JLDL Overview

Next Submission Deadline: December 23rd, 2023

The Journal of Learning Design and Leadership (JLDL) is an open access, informal peer-reviewed, multimodal publication. It publishes pre-print articles multiple times a year online within CGScholar and IDEALS.

What does the JLDL publish?

JLDL seeks to publish thoughtful, well-researched preprint literature reviews on topics that span the full spectrum of contemporary educational policy and practice. We are particularly interested in works that explore learning design and systems, new media technologies, globalization, and learner diversity in formal or informal learning environments in P-12, higher education, non-profits, and the workplace.

Additionally, this journal publishes preprints of original case studies and educational technology evaluations that are supported by empirical data.

Each publication will include a combination of Scholarly Briefs and Scholarly Research:

  • Foundational Scholarly Works: Literature Reviews, Case Studies, or Technology Evaluations that serve as a foundation of/for an educational concept, innovation, issue, opportunity, or theory (2,000 to 4,000 words)
  • Advanced Scholarly Works: Literature Reviews that elaborate more deeply on existing research to address an educational concept, innovation, issue, opportunity, or theory, Case Studies, or Technology Evaluations (5,000 to 8,000 words)


  • Do not submit works for consideration to JLDL if they have been published (or are pending review for publication) in another scholarly source
What is a Preprint and what does this mean for me and my work?

As an open-access journal, you maintain the rights to your work and are able to submit your scholarly work to other sources for consideration. If required by a subsequent publisher, this version can be regarded as a pre-print and if required, removed from publication in this journal.

  • Authors of all approved submissions must complete a Non-Exclusive Distribution and Preservation License prior to publication in JLDL. [form to be posted soon]
  • If you choose to submit this work to another scholarly publication, you are expected to share that this work has been published in another journal as a preprint. It is up to each journal to decide what they will permit. You can use the following language when communicating that your work has been published as a pre-print in the JLDL: [suggested language to be added soon]
    • Here is an example of the preprint policy from Springer
    • Note that some other professional journals may not permit re-publication of your submitted preprint works.
Who should publish in the JLDL?
  • University of Illinois Master’s or Doctoral students who are currently enrolled in or have completed a course using CGScholar
  • University of Illinois Master’s or Doctoral alumni who have taken courses using CGScholar 
  • Other emerging scholars interested in sharing research in the discipline

Multiple authors may submit a single work for consideration.

There is no limit to the number of articles you can submit for consideration, but we will only consider one submission at a time by an author or author group.

When does the JLDL accept submissions and publish?

The Journal accepts submissions on an ongoing basis and publishes three to four times during the year.

Why publish in the JLDL?
  • Be a part of a learning community
  • Allowed to leverage existing work created through your graduate level coursework, but aligning the work with JLDL standards and submission guidelines
  • Opportunity to engage in the submission, review, revision, and publication process of a peer-reviewed journal
  • Dissemination of your writing via the award-winning CGScholar online platform
  • Timely release of works based on the continuous publication, online format
  • Facilitation of the connections of ideas between works, within or between disciplines
Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that greater dissemination of research benefits the authors and that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.