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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submitted manuscript has not been previously copyrighted or published in any form, including electronic, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  • The submitted manuscript has been prepared using the standard template supplied for that purpose (Word format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014 Open Office format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014).

  • The submitted manuscript has been prepared as a single editable Microsoft Word or Open Office document with line numbering. The file includes the title page, the complete text, references, tables, figures, and author's biographical note.

  • The length of the submitted manuscript is between 5,000 and 12,000 words including notes, biography, references, captions and diagrams.

  • The submitted manuscript is written in academic British or US English consistently. It includes a 100-300 word abstract and 5 to10 keywords. The title page includes authors’ affiliations plus the email address of a single corresponding author.

  • For citing and referencing, the ‘Notes and Bibliography’ system of the Chicago Manual of Style (, and NOT its ‘Author-date’ system or any other citation and referencing style, has been used.

  • The CMOS 'Footnotes' format, and NOT the CMOS 'Endnotes' format, has been used.

  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).

  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are clearly identified and placed at the end of the manuscript with clear indication in the text of where the author wants them placed.

  • Usage for Numbers:

    One thousand = 1,000
    One point seven = 1.7
    In tables - one thousand point seven = 1000.7 (default US/UK keyboard MS Excel style)

  • A biographical note of 150-200 words (a continuous text containing full name, email address, affiliation, current post, relevant experience, main research area(s), and highest academic qualification) has been provided for each author and is appended to the manuscript.

  • Every effort has been made to ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review.

Author Guidelines

General Information

Tuning Journal for Higher Education, TJHE, is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing in English original research studies and reviews in all aspects of competence-based, student-centred, and outcome-oriented education reforms at university level across the globe.

At any time of the year, the Journal welcomes submissions related to its scope and focus. No pre-acceptance and or post-acceptance fees are applicable.

The submitted manuscript shall not have been previously copyrighted or published in any form, including electronically, and must not be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The editorial staff uses the TURNITIN software to verify the originality of manuscripts submitted to the Journal.

The submission and its eventual publication shall not be in violation of any codes of conduct, privacy and confidentiality agreements, laws or any rights of any third parties.

Authors are solely liable for the consequences that may arise from third parties’ complaints about the submitted material and its publication in TJHE.

Authors shall sign a copyright transfer agreement (to the Publisher) after the acceptance but before the publication of their manuscripts in TJHE.

These Guidelines should be used with reference to the TJHE Ethical Guidelines for Publication, Peer Review Process, and Copyright Notice; all of which are available at the web page of the Journal (

Manuscript Preparation

To expedite the review process, please format your manuscript as follows:

  1. Prepare your manuscript as a single editable Microsoft Word or Open Office document with line numbering, using the template downloadable from the web page of the Journal (Word format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014 Open Office format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014). The file should include the complete text, references, tables and figures. All revised manuscripts should again be sent as a single editable document.

  2. Manuscripts must be written in either UK English or US English consistently and include a 100-300 word abstract. The title page should include authors’ affiliations plus the email address of a single corresponding author. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS), 16th or later edition, should be used as a reference for manuscript preparation (

  3. Format of references, notes and bibliography list.

    1. Authors are required to format their citations and references using the ‘Notes and Bibliography’ system of the CMOS, 16th or later edition, and NOT its ‘Author-date’ system (
    2. Note references must be numbered in superscript format in the text and arranged numerically (in the order they appear in the text) at the bottom of each page, in line with the CMOS ‘Footnotes’ system.

    3. ‘Notes’ include complete bibliographic information when cited for the first time. For subsequent citations of the same source, shortened versions are preferred.

    4. The ‘Bibliography’ list includes all and only sources cited in the ‘Notes’ and provides complete reference information.

    5. ‘Bibliography’ entries are to be arranged alphabetically by (first) author’s first surname following the CMOS guidelines. Note that for works of two or more authors, only the name of the first-listed author is inverted in a bibliography entry.

