About the Journal
What are the aims of the journal?
The Journal of Virtual Exchange, an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal, aims to support the community of telecollaborative practitioners and researchers by providing a forum for reporting and discussing innovative practice. The key conviction behind the journal is that telecollaboration owes its vitality in great measure to the innovative practice, experience-based insights and critical reflections of teaching professionals. The journal aims to be a forum for the exchange of ideas, insights, experience, and theory from practitioners and researchers, with an emphasis on dialogue between theory, principles and practice.
What kinds of contribution does the journal accept?
Research articles of up to 8000 words (including references, excluding appendices) report on theoretical and substantial empirical contributions. A range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed approaches are acceptable, but such work will typically go beyond attitudinal investigations of reports, for which practice reports (see below) are a more suitable format.
Practice reports should provide detailed, critical accounts of innovative telecollaborative projects of which at least one iteration has been completed and evaluated. The projects should not be simply replications of projects reported elsewhere in the literature: they should be original or, if closely based on existing projects or designs, incorporate significant adaptations (e.g., to design or to context of application). They should be up to 4,000 words in length (including references, excluding appendices).
For each practice report, the editors invite one response, in which an established researcher or practitioner offers a complementary theoretical or comparative perspective on the exchange project in the target report. Respondents are welcome to use media other than text.
Keynote articles are contributions taking a higher-level perspective on the field, by providing overviews of new developments in technology or pedagogy, for example, or addressing conceptual, theoretical, institutional, or infrastructural issues. They may also seek to place telecollaboration and virtual exchange in a wider context – intellectual, social, cultural or political. Keynote articles are invited by the editors directly, though proposals are welcome. Keynotes are up to 8000 words in length (including references, excluding appendices).
Journal of Virtual Exchange is published on a continuous basis; once an article is ready for publication, it will be made available online. This minimises delays between submission and public availability. For referencing purposes, volumes correspond to calendar years, and articles will have continuous page numbers, restarting with each new volume.
JVE is owned by UNICollaboration, the international academic organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting telecollaboration and virtual exchange in higher-level education. Further information can be viewed at unicollaboration.org.