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Author Guidelines

General Information

The Tuning Journal for Higher Education, TJHE, is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing in English original research studies and reviews in all aspects of competence-based, student-centred, and outcome-oriented education reforms at university level across the globe.

The submitted manuscript should not have been previously copyrighted or published in any form, including electronically, and must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

These Guidelines should be used with reference to TJHE Ethical Guidelines for Publication. Both documents are available at the web page of the Journal (http://www.tuningjournal.org/).

Manuscript Preparation

To expedite the review process, please format your manuscript as follows:

  1. Prepare your manuscript as a single editable Microsoft Word or Open Office document with line numbering, using the template downloadable from the web page of the Journal (Word format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014 Open Office format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014). The file should include the complete text, references, tables and figures. All revised manuscripts should again be sent as a single editable document.

  2. Manuscripts must be written in either UK English or US English consistently and include a 100-300 word abstract. The title page should include authors’ affiliations plus the email address of a single corresponding author. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), 16th edition, should be used as a reference for manuscript preparation (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html).

  3. Format of references, notes and bibliography list.

    1. Authors are required to format their citations and references using the ‘Notes and Bibliography’ system of the CMOS, 16th edition (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html) and not its ‘Author-date’ system.
    2. Note references must be numbered in superscript format in the text and arranged numerically (in the order they appear in the text) at the bottom of each page, in line with the CMOS ‘Footnotes’ system.

    3. ‘Notes’ include complete bibliographic information when cited for the first time. For subsequent citations of the same source, shortened versions are preferred.

    4. The ‘Bibliography’ list includes all and only sources cited in the ‘Notes’ and provides complete reference information.

    5. ‘Bibliography’ entries are to be arranged alphabetically by (first) author’s first surname following the CMOS guidelines.

    6. Microsoft Word (2010 and later) can be used with such software as “EndNote”, “RefWorks”, “Reference Manager”, and “Zotero”, to simplify the task of managing citations and references according to the recommended CMOS.

  4. Authors are asked to provide between 5 and 10 keywords immediately following the Abstract.

  5. Authors are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the use of English in their manuscripts is either UK English or US English and that they can resort to professional editing services preferably prior to first submission.

  6. Please ensure that all the characters and special characters in the text, tables, figure legends, footnotes and references are in a single typeface and point size – such as 12 pt Times New Roman. Once a manuscript is accepted, a copy editor will decide the typeface and size of the different elements of the article.

  7. Please submit all figures or photographs as separate jpg or tif files with distinct characters and symbols at 500 dpi (dots per inch). Tables and equations should be in an editable rather than an image version. Tables must be edited either with Microsoft Word or Open Office. Equations must be edited with the appropriate Equation Editor. Tables, table captions, figures and figure captions should be appended after the ‘Bibliography’ section, as indicated on the template (Word format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014 Open Office format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014).

  8. Type your manuscript single-spaced. This will conserve paper and makes it easier for reviewers to handle.

  9. Manuscripts must be between 5,000 and 12,000 words including notes, references, captions, and diagrams. Diagrams should be reckoned at the equivalent of 500 words if they occupy a full page and proportionately less if smaller. Longer articles require editorial approval.

  10. Authors of manuscripts are each required to submit a biographical note of 150-200 words. The note should be appended at the end of the manuscript and must contain the following information:

    — Full Name
    — E-mail address
    — Affiliation
    — Current post
    — Relevant experience
    — Principle fields of research
    — Highest academic qualification

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online via the Tuning Journal for Higher Education online submission and review system at <http://www.tuningjournal.org/>.

In OJS, editorial correspondence related to a manuscript is reserved for the person who actually submits the manuscript. In cases of various authors, the submitter is the sole co-author with access right to the manuscript and related files. It is therefore important that the corresponding author, referred to as “Principal contact for editorial correspondence” in OJS terminology, be the actual submitter of the manuscript in question. Otherwise, he/she will not be able to send and receive, through the platform, correspondence, modify the metadata of the manuscript and or upload additional files to the system.

Manuscripts will be processed using the Open Journal Systems software which allows authors to track the progress of their manuscript.

Authors are invited to provide, in an appendix, the names of three well-qualified reviewers. Current e-mail addresses must be provided for all suggested reviewers. They should also indicate, on the cover page of the article submission template of Tuning Journal, a single author who will act as corresponding author, and provide her/his email address.

A copyright transfer agreement must be signed after acceptance but before publication.