    6. Microsoft Word (2010 and later) can be used with such software as “EndNote”, “RefWorks”, “Reference Manager”, and “Zotero”, to simplify the task of managing citations and references according to the recommended CMOS.

  4. Authors are asked to provide between 5 and 10 keywords immediately following the Abstract.

  5. Authors are reminded that it is their sole responsibility to ensure that the use of English in their manuscripts is consistently either UK English or US English, but not both, and that they can resort to professional language editing services, preferably prior to first submission.

  6. Please ensure that all the characters and special characters in the text, tables, figure legends, footnotes and references are in a single typeface and point size – such as 12 pt Times New Roman. Once a manuscript is accepted, a copy editor will decide the typeface and size of the different elements of the article.

  7. Please submit all figures or photographs as separate jpg or tif files with distinct characters and symbols at 500 dpi (dots per inch). Tables and equations should be in an editable rather than an image version. Tables must be edited either with Microsoft Word or Open Office. Equations must be edited with the appropriate Equation Editor. Tables, table captions, figures and figure captions should be appended after the ‘Bibliography’ section, as indicated on the template (Word format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014 Open Office format: TJHE Article Template Version Sept 2014).

  8. Type your manuscript single-spaced. This will conserve paper and makes it easier for reviewers to handle.

  9. Manuscripts must be between 5,000 and 12,000 words including notes, references, captions, and diagrams. Diagrams should be reckoned at the equivalent of 500 words if they occupy a full page and proportionately less if smaller. Longer articles require editorial approval.

  10. Authors of manuscripts are each required to submit a biographical note of 150-200 words. The note (continuous text) should be appended at the end of the manuscript and must contain the following information:

    — Full Name
    — E-mail address
    — Affiliation
    — Current post
    — Relevant experience
    — Principle fields of research
    — Highest academic qualification      

Online Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online via the Tuning Journal for Higher Education online submission and review system at <>.

All authors of a manuscript, and not only the submitter or corresponding author, must be registered with the Journal site ( prior to or during the submission process. Failure to comply with this requirement may delay the initial assessment of their manuscript.

Manuscripts will be processed using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) software which allows authors to track the progress of their manuscript.

In OJS, editorial correspondence related to a manuscript is reserved for the person who actually submits the manuscript. In cases of various authors, the submitter is the sole co-author with access right to the manuscript and related files. It is therefore important that the corresponding author, referred to as “Principal contact for editorial correspondence” in OJS terminology, be the actual submitter of the manuscript in question. Otherwise, he/she will not be able to send and receive, through the platform, correspondence, modify the metadata of the manuscript and or upload additional files to the system.

Review Process

Currently, Tuning Journal for Higher Education uses a double-blind peer review system: mandatory anonymity for both the reviewer and reviewed author throughout the review process. Hence, every effort should be made to prevent the disclosure of their identities to each other. 

Manuscripts not conforming to the Journal guidelines will be returned to authors without evaluation.

Manuscripts accepted for review will be handed to the Editor, or a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel, who will assign them to external reviewers.

The Editor will prepare a decision letter based on the comments of the reviewers and the recommendation of the Advisory Editor, which will be sent to the corresponding author by email.

It is our intention that all non-reviewed manuscripts will be sent back within 21 days of submission acknowledgement. For manuscripts accepted for review, the process shall last 2-3 months. However, due to reasons beyond our control, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, it can take longer to complete. 

Manuscripts under consideration for publication in Tuning Journal cannot be submitted elsewhere without formal withdrawal approved by the Editor.

Submission and Publication Fees 

Currently, no charges for manuscript submission, processing, and publication are applicable.

More Information and Correspondence

More and updated information can be sought from the editorial and management team of the Journal. Editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editor (Professor Mary Gobbi, and or Managing Editor (Ladislas Bizimana, PhD, The mailing address is the following:

University of Deusto
DEIKER-OTRI & Publications
Attn: Managing Editor, Tuning Journal for Higher Education
Avenida de las Universidades, 24
48007 Bilbao

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