Written by Jennifer Friberg, Cross Endowed Chair in SoTL and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Illinois State University
By far, the most frequent question I’m asked by faculty at Illinois State University who are interested in SoTL is “if I do this sort of project, where can my SoTL be published?” It’s a great question in light of the need to share our SoTL work in order for it to be…well, SoTL. While there are numerous venues to present and share SoTL informally across disciplines, many faculty are interested in traditional publication outlets to share their work with others for a variety of reasons (e.g., disciplinary value placed on journal publication). I have to believe that this question is not isolated to faculty at my institution!
While ISU’s SoTL website has always featured a great list of SoTL publication outlets, I’ve been working on updating this list and providing additional information related to aims and scope for each of these journals. These updates will be completed shortly and the URL will be updated here upon their completion. Until then, here’s what I’ve been working on in table format: a list of currently publishing SoTL-friendly journals, with hyperlinks and brief descriptions of the aims/scope for each journal. Please note that this initial effort focuses ONLY on cross- or multi-disciplinary SoTL journals. Look for a similar list/table for separate disciplines in the future!
I hope you find this summary useful. Please feel free to suggest other outlets that I may have left off this list in error in the comments section below.
|Journal Name||Aim/Scope/Description of Journal
(excerpted, sometimes verbatim, from websites)
|Active Learning in Higher Education||Active Learning in Higher Education is an international, refereed publication for all those who teach and support learning in Higher Education and those who undertake or use research into effective learning, teaching and assessment in universities and colleges. The journal has an objective of improving the status of teaching and learning support as professional activity and embraces academic practice across all curriculum areas in higher education.|
|Assessment Update||Assessment Update is dedicated to covering the latest developments in the rapidly evolving area of higher education assessment. Assessment Update offers all academic leaders up-to-date information and practical advice on conducting assessments in a range of areas, including student learning and outcomes, faculty instruction, academic programs and curricula, student services, and overall institutional functioning.|
|College Teaching||College Teaching provides an interdisciplinary academic forum on issues in teaching and learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. The journal publishes three kinds of articles. Regular, full-length articles of up to 5,000 words reporting scholarship on teaching methods, educational technologies, classroom management, assessment and evaluation, and other instructional practices that have significance beyond a single discipline. Full-length articles also describe innovative courses and curricula, faulty development programs, and contemporary developments. Quick Fix articles, up to 500 words, present techniques for addressing common classroom problems. Commentaries, up to 1,200 words, provide thoughtful reflections on teaching.|
|Higher Education Research and Development||Higher Education Research & Development informs and challenges researchers, teachers, administrators, policy-makers and others concerned with the past, present and future of higher education. The journal publishes scholarly articles that make a significant and original contribution to the theory, practice or research of higher education. We welcome theoretical, philosophical and historical articles and essays that address higher education in any of its dimensions. Equally, we welcome empirical higher education studies, which employ qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodologies including big data. All articles must propose fresh critical insights into the area being addressed and be appropriately framed for an international audience.|
|Innovative Higher Education||Innovative Higher Education publishes diverse forms of scholarship and research methods by maintaining flexibility in the selection of topics deemed appropriate for the journal. It strikes a balance between practice and theory by presenting articles in a readable and scholarly manner to both faculty and administrators in the academic community.|
|Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning||The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning publishes relevant, interesting, and challenging articles of research, analysis, or promising practice related to all aspects of implementing problem-based learning in K-12 or post-secondary classrooms.|
|International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning||International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning is an international forum for information and research about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its implications for higher/tertiary education. This journal publishes manuscripts that fall into two main categories: research articles and essays.|
|International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education||The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education provides a forum for higher education faculty, staff, administrators, researchers, and students who are interested in improving post-secondary instruction. The IJTLHE provides broad coverage of higher education pedagogy and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) across diverse content areas, educational institutions, and levels of instructional expertise.|
|Journal of Effective Teaching||The Journal of Effective Teaching is an electronic journal devoted to the exchange of ideas and information about undergraduate and graduate teaching. We invite contributors to share their insights in pedagogy, innovations in teaching and learning, and classroom experiences in the form of a scholarly communication which will be reviewed by experts in teaching scholarship. Articles which draw upon specific-discipline based research or teaching practices should elaborate on how the teaching practice, research or findings relates across the disciplines.|
|Journal of Faculty Development||The Journal of Faculty Development is an independent, peer-reviewed journal published by New Forums Press. Issued three times yearly, it is a medium for the exchange of information regarding faculty development in post-secondary educational institutions. The Journal of Faculty Development invites a wide variety of manuscripts, ranging from research studies (using qualitative or quantitative methodologies) to those focused on theory and philosophy that are related to issues in faculty development, professional development, higher education pedagogy, curriculum, leadership, program design and implementation, and evaluation and assessment.|
|Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning||The Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (JoSoTL) is a forum for the dissemination of the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education for the community of teacher-scholars. Submissions should be theory-based and supported by evidence. JoSoTL’s objective is to publish articles that promote effective practices in teaching and learning and add to the knowledge base. Themes of the journal reflect breadth of interest in the pedagogy forum and include the following: data-driven studies, reviews, case studies, and invited comments/reviews.|
|Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice||The Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice is a peer-reviewed journal publishing papers that add significantly to the body of knowledge describing effective and innovative teaching and learning practice in the higher education environment. The journal aims to provide a forum for educational practitioners in a wide range of disciplines to communicate their teaching and learning outcomes in a scholarly way. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between journals covering purely academic research and more pragmatic articles and opinions published elsewhere.|
|Journal of Excellence in College Teaching||The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching is a peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences. The Journal provides a scholarly, written forum for discussion by faculty about all areas affecting teaching and learning, and gives faculty the opportunity to share proven, innovative pedagogies and thoughtful, inspirational insights about teaching.|
|Research and Practice in College Teaching||Research & Practice in College Teaching’s objective is to publish articles focused on promoting student learning. Articles should address themes around promoting effective practices in teaching and learning. The Journal reflects the breadth of the work in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Articles in the following categories are sought: data-driven studies, literature reviews, and case studies.|
|Teaching and Learning Inquiry||Teaching and Learning Inquiry (TLI) features original research and commentary on SoTL. TLI publishes insightful research, theory, commentary, and other scholarly works that document or facilitate investigations of teaching and learning in higher education. These may include empirical and interpretive investigations, theoretical analyses, thought-provoking essays, or works employing other genres. TLI showcases the breadth of the interdisciplinary field of SoTL in it’s explicit methodological pluralism, its call for traditional and new genres, and its international authorship.|
|Teaching in Higher Education||Teaching in Higher Education publishes scholarly work that critically examines and interrogates the values and presuppositions underpinning teaching, introduces theoretical perspectives and insights drawn from different disciplinary and methodological frameworks, and considers how teaching and research can be brought into a closer relationship.|
|Teaching Professor||The Teaching Professor is a newsletter (published 10 times annually) that focuses on topics such as instructional technology, faculty mentoring, academic integrity, assessment, course design, student engagement, online education, and even instructor confidence. Articles dig into specific aspects of these broader categories. Authors approach topics from different perspectives and present original ways to consider familiar topics and themes.|