Focus and Scope

Frontline Learning Research publishes articles with new ideas, methodologies or discoveries that might be risky but have potential to open up new avenues in the field of learning and instruction.

Frontline Learning Research is an open-access electronic-only journal that publishes articles on issues and trends occurring internationally in research on learning and educational sciences. Among others, the journal focuses on articles in the following fields of research: research on learning and instruction in formal and informal contexts, multidisciplinary research on learning and learning environments, new theoretical and methodological approaches in learning sciences, insights into learning research from disciplines other than educational sciences or psychology (e.g., cognitive neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, sociology). FLR also welcomes commentaries aimed at triggering discussion about important theoretical and methodological questions about the published articles.

Indicatively, the following research is encouraged to submit its work to Frontline Learning Research:
·    Studies focusing on issues and ideas encountered in relatively new fields, lacking a long line of research. This lack of well-developed theoretical framings and of articulated theoretical constructs and ideas, provides an avenue for initiating useful and productive scientific discussion on a range of issues. These include internal inconsistencies, phenomena which appear inconsistent with the predictions derived from the corresponding theoretical framework and available empirical evidence, indicating flaws in underlying assumptions or premises
·    Studies seeking to make connections between previously unconnected established lines of research so as to integrate different theoretical frameworks
·    Studies using an innovative research methodology that offers a different perspective on how to conceptualise and pursue certain research questions.

Key points
Frontline Learning Research differs from many other journals in several ways:

1.    … it publishes ground-breaking research
2.    …it welcomes risk-taking and innovative research themes, methods and approaches
3.    … it is supported by a strong scientific European research community, EARLI
4.    …it accepts not only regular articles, but also short (1000-3000 words) and extensive articles (6000-20000 words)
5.    … it provides reviews of submissions within a relatively short timeframe
6.    … it is online only, allowing the use of colours and audio-visual material
7.    …it is cheaper than most Open Access Journals, open to anyone and free to publish for authors who are an EARLI or JURE member at the time of submission. This makes it possible for authors to include their articles on external webpages.

Peer Review Process

Review policy

Frontline Learning Research adopts a double blind peer reviewing policy. Both the author(s) and reviewers remain to be anonymous throughout the entire review process. Therefore, all identifying features should be removed from the article itself. This does, however, not preclude authors from citing their own work. Instead, authors must cite their works in a manner that does not make explicit their identity.


Review procedure

Expediting the review process is one of the main aims of Frontline Learning Research. The review process is organised in two stages. Firstly, the submitted article will be first checked in terms of the required technical standards, formatting style and its fit with the scope of the journal. The authors will be informed within 24 hours after submission on whether their article will be considered for review on the basis of the aforementioned criteria. 



The decision of the editor is based on the reviews of all the reviewers involved.

Four decisions can result,

  • Accept
  • Minor revisions
  • Major revisions
  • Reject

The editor’s decision is final.

Publication Frequency

All accepted manuscripts for publication will be published as soon as they are ready for publication.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Open Access Publication Fee

Publishing in this Open Access journal will be free of charge for EARLI members, as the Executive Commitee of EARLI would like to offer this exclusive advantage to its members. Authors who are not an EARLI member at the time of the submission of the manuscript will be asked to pay an Open Access Publication Fee. However, FLR does not wish to install high Open Access Publication Fees as are generally the case with Open Access Journals.

More specifically, depending on the status of the first author of the manuscript a small fee is charged for the publication in this Open Access Journal. That is, if the first author is …

  • an EARLI member at the time of submission, no publication fee will be charged.
  • not an EARLI member at the time of submission, a publication fee of 200 euro will be charged. Moreover, the first author has the choice to become a member of EARLI or to renew his/her membership as this will be included in the 200 euro publication fee. However, if the author does not want to become an EARLI member or does not want to renew his/her membership at this point in time, 200 euro will be charged as publication fee without the membership application included. In other words, the standard Open Access Publication Fee for FLR is 200 euro. The choice to become an EARLI member is facultative but included in this 200 euro fee, if wished for by the author.

Ethics Information

Editors’ responsibilities

  • To act in a balanced, objective and fair way while carrying out their expected duties, without discrimination on grounds of gender, ethnic or geographical origin, sexual orientation,  religious or political beliefs of the authors.
  • To adopt and follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints in accordance with the policies and procedures of EARLI. To give authors a reasonable opportunity to respond to complaints. To investigate all complaints no matter when the original publication was approved. To retain all appropriate documentation associated with any such complaints.
  • To handle submissions for special issues in the same way as other submissions, so that articles are considered and accepted solely on their academic merit.


Reviewers’ responsibilities

  • To aid in improving the quality of the submitted paper by reviewing the manuscript objectively, in a timely manner and, to contribute to the decision-making process.
  • To examine any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and to alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.
  • To alert the editor to any other published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review. To inform if any information or arguments presented in the paper have not be acknowledge through proper citation guidelines.
  • To protect the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author. To not copy or disseminate the manuscript.


Authors’ responsibilities

  • To maintain records of data used in their submitted manuscript, and to supply or provide access to these data, on request. When allowed, to deposit data in a suitable repository or storage location, for sharing and further use by others. 
  • To acknowledge and cite sources when portions of the content overlap with published or submitted content. 
  • To acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources. To obtain required permissions to reproduce any content from other sources.
  • To declare any potential conflicts of interest.
  • To notify the journal editor if a significant error in their publication is identified. To cooperate with the editor to publish an erratum, addendum, or to retract the paper, where this is deemed necessary.
  • To assure that authorship has been granted to all those and only to those who made a significant contribution to the reported study.


Dealing with unethical behavior 

  • The editor-in-chief has the responsibility to react to all concerns of misconduct and unethical behavior which is related to manuscripts, review process or editorial decisions.
  • An initial decision about the unethical behavior cases should be taken by the editor-in-chief and approved by the Ethical Committee of EARLI.

Journal History

Frontline Learning Research is the third official journal of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI). The launch of this new journal took place in August 2013 during its 15th Biennial Conference in Munich (Germany)