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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.
  • In the first submission stage, please submit a proposal (max. 500 words). Complete articles can be submitted upon the acceptance of the proposal.
  • When submitting the initial proposal submission, the journal system will demand an abstract to be entered in a text field. To satisfy this system requirement you can either fill this text field with the words "proposal attached" or paste your proposal text.
  • The contribution is written in English or German, single-spaced, 12-point font. The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document format. Word count amounts to max. 5000 words excl. references.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements of the author's own academic discipline. Otherwise, APA style is recommended:
  • Manuscripts or parts of manuscripts may not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. If the submission is based on a conference paper which may have been published elsewhere, the submitted article must have been substantially revised and rewritten so that is significantly different from the conference paper or presentation on which it is based and it signifies new, original work. Please include a statement “this is a revised/ expanded version of a paper entitled […] presented at [conference, date, location]”.

    The ETH Learning and Teaching Journal accepts the posting of a preprint of the manuscript on a preprint repository of the author's choice at any stage of the (submission and) peer-review process. The deposition of the preprint is not considered prior publication (see also Preprints for the life sciences. Science 352, 899–901; 2016). However, the posting should be mentioned in the acknowledgements and the source should be listed within the reference list.
    Authors are expected to adhere to the standards for intellectual property rights and plagiarism and assume full responsibility for the content of their submissions.
  • For research with human participants, authors ensure that manuscripts have been approved by the ETH ethics commission:
  • If there are multiple authors, please appoint one as the corresponding author. Authors may nominate students as co-authors. Remove all author identification (names and affiliations) and acknowledgements from the text file that you submit.

Author Guidelines

The ETH Learning and Teaching journal aims to facilitate publications about teaching and learning in higher education and at ETH. This is why the journal supports authors throughout the entire submission process if they wish.


Submission stage 1: please submit a proposal (max. 500 words). This proposal will be reviewed.

Submission stage 2:  Authors will be invited to submit complete articles dependent on the proposal reviews.


Submission types: 

  • Reflections on teaching practice include a concise description of a specific aspect of teaching practice and base reflections upon systematic observations.
  • Empirical articles inquire into a specific aspect of student learning using transparent methodology. Data is interpreted in view of a conceptual or theoretical framework.


Quality guidelines for submitting articles: 

  • The relevance of a contribution for learning and teaching in higher education and at ETH is clearly established.
  • Manuscripts adhere to the Submission Preparation Checklist.

Submission preparation checklist and review criteria have been adapted from and

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