Open Journals

Note:  My collection includes a couple of non-journal newsletters/online zines that I’ve found useful and relevant in the past. The rest are open (or semi-open) journals that are focused on adult education, face-to-face, online,  and blended learning and teaching – see DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) for more open journals by topic –

If you have other open journals to suggest, please contact me – sylviar at educomm dot ca

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  • bi-monthly journal (6x each year) of  ASCILITE, the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education
  • aim of the journal is to “promote research and scholarship on the integration of technology in tertiary education, promote effective practice, and inform policy.” Also – “to advance understanding of educational technology in post-school education settings, including higher and further education, lifelong learning, and training”
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Included because of their interesting (?) 3-level open access policy (see )

  1. Authors can choose to make their articles ‘open access’ everywhere BUT they have to pay to subsidize the cost – ‘Gold Open Access – Online Open’
  2. Authors, institutions or publishers can choose to publish first and then store article in open repository to share (after period of time) – ‘Green Open Access – self-archiving’
  3. Access to this journal is available free online within institutions in the developing world through the AGORA initiative with the FAO, the HINARI initiative with the WHO and the OARE initiative with UNEP.
    For information, visit,,

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  • published by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) – formerly Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE)
  • open access, peer-reviewed journal that focuses on educational technology and learning – topics include: learning theory and technology, cognition and technology, instructional design theory and application, online learning, computer applications in education, simulations and gaming
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  • published by the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (CAUCE) (deans, directors, senior admin personnel)
  • focuses on advance and dissemination of knowledge of value to professional practice in continuing education in general and to encourage dialogue about CE within academic communities
  • publishes research articles (peer reviewed), vignettes (not peer reviewed), semantic play and possibility (not peer reviewed) and book reviews; focuses on all aspects of education which are informed by the idea of complexity in the broad sense (in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative aspects)
  • welcomes works in critical and cultural studies of education, general foundations of education, postcolonial studies in education, comparative and international perspectives of education, citizenship education, gender studies in education, and emancipatory and hope theories of education.

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  • bi-monthly digital journal published by EDUCAUSE association
  • current developments and trends in information technology, how they may affect the college/university as an institution, and what these mean for higher education and society
  • more news-oriented – not peer-reviewed research academic
  • Archives 2016 –
  • Launched by the European Commission to focus “primarily on the potential of digital technologies and materials to improve teaching and learning.”
  • Seems to be a collection of visually-augmented articles (similar to those in Medium?) focused on current, relevant (?) ideas in education and technology – topics from Gamification to How to design a MOOC plus a community site that features live chats
  • Check out the articles or the community page
  • electronic, multimedia journal, published in English, and supported by EDEN – the European Distance and E-learning Network
  • publishes scholarly articles and discussion about new educational media, cross-cultural collaboration, online, open, distance education
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Published by University of Saskatchewan – focus on community-engaged research – current issue available at:

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  • peer-reviewed articles – free and open access to all of its content
  • focuses on research and practice in ICT in education and development, particularly less developed parts of the world, and rural and remote regions of developed countries
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  • published by Society of Education, India
  • a multi-disciplinary journal that publishes empirical and theoretical research papers, case studies, literature reviews and book reviews.
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  • international landscape of mobile learning –
  • focus is on fundamentals, applications and experiences in the field of interactive mobile technologies in learning and teaching as well as in industrial and other applications
  • registration required but no fee – open access journal
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  • open, peer-reviewed, electronic journal published twice a year by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Georgia Southern University.
  • articles, essays and discussions about the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher and tertiary education
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no longer free or open access – swallowed by Online Learning Consortium – you can buy access though – or sign up for some scaled back access

  • published 3x each year by the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc. (ODLAA)
  • focuses on research and scholarly material in the fields of open, distance and flexible education
  • Note:  not all articles are free to access – limited publisher-type “open” access
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  • biannual publication (January and July each year) by the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University
  • focuses on research in Computer Mediated Learning (CML) which includes distance, online, electronic, virtual, distributed, blended and mobile learning.
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  • quarterly journal published by International Forum of Educational Technology & Society
  • academic articles on issues affecting the developers of educational systems and educators who implement and manage such systems
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  • NEW: All past and future articles of this journal are published under a Creative Commons By-NC license.
  • a peer-reviewed journal (published by the Informing Science Institute) that publishes discussion case studies about situations where information technology plays a significant role.
  • NEW: All past and future articles of this journal are published under a Creative Commons By-NC license.
  • a peer-reviewed journal (published by the Informing Science Institute) that publishes the best innovative practices on using information technology in education and the teaching of information technology.
  • NEW: All past and future articles of this journal are published under a Creative Commons By-NC license.
  • a peer-reviewed journal (published by the Informing Science Institute) that publishes scholarly articles on the use of information technology in education.
  • peer reviewed, open access, online journal in educational technology that focuses on the implications and use of digital media in education.
  • published by The Open University
  • peer-reviewed open online journal published by The University of Alabama, the University of Texas at Tyler, and Miami University
  • features manuscripts, critical essays, and reviews that encompass disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in regards to issues related to higher-level learning outcomes
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an open-access peer-reviewed multidisciplinary forum concerned with the systematic study and investigation of pedagogy and learning design in higher education, with a focus on the innovative use of technology. The Journal of Learning Design began in 2005 and closed in July 2017. This site is a searchable archive of the Journal.

  • open access journal that publishes research with a focus on innovation in learning, in particular but not exclusively open and distance learning, and its contribution to development
  • published by Commonwealth of Learning
  • published by the Distance and e-Learning Association of New Zealand
  • online or distance education, e-learning, flexible delivery systems, application of technology in distance and open learning to education, innovative teaching methods, open learning, and developments in the Pacific
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  • provides a forum for scholarly discussion on topics relating to technology and engineering-related education – the Journal also publishes book reviews, editorials, guest articles, comprehensive literature reviews, and reactions to previously published articles
  • published twice annually (Fall and Spring issues)
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  • bi-annual, peer-reviewed e-journal, published by University of Wollongong, Australia
  • effective and innovative teaching and learning practices in higher education environment
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  • peer-reviewed e-journal published 3x a year (articles in English and French)
  • international, multidisciplinary discussion of issues in the field of educational research, theory, and practice
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  • peer-reviewed, open access, scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education.
  • published by International Council for Open and Distance Education
  • Taylor&Francis new open journal
  • publishes papers from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • focuses on articles that “seek to explore the purpose of education and the role of new open technologies which promote greater exchange, interactivity, sharing and collaboration across academic specialties and across cultures

Note:  charges an article publishing charge (APC) for all accepted articles

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An open access journal, published twice annually, TLI features original research and commentary on SoTL  Current articles can be found at:

  • an open journal that facilitates “multi-disciplinary intellectual debate and inquiry, exchange of ideas, actions, and results of innovative and professional practice in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning”