Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education. It is published by the International Council for Open and Distance Education - ICDE.

The aim of Open Praxis is to provide a forum for global collaboration and discussion of issues in the practice of distance and e-learning.

Open Praxis welcomes contributions which demonstrate creative and innovative research, and which highlight challenges, lessons and achievements in the practice of distance and e-learning from all over the world.

An article may present research or surveys of recent work, describe original work, or discuss new technology and its possibilities, implications and/or other related issues.

Considering the international scope of the journal, contributions will be geographically and institutionally balanced:

  • Maximum 10% may be from an institution to which the Editor has an affiliation, i.e. UNED
  • Maximum 25% may be from the country of the Editor’s institution, i.e. Spain
  • Maximum 50% may be from the region, i.e. Europe
  • Minimum 25% should be from beyond the region and from a wide range of countries and regions.

Individual issues of Open Praxis will have an overarching theme, described in the call for papers. Contributions are, however, also invited on other topics which fall within the sphere of interest of the journal.


Section Policies


The Editorial provides an introduction to the theme, and to the papers and reviews featured in that issue.

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Research articles

Long papers of 5000 words should present completed research or innovations

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Innovative practice articles

Short papers of 3000 words should describe ongoing practice

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Book reviews

Short reviews of newly published books or reports (1000 words)

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Software reviews

Short reviews of software and internet resources (1000 words)

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Full issue

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2019 Open Education Global Conference selected papers

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Peer Review Process

Research articles and innovative practice articles are subject to double-blind peer review by a minimum of two Reviewers.

ICDE will ensure global representation in the choice of Reviewers.

The editor proceeds to a first screening of the paper. If the submission does not match the scope of the journal or does not meet the journal's quality standards, it will be rejected without external peer-review.


Publication Frequency

Open Praxis is a quarterly journal. Issues will be published in January, April, July and October.

Themes and deadlines for submission of articles will be announced on the Open Praxis and ICDE websites.


Open Access Policy

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



Open Praxis utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Statement on publication ethics and misconduct

Open Praxis adheres to the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors -Committee on Publication Ethics.

We expect authors to follow the International Standards for Authors published by COPE - Commitee on Publication Ethics (Wager, E. & Kleinert, S. 2011).

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items related to publication ethics, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. - The submission is original and has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted to another journal for consideration.

  2. - The text adheres to the ethic, stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines

  3. - If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Reviewhave been followed.

In case of plagiarism or if a paper is found not to be original, it will be rejected or removed, as the case may be.

We expect reviewers to follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers