Note to Authors

Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching

An Annual Peer-Reviewed Publication of National University

The journal’s mission is to collect and disseminate advanced research-based information on
teaching and learning, particularly focusing on innovative methodologies and technologies
applied primarily but not exclusively in higher education, to enhance student learning outcomes.

The Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching (JRIT) publishes carefully selected, original
articles describing original research on the following topics:

  • New pedagogic theories and approaches in teaching and learning
  • Innovative educational technologies and their applications
  • Knowledge management
  • Accelerated, short-term, and intensive pedagogy
  • Effective instructional methodologies
  • Specific methodology of teaching particular subjects
  • Online/distance/hybrid education
  • Adult learning
  • Curriculum development and instructional design
  • Psychology of learning, of the learner, and of the group
  • Time- and cost-efficiency of education
  • Best practices

Submission of Manuscripts

The Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching invites authors to submit their research for
publication in the 2015 issue. Submissions must be innovative and original, demonstrate a valid
contribution to educational science and teaching, and be formatted according to JRIT guidelines
based on the style described in the Sixth Edition of the Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association
(APA). Articles on topics outside the aforementioned JRIT focus will
not be considered.

Every submitted paper will be acknowledged and refereed.

A manuscript is to be submitted in electronic form to the Editor-in-Chief or to any of the
members of the Editorial Board in a camera-ready form (e.g., single spaced and with tables and
figures properly placed within the manuscript.) Manuscripts are accepted for review with the
understanding that the same work has not been published, that it is not under consideration for
publication elsewhere, and that its submission for publication has been approved by all authors
and by the institution where the work was carried out; further, that any person cited as a source
of personal communications has approved such citation. Written authorization may be required
at the editor’s discretion. Articles and any other material published in JRIT represent the
opinions of the author(s) and should not be construed to reflect the opinions of the editor(s) and
the publisher.


Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to transfer copyright to National University.
This transfer will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. By submitting the
article, the authors agree to this condition. A letter will be sent to the corresponding author
confirming receipt of the manuscript.

If substantial material from other copyrighted works is included, authors must obtain written
permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. The APA manual
offers guidelines regarding what is considered “fair use” under copyright law and when written
permission is appropriate. Authors do not have to request written permission when they are
paraphrasing another author’s work or when they are directly quoting brief passages.

Form of Manuscript

Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word (.doc or .rtf format). The text should be
set in 12 point Times New Roman, and the manuscript should not exceed 12 to 15 single-spaced
pages (6000-7500 words), not counting the references and about the author information. The
manuscript will be edited according to the style of the journal, and authors must read the proofs


Please do not number the pages or apply headers or footers to your file. Also, refrain
from applying style formats to your text.
The manuscript should be prepared in
“Normal” mode. Paragraph formatting should not have any extra space added above or below
headings or other elements.

Manuscripts must be submitted with the following information shown for each author: full
name, degree(s), position in the author’s department, school, name of institution, full address,
telephone and fax numbers, and email address.

The manuscript, including the abstract, references, tables, figures, and figure captions, should
be prepared to fit on letter-size paper, single-spaced, with one-inch (1″) margins on top, bottom,
left, and right. The first page should contain the article title, author and co-author names,
abstract, and key words.

Abstracts must not exceed 100 words.

Key words (6–8) should be listed immediately after the abstract, in lowercase type.

Notations (if required) should be legible and compact and conform to current practice.
Each symbol must be clear and properly aligned so that superscripts and subscripts are easily
distinguishable. Numerical fractions should preferably be put on one line—e.g., ½ or 1/2.

Equation numbers should be placed in parentheses at the right margin. References to
equations should use the form “Eq. (3)” or simply “(3).”

In-text citations should follow APA style. Example: (Smith & Jones, 2008; Thomas,
Adams, & Schumann, 2006). Be careful to spell authors’ last names accurately and show the
same publication year as listed in the references.

Footnotes, if necessary, should be indicated in the text with superscript numbers (1, 2, 3,
etc.), using Microsoft Word’s Footnoting feature.

References should be listed in Microsoft Word’s hanging-indent (first-line indent) style;
whereby the Enter key is struck only at the end of each reference listing, and the Tab key is never
used to force an indent. List all references in alphabetical order by author’s last name. The
format for each reference should correspond to APA style. Here are examples of a book entry,
Web-based text, and a journal article, respectively:

Miller, R. I. (1972). Evaluating faculty performance. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Nation, P. (2003). The role of the first language in FL learning. Asian EFL Journal, 33(2), 63–66. Retrieved from

Stapleton, R. J., & Murkison, G. (2001). Optimizing the fairness of student evaluations: A study of correlations between instructor excellence, study production, learning production, and expected grades. Journal of Management Education, 25(3), 269–291.

References should be listed at the end of the text material. When including URLs, please remove
the hotlinks (hypertext links); there should be no hotlinks in the article or in the References.

Figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of mention in the text and
should be inserted at the nearest convenient location following that mention. The Figure number
and caption should be horizontally centered on separate lines below the figure, and the caption
should use sentence-style capitalization and punctuation for titles (for example: “Figure 1.
Comparison of online and onsite enrollments.”). Figures must be horizontally centered between
the margins.

Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals in the order of mention in the text and
should be inserted at the nearest convenient location following that mention. Every table must
have a title, which should be horizontally centered above the table, and the caption should use
title-case capitalization (for example: “Table 1. Results of Survey Respondents”). Tables must be
horizontally centered between the margins.

About the Author will appear at the end of your article. List each author in the same
sequence as shown below your article title. For each author, provide full name, degree(s), title(s),
department/school, college/institution, email address, and a brief list of major research interests.

Submission deadline. Submissions for the next, 8th issue will be accepted until October 1,
2014. Please email your manuscript to Dr. Peter Serdyukov at