Otago Polytechnic

Scope Contemporary Research Topics (Learning and Teaching) www.thescopes.org – hereafter Scope (Learning and Teaching) – is an open access, peer reviewed journal published annually by Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Scope (Learning and Teaching) is concerned with views, critical debate and reflections on learning and teaching theory and practice. It seeks to address current topical matters in the field of tertiary education. Its focus is on building a sense of community amongst researchers from an array of New Zealand institutions with the goal of linking a wider international community.

The 2021 issue has an open theme; we are particularly interested in pieces which deal to the challenges, concepts and critical thinking around programmes, people and pedagogy that inform contemporary understandings of Learning and Teaching.

Submissions for Scope (Learning and Teaching) are invited from peers and colleagues involved in any aspect of learning and teaching around the globe. Submissions should be sent in electronic format for review and potential inclusion to the Chief Editor: Oonagh McGirr c/o Su Bolland, Editorial Assistant by 30 June 2021.

Submissions should contribute to critical debate and reflect new understandings within the context of learning and teaching. High standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the APA (7th Edition) referencing style are expected.

Submission guidelines

  • Send a digital Word document to bolland@op.ac.nz by 30 June 2021
  • Please clearly name files with the title of the submitted piece and the lead author’s name
  • Please supply contact information on a separate cover page to include: Name of author(s); contact email; contact telephone number; postal address; word count; number of images included in text.
  • Author biography: Include a short biography of no more than 50 words of each author with your submission, briefly outlining their professional background and experience.
  • Peer review: Peer review forms will be sent to all submitters in due course, with details concerning the possible reworking of documents where relevant. All submitters will be allowed up to two subsequent resubmissions of documents for peer approval. All final decisions concerning publication of submissions will reside with the Editors

Formats include: editorials; articles; essays; logs and travel reports; book and educational software reviews; residencies; publications; interviews and roundtables; and reflective pieces. Other suggested formats will also be considered; and special topics comprising submissions by various contributors may be tendered to the editors.

Word limit:

  • Feature articles and essays: 2500-4000 words
  • Logs and travel reports; residencies; publications; interviews and roundtables; and reflective pieces: 1500-2000 words
  • Book and educational software reviews: 200-700 words


  • Single line spacing.
  • Please do not apply indentations, tabulations or any such formatting to text.
  • Referencing should be in the form APA (7th Edition) referencing style.
  • All abbreviations must be spelled out upon first mention in both the summary and main text, followed by the abbreviated form in parentheses. Thereafter, you may use the abbreviated form.
  • All funding sources should be credited in an Acknowledgments section. In addition, people who contributed to the work but who do not fit the criteria for authors should be listed along with their contributions.


  • Low resolution images with full captions should be inserted into the text to indicate where they would be preferred with full captions underneath them. High resolution images should be sent separately.
  • Captions for images should be numbered, should be complete, and should adhere to a sequence of information. See examples at thescopes.org
  • Specifications for high resolution images:
    • Format: Images must be supplied as jpeg (minimum size 2MB)
    • Colour: Greyscale or CMYK
    • Quality: 300dpi - maximum image print area is 140mm wide x 190 deep.
    • Orientation: Ensure your image is oriented correctly.
    • Labelling: Label all image files with your name and number the images in the order they appear in your text and caption document, e.g. “smith.1.tif”, “smith.2.tif”.

Published on 27 Jan 2021

Orderdate: 27 Jan 2021
Expiry: 7 Jul 2021