TLT Author Resources

The IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT)⧉ covers all advances in learning technologies and their development, including but not limited to the following topics: innovative online learning systems; intelligent tutoring software; educational games and simulations; virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies for education and training; mobile, pervasive, and ubiquitous learning technologies; wearable devices and interfaces for learning; personalized and adaptive learning systems; remote and virtual laboratories; computer support for collaborative learning and/or peer tutoring; “just-in-time” workplace learning and performance support tools; social networks and infrastructures for learning and knowledge sharing; tools for formative and summative assessment; tools for learning analytics and educational data mining; ontologies for learning systems; standards and web services that support learning; authoring tools/platforms for learning content; and creation and management of shareable, reusable learning objects and learning designs.

All manuscripts must be submitted online via the IEEE Author Portal. Submission indicates that the material has not been copyrighted, published, submitted, or presented elsewhere unless explicit notice to the contrary is given. All submissions undergo and must pass an originality check.

Submit your IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies paper to the IEEE Author Portal.


Minjuan Wang

Professor of Learning Design and Tech
San Diego State University
United States


IMPORTANT: The Author Portal requires an IEEE account. This is not the same as a ScholarOne account, so if you do not already have an account with IEEE you will need to create one on the IEEE Author Portal submission site.

For any issues related to paper formatting, paper review and paper status: please contact IEEE Publishing Operations' Peer reviewer Manager--Dr. Joyce Arnold:

You may email EiC if your questions are beyond formatting, status check and review inquiry. 


Notes on TLT's Scope

TLT is somewhat unique among educational technology journals given our dual-discipline focus on CS (computer science) and LDTech (Learning design and technology). In order to be considered for publication in TLT, articles must make substantive technical and/or design knowledge in the development of learning technologies as well as convincingly demonstrate how the technologies can be used to support learning. 

Articles for publication in TLT are required to support contributions and assertions with compelling evidence and provide explicit, transparent descriptions of the processes through which the evidence is collected, analyzed, and interpreted. However, articles that are concerned primarily with the evaluation of existing learning technologies and their applications are appropriate for TLT only if the technologies themselves are novel, or if significant technical and/or design insights are offered.

For articles whose main intended contributions relate to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, and/or other aspects of education in electrical and electronics engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE, authors should instead consider submission to TLT’s sister journal, the IEEE Transactions on Education.

Manuscript Format

Manuscripts for submission to TLT must be prepared using the TLT Word or LaTeX style templates found using the IEEE Template Selector Tool.  

Regardless of the file format used to prepare the manuscript, a PDF version must be generated for initial submission to the journal via ScholarOne Manuscripts. (The Word or LaTeX source files are requested only if and when the manuscript is accepted following peer review.) Prior to submission, authors are strongly urged to compare their PDF manuscript side-by-side with the TLT-instructions-only.pdf file to ensure each element is formatted exactly as it should be.

The IEEE Style Manual⧉ should also be consulted for more detailed guidance. Additionally, the citations and references in manuscripts submitted to TLT must be fully compliant with the IEEE Reference Guide⧉.

Failure to strictly adhere to these requirements may result in delays in the processing of the manuscript and/or in it being administratively rejected without peer review.

Manuscript Lengths and Type

  1. Regular paper – 14 double-column pages
  2. Short paper – 8 double-column pages
  3. Comments paper – 2 double-column pages
  4. Survey paper – 20 double-column pages

Note that these limits include references and author biographies. Pages in excess of these limits are accepted only at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief and are subject to Mandatory Overlength Page Charges (US$200 per extra page). Regular papers may not exceed 18 formatted transaction pages, even if the author is willing to pay the overlength page charges.

Authors and ORCID

All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)⧉ for all authors. ORCIDs enable accurate attribution and improved discoverability of an author’s published work. The author will need a registered ORCID in order to submit a manuscript or review a proof in this journal.

Follow these steps to link a ScholarOne Manuscripts account to a registered ORCID:

  1. Login to ScholarOne and click on your name in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Click E-mail / Name in the dropdown menu.
  3. In the ORCID section at the top of the page, click the appropriate link to either register for a new ORCID or associate the account with an existing ORCID.
  4. A new page will open to create and/or validate your ORCID. Once the validation is complete, the new page will close and you will return to ScholarOne.
  5. Save the changes to your ScholarOne user account.

Authors who do not have an ORCID in their ScholarOne user account will be prompted to provide one during submission.

Open Access

This publication is a hybrid journal, allowing either Traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. Upon submission, if you choose to have your manuscript be an Open Access article, you commit to pay the discounted $2,195 OA fee if your manuscript is accepted for publication in order to enable unrestricted public access. Any other application charges (such as over-length page charge) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. If you would like your manuscript to be a Traditional submission, your article will be available to qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. No OA payment is required for Traditional submission.

Corresponding authors from low-income countries are eligible for waived or reduced Open Access APCs.

TLT Editorial Policy on Reuse of Conference Publications

The TLT Editorial Board has prepared a policy on reuse of closely related conference and other published documents, based on IEEE’s broader policies relating to the originality of content⧉. Authors who have questions about reuse of content from previously published documents that they have authored are encouraged to review the policy before submitting a manuscript to be reviewed for publication.

IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies Editorial Policy on Reuse of Previously Authored and Published Conference Papers

IEEE Policy on Reusing Open-Access Preprints

There are often questions about whether it is OK to post preprints of articles under review to arXiv or other preprint servers. Please peruse this PDF file for more guidance.

IEEE Policy on Reusing Unpublished Thesis or Dissertation

It is common in technical publishing for an author to base an article on work appearing in a thesis or dissertation written by that author. IEEE recognizes the importance of this publication paradigm and fully supports it, but IEEE requires that the thesis or dissertation be fully referenced through direct citation of the thesis or dissertation or through other articles generated from and referencing the thesis or dissertation. Accordingly, the publication in an IEEE periodical based on original technical material contained in a thesis or dissertation is considered appropriate provided that the articles have undergone the standard peer review for the specific periodical in question. Please visit IEEE's Author Center for more information.

Guidelines for Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Generated Text

The use of artificial intelligence (AI)–generated text in an article shall be disclosed in the acknowledgements section of any paper submitted to an IEEE Conference or Periodical. The sections of the paper that use AI-generated text shall have a citation to the AI system used to generate the text.

The APA Style Guide on How to Cite ChatGPT has also been updated to give details of how to reference. Please view that here.