Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP) is a collaborative publication between Edinburgh Napier University, Aston University in Birmingham, University of Dundee and University of Auckland (New Zealand), launched in 2013.

Journal Ethos

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice aims to provide a supportive publishing outlet to allow established and particularly new authors to contribute to the scholarly discourse of academic practice (both generally and in their discipline area) through the publication of papers that are theory-based and supported by evidence, as well as through the publication of Opinion Pieces and ‘On the Horizon’ papers on emerging work.

The Author Guidelines provide further guidance on the thematic areas covered by the journal, and the format for submissions to the journal.

In relation to the general ethos of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, the journal exists not only for the publication of papers within our thematic scope but also as a collegiate and developmental platform for new authors, those new to journal reviewing, and for scholars who are seeking to gain experience in journal editing and publishing.

This developmental ethos manifests itself in a range of activities and opportunities that currently include the following:

  • Direct support for authors who are seeking to publish their first paper in one or more of the thematic areas of the journal, through assigning ‘critical friends’ from within the editorial team who will be happy to advise on the development of initial ideas for the formats of paper we publish. Prospective authors wishing to discuss an idea should in the first instance e-mail jofpaap@gmail.com and consult the Author Guidelines.
  • Peer support for those new to reviewing The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice welcomes academics with experience in the thematic areas of the journal, but who are new to the journal submission reviewing process, to become involved as reviewers for the journal. This will include an opportunity to work for an initial period of reviewing with a colleague who is already experienced as a reviewer. See our Reviewer Guidelines.
  • Editorial internships The journal will soon be offering editorial internships, normally two a year, for academics who are experienced in the thematic areas of the journal, have some publications of their own and experience as a reviewer, and who wish to develop knowledge and experience on the editorial side of journal publishing. Further information on our first round of editorial internships will be forthcoming.
  • Special issues The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice welcomes the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in the field to develop Special Issues of the journal dedicated to particular themes or emerging areas of work. Having a good idea for a special issue, and being willing to take on Guest Editor responsibilities for the special issue (with support provided from the regular Editorial Team for the journal), is much more important than prior editing experience.
  • Joint copyright Copyright of all articles published in the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice will be shared between the journal and the author(s). This will allow authors to republish their paper or article in full through their own and other online outlets (for example, their own blog or website or institutional websites or research repositories). Where papers are re-published elsewhere, they should carry a statement up front explaining that the article was originally published in the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice and give a full reference including authors, title, volume number, issue number, page numbers and direct link.

The editorial team for the journal will be looking for other ways in which to use the journal itself as a development platform for academic practice within the area of academic writing, reviewing, and publishing, and are open to suggestions from reviewers, contributing authors, potential guest editors and the wider academic community.

Submission Themes

Our peer reviewed journal promotes evidence based academic practice through the publication of papers that are theory-based and supported by evidence. The themes of the journal reflect the breadth of perspectives in academic practice from a wide variety of disciplinary lenses. The Editors welcome submissions of articles, research notes, opinion pieces and book reviews. The types of articles we will publish include:

  1. Original research: Formal research projects with appropriate analysis of data, either with a quantitative or qualitative emphasis or mixed method studies. Action research studies are also particularly relevant to practice development and are welcomed by the journal. All research projects published must have ethical approval.
  2. Reflective analysis papers: Reflective evaluations of academic practice, either practitioner based enquiry or reflections that challenge current practice and encourage experimentation, novel conclusions or offer new perspectives derived from prior work.
  3. Review papers: Literature reviews illuminating new relationships and understanding, meta-analysis, analytical and integrated reviews, etc.
  4. Case studies: Case study papers focus on examining academic practice in a particular context, drawing out lessons learned that can usually be generalised to a wide and multidisciplinary audience.

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice welcomes articles which are presented in multimedia formats. If you wish to present your article in a format other than a traditional paper, please contact the editorial team to discuss the proposed format.  Papers may be submitted from single or multiple authors, as well as guest papers from other institutions. All papers of publication standard will be published electronically on this site.

When you are planning your article, we ask you to consult the Author Guidelines to ensure your paper adopts the journal house style and referencing format.  If you wish to submit a multimedia article, please contact the Editors to discuss this at the earliest convenience at jofpaap@gmail.com. Otherwise please register with the journal website and submit through the online system.

