Contributing to the OLC Center for Digital Learning and Leadership

The Online Learning Consortium Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership provides four pathways for open publishing. Please review the information on each type to determine which pathway is best for your empirical or practitioner-based contribution. Once you’ve decided which type of contribution to submit, please review the Submission Preparation Checklist. Following this checklist can shorten the length of time to publication as the review and editorial process is faster.

Questions? For publishing or manuscript submission questions, please contact Abby McGuire, Educational Researcher at or 617-237-1802.

Types of Contributions

Peer-Reviewed Article
The Online Learning Journal (OLJ) is OLC’s premier peer-reviewed academic journal. In its 22nd year of publication, OLJ is an open-source journal that uses a double-blind review process and has a 25% acceptance rate. Time to publication is typically five months, however, there are exceptions in which this time might be shortened, for example, when there is a special issue. The majority of articles are empirical research, however, literature reviews and efficacy research are occasionally published. OLJ articles are typically 6,000-8,000 words in length and follow APA Style.

Please note that articles published in OLJ are published on the OLJ website. Some OLJ papers are linked to through the Research Center.

An article for the Research Center follows the same guidelines as a peer-reviewed article, however, it is not peer-reviewed. In other words, it will be reviewed for publication by representatives from the OLC Knowledge team and/or community, but it will not go through a blind review process. Authors can expect a review to be completed in one month from the time of submission. This may be a good option for those who are not concerned about publishing in a peer-reviewed journal but have run a qualitative or quantitative research study.

Report Dispatch
A report dispatch (sometimes referred to as white paper) is an authoritative paper on any given topic. Typically, a report dispatch is providing a position statement and background on the topic, as well as providing plausible/possible solutions. It is a research paper that includes references and follows APA Style.

OLC’s blog, OLC Insights, accepts submissions on a regular basis. Blogging is an informal type of writing that briefly focuses on a given topic and might be informational, reflective, or experiential. Posts should be 600-2,000 words in length and include citations and hyperlinks where necessary. Authors can expect a review to be completed in one month from the time of submission. Blog posts are not featured in the Research Center; however, they are maintained on the blog for at least one year and are most times featured in our social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).

Download the Submission Preparation Checklist