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The International Journal of Learning

The proceedings of The Learning Conference 2003 are published as the International Journal of Learning. All papers are fully refereed. Papers published in the Journal appear as separate monographs in both print and electronic formats, and are available through the Journal's online bookstore.

The Publication Process

To submit, at least one author of each paper must be registered to attend the Learning Conference (to a maximum of one paper per registered author—which means, for instance, that two registered authors may submit two jointly authored papers). Registration may be for in-person presentation, or virtual presentation. Registration for a virtual presentation means that your presentation will be included in the conference booklet, your paper will be refereed for publication, and you will also be provided access to the electronic version of that year’s conference proceedings. Papers are published continuously, as soon as the publication process is completed for each paper. The conference proceedings for each year constitute one volume of the Journal.

The publication process is as follows:

  • Submit a presentation proposal (in-person or virtual) online at this link, before the next call for papers deadline (see the call for papers area on this website).
  • If your proposal is accepted, you may then register for in-person or virtual presentation. You may submit your final paper any time between registration and one calendar month after the closing date of the conference. Once your paper is received, it is sent out to referees with your identity removed (maximum two week turnaround requested).
  • When referee reports are returned, they are sent back to you with the referees’ identities removed (maximum two week turnaround requested). If full refereeing of your final paper is required before the conference in order to attend in-person, papers should be submitted more than three calendar months before the opening date of the conference.
  • Papers are published in print and electronic formats in the International Journal of Learning, ISSN 1447-9494 (Print), ISSN 1447-9540 (Online).

Conference participants will be provided free access to all papers in the electronic format. It will be possible to purchase printed versions of each of these papers for AU$10 (approx US$7, Euro€6.50), and electronic versions (for people who did not attend the conference) for AU$5 (approx US$3.50, Euro€3) from the Conference online bookstore.

Submission Guidelines

Papers should be approximately 2,000-5,000 words in length. We request that presenters use the Common Ground Microsoft Word authoring template which can be downloaded here.

Papers should be written as continuous expository narrative in a chapter or article style - not as lists of points or PowerPoint presentations. Images, tables, diagrams etc. should be placed in the correct position in the text.

You may use any referencing style you choose, as long as you use it consistently and to the appropriate standards. Spelling can vary according to national useage, but should be internally consistent. Papers should be thoroughly checked and proof-read before submission, both by the author and a critical editorial friend.

Completed papers should be emailed as an attachment to <>. The deadline for submission is one calendar month after the closing date of the conference. (Conference Close: 18 July 2003)

The Peer Referee Process

Conference presenters belong to a community of professional interest and concern, and are asked to provide critical and constructive feedback on the work to their peers. People who have been accepted to present at the Conference are requested to referee up to three other papers from the conference they attend, or subsequent conferences.

The refereeing process for the conference proceedings can be either 'one way blind' (paper submission one month after the conference, which gives the presenter the chance to refine your paper in the light of their presentation) or 'two way blind' (paper submission three months before the conference, which means the presenter needs to have a finalised, fully publishable paper well before the conference). 'Two way blind' means that neither the author nor the referee are provided each other's identity. 'One way blind' means that the referee knows the identity of the author, although the referee's identity remains confidential. 'Two way blind' refereeing is not possible later than three months before the conference because it is easy to locate the title and author in the conference program.

Publishing Agreement

Presenters are not obliged to publish in the Conference proceedings. However, if you do decide to take this option, publication will be based on the following publishing agreement:

    This agreement is between the author(s) of the submitted work and Common Ground Publishing. Common Ground will publish this work in print and electronic formats, separately and/or in a collection of other papers/chapters. Common Ground will provide the author with one free printed copy of the work when it is first published. The author may purchase additional printed copies of the work at the author discount of 50% (fifty percent) of the recommended retail price.
    Copyright will be attributed to the author(s). Common Ground will be the exclusive international publisher of the work in all formats. Common Ground will pay the author 50% (fifty percent) of rights purchased for any other purpose - including translation, photocopying and re-publication rights.
    Each author agrees to review or referee at least 3 (three) other works on comparable themes and of similar length within 12 (twelve) months this agreement. The author(s) may reject a request to review a particular work, but they nevertheless agree either to communicate this or to return a completed review or referee report within two weeks of an email request being made by Common Ground Publishing.
    The author(s) assure the publisher that the material contained in the paper/chapter is not defamatory, unlawful, obscene, invasive of another person's privacy, hateful, racially or ethnically objectionable, abusive, threatening, harmful or in contempt of court, and undertake to indemnify Common Ground Publishing against any claims which may be made in situations where material is considered to be any of these things, or has any of these effects.
    The author(s) assure Common Ground Publishing that the chapter/paper is based entirely on original material, that it does not infringe anybody else's copyright, and that the author(s) have the right to licence copyright to Common Ground. In the case of copyright material, such as the use of quotes or images beyond what is legally considered 'fair use', the author(s) and/or editor(s) will undertake to arrange, and if necessary to pay for, permissions, and retain documentation proving that these permissions have been secured. The author(s) agree to indemnify Common Ground against any claims as a result of breech of the copyright of others.
    The publisher will pay royalties at a rate of 20% (twenty percent) of the publisher's sales revenues, either direct sales revenues through the publisher's own online bookstore, or indirect sales revenues to other online or physical bookstores. In the case of author purchases, the royalty payment is included in the author discount of 50% (fifty percent). Below a minimum amount of $US50 (fifty American dollars), royalties will be allowed to accumulate. Royalties shall be divided amongst the author(s) on the assumption that their contributions are equal. Royalties will be paid on a six monthly basis.
    By submitting their paper for refereeing and then resubmitting the final paper for publication, the author(s) agree to the publication of their paper by Common Ground Publishing. The final paper should include this contract at the end of the paper and be sent from an email address that includes the name of the principal author (the person who has submitted the paper in its original or revised form). In the case of multiple authorship, the principal author guarantees Common Ground that they have provided the other authors with a copy of the text for their checking, and that they have all agreed to the terms of this agreement.