AALHE-Intersection Publication Guidelines

Intersection-a journal at the intersection of assessment and learning is the official journal of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE).  Published quarterly, the journal’s mission is to provide scholarship and professional development in assessment for learning.

Articles for the journal undergo an expert blind peer review by two peer reviewers. The identities of the author(s) and reviewer(s) remain anonymous throughout the peer review process.

Articles Considered for Publication:

The journal welcomes submissions that address assessment practice at various types of colleges and universities.  The following articles are encouraged: articles exploring theoretical and conceptual frameworks, critical scholarly literature reviews, original research, and case studies.

Submission Requirements:  

  • Manuscripts should be 2,000 to 8,000 words exclusive of reference list, figures, and tables. Longer manuscripts may be considered at the discretion of the editor. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically via Scholastica at https://www.aalhe.org/intersection. A receipt of confirmation will come from Scholastica.
    • Cover page: Cover page: Author's name and affiliation, manuscript title, and the Intersection edition should be included on a cover page only. Manuscripts submitted with author identifying information will be returned for re-submission with identifying information removed. To ensure a blind review, please do not include a cover page or any identifying information with your manuscript.  Author’s name and affiliation, and manuscript title will be collected in the Scholastica system.
    • Manuscripts submitted with identifying information will be returned for an anonymized resubmission.
    • Abstract of 150 words or fewer with a list of three to seven keywords included after the cover page.
    • Manuscripts should be supported by data, figures, tables, graphs or models.
  • Manuscripts, including references, abbreviations, symbols, figures, and tables, must adhere to the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.
  • The main text should be formatted with standard 1" margins and 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Include the manuscript titles and page numbers in the header.
  • Manuscripts submitted should not be under review by another journal.

Ethics Statement:

Please ensure that all text in your manuscript is original and not published elsewhere.  Bear in mind that copying your own text from prior publications is also a breach of our guidelines.

Ethical Approval for Research
By submitting an article to this journal, you confirm that all reported research received prior Institutional approval or an exemption from the appropriate regulatory body, such as your Institutional Review Board (IRB), if applicable.

Image Integrity
All primary images should be presented in a manner that does not alter their true nature, unless changes are made to maintain anonymity of participants/subjects.  Authors confirm that they received permission or approval for all images included in the submission, if applicable.  Please note: All images should include Alternate Text in alignment with accessibility standards.

Authorship of articles submitted to this journal should be based on appropriate contribution to the paper, as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines (below). All other contributors should be mentioned as an acknowledgement. In both cases, be sure to receive confirmation that all parties are willing to be mentioned in your published paper.

Please finalize the author list and order of names before submission. We will not act as a mediator for authorship disputes, and subsequent changes or inquiries can lead to lengthy delays or possible retraction.

According to ICMJE, an author is someone who meets all the following criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
  3. Final approval of the version to be published
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Conflicts of Interest and Funding Disclosure
Any conflicts of interest or funding disclosure should be mentioned in the submission and will be considered and assessed for suitability by the editorial board prior to peer review.  Examples include (but are not limited to) paid or unpaid positions with or stock or honoraria from corporations or political bodies, patents held in technology that is used in the study, and personal connections to others involved in the study. Any undisclosed conflicts of interest that are revealed later may subject your paper to publishing delays, corrections, or retraction.

Editorial Board Members’ Submissions
Editorial Board Members are welcome to submit papers to the journal. These submissions are not given any priority over other manuscripts, and Editorial Board Member status has no bearing on editorial consideration. When an Editorial Board Member is an author on a submission, they will have no involvement in the editorial review of the manuscript, no access to confidential information on the editorial process, and no input into the decision to publish the article. When the number of articles accepted for publication in an issue exceeds the space available, articles by members of the Editorial Board will be delayed and published in a later edition.

Peer Reviewer Statement
All Peer Reviewers are expected to follow Peer Reviewer Guidelines as outlined by COPE, Committee on Publications Ethics. (See here for the full guidelines.)

Copyright/Article License and User Rights
Submissions are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License.