Guidelines and Basic Information

The Journal of Interactive Online Learning is an online-only journal that disseminates original articles regarding the theory, research, and practice of higher-level learning in interactive online environments.

JIOL Goals

  • Provide a forum for the dissemination of research on  interactive online education
  • Disseminate ideas that enhance the practical aspects of  interactive online education
  • Further knowledge and understanding of emerging innovations  in online education
  • Foster debate about the use and application of online education
  • Explore uses of mobile applications and devices in teaching and learning

Submission Guidelines

Submissions from all disciplines, as well as from interdisciplinary perspectives, are welcome, if manuscripts conform to basic journal goals. Each submission is rigorously refereed using a double-blind peer review process with reviewers from relevant disciplines.


  1. All manuscripts must be written in English. Submit in Microsoft Word .doc format.
  2. All submissions must conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA 6th ed.). Pay special attention to the following items:
    • Make sure that ALL of your references adhere to APA 6th ed. format. If there are multiple mistakes in your manuscript, it will be returned to you for re-submission.
    • If there are multiple in-text citations cited within parenthesis, please make sure these citations are alphabetized.
    • Page numbers, along with a running head, should appear in the top, right hand corner of the manuscript (use the header/footer feature in Word).
    • Provide a title page including authors’ names, contact author, and running head (author information is removed for peer review).
    • Please make sure that all tables are constructed using APA 6th edition and are placed appropriately within the text of the manuscript.
    • Include an abstract of 200 words or less.
    • Font: Times New Roman, size 12 font
    • Double-Space your manuscript. Do not add additional spaces anywhere.
    • Make sure that you use standard 1 inch margins (left/right/top/bottom).
    • Insert author bios of no more than 50 words at the end of the manuscript. Follow the style used in the journal.
    • If graphics are used, use .gif or .jpg file formats and embed in text. In some cases, journal editors may request that graphics be sent separately as email attachments.
    • Recommended manuscript length is 1500 to 5000 words, excluding references.
    •  If chosen for publication, JIOL does not charge publication fees.
  3. It is your responsibility to make sure any work you cite in the text has detailed authorship information in the reference section of the manuscript. Be sure to confirm that you have correctly cited this information.
  4. Material must be original, accurate, in good form editorially, and not under consideration with another journal.
  5. The e-mail message transmitting the manuscript to the journal for consideration must confirm the following:
    • This manuscript has not been submitted or published all or in part elsewhere.
    • The author(s) will give copyright to the journal if the manuscript is accepted and published by the journal.

Initial Review Process: The journal conducts an initial editorial review soon after a submission is received (typically within five business days of submission). If this review determines that the author(s) of a submission have not followed the submission guidelines or that the manuscript does not meet the journal's goals and objectives, the manuscript will not be sent for peer review.


All submissions must complete and include the JIOL Author Submission Checklist (PDF) when submitting a manuscript for review

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Where to find issues of JIOL

Each issue will be made publicly available at:

Authorship Information

A brief autobiography of the author(s) should be included on the last page of the manuscript. This will be detached before sending on to reviewers in order to facilitate the blind review process. Include full name(s) and title(s), and such information as academic background, research interests, current position, and full contact details (e-mail address, postal address, telephone, and fax numbers). Any references that identify author(s) must be removed from manuscript text before submission.


The Journal of Interactive Online Learning will retain the copyright of all published items.


The journal editors will contact you upon manuscript receipt. Every effort will be made to complete the blind review process within six to eight weeks.

For general comments or questions:

Executive Editor

Vivian H. Wright, Ph. D.
The University of Alabama
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Co- Editors
Cynthia S. Sunal, Ph. D.
The University of Alabama
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Michael R. L. Odell, Ph. D.
University of Texas at Tyler
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Managing Editor

Jason T. Abbitt, Ph. D.
Miami University
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