About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education (formerly the Journal of Distance Education) is an international publication of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) / Le Réseau canadien pour l’innovation en éducation (RCIÉ). Its aims are to promote and encourage scholarly work in e-learning and distance education and provide a forum for the dissemination of international scholarship. Original material in either English or French is invited in categories of research articles, research briefs or book reviews. The opinions expressed in the articles of this journal are those of their authors, not the Board or staff of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education.

This is an open access journal. IJEDE is listed with the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). All content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. There is no embargo period.

Keywords: Distance education, e-learning, online learning, open education, open learning, educational technology

Peer Review Process

Blind reviews are carried out by a minimum of two reviewers and/or editorial board members with expertise and competence in the area. Reviews occur on a rolling basis. With current pressures from the pandemic, the review process is taking longer than normal, and may take approximately 60-85 days. The editor will inform contributors of the acceptance or rejection of the manuscript.

Publication Frequency

IJEDE accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis throughout the year. If a manuscript is accepted based reviewer recommendations it will be published as soon as it is ready. A minimum of two issues per year will be published.


The IJEDE is indexed in numerous databases to ensure exposure for authors and retrieval by researchers. Indexes include: ERIC, Google Scholar, ProQuest Publically Available Content, Education Source, Education Research Complete, and Education Fulltext. It is also listed in the following directories: Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory and Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Education Technology. Articles are abstracted in Education Abstracts, Educational Technology Abstracts, Higher Education Abstracts and Technological Education Abstracts.


The Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) is a national organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada. Our inclusive culture welcomes all of those interested in examining innovation in education from our K-12 systems, post-secondary organizations, private training and professional development and those involved in industry – our goal is to provide a space for dialogue, collaboration and innovation!

Le Réseau canadien pour l’innovation en éducation (RCIÉ) est un organisme national de professionnels voués à l’excellence de l’innovation en enseignement au Canada. Grâce à une culture englobante, il accueille toutes les personnes qui s’intéressent à l’examen de l’innovation en éducation des systèmes de la maternelle à la 12e année, des établissements postsecondaires, de la formation privée et du perfectionnement professionnel et des secteurs de l’industrie. Le RCIE offre un endroit favorisant le dialogue, la collaboration et l’innovation.

Sources of Support

  • Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council

Journal History

Formerly known as the Journal of Distance Education, the journal was established in 1986, with the name changed to the International Journal of E-learning and Distance Education in 2014. The Journal of Distance Education published 60 issues before the name change, and IJEDE continues to publish a minimum of two issues per year.