Submission Guidelines

The Educational Journal of Living Theories is a free and open access journal solely published online. Submitted papers should be of an appropriate scholarly standard for publication in an academic journal. They should include distinguishing qualities of a Living Educational Theory methodology and / or make a contribution to the field of Living Educational Theory research. Practitioner-researchers are encouraged to submit accounts that include multimedia narratives and include other non-textual forms of expression. All accounts submitted for publication undergo a rigorous peer review, based on an initial editor screening followed by a double-blind review carried out by a minimum of two referees.

All papers undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and a double-blind review by a minimum of two referees.

Guidance to authors submitting a paper to EJOLTs

Overarching criteria EJOLTs holds for publication are as follows

The submission should:

  1. Be of high academic and scholarly quality;
  2. Include distinguishing qualities of a Living Educational Theory methodology and/or;
  3. Make a contribution to the field of Living Theory research.       return to top

Papers that successfully pass the double blind review stage

Author/s are informed that either:

  • their paper will be passed directly to the Editorial Board to decide whether or not to publish in EJOLTs


  • further work is needed before the Editorial Board will consider the paper for publication.

If further work is required, the author will be sent a summary of the improvements required before publication. They will be invited to engage in an online conversation in the Virtual Space of Cooperation with a peer-review team with the aim of strengthening the paper and working towards publication. If the author wishes, they can nominate a member of the peer-reviewer list for the team of three (mustered by the Editor) who will engage with them in this process. A rubric is provided to guide the conversation ­ ­on the 'review process' page.

When the appointed team advises the Editor that the paper is of appropriate quality to be considered for publication, the Editor sends the paper to the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board then decides whether to publish the paper in EJOLTs. The Editor informs the author of the decision.                                                                                  return to top

Papers that do not successfully pass the double-blind review stage

The author/s will be informed that the paper does not meet the criteria for publication but, should they wish to revise it by using the responses from the reviewers to guide them, they could resubmit the paper. If the paper is judged to not be within the scope of EJOLTs, then they will be advised to consider submitting to another journal.  return to top

Submission guidelines: length, form etc

General guidance

We expect your paper to include a clearly written description and explanation in English[1] of the context(s), purposes, processes and outcomes of your enquiry.  EJOLTs papers are normally between 6,000 and 12,000 words long in total (including references and appendixes).                                          return to submission guidelines 

Ethical/copyright considerations

  1. EJOLTs is not responsible for copyrights and any ethical consequences of the publication of any particular contribution (written or in the form of multimedia).
  2. You as author must ensure you have any necessary ethical approval, copyright and permissions for all images, videos, artwork etc. that you include in your paper.
  3. It is also your responsibility to ensure all people providing sources of data referred to in the paper have given their informed consent and that no one involved in the processes of the research has been coerced into co-operation or is unknowingly being co-opted. You must ensure that you have followed all ethical guidelines relevant to research to educational practitioner researchers in your field of practice, such as that of BERA or the BPS.
  4. You must acknowledge all contributions of individuals and groups and their affiliations (see Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement) including your own.                                                                                  return to submission guidelines


  • We require accounts to be as jargon-free as possible and expressed in ways that will be comprehensible to as wide an audience as possible. Please explain technical terms clearly as you go along.
  • Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to accept papers other than those written in English. However, we will try to help authors whose first language is not English with the linguistic clarification of particular concepts they highlight as needing attention.
  • English spelling and grammar should be used throughout.  All papers should be very carefully proof read before submission.  return to submission guidelines


  • EJOLTS encourages submission of multimedia accounts, which include text, still images, audio, and video that help to communicate meanings of the energy-flowing values and practice that form the practitioner-researcher’s explanatory principles and standards of judgement in the paper. Where appropriate and possible, you are encouraged to integrate URLs linked to the papers, videos, image etc. referenced.
  • We recognise that different workplaces and geographical locations have access to different levels of ICT provision; consequently, we will not penalise contributors who are not able to make use of hi-tech resources. We simply wish to emphasise here our openness to the multiple forms of representation that are acceptable as descriptions and explanations of practice.
  • Remember EJOLTs is published online so it is advised that photographs, representational artwork, etc. included in the paper are first saved in jpeg format in as low a resolution as low as possible that still allows images to be clear when published on the web. Then ‘insert’ images (do not ‘copy and paste’).  This helps to keep the files size as small as possible and so makes it easier for readers to download the paper.                          return to submission guidelines


  • Accounts can be submitted in MS WORD (*.doc or *.docx) or in Open Document Format (*.odt).
  • Video and audio files should be externally hosted, via sites such as YouTube and SoundCloud. URLs should be included in the main text as well as the reference list. You must ensure, as far as possible, that these links will continue to be accessible for the life of the published paper.
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First page should contain (only):

  1. The title of the paper,
  2. Name(s) of the author(s),
  3. The institution, affiliation or location of each author
  4. The name and email of the corresponding author
  5. An abstract (maximum 250 words)
  6. Keywords (maximum of 5).

Second page should begin with

  • the title of the paper,
  • the abstract and
  • the keywords.

The paper should that follows be between 6,000 and 12,000 (including references and appendixes)


  1. a) Level A Heading – Use Title Case, Bold, 14pt. Arial.
  2. i) Level b heading – Use sentence case, bold, 12pt arial.
  3. a) Level c heading – Use sentence case, italics, 12pt. arial.

Main text:

  • 12pt. Arial. Justified left, ragged right.
  • Paragraph spacing one hard return.
  • Quoted passages shorter than 20 words are contained within the main text and within "...." quotation marks.
  • Quoted passages longer than 20 words as separate paragraph, indented and within "...." quotation marks.
  • Put terms minted/invented by the author or used in a novel context in '...' quotation marks e.g. The 'respectful editor'.
  • Use ellipsis ( ... )with space either side; 'en-dash' ( – ) also with space either side.
  • All Figures, Tables, Illustrations, Images, captioned as Figure 1. Title of image 12pt. Arial.
  • All Videos, Audio files – include full url.
  • Use Harvard format for all references and in text citations: See                                               
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 Author’s Pre-submission checklist

Before submitting your paper using the e-submission form and sending as an attachment to [email protected]

Check that your paper:

  • Is of a high academic and scholarly quality. By this we mean you show a reasonable and well-reasoned argument and that you have creatively and critically engaged with thinking of others.
  • Clearly includes the distinguishing qualities of a Living Educational Theory methodology and/or the contribution it makes to the field of Living Theory research.  
  • Is potentially comprehensible to an audience interested in extending their knowledge of the transformational possibilities of Living Theory research
  • Can be understood by practitioners from diverse fields of practice and research
  • Has sufficient evidence to support all the claims that are made
  • Communicates clearly how you have validated your knowledge claims so that the reader can share in that knowledge through the creative aspects of their own reading
  • Provides sufficient details of the normative background of your research in terms of your socio-cultural, historical, economic and political contexts, and inter-personal relationships for your research to be understood.
  • Has sufficient detail for the reader to know enough about you and your co-authors or researchers to understand what you are saying and why.
  • Is between 6,000 and 12,000 words long in total (including references and appendixes)                                                 return to submission guidelines

[1]        At the moment we are operating entirely in English. However, negotiated editing facilities will be offered to contributors whose first language is not English. Languages shared between the Editorial Board include Croatian, German and Mandarin Chinese. We hope to widen the scope of languages suitable for publication in EJOLTS.