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Aims and Scope

Critical Studies in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes scholarly articles and essays that make marked contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher (university) education. The Journal aims to provide a stimulating and challenging forum for contributors to describe, theorise and reflect on their higher education teaching and learning practice, and is particularly interested in contributions that have relevance to the South African educational context.

Areas in which research is invited include:

  • academic literacy development in university-level courses or modules (including writing across the curriculum and writing in the disciplines, as well as writing centres)
  • methodologies and methods in researching teaching and learning at university
  • theory-development in higher education studies, particularly within the broader area of critical social theory
  • teaching and learning with technology (including blended learning and other innovative approaches)
  • discipline-based teaching and learning development or change
  • socially just, socially inclusive educational praxis
  • studies in higher education assessment and evaluation practice
  • multilingual teaching and learning resources and development
  • innovative materials development for teaching, learning, curriculum, assessment and evaluation
  • professional education (please note: this excludes studies in adult, technical and vocational education and training, and teacher education, which should be redirected to more suitable journals. You may consult African Journals Online for alternatives).

Contributions that are critical, well-researched and address challenging problems and issues from theoretical, practice-based or analytical angles are welcomed, as well as contributions that focus on innovative and reflective approaches to teaching and learning.

All submissions must have a clear issue or problem that is addressed and must make reference to the relevant literature. Where applicable methodology, results and evaluation of findings must be clearly discussed and related to the wider field. Submissions relating to local studies should make clear the applicability to a wider context and international readership. Please look carefully at the resources in the 'Authors' tab, and also under the 'Reviewers' tab, and consult recent issues under 'Archives' to get a sense of the work we tend to publish, and our guidelines. 


The journal is indexed (full text) with Sabinet and African Journals Online (AJOL). It is also included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), WorldCat, Sherpa-Romeo, the Norwegian List (Level 1), SCOPUS and the DHET's list of accredited journals.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Article Processing Charges

The journal will charge an article processing fee, per peer-reviewed paper, from June 2019 onwards. This fee is R3200.00 per article, and may be applicable to authors whose universities and/or research grants have allowances for these fees. Please contact the managing editor if you have any questions or concerns about this. These fees enable us to keep the research we publish openly accessible to scholars and researchers around the world. Our annual running costs include technical support for our online submission system, copyediting of papers and book reviews, a professional email account, and an annual Zoom license for editorial meetings. 

Copyright Policy

      1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal
      2. 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 this journal.
      3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (SeeThe Effect of Open Access).

Licencing Policy

All journal content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license 4.0. CC BY ND 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)