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. Research papers – 5,000-8,000 words (including references), evidence-based work presenting original results or arguments of relevance to teaching and learning in higher education. As a multidisciplinary journal, CJSoTL welcomes research from a broad range of methodological traditions and disciplinary perspectives.
    2. Research notes – 1,500 to 2,000 words (including references) presenting early findings or methodological innovations of ongoing research projects.
    3. Essays – 3,000-5,000 words (including references), argumentative or expository. Normally, essays will focus on issues related to the development, use, and support of SoTL in post-secondary education (i.e., they will focus on SoTL itself as a field or area of research and practice).
    4. Book reviews - 1,000-1,500 words (including references), academic review of books on or about themes in SoTL in post-secondary education which are relevant to the Canadian context. Priority may be given to books by Canadian authors or which have particular relevance for the Canadian context. If you are considering submitting a book review, please contact the editors at info@cjsotl-rcacea.ca for detailed guidelines.
    5. Calls for collaboration – literature supported papers of 1,500-2,000 words(including references) outlining research questions of substantial national interest and inviting collaboration.
    6. Other submissions – the journal encourages innovation and creativity in forms of publication and will entertain proposals for other types of papers from authors.
  • Only previously unpublished manuscripts not under review by any other journal will be considered by CJSoTL.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.