Publication Dates

We publish two issues each year which have a range of articles on academic practice. General dates of these are shown below:

  • Articles submitted by end of April, published end of July
  • Articles submitted by end of October, published end of January
    (these dates are subject to the review process)

We also publish two special issues a year. Our special issues work in different ways depending on the special issue editors who are commissioning the issue. General publication dates are shown below:

  • April/May
  • November/December

If you have an idea for a special issue please get in touch with a 300 word proposal, jofpaap@gmail.com. Or if you'd like to be involved in another capacity please get in touch also.


Section Policies

Original Research

Papers that report primary data

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Reflective Analysis Papers

Papers that analyse existing theories and offer new perspectives

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Studies

Case studies of academic practice development

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Papers

Literature reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Interactive Papers

Papers presented using multimedia formats

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Opinion Piece

Narratives on key aspects

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

On the Horizon

Short work-in-progress reports (1,500 to 2,000 words)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice (JPAAP) uses an open peer review process, meaning that the identities of the authors and those of the reviewers will be made known to each other during the review process in the following way: the reviewers will be fully aware of the name, position and institution of the authors of the manuscript they are currently reviewing, and the authors will be given a signed review with the name, position and institution of the reviewer.

The main criteria for acceptance of all types of submissions are that they make a contribution to the knowledge, understanding and/or practice in the field and are not currently under submission for another journal. All journal articles will be subject to peer review by at least two authors. The Editors reserve the right to retain the final decision regarding publication.

To become an open JPAAP Reviewer

In line with the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice’s stated aim of providing a supportive publishing outlet for new authors/researchers we welcome new reviewers to join the core reviewer pool. Applicants should be early career academics with a background relevant to the focus and scope of the journal. Successful applicants will serve for a period of two years with new reviewers recruited on an annual basis. Individuals wishing to discuss the role in more details or wishing to apply should contact jofpaap@gmail.com and include an abbreviated CV (max 2 sides A4) and a supporting statement. Please ensure that you include in the e-mail your full contact details, title, position and institution as well your area(s) of expertise.

Applicants will be selected based on:

  • the appropriateness of their background and area of research in relation to the focus of the journal;
  • experience of the research publication process;
  • written communication skills.

If you are new to reviewing, we would like to hear from you. We would like to support new reviewers to gain experience in reviewing, as this is a valuable activity which contributes to scholarship within academic practice.

Invitation to review

As a reviewer of JPAAP you will receive an invitation to review from the journal management system as all the articles are processed online. We aim to refer articles for review which are relevant to reviewers experience. You are then expected to reply to the Editor as soon as possible to indicate whether you wish to accept the invitation to review.

It is important once you have been assigned a manuscript to review to let the Editor know that:

a. you accept to review it and
b. you are able to send your review back within 2 weeks.

In case that you feel that there is a conflict of interest with you reviewing the particular manuscript or if you feel that this is not your area of expertise please do let the Editor know as soon as possible.

Acknowledgment of reviewers' contribution to the journal

The journal will publish acknowledgments to reviewers who have contributed to the journal on an annual basis. Reviewers for that year will be named and thanked.

Conducting the review

Although JPAAP follows an open review process, reviewing needs to be conducted confidentially and the manuscript you have been asked to review should not be disclosed to a third party. If you decide to discuss the manuscript with a colleague in order to seek their opinion, please do remind them of the confidential nature of the review and where possible acknowledge their input in the review.

Depending on the nature of the manuscript you will be asked to evaluate it on a number of criteria. You are advised to read the Guidelines for Authors section prior to conducting the review to make sure that you understand the type of manuscript under review. The criteria used by JPAAP are as follows:


Is the manuscript sufficiently interesting and novel so as to warrant publication? Does it report evidence-based findings, theoretical, conceptual or practical that can inform and inspire innovative learning and teaching approaches to higher education? Is there a clear lessons learnt and/or practical implementations section that answers the 'So what' question?

Structure & language

Are all key elements (where relevant) present: abstract, keywords, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion?

Is the manuscript written in a language appropriate to the targeted audience? Is the manuscript written at a good academic standard? Please note that you are not expected to correct the English. You will need to raise any concerns with the Editor.


Does the author describe accurately the aim and rationale of the manuscript under review? Is the review of appropriate literature sufficient for the type of manuscript? Are the methods used to conduct the research, or to collect the data for the case study, or to conduct the reflective review or the systematic literature review valid and reliable?

Practical value

Are the lessons learnt or the findings reported in the manuscript of any practical value for academic and/or other professional implementation in Higher Education? Is there sufficient evidence to support the claims and recommendations made for practical use?

Ethical issues

Is past research reported in the manuscripts appropriately referenced? Has the research reported been conducted in accordance to pedagogical research ethical norms?