 

Review Process

Manuscripts not conforming to the Journal guidelines will be returned to authors without evaluation.

Manuscripts accepted for review will be handed to the Editor, or a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel, who will assign them to external reviewers.

The Editor will prepare a decision letter based on the comments of the reviewers and the recommendation of the Advisory Editor, which will be sent to the corresponding author by email.

It is our intention that all non-reviewed manuscripts will be sent back within 21 days of submission and decision letters for manuscripts will be sent within 8 weeks of receipt.

Manuscripts under consideration for publication in Tuning Journal cannot be submitted elsewhere without formal withdrawal approved by the Editor.

 

Publication Cost

Currently, no charges for manuscript submission, processing, and publication are applicable.

 

More information and correspondence

More information can be sought from the editorial and management team of the Journal. Editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editor (Luigi Filippo Donà Dalle Rose, <dona@pd.infn.it>), Assistant Editor (Anna Serbati, <anna.serbati@unipd.it>) and or Managing Editor (Ladislas Bizimana, <ladislas.bizimana@deusto.es>). The mailing address is the following:

University of Deusto
Publications Service
Attn: Managing Editor, Tuning Journal for Higher Education
Avenida de las Universidades, 24
48007 Bilbao
SPAIN

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submitted manuscript has not been previously copyrighted or published in any form, including electronic, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  2. The submitted manuscript has been prepared using the standard template supplied for that purpose (Word format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014 Open Office format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014).

  3. The submitted manuscript has been prepared as a single editable Microsoft Word or Open Office document with line numbering. The file includes the title page, the complete text, references, tables, figures, and author's biographical note.

  4. The length of the submitted manuscript is between 5,000 and 12,000 words including notes, biography, references, captions and diagrams.

  5. The submitted manuscript is written in academic 'British English'. It includes a 100-300 word abstract and 5 to10 keywords. The title page includes authors’ affiliations plus the email address of a single corresponding author.

  6. For citing and referencing, the ‘Notes and Bibliographies’ system of the Chicago Manual of Style (http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html), and not its ‘Author-date’ system or any other citation and referencing style, has been used.

  7. The CMOS “Footnotes” format, and not the CMOS “Endnotes” style, has been used.

  8. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  9. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).

  10. All illustrations, figures, and tables are clearly identified and placed at the end of the manuscript with clear indication in the text of where the author wants them placed.

  11. Usage for Numbers:

    One thousand = 1,000
    One point seven = 1.7
    In tables - one thousand point seven = 1000.7 (default US/UK keyboard MS Excel style)

  12. A biographical note of 150-200 words (containing full name, email address, affiliation, current post, relevant experience, main research area(s), and highest academic qualification) has been provided for each author and is appended to the manuscript.

  13. The full names and emails of three well-qualified reviewers have been provided in an appendix to the manuscript.

 

Copyright Notice

Authors are required to sign and submit a copyright transfer agreement after acceptance but before publication of their manuscript. To that effect, they receive, from the Managing Editor of Tuning Journal for Higher Education, a standard copyright assignment form designed along the following lines:

1. Authorship:

The author who signs the copyright transfer agreement must be the sole creator of the work or legally acting on behalf of and with the full agreement of all the authors.

2. Copyright and Code of conduct:

a) Authors warrant that their work is original; has not been previously copyrighted or published in any form; is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; its submission and publication do not violate TJHE Ethical Guidelines for Publication and any codes (of conduct), laws or any rights of any third party; and no publication payment by the Publisher (University of Deusto) is required.

b) Authors grant to the Publisher the worldwide, sub-licensable, and royalty-free right to exploit the work in all forms and media of expression, now known or developed in the future, for educational and scholarly purposes.

c) Authors retain the right to present, display, distribute, develop, and republish their work to progress their scientific career provided the original publication source (Tuning Journal) is properly acknowledged.

d) Authors warrant that no permissions or licences of any kind will be granted that might infringe the rights granted to the Publisher.

3. Users:

Tuning Journal for Higher Education is an Open Access publication. Its content is free for full and immediate access, reading, search, download, distribution and reuse in any medium or format only for non-commercial purposes and in compliance with any applicable copyright legislation, without prior permission from the Publisher or the author(s). In any case, proper acknowledgement of the original publication source must be made and any changes to the original work must be clearly indicated. Any other use of its content in any medium or format, now known or developed in the future, requires prior written permission of the copyright holder.

 

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