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Focus and Scope

Designs for Learning is an academic international journal, which is published by Stockholm University, Sweden, University of Bergen, Norway, University of Aalborg, Denmark, and University of Greenland, Greenland.

We publish articles on design-based-research, multimodal research, cognitive approaches, technology enhanced learning, designs for and in learning, and learning ecology – each of which can be empirically investigated in formal school systems (at all levels) as well as in informal and non-formal learning environments.

The journal is at the crossroad of theoretical development and empirical examples related to learning resources, transformation processes, learning environments and digital resources. The subject areas covered include learning designs and resources, multimodal texts, didactic science and pedagogy. The journal accepts original articles and review articles after peer-review. The journal will also, in addition to the previous categories, publish some editorial material where discussions about theoretical or empirical perspectives can take place such as interviews or commentaries.

Multimedia content and data publication

The journal encourages authors to submit articles that include multimedia elements. For example, publications can encorporate video and/or audio into the published content. Authors are also encouraged to make their research data openly available along with their published article, to enable examination, validation and reuse  of the research material. Full data guidelines can be found at https://www.designsforlearning.nu/about/data-guidelines/

Editorial structure

Editors in Chief: The Editors-in-Chief (EiCs) – lead the editorial work and are responsible for the journal. The EiCs act as the primary contact points for the publisher Stockholm University Press and the service provider Ubiquity Press, relating to contracts, economy and other administration. The EiCs are also the primary contacts for all external correspondence with authors and reviewers, and are responsible for maintaining a high ethical standard according to the COPE guidelines (https://publicationethics.org/).

Section Editors: The Section Editors (SEs) will be assigned to manage manuscripts where they make the first assessment of new manuscripts if they are ready for peer-review. The next task for the SEs is to invite reviewers – within the field of their expertise and the scope of the manuscript. The SEs will also be responsible for staying in contact with the author/-s and keeping them informed about the review process. The SEs should, furthermore, assess the quality of the reviewers' comments and make a recommendation to the EiC when a manuscript is ready for decision (to reject or accept). SEs are also invited to actively take part in the development of the journal’s overall editorial & strategic development. The EiCs can also act as SEs for selected manuscripts.

Blog Editor: The Blog Editor (BE) is responsible for establishing a complimentary channel to further encourage open communication between authors and readers based on the published material in the journal.

Associate Editors: The Associate Editors (AEs) are the journal’s representatives at the universities who are endorsing the journal. The AEs are invited to participate in policy-making and development related to the journal, and will also be invited to participate at the bi-annual editorial meetings at the DfL Conferences. The AEs have an essential role to act as ambassadors for the journal. They may for example advise Section Editors about suitable reviewers or invite influential authors to submit manuscripts. The AEs will get regular written updates about the journal’s progress.

Advisory Board: The Advisory Board (AB) consist of experienced scholars in relevant fields to the journal’s scope. They are familiar with the journal and can act as critical friends and as ambassadors for the journal. They should be eligible to be invited as reviewers or to give comments about academic matters. Members of the AB will get regular updates about the journal’s affairs, and will also be invited to participate at the bi-annual editorial meetings at the DfL Conferences.

Journal Manager: The Journal Manager (JM) is the main contact at the publisher for all matters concerning editorial development and strategic planning. JM is also responsible for quality check of the publishing services and if there are problems with the service provider.


Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content  publically available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.


Archiving Policy

The publisher, Stockholm University Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Journals are indexed by the following services:

CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and Google Scholar. In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH. This journal is also indexed on Contact North.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know or alternatively make an indexing request directly with the service.


Advertisement policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


Conference proceedings

Designs for Learning is a journal, but also a bi-annual conference since 2008. To find out more about the content of these conferences and download the proceedings see: https://www.designsforlearning.nu/about/conferences. Look for open calls to the next conference if you would like to contribute!

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal, however, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.

The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via hypothes.is. Readers will require a hypothes.is account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.


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