About the Journal

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice is an open access e-journal of research and practice development in higher and further education. The Journal provides a supportive publishing outlet for new authors to contribute to the scholarly discourse of academic practice in their discipline. As such the Journal is aimed at providing support for new authors and those publishing on the topic of academic practice for the first time. 

Our peer reviewed Journal promotes evidence-based academic practice through the publication of papers that are theory-based and supported by evidence. The themes of the Journal reflect the breadth of perspectives in academic practice through a wide variety of disciplinary lenses. The Editors welcome submissions of articles, research notes, opinion pieces and book reviews. The types of articles we publish include:

  • Original research: formal research projects with appropriate analysis of data, either with a quantitative or qualitative emphasis or mixed method studies. Action research studies are also particularly relevant to practice development and are welcomed by the Journal. All research projects published must have ethical approval.
  • Reflective analysis papers: reflective evaluations of academic practice, either practitioner-based enquiry or reflections that challenge current practice and encourage experimentation, provide novel conclusions or offer new perspectives derived from prior work.
  • Review papers: literature reviews illuminating new relationships and understanding, meta-analysis, analytical and integrated reviews, etc.
  • Case studies: case study papers focus on examining academic practice in a particular context, drawing out lessons learned that are usually generalisable to a wide and multi-disciplinary audience.

The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice welcomes articles which are presented in multimedia formats. If you wish to present your article in a format other than the traditional paper, please contact the editorial team to discuss the proposed format. Papers may be submitted from single or multiple authors, as well as guest papers from other institutions. All papers of publication standard will be published electronically.

The main criteria for acceptance of all types of submissions are that they make a contribution to the knowledge, understanding and/or practice in the field and are not currently under submission for another journal.  All journal articles will be subject to peer review by at least two authors. The Editors reserve the right to retain the final decision regarding publication.

When you are planning your article, we ask you to consult the Submission Preparation Checklist and Author Guidelines to ensure your paper complies with the Journal house style and referencing format.  If you wish to submit a multimedia article, please contact the Editors to discuss this at the earliest opportunity – please email Dr Lorraine Anderson on l.l.anderson@dundee.ac.uk


Privacy policy

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This journal’s editorial team uses this data to guide its work in publishing and improving this journal. Data that will assist in developing this publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this journal or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here. The authors published in this journal are responsible for the human subject data that figures in the research reported here.

Those involved in editing this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for “data subject rights” that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design. The GDPR also allows for the recognition of “the public interest in the availability of the data,” which has a particular saliency for those involved in maintaining, with the greatest integrity possible, the public record of scholarly publishing.