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Journal of Student Engagement: Education Matters


Ethical considerations

Only students who have prior ethics approval may discuss or comment on their interactions during Professional Experience (PEx). For those students without formal ethics clearance, this effectively restricts any observations during PEx to personal reflection on teaching practice. If in doubt, contact your program director for advice. Students with ethics clearance need to include their SERAP approval number on the cover page.

All authors should employ non-discriminatory language. In particular, avoid sexist and racist terminology.

Submission guidelines

Manuscripts are accepted in the range of 1000–3000 words (excluding reference list), and should include a word count. Longer papers will be accepted for submission only with the prior approval of the editor, in consultation with a supervising academic. Format guidelines are indicated in the template – in addition, all manuscripts should be double spaced with 2.5 cm side margins and 3 cm header and footer. Abstracts of 100–150 words are expected, as are five to seven keywords (neither included in word count).

Compilation of manuscripts should be in the following order: cover page; biography; title page; abstract + keywords; body text; acknowledgements (if needed); reference list; tables, with separate captions (individual pages); figures, with separate captions (individual pages). Note that no appendices are accepted.

The cover page should include contact details for all authors: full name; university; degree program; postal address; telephone number; email address. For multiple authors, one author should also be designated the ‘Corresponding author’.

Papers should be submitted to the editor as two electronic (MS Word .doc or .docx) manuscripts. One electronic copy should be complete with author details and biographies, while the other copy should not contain any information that could identify the author(s). The non-identified copy can then be sent anonymously to the reviewer(s).

Submitted manuscripts are subject to blind review by academic staff. Contributors are requested to minimise self-referencing and, for Honours students particularly, referencing their supervisors.

Ensure that your manuscript has been edited and proofread to a high standard. Papers that have style issues or incorrect/missing references will be returned to the author.


Each article should include a short biography for each author. Biographies should include the student’s year of progression at submission (first year, second year, and so on) as well as degree program, for example Bachelor of Primary Education. Fourth-year Honours students should also specify their research topic and supervisor(s).

Tables and figures

Tables and figures, numbered in Arabic, with captions, should be included on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Clear, reproducible copies are expected. The insertion point for each table/figure should be clearly marked in the manuscript. Copyright permission should be obtained when reproducing a table or figure from another source, including if derivative.


All spelling should conform with UK English: for example, ‘–ise’ and ‘behaviour’.

Use double quotation marks (“yes”) for direct quotes, with single marks within double where needed: for example “the need to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ we use quotation marks”. The use of single quotation marks for ‘generic’ terms should be minimised.

Referencing style is Harvard, in accordance with the referencing guide (pdf 159kb) – manuscripts that use footnotes or endnotes will be returned unread.


A template for the JSEEM is available for prospective authors here: template.doc. The template is a tool that will allow the editor to process your manuscript more efficiently. It is not indicative of how the published article will look.

You are not required to use the template, however, using it will help to ensure that you provide a document that complies with editorial standards. This, in turn, will contribute to ease of processing for the editor.

To replace template content with your text: highlight the relevant component, for example, the title; type your title over the highlighted text; your title will now appear in the correct format. Follow this process for all remaining components of your manuscript, paying particular attention to removing the styles that are not required.


For copyright purposes, it is a condition of publication that authors licence the Journal of Student Engagement to publish their article within the journal. Submission of a manuscript is taken as acceptance of that condition. Beyond one-off publication in the Journal of Student Engagement, all copyright remains with the author(s). Should an article contain copyrighted material in any form, not covered by fair use regulations or considerations, it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission for reproduction of that material.