About the Journal

FOCUS & SCOPE

The Open/Technology in Education, Society, and Scholarship Association (OTESSA) Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes papers on all aspects of educational technology, including online learning, technology-mediated learning, social media, open education, digital and open scholarship, emerging technologies for learning or research, and other topics or interdisciplinary ways in which technology and society intersect.

PUBLICATION FREQUENCY

The OTESSA Journal is a new journal and will be publishing the proceedings and the invited papers arising from the OTESSA conference. Please watch for invitations for special issues or when we launch a general opening of submissions at any time.

LANGUAGE OPTION

The official language of the OTESSA Journal is English; however, submissions can be accepted in either English or French, which are the official languages of Canada. Papers will be published in the language in which they were received; however, French submissions must also include an abstract in English. English submissions may use either British or American English, but the usage must be consistent throughout. Please check spelling and grammar before making a submission. Authors are encouraged to sign up as reviewers. Under "areas of interest," enter "English reviewer" or "French reviewer" in addition to keywords for expertise to assist us with the review assignment process.

STANDARDS AND ETHICS

We expect authors to follow the International Standards for Authors published by COPE. The OTESSA Journal takes issues of copyright infringement and plagiarism in publication very seriously. Will will seek to protect the rights of our authors and investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles in order to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. We reserve the right to check submitted articles with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included copyright material without permission or acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an correction, retracting the article, contacting leadership within the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies, or taking appropriate legal action. The manuscript must be original material that has not been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. If your article is derived from a thesis or dissertation, please provide the name of the institution to which it was submitted, the date of submission, the author(s), and the supervisor. 

The researcher(s) confirm that they have followed ethical standards for research involving human participants such as the statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans for Canadian researchers. All papers reporting human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee contact, in addition to the approval number. For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

FUNDING & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The OTESSA Journal requires all authors to acknowledge their funding source(s) under a separate heading or state that the research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or non-profit sectors. 

The journal requires all authors to declare any conflict of interest that may arise from the publication. If any conflict exists, authors must insert a statement at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest.’

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

“The means of communication should be held by the public, the very basis of how we connect should be a public utility. That principle we are trying to bring to research and scholarship” (Willinsky, 2012). 

This journal provides immediate open access to its content to support the public good. We pursue open access for expanding equity, impact, reach, and knowledge advancement.

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ARTICLE PROCESSING FEES

The journal does not have APC or any submission charge.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under an International Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (CC-BY-NC 4.0). This licence allows anyone to share their work (copy, distribute, transmit) and to adapt it for non-commercial purposes provided that appropriate attribution of initial publication in the journal is given, and that in the event of reuse or distribution, the terms of this license are made clear.

ARCHIVING

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in the OTESSA Journal.