The University of Arizona

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Issues and Trends in Learning Technologies (ITLT) is a peer-reviewed open access journal that covers current issues and trends in learningl technology theory, design, development and assessment. Published twice yearly, ITLT seeks to further and integrate the discourses surrounding both theory and praxis within educational technology. Areas of special interest to ITLT include but are not limited to:

  • instructional design, curriculum integration, and innovative pedagogy.
  • online learning, distance learning, and hybrid online/classroom learning.
  • user experience design and human-computer interaction.
  • technological literacy.
  • emerging technologies.

As an online publication, ITLT is fundamentally multimodal. Authors are encouraged to include digital media, applications, games, simulations, and similar material as components of submitted articles.


Peer Review Process

ITLT has a two-stage review process:

  • Editorial evaluation. The ITLT editorial team screens submitted manuscripts, resulting in either an editorial rejection or a decision to proceed with peer review. 
  • Peer review. Manuscripts that reach this stage will be evaluated by at least two members of the ITLT board of reviewers, selected according to experience, expertise and interests. Our peer review process is double blind, meaning that reviewers and authors are unaware of each others’ names and institutional affiliations. Reviewers are asked to provide detailed notes to ensure helpful, objective and formative feedback for authors. 

Reviewers assess manuscripts on a variety of criteria:

  • Importance and interest of topic to ITLT readers.
  • Quality of literature review and consistency with the relevant literature.
  • Clarity of the goals of the research or development effort.
  • Adequacy of the research method and accuracy of data analysis.
  • Presentation and interpretation of findings, inferences and conclusions.
  • Inclusion of appropriate implications for practice and/or policy.
  • Grammatical construction; writing style; clarity of ideas, use of non-sexist language.
  • The review process usually takes about 8 weeks. You can check the status of a submitted manuscript at any time by logging in to the ITLT submission system.


Publication Frequency

ITLT is published semiannually. Volumes denote the year of publication, beginning with Volume 1 in 2013, and contain sequentially numbered issues (1 and 2). Special issues of ITLT may be titled according to subject or theme.


Open Access Policy

ITLT offers immediate open access to all published content, and operates on a nonprofit basis.

  • There is no charge to submit or review articles.
  • ITLT does not pay authors for their submissions.
  • There is no subscription or access fee for ITLT.


Special Issues

Periodically, complete issues of ITLT will feature articles on specific topics of interest. These special issues will be preceded by a targeted call for papers, and may be entrusted to one or more guest editors. We encourage readers and contributors to submit proposals for special issues in their areas of expertise and interest.



The views expressed in ITLT articles are the views of the authors, and the views expressed in ITLT editorials are the views of the editors. They are not the views of University of Arizona. References or external links to products and services do not constitute an endorsement, promotion or recommendation by the authors or ITLT.


Institutional Policies

Authors are responsible for conforming to all applicable institutional research and publication policies and procedures, including but not limited to those governing Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, conflicts of interest, and scholarly integrity.



ITLT is published by the University of Arizona South and the University of Arizona Libraries.