Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning

Notes for Contributors

In order to ensure timely handling of manuscripts, contributors are encouraged to read these instructions carefully before preparing a manuscript for submission, and to check the manuscript for compliance with these notes before submitting it for publication.


TICL strongly encourages the electronic submission of manuscripts, with copies to each of the editors. Each manuscript should be sent as a single complete attachment with a cover email indicating that the article is being submitted for publication in TICL. The attachment should be in Microsoft Word format (preferably Word 97 or later).

One of the co-editors will inform the author by return email, normally within 10 days, as to whether the manuscript appears to be appropriate for formal review. The author may appeal if he or she believes that a mistake may have been made. Manuscripts will normally be sent for review electronically. Nonetheless, once informed of its acceptability for review, the author must submit two printed copies of the manuscript to the co-editor handling the manuscript. To minimize processing time, the author may submit printed copies simultaneously with the electronic submission. If electronic submission is impossible for any reason, the author may submit two printed copies along with a diskette containing the manuscript as a Word file.

Submission of a paper to TICL, whether in printed format or otherwise (e.g., electronic format) implies that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere except as a meeting abstract not exceeding 600 words. Such an abstract should be quoted in the paper. Upon acceptance, the publisher acquires the copyright for unlimited world-wide distribution including an electronic format.

Authors may suggest up to four reviewers in the cover letter together with their e-mail addresses. The authors may also indicate, within reason, the names of potential referees who should not be consulted. Every attempt will be made to ensure that editorial decisions will be made within three months of receipt of the manuscript and to publish articles within six months of acceptance.

Commentary (via TICL On-line)
TICL strongly encourages cross-disciplinary communication. Manuscripts will be published in TICL On-Line (at as soon as they have been accepted for publication. They will remain there for six months after they have been printed in TICL.

Readers are encouraged to submit formal commentary on such manuscripts for publication. Commentary on published articles having broad interdisciplinary implications is particularly encouraged.

Authors should follow the same process as above for all manuscripts. The primary difference is that commentary will be published in TICL On-Line as soon as practicable after receipt, before formal review pending only informal editorial review to ensure suitability.

Guidelines for the Submission of Text
All submissions should be made as Microsoft Word 97 or later documents. The manuscript and references should be double-spaced, presented in an easily readable, standard font and size (such as 10 or 12 pt. Times New Roman or Arial). All pages should be numbered. All manuscripts must be submitted in English; American or British spelling may be used.

Title: The title of the paper should clearly indicate the scope and findings of the paper and should provide an accurate indication of the contents when searched by computerized methods. An abbreviated title of a maximum of 35 characters should be provided as well.

Authors: The names of authors should be given in full (first name, initial(s), last name) followed by his or her department, institution and address including postal code and country. The author to whom correspondence should be directed should be indicated in the cover letter. For the corresponding author, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address must be provided.

Abstract: Manuscripts should include an abstract of 100-150 words summarizing the significant findings.

Keywords: Six to twelve keywords or phrases should be supplied to aid in indexing the article.

Electronic link: Authors must commit to installing the submitted manuscript on his or her website immediately after it has been accepted for publication. Authors must also submit to the editors an electronic link directly to the accepted manuscript. It is recommended that this link is transmitted with the original manuscript.


Text headings: Headings should be set flush left and the text should begin on the next line. For example:

first-level HEADING (bold, all caps.)
second-level Heading (bold, Title case characters)
third level Heading: (underscore:, Title case characters)

Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively and include a clear descriptive caption at the top. Avoid the use of vertical rules and structural formulas in the body of tables. Table footnotes should be given a footnote symbol as explained in the Footnotes section, proceeding by row rather than by column order.

References: References should conform to the specifications set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. References should be cited in the text by author’s last name and publication year. The full list of references should be collected and typed at the end of the paper in alphabetical order.

Journal article:
Last name one, first initial., Last name two, first initial. (year). Title of article. Journal Title, volume(number), pages.         

Last name, first initial. (year). Book Title (edition). City: Publisher.   

Stand-alone Web document
Last name, first initial. (year). List of authoring systems. Retrieved date, from

Mention of figures and tables within text: When referring to figures, tables and other elements within the text, always call the element by its full name (for example: “See Table 1”, “Figure 1 illustrates...”, “Refer to Scheme 1”). Do not use ambiguous phraseologies (for example: “1 illustrates...”) that do not clearly denote the element being referred to.

Footnotes: Authors are encouraged to number footnotes consecutively using Microsoft Word’s automatic footnoting.

Specifications for the Submission of Figures and Artwork
The entire manuscript—text, tables and figures—should be combined and submitted as one Microsoft Word document. All figures, graphics and tables should be embedded in the Microsoft Word document. It is very important, however, that all embedded graphics are taken from high quality grapics of print quality. Photographic images should be embedded from graphic files that are at a resolution of 300 dpi. Line art should be embedded at 600-1200 dpi.

Full captions and photo credits (if necessary) should be provided for each photo and figure. All images should be clearly labeled as to figure number.


The corresponding author will receive proofs of the typeset article via e-mail as a PDF file. Please ensure that an e-mail address at which PDF attachment files may be received is provided.


The corresponding author will receive a PDF file of the finalized article for free use. Additional reprints may be ordered by completing the appropriate form supplied with the proofs.

Page Charges

There are no page charges to individuals or institutions for contributions to Technology, Instruction, Cognition and Learning.