Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JVE is an open-access, online, peer-reviewed journal aimed at practitioners and researchers in the field known variously as telecollaboration, virtual exchange, or online intercultural exchange. It is the official journal of UniCollaboration, the international academic organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting telecollaboration and virtual exchange in higher-level education.

The common element to these various pedagogical practices is structured, teacher-led online collaboration between two or more geographically distant, usually culturally and/or linguistically distinct groups of learners, with a view to promoting various combinations of linguistic, intercultural, and content skills and knowledge, as well as transversal competences such as digital literacies and intercultural teamwork.


Section Policies

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Practice Reports

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Keynote Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Contributions in Other Formats

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Notifications and Calls for Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Practice reports, research articles, and contributions in other formats that pass the editors’ preliminary desk review are double-blind reviewed by two peer reviewers. Possible recommendations are: Accept as-is; Accept subject to minor revisions; Resubmit following substantial revisions; or Reject. The final decision is made by the editors. Both reviews are communicated to the author(s) along with the decision. Articles which are resubmitted following substantial revisions will be subject to a second round of review, this time with reference to the author’s responses to the first-round reviews.


Publication Frequency

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.


Open Access Policy

Journal of Virtual Exchange is an online-only, open-access journal. By default, articles are published under the CC-BY licence, which “lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation”. Under this licence, articles are freely accessible to anyone and may be redistributed without restriction other than crediting the authors (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/). However, the author is free to choose another, more restrictive Creative Commons licence instead, whether from personal preference or to meet the requirements of, for example, a funding agency.


Journal Aims

Journal of Virtual Exchange aims to support the community of virtual exchange practitioners and researchers by providing a forum for reporting and discussing innovative practice. The key conviction behind the journal is that virtual exchange 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?

JVE considers manuscripts which have not been published elsewhere. Contributions fall into the following categories:

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-in-chief directly, though invitations may follow from unsolicited proposals. Keynotes are typically between 6,000 and 8,000 words in length.

Research articles of 6,000 to 8,000 words report on theoretical and substantial empirical contributions. A range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods are acceptable, but research in this category will typically go beyond, for example, the elicitation of student perceptions or evaluations of virtual exchange projects, for which practice reports (see below) are a more suitable format.


Practice reports: A practice report provides a detailed, critical account of the design, running and evaluation an innovative virtual exchange project. The project should not be simply a replication of projects reported elsewhere in the literature: it should be original or, if closely based on an existing project or design, incorporate significant adaptations (e.g., to design or to context of application). A practice report should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words in length.


For each practice report, the editors will invite one response from another researcher, to be published alongside the report. Responses will offer a complementary theoretical or comparative perspective on the exchange project in the target report. Respondents are welcome to use media other than text.

Contributions in other formats: JVE is committed to promoting adventurous exploration of the online environment as a medium for scholarly communication. The editors will consider contributions that seek to exploit online affordances in formats such as audio, video, and multimedia. Such content might include, but is certainly not limited to, interviews, book reviews, and software reviews.



JVE will consider submissions in English, French, or German. Submissions in other languages may be considered: please contact the editors-in-chief in advance of submission in such cases.


Legal Deposit

Journal of Virtual Exchange shall meet its legal deposit obligations via Trinity College Dublin Library's voluntary electronic legal deposit process. Issues of the Journal along with their fulltext papers shall be deposited upon publication and on an ongoing basis in eDeposit Ireland where they will be archived and made available, along with their metadata, to the public and to other legal deposit libraries.


Article Processing Charges

Journal of Virtual Exchange is run on a not-for-profit basis. There is no submission charge in any circumstance. For accepted articles, no article processing charges (APCs) are payable if at least one of the authors is a member in good standing of UniCollaboration. APCs will be payable for accepted submissions whose authors are NOT members of UniCollaboration (excluding authors of invited contributions). APCs cover only the costs of our not-for-profit publishing partner, research-publishing.net. The current rate is €0.025 per word in the finalised submission, payable to UniCollaboration.



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