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Submission guidelines

In Practice aims to promote innovation and share good practice by publishing lively, accessible pieces written by and for the learning and teaching community. Contributions should enhance the education culture at Essex and partners by providing the reader with an opportunity to:

  • discover the successful strategies and initiatives of colleagues/other departments
  • reflect on aspects of their own teaching practice
  • explore the values and assumptions which underlie teaching and learning at a personal, institutional, and sector-wide level
  • consider issues relevant to higher education, such as the role of assessment, knowledge and authority, the future role of technology in learning
  • engage with learning and teaching in fresh, scholarly and intellectually exciting ways

All contributions are blind peer-reviewed.

Conversations. Research. Ideas.

In Practice has three components – conversations, research, and ideas. This allows for a range of approaches and styles of writing, including:

  • interviews
  • short case-studies
  • reflective dialogues between colleagues
  • traditional scholarly articles


‘Conversations’ provides a space for more personal, exploratory, and discursive pieces. We are looking for thoughtful and distinctive voices that capture the feel of real conversations between colleagues. It might include:

  • reflective dialogues between colleagues
  • responses to previous articles in the journal
  • interviews with teaching staff about a particular issue/project
  • polemical pieces written to provoke debate

This section also includes the ‘Letter from…’ feature, which aims to reflect the University’s connections with community, industry, professions and overseas academic partners.


Word count 2,500 words maximum.

Any reader considering making a submission to the ‘Conversation’ section is encouraged to contact the editors by emailing


The kind of scholarly article we’re seeking for the ‘Research’ section will explore and/or reflect on learning and teaching issues raised in practice. It might, for example:

  • identify and unpack issues or challenges in the author’s own teaching practice
  • seek robust indicators of success for a particular innovation
  • identify and question the author’s own values and assumptions
  • question the underlying values and assumptions of our teaching culture

Word count 3,000 – 5,000 words maximum (including footnotes and bibliography).

Please keep footnotes to a minmum where possible. Any reader considering making a submission to the ‘Research’ section is encouraged to contact the editors by emailing


This section is for short pieces that share simple, practical, inspiring ideas. This is where we imagine our academic reader browsing the journal and finding useful strategies and techniques that can be adapted for their own teaching.


Word count 1,000 words maximum.

Any reader considering making a submission to the ‘Ideas’ section is encouraged to contact the editors by emailing