When considering the suitability of a submission for acceptance and preparing a review for JLDHE, our reviewers are asked to bear in mind the following questions:

Contribution to the field

  • Is this paper relevant to the journal and up to date?
  • What does it contribute to current debates in the field of Learning Development?
  • Is it original and interesting?


  • Does the paper have a clear and succinct title that adequately represents its point?
  • Does the abstract summarise the paper’s perspective, purpose and key findings?
  • Does the paper tell a coherent story? Does the argument flow or are there any significant gaps?
  • Has it got an engaging opening paragraph?
  • Has it got a clear concluding paragraph that clarifies the article’s key message and its contribution to the field?
  • Is it the right length, does it use subheadings effectively, and does it include 3-4 keywords?

Methods and methodology

  • Are methods used appropriate to the work reported?
  • Is the methodology clearly identified, explained and discussed?
  • Are the results discussed in a logical way? Are potential weaknesses and/or alternative interpretations acknowledged?

References / Sources

  • Are all the references and sources appropriate and do they take account of current work in the field?

Style and language issues

  • Is the article written in a way that is succinct, clear and accessible to a wide audience?
  • Is it written in plain English? (avoiding unnecessary jargon, explaining technical terms)
  • Is it technically accurate? Are complex ideas clearly expressed?
  • Does it follow JLDHE Style Guide? Is correct referencing used in the text and bibliography? (please refrain from correcting it; just indicate)

Any other comments to support the author

  • What content / thematic issues need addressing to bring this paper to publishable standard?
  • What language / formatting issues need addressing to bring this paper to publishable standard?