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1 Learning and Instruction The Journal of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) 2012 Open Call for a Special IssueDear EARLI members,As you may know, the current editorial team of Learning and Instruction releases a Call for aSpecial Issue once a year to solicit high-quality proposals that will be evaluated in a highlycompetitive procedure. This is our third Call for a Special Issue of Learning and Instruction.First of all, let us point out once again that L&I is a multidisciplinary journal that publishesadvanced, rigorous scientific research of international interest in the areas of learning, development,instruction, and teaching. Only empirical investigations are considered for publication in L&I. Thestudies may refer to any age level, from infants to adults and to a diversity of learning andinstructional settings, from laboratory experiments to field studies. In addition, we would like toemphasize that the journal is open to all methodologies. The essential requirement is that themethodology used fulfils the highest standards associated with it.Proposals for a Special Issue may therefore include empirical studies based on different theoreticalapproaches and methodologies. The topic must represent an area of high interest and relevance forthe journal. However, Special Issue proposals do not have to focus on research areas that havealready been extensively covered in the journal. Please take also into account that the followingtopics have already been addressed in recent Special Issues (or special sections) of Learning andInstruction (or are being addressed in the special issues under preparation): cognitive load; help-seeking; evaluation of sources and information; self-monitoring and self-regulation; calibration oflearning; multimedia learning.Proposals for a Special Issue should have a well-articulated unifying theme and reflect, at aninternational level, the best work in a particular research area, either a mature area or an importantemerging area, in which future investigation may be boosted by the publication of a set of excellentpapers. Usually Special Issues contain contributions of researchers from a number of differentcountries.
2Specifically, a proposal for a Special Issue should include: the name and address for communication of the guest editor(s); a 500-word rationale explaining the scope and significance of the proposed theme; a list of the authors of 5 to 6 contributors and 2 commentators; a 1000-word abstract for each of the 5-6 contributions; a preliminary time schedule for the preparation of the Special Issue; 10 possible reviewers of the single papers, who are not involved in any of them and have.Please take into account that an author can be involved in only one paper. The length of a paper is8,000 words (including references, tables and figures).Proposals for Special Issues should be sent by October 31 directly to the Editor-in-Chief:firstname.lastname@example.org, who will forward them to the associate editors for evaluation. The selectionof the highest-quality proposal is the outcome of a collaborative evaluation by all members of theeditorial team according to the following criteria:- Suitability of the topic for L&I.- Overall quality of the proposal: originality and contribution to the field.- Theoretical background of the rationale and individual papers.- Methodological adequacy of the individual papers.- Completeness of the proposal.- Guest editor(s)’ experience in editorial work.The proposal review process will take 4 to 6 weeks. Once the highest-quality proposal has beenselected among those submitted, it will be the responsibility of the Guest Editor(s) to proceedwithin the agreed time-line. The papers for the selected proposal should be submitted online. Eachwill undergo a regular peer review.Please do not hesitate to contact the editor-in-chief for further details and clarifications.We are looking forward to perusing your creative proposals.Lucia Mason, Sanna Järvelä, P. Karen Murphy, Alexander Renkl, Jean-Francois Rouet, and Jeroenvan Merriënboer