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Author Guidelines

We are keen to publish authors' work in a variety of forms. These include:

Opinion Pieces - short and thought provoking, stating a position relating to GTAs in Higher Education and drawing on facts and evidence to support it (a maximum of 1000 words).

Case Studies - based on interventions and projects that identify and deliver a change or innovation in teaching or assessment practice, typically describing: the background context, specifications of the project, discussion of pedagogy/practice, implementation, evaluation and lessons learnt. They should include citations of existing literature (3000 - 4000 words).

Reflective Essays - reflective essays offer a different angle on GTAs' teaching and assessment practice. They are written as first person accounts of the lived experience of GTAs and GTA Developers which have wider applicability to this community of educators. They should analyse, rather than simply describe, and use examples and evidence to support reflection. They should include citations of existing literature (a maximum of 3,000 words).

Book Reviews - a critical overview of a book related to teaching and learning in Higher Education of relevance to Graduate Teaching Assistants (a maximum of 750 words).

Technology Reviews - a critique or review of a technology application that supports teaching and assessment practice, outlining its application for learning and teaching and its strengths and weaknesses (a maximum of 1000 words).

Other formats - if you wish to submit in an alternative format, we are more than happy to be flexible and accessible, so please get in touch with your idea.

Submission format

Submissions to Postgraduate Pedagogies should adhere to the Harvard referencing system both for citations within the text and for the reference list (see Authors are responsible for precision, attention to detail, accuracy and consistency in referencing their papers, in order to assist readers in discoverability. In the reference list in particular, they should be meticulous in everything from punctuation, italicisation, use of single inverted commas where appropriate, the precise method for referencing online sources (and for presenting the date accessed) to ensuring that urls really do work! The word 'online' should never appear in the reference list, as 'Available at:' provides that information.

Authors should never use 'e.g.' or 'See for example' when citing; any citation is, by its very nature, an example.

If in any doubt, authors should look at the link to Harvard referencing above and at previous issues of the JEIPC for the style.

For the purposes of copyediting, authors should never format their reference lists and never apply personally-chosen layouts to their submissions, as these have to be unpicked so that the formatting can be applied. Submissions should be in Word, without any of Word style formatting, and with all visual material inserted, without text-wrapping, where each figure should appear.

Abstracts should be included at the head of each submission so that they can be copyedited, but authors should be aware that the copyedited versions of the abstracts will then be transferred to the metadata and not be published as part of the paper.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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