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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.
  • Please read the Submissions Handbook and download the submissions checklist for your reference.
  • Submission must not have been previously published, nor can it be simultaneously considered for publication in another journal, in whole or in any significant part, in print or in an electronic format.
  • If research contains the results of experimental studies on human participants, the author(s) must include proof of approval by the relevant institutional ethics review committee along with the date of approval (Research Ethics Board). If approval was not required, proof of exemption must be provided.
  • Manuscripts must be formatted as per the Manuscript Template provided. The template lists major sections that should be included. However, if a particular section is irrelevant to the manuscript, authors may decide to exclude the section with a footnote explanation providing reason to do so.
  • The Title Page must be completed and included as a separate document in all submissions. All information identifying the authorship of the paper is to be included in Title Page. As such, any identifying information about the author(s) must not be included in the manuscript, which will be shared with the reviewers anonymously as part of the double-blind peer-review process.
  • The Contributor Agreement must be submitted. The Contributor Agreement confirms that all persons designated as authors qualify for authorship and approve the publishing of the article. Additionally, the agreement confirms that each author has no financial interest or conflict of interest in the material. If financial interest and/or conflict of interest exist, a statement must be provided about the circumstances.
  • Writing must be in plain language to ensure accessibility. If your colleague or a friend can understand it, it is a good indicator that your manuscript is understandable! We encourage creativity, a storytelling approach and using an authentic voice in your writing. Please ensure that your paper is free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Submissions must take into consideration the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which includes guidelines on alt-text, long descriptions, and document structure. Please refer to Accessibility Checklist for more details.
  • If excerpts, tables or figures from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain permission and cite accordingly.
  • Please ensure correct spelling of all contributing authors.

Author Guidelines

Expectations for Submissions

For all types of research papers, the expectation is that the research has been systematically conducted with scientific and academic rigour. As such, regardless of the research methodology, all manuscripts submitted as original research papers, review articles, brief reports or innovation spotlights must include sections that describe the empirical approach and summarize the findings and these manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.

Articles should include a brief review of the most relevant literature to situate the approach, a brief method section, a results section and a discussion/conclusion section. JIPE especially encourages submissions that include multiple forms of evidence (e.g., collected at multiple points in time, using multiple data collection instruments, and/or from multiple sources.)

It is the author’s key responsibility to avoid manipulation of existing research data. Authors must report only real, unfabricated data, avoid plagiarism and declare any conflicts of interest. Failing to comply can result in retraction of paper and public announcement of said retraction.

For SoTL Researchers

Please note that for topics related to teaching and learning, personal classroom experiences, anecdotes, and/or reflections, student evaluations, and student grades are not normally sufficient forms of evidence; they may be included, but further evidence is also required.

Take your classroom experiences and innovative teaching practices into the field of research by exploring the impact of the work–collect data, conduct systematic inquiry and analysis and share your findings, conclusions and recommendations with the world. Disseminating your research and knowledge builds on the “S” of the “Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)” and we encourage you to do so by submitting your manuscript on

Note for Contributors

JIPE is an open-access journal that uses the Creative Commons license. The journal 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. The names and email addresses entered in the journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. The articles published in this open journal are published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

Original Research Papers

Original research papers (peer-reviewed): 3500–5000 words

Original research papers report on original empirical research, i.e., primary source. These papers report the methods and results of an original research study performed by the author(s). They can include methods and results concluded from analyzing raw data and conclusions drawn from the results of the analysis or focus on teaching and learning, research and innovation, and insights and observations resulting from participation in a research project or case study. We are especially interested in articles that inquire into driving improvement to student-centred academic programming and students’ learning outcomes. Papers may take a qualitative or quantitative approach (or a combination) – authors must clearly identify their approach.

Review Articles

Review articles (peer-reviewed): 3500–5000 words

Review articles provide a balanced synopsis of the current literature within a specific area of inquiry i.e., secondary source. These articles do not report original research of their own. Instead, they draw upon original research articles to suggest new research directions, strengthening support for existing theories and/or identifying patterns among existing research studies for further inquiry. Review articles should summarize the literature comprehensively and identify outstanding questions and areas for future inquiry.

Innovation Spotlights

Innovation spotlights (peer-reviewed): 2500–3500 words 

Innovation spotlights highlight innovative practices, approaches, or tools and provide accompanying evidence that speaks to the effectiveness of the innovation, including but not limited to an innovative teaching practice or methodology benefitting academia, industry and community partners. Innovation spotlights should include a brief review of the most relevant literature to situate the approach.

Brief Reports

Brief reports (peer-reviewed): 2500–3500 words

Brief reports are papers that report on empirical research but are shorter and more limited in scope. Examples of research that might be presented in this format include results from a pilot study, findings from a study with a small sample size that show promise of large effect size, case studies for classrooms, research using a simple design and answering a single, specific question, or reports from an early phase of a project that is still ongoing.

Brief reports are suitable for presentation of research that extends previously published research, including the reporting of additional controls and confirmatory results in other settings, as well as negative results. Authors must clearly acknowledge any work upon which they are building, both published and unpublished.


Essays: 1500–2500 words 

The primary purpose of an essay is to advance a new idea, summarize a development, or initiate or engage in discussion. They may be narrower in scope than the above categories, but the subject matter should be of general scholarly interest. Essays may experiment with style, tone, and voice. A strong essay will start a new and interesting scholarly conversation.

Book Reviews

Book reviews: 1500–2500 words 

Scholarly reviews of books are considered for publication, depending on the relevance of the book for the journal readership. These papers should present a summary of the book as well as a thoughtful reflection on the book’s strengths and weaknesses. Of critical importance is that the review situates the book within a teaching and learning as well as research and innovation framework.

Presentation Summary

Presentation summary: 1500–2500 words 

Presentation summaries are brief summaries of presentations given at peer-reviewed conferences as part of the publication of conference proceedings. For reference, please take inspiration from JIPE Volume 2, No. 1 Special Issue: Proceedings of the Polytechnics Canada 2019 Annual Showcase 

Research Articles

Research articles  papers that provide a balanced synopsis of the current literature within a specific area of inquiry. These papers summarize the literature comprehensively, but also identify outstanding questions and areas for future inquiry.


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The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.