If you have identified any case of plagiarism and/or fraud (in the extreme case that the results presented may not be true) please do let the Editor know citing the previous work in as much detail as possible.

Communicating your review to the Editor

Once you have completed the review, the next step is to complete the review form and write the report.

The report should be based on the criteria used to review, addressing all key points that the Editor needs to take into account when making the decision. You should write your report using constructive language in the style of feed-forward, making suggestions for improvements to the respective authors. You are free to report your own view and opinion about claims and lessons learnt, but you should indicate whether a comment is a personal view or is informed by an issue in the data or the process taken in the analysis.

Your review form will ask you for a clear recommendation under the following four categories and you should then end your report with your reasoning for your decision:

  1. Accept without revision
  2. Accept with minor revisions
  3. Accept with major revisions (please indicate if you are willing to review the revised version)
  4. Reject

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice uses a web-based submission and peer review system called Open Journal Systems which means all submissions and reviews are managed through the online system. You will need to create an account by registering your personal details. This data will not be shared with third parties.


Open Access Policy

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. No article processing/publication fees are charged and the article version published by JPAAP is the version of record.



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1. I have encountered a technical error with the website. Who should I contact for assistance?

You can email jofpaap@gmail.com to report technical errors or for help in using the system.

2. Do I have to use the online system to submit my article to the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice?

Yes. All submissions to the must be made through the online journal system. To submit an article you must first register as an author then follow the new submission process.

Details are provided here:

  • Login with your username and password.
  • Click on User Home in the menu bar at the top.
  • You’ll then see the journal name and Author below this. Click on Author.
  • Click on Start a New Submission.
  • You must check all boxes in the Submission Checklist ensuring you have taken these into account in your article.
  • Read and check the copyright box.
  • Add any comments for the Editors.
  • Save and Continue.
  • Submission file – click browse. This will open a new window for you to find the submission file on your local hard drive.
  • Select file.
  • Click Upload.
  • Save and continue.

This will then take you to the next steps. If you still have problems please contact jofpaap@gmail.com.

3. Can I submit my article via email?

No. Any authors who submit an article via email will be asked to make their submission through the online journal system instead. Equally, any submissions received via fax or post will not be processed and authors will be referred to the website to make their submission.

4. Do I need to create an account to submit my article?

Yes. You must register and create an account before you can submit your article. Once your account is created you can make as many submissions as you wish. You can then track all of your submissions online and be provided with status updates for each one.

5. If my article has multiple authors, do all of the authors need to create an account?

No. Only the corresponding author needs to create an account to submit the article. You will be asked to enter details of all the authors during the submission process. Any updates will be sent to the email address of the author who submits the paper and this author should then be prepared to liaise with the other named authors as necessary.

6. I have registered with the journal but my details have now changed. How do I alter my details?

You can change and update your profile as often as you wish. Once you have logged in, click 'My Profile' on the right-hand menu to view and alter your details. Please ensure that you enter a valid, current email address as all correspondence will take place via email. If you are a reviewer please ensure that you have up-to-date reviewing interests as this will be taken into account when articles are sent out for review. You can enter as many reviewing interests as you wish. Please use commas to delineate your interests, e.g. interest a, interest b, interest c, interest d.

7. I'd like to become a reviewer. Who do I need to contact?

Please email jofpaap@gmail.com. Include a CV and your areas of reviewing interest with your email. Please declare any potential conflicts of interest.

Please make sure you have completed the 'Reviewing interests' field in your profile and read over the Reviewer Guidelines.

8. How do I submit a letter to the Editor of the Journal of Applied Academic Practice?

Please email the Editor at jofpaap@gmail.com.

9. Do I need to use the JPAAP Word template?

Yes please. JPAAP is an open-access journal with no costs attached. It is run by a group of editors who are keen to develop those new to the publication process alongside a Journal Manager based at Edinburgh Napier University. In order to make the editorial process more seemless we ask that you use the template and the styles set up within the template. The template can be found in the JPAAP Guides. Please contact jofpaap@gmail.com if you have problems using the template.


Author Submission Guide

There are four steps to submitting an article to JPAAP and we've created this useful guide to uploading your submission. It also includes a section detailing how to resubmit your revised article once it has been through the review process if revisions are required. See JPAAP Guides.


Reviewer Guide

There are six easy steps to reviewing for JPAAP and this step-by-step guide will help you through the process. See JPAAP Guides.


EBSCO Information Services

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ISSN: 2051-9788