Instructional Science, An International Journal of the Learning Sciences promotes a deeper understanding of the nature, theory, and practice of learning and of environments in which learning occurs. Published papers represent a variety of perspectives from the learning sciences and cover learning by people of all ages, in all areas of the curriculum, in technologically rich or lean environments and in informal and formal learning contexts.

Emphasizing reports of original empirical research, the journal provides space for full and detailed reporting of major studies. Regardless of the topic, papers published in the journal all make an explicit contribution to the science of learning and instruction by drawing out the implications for the design and implementation of learning environments.

Most years, Instructional Science publishes a guest-edited thematic special issue on a topic central to the journal's scope. Proposals for special issues can be sent to the editor-in-chief. Please note that articles that are submitted for a special issue will follow the same review process as regular articles.

  • Promotes a deep understanding of the nature, theory, and practice of the instructional process and resultant learning
  • Stands out by providing space for full and detailed reporting of major studies
  • Addresses such topics as learning processes, learning technology, learner characteristics, and learning outcomes
  • Covers learning by people of all ages, in all areas of the curriculum, and in informal and formal learning contexts
  • 92% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again
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Senior Editor-in-Chief
  • Eleni A. Kyza
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Hybrid (Transformative Journal). How to publish with us, including Open Access

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2.255 (2021)
Impact factor
3.282 (2021)
Five year impact factor
68 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
251,920 (2021)

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This journal has 97 open access articles

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  • Guidelines for Special Issue proposals

    To be considered for a special issue, please email your proposal to the Editor-in-Chief. Proposals for special issues are collected by March 1 and October 1 of each year. 

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