Ask the Editor

We sat down with Emerging Learning Design Journal (ELDj) co-Editor-in-Chief, AJ Kelton, to ask a few questions about the Emerging Learning Design Journal.

ELD: Who can submit for ELDj?

AJ: Normally our issues are proceedings issues … so only those who have submitted and have been accepted to present at the conference will be offered the opportunity to write an article for the proceedings issue. Now we have done a special issue in the past … and the call was opened to the general public.

ELD: What type of submissions does ELDj accept?

AJ: Our conference is an academically-minded conference, the presentations are double-blinded peer-reviewed in order to make it onto the schedule for the conference…. So, once they [the presenters] have put their presentation together, they can determine if they want to submit a Brief, a Trend, or an Article.  Briefs and Trends have a 1000 word limit with no reference requirement and are meant to be a “snapshot” of something, or reflect on something current. Articles have a 2500-4500 word range in addition to an abstract of 250 words and a works cited section of appropriate length


ELD: Where are the accepted submissions published?

AJ: We recently moved into Digital Commons, graciously hosted by Montclair State University. The great thing about Digital Commons, many academic journals are hosted in Digital Commons.


ELD: When are the accepted submissions typically published? AJ: We have the [conference] in June, the publication in December. So our publication cycle is fairly short, within a year. So not only do people get their things published quickly, but we’re getting more current research.

ELD: Why submit to ELDj?

AJ: We encourage all presenters to submit something to the proceedings issue because it’s an opportunity for them to more broadly share with their colleagues what they are doing.  Also, a presentation for many doesn’t carry the same weight as a publication in a journal. Our review process is also pretty quick compared to many journals. Sometimes you’ll put something in and it’ll take months and months and months before it’s published.

ELD: How are submissions reviewed for publication?

AJ: We use a fairly standard double-blind peer review process. Reviewers are drawn from ELD Members who have qualifications and interest in areas corresponding with the submissions.  Membership in ELD is free.

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