
Margins (2 cm each)
Tables & Figures (bi-coloured, in-text, Table Caption Above 12 Times New Roman [Bold] & Figure Caption Below 12 Times New Roman [Bold]).
Footnotes should NOT be used.

2) In-text Citations
Numbered Bibliography. Author [1] OR Sentence [1; 2].
Multiple citation separator ";"

3) References list / Bibliography:
Numbered Bibliography.
List all authors and editors, and use "," between authors / editors, and use "&" before last author / editors.
Book and journal article titles are Sentence case, while Publishers and Journal names are Name Case.
URL Should be provided if available.
Titles of books, book chapters, journal artcles or conference proceedings are always italic and Sentence case.

  • Book: Author’s family name, Initial(s) Year, ‘Title of book’ , Publisher, Place of publication.

  • Edited Book: Editor’s family name, Initial(s) (ed.) Year, ‘Title of book’, Publisher, Place of publication.

  • Book Chapter: Author’s family name, Initial(s) Year, ‘Title of chapter’, in Editor’s family name, Initial(s) (ed.), Title of book, Publisher, Place of publication, pp. x–xx.

  • Journal Article: Author’s family name, Initial(s) Year, ‘Title of article’, Name of Journal, vol. x, no. x, pp. x–xx, <URL>.

  • Conference Proceeding: Author’s family name, Initial(s) Year, ‘Title of the paper’, in Editor’s family name, Initial(s) (ed.), Proceedings of Conference Name, Conference Place, Conference date, pp. x-xx, <URL>.

  • Thesis: Author’s family name, Initial(s) Year, ‘Title of the thesis’, Thesis type, Division/School, University, City, <URL>.

  • Webpage: Author’s family name, Initial(s) Year, ‘Title of webpage’, Description, Website Publisher, date viewed, <URL>.

  • Youtube Clip or Online Media: User’s family name, Initial(s) [or username] uploaded Year, ‘Title of the clip’, Host Name, viewed on Date, <URL>.

  • Report: Author’s family name, Initial(s) Year, ‘Title of report’, Institution, Place Published, <URL>.


Step 3: Submitting your manuscript

1) Register and login to your account and then click on "New Submission" to start the process.

2) Submission Checklist: Authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with the journal policies and manuscript guidelines. Checklist includes whether the submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.  Author needs to make sure that the submission file is in RTF or DOC file format, and it uses the style format of the journal that is outlined in the Author Guidelines. The author should confirm that the Blind Review Policy have been followed and other polices have be fully understood. Author(s) can add any comments, in a blank space for comments in the letter to editor.

3) Uploading the submission file: The submission file should be in a word-processor document (*.rtf or *.doc). You will need to locate and choose the files on your computer. You will need to write the Cover letter to the editor.

4) Entering the Submission's Metadata: This step of the submission process serves to collect all relevant metadata from the author about the author(s) personal information and their manuscript title (full title & short title) and abstract. If there are multiple authors for the submission, their information can be added in "Other Authors" textbox. Author can add any additional information, such as Competing Interests if exist. Then, the author is required to enter the indexing information for the manuscript such as academic discipline and keywords. This will help others find the article. There will be a section that allows author to enter the name of any organization that may have supported the research. Once you entered all meta-data and your manuscript file, you can click submit.


Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest are rare in the field of educational technologies (including the development & use of open educational resources). However, where the work reports an evaluation of a commercial LMS, author(s) should consider carefully whether there is any conflict of interest. Any real or apparent conflicting or competing interest should be clearly stated upon submission of the paper (including any funding assistance). Author(s) are requested to identify who provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in the study design; in the collection, in the analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. It may require that author(s) declare "no conflict of interest" or explain if there are any potential conflict of interest at the beginning of the paper.