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The Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education (JOERHE) features content concerned with OER, Open Pedagogy, Open Access, Open Data, and similar topics focusing specifically within the context of Higher Education in the United States and Canada.

Focus and Scope

JOERHE welcomes original quantitative and qualitative research articles and innovative practice articles concerning Open Pedagogy, Open Data, and analyses of current topics in Open Educational Resources within the context of Higher Education in the United States and Canada. Authors are encouraged to discuss the practical applications of their knowledge and findings, propose best practices, discuss theoretical models and frameworks, and describe their programmatic and practical experiences.

Submission 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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration. As a professional courtesy, authors should indicate if they are submitting such work, and if and where the work currently appears or has appeared. Exceptions include: Translations into English of a previously published paper by the same authors not in English; Publication of all or part of a revised thesis or dissertation; Publication of a paper previously made public as a conference presentation, white paper, technical report, or preprint.
  • The submission has been formatted using the JOERHE Section Templates. Templates can be downloaded from the Section Guidelines. Submissions that do not adhere to the provided templates will not be accepted.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. Exceptions made for OER Reviews Submissions.
  • Where available, DOIs and URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the APA stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • All funding sources and contributors are listed in the Acknowledgments section.
  • Author(s) have stated any conflicts of interest, or have included a statement declaring no conflict of interest.
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals, ethical treatment of human and animal research participants, and gathering of informed consent details have been provided as Supplementary Information as necessary.

Copyright Notice

  • First publication rights to original work accepted for publication is granted to Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education but copyright for all work published in the journal is retained by the author(s).
  • Works published in Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education will be distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). By granting a CC BY license in their work, authors retain copyright ownership of the work, but they give explicit permission for others to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the work, as long as the original source and author(s) are properly cited. No permission is required from the author(s) or the publishers for such use. According to the terms of the CC BY license, any reuse or redistribution must indicate the original CC BY license terms of the work.
  • Authors are permitted to post their work online in institutional/disciplinary repositories or on their own websites. Pre-print versions posted online should include a citation and link to the final published version in Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education as soon as the issue is available; post-print versions (including the final publisher's PDF) should include a citation and link to the journal's website.

It will be the responsibility of the authors to secure all necessary copyright permissions for the use of third party materials in their manuscript. Authors will be required to provide written evidence of this permission upon acceptance of their manuscript.

Peer Review

This Journal operates an open peer-review process. At JOERHE peer review is not anonymized. We have an open process where authors know who their reviewers are and reviewers know who their authors are. All comments provided by reviewers will be open and published alongside the article. Our hope is that this allows for a more communicative and positive process for both reviewers and authors. As reviewer comments are published works, all reviewers will retain copyright over their comments. We will not edit any reviewer comments before publication; however, if any comments violate our guidelines for being a reviewer, the journal reserves the right to dismiss the review and will not publish it alongside the article.

Open peer review is meant to be a kind and encouraging process for all and to foster a supportive and collaborative environment.

Peer Review Rubric

Peer Reviewers are asked to provide feedback on submissions based on a number criteria. The questions JOERHE asks its Peer Reviews during their assessment are listed below:

Criteria Description
Scope, Objectives, Content Is the article in scope for Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education? Does the topic discuss an element related to open education, open data, open access, or other open topics? Is the topic an important one, or is it trivial or of low priority?
Organization Does the article proceed logically?  As applicable, does the article adhere to a recommended structure and the section guideline?
Methodology, Approach, Conclusions The methodology for data gathering and analysis should be appropriate for the problem addressed. Inferences from data should be sound--the author should not reach unsupported conclusions. Not all papers will use a scientific research methodology, but all should employ sound reasoning and an adequate balance between description and critical analysis. Consider: Is the article factually accurate? Is it clear the author knows, or has investigated, previous work on the subject of the article?  Has the author failed to reference recent or seminal work on the subject?  
Writing Style, References Please indicate whether there are problems with expression or flow, but do not comment about grammar or basic edits. Do NOT take the time to do copy editing - that will be handled later in the process. However, general comments pointing out problems with style or format are useful.
Application Does the article contribute knowledge or practical examples that will inform/improve others’ practice or education?
Strengths What are the stronger points/qualities of the article?
Weaknesses What are the weaker points/qualities of the article? How could they be strengthened?





Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education allows the following licences for submission:

  • CC BY 4.0
    Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.
  • imported

Publication Fees

The Journal of Open Educational Resources does not charge any publication fees.

Publication Cycle

The Call for Papers is announced in the Spring. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Submissions will not be accepted outside of the CFP. The digital release of the issue is in the Fall of the same year.

2024 Publication Timeline

*Dates subject to change

Call for Papers March 8 - April 19
Open Peer Review Ends May 30th
Initial Editorial Decisions June 13th
Final Editorial Decisions Aug 2
Copyediting, Layout, and Galley Approval Aug 31–Sep 12
Publication Sep 27



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