Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Transformative Learning (JoTL) provides a forum of perspectives on the practice and application of transformative learning for use among organizations and educational institutions. JoTL is an open access, double-blind, peer-reviewed electronic journal that is published twice a year by the University of Central Oklahoma. The Journal of Transformative Learning (JoTL) invites original manuscripts that explore transformative learning practice and application across disciplines. Steeped in a view of transformative learning as an active process of learning that encourages seeing new things, seeing old things differently, and re-conceptualizing mindsets, JoTL accepts ongoing submissions in the areas of research articles, essays, and teaching notes. JoTL seeks to foster dialogue that culminates in richer resources for transformative learning practice.


Section Policies

Research Articles

Research Articles (3,000-8,000 words) are original manuscripts that employ the rigors of research focused on transformative learning, its practice, its impact, and/or its relationship to other variables. The results of the research should be analyzed and evaluated for their meanings, implications, and applications for the improvement of transformative learning practice.

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Essays (2,000-5,000 words) are conceptual, thought-provoking, and well-reasoned manuscripts on such topics that critique current practice, present differing models, and/or offer reflective processes associated with transformative learning.

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Teaching Notes

Teaching Notes (500-1,500) are strategies for facilitating transformative learning in curricular, co-curricular, corporate, non-profit, and academic settings.

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Editorial Interviews

Editorial Interviews are in-depth Q&A conversations with thought-leaders who have written, presented, edited, or advocated on the subject of transformative learning. Though interviewees are selected by the Editors, individuals are invited to make recommendations to the Editors via email to: jotl@uco.edu.

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Peer Review Process

The Journal follows a blind review process. Submissions are taken on an ongoing basis.  The Journal comes out twice a year. Manuscripts are reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers. The Journal attempts to get the reviews to the author(s) within six weeks of the data of receipt.


Publication Frequency

This Journal will be published twice yearly.


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.


Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings

Beginning in the Spring of 2016, the Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings will appear on this website.