Submission Guidelines for The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

This document provides details on typesetting and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


  • Submissions are welcome at any time.
  • CJSoTL welcomes submissions in the following categories:
    1. Full-length papers – normally 5,000-8,000 words presenting original evidence-based inquiry into student learning in post-secondary contexts.
    2. Research notes – 1,000 to 1,500 words presenting early findings or methodological innovations of ongoing research projects.
    3. Essays – 3,000-5,000 words, argumentative or expository, on issues related to the development, use and support of SoTL in post-secondary education.
    4. Calls for collaboration – literature supported papers of 1,000-1,500 words outlining research questions of substantial national interest and inviting collaboration.
  • Only previously unpublished manuscripts not under review by any other journal will be considered by CJSoTL.

Format and Style Guidelines

  • Submissions are to be in English or French.
  • Submissions should be in APA format, as found in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th Edition. Useful links on APA format can be found at:
  • The font is to be 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced with left justification.
  • The margins – top and bottom, left and right – are to be 1 inch.
  • The name(s) of the author(s) should not appear in the original submission of the manuscript.
  • If a submission contains tables, graphs or figures they should be included in the manuscript where they should appear in a published version.
  • The length of submissions for a full-length paper is normally 5,000 to 8,000 words, for an essay is 3,000 to 5,000 words and for research notes and calls for collaboration is 1,000 to 1,500 words.