Call for papers on MOOCs


The Universities and Knowledge Society Journal (RUSC) is an open-access e-journal jointly published by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC, Spain) and the University of New England (UNE, Australia) that comes out twice a year, in January and July.


Call for papers open for the next Special Section on 'MOOCs: Game Changer or Passing Fad? '

No recent developments in higher education have captured the imagination of the media and the attention of university leaders as MOOCs have done. Millions worldwide are enjoying free access to teaching on a wide range of topics and many institutions are joining in despite the absence of a viable business model. This special issue of the Journal will examine the phenomenon of MOOCs from different perspectives. Are they really a disruptive innovation and, if so, how are they changing higher education?


Thematic areas

We are interested in receiving research articles on this topic by authors from all educational sectors and around the world. The specific thematic areas of the Special Section are as follows:


    • Why and how do institutions decide to offer MOOCs?
    • Who are the learners and what are their patterns of behaviour?
    • What are the implications of MOOCs for developing countries?
    • What changes are MOOCs stimulating in institutions (e.g. more online learning, shorter programmes/courses, public-private partnerships, etc.)?
    • How is evolving technology changing the infrastructure required to offer MOOCs?
    • MOOCs have spread beyond higher education and are now being offered by a wider range of institutions and organisations – what is their experience?
    • Are viable business models for MOOCs emerging?


Guest Editors

Sir John Daniel. A 40-year veteran of open learning and distance education, he was Vice-Chancellor of the UK Open University for 11 years and served as Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO.

Esteban Vázquez Cano. He has a PhD in Education and has published several books and articles about the eruption of MOOCs and their implications for higher education. After 15 years as a teacher, head-master and educational supervisor in Spain and the US, he currently works in the Department of Teaching and School Organization at the Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED). 

Mercè Gisbert. She has a PhD in Education and has been a professor in the Department of Education at Tarragona’s Universitat Rovira i Virgili for 25 years. She is a specialist in ICT applied to education and coordinates the Applied Research Group in Education and Technology and the inter-university PhD programme in Educational Technology.


Submission deadline

Articles should be submitted by 30 June 2014.

Articles will be published in Volume 12, Number 1, in January 2015.


Author guidelines and submission procedure

Articles should be between 4,000 and 5,000 words and must contain the following:

  • Title

  • Abstract (200-300 words)

  • Four to six keywords

  • Article (divided into sections and subsections)

  • References

  • Figures can be included within the article, but please also attach them in a separate file

    In order to ensure a blind review, please place authors’ personal details in a separate file. The personal details required are:

  • Name and surname

  • Position or academic affiliation

  • Full professional postal address and e-mail address

  • Short CV (100-200 words)

    The articles selected by the editors will be peer reviewed by at least two members of RUSC’s Editorial Board or by renowned experts in the field, as indicated by the editor.

    You need to register as an author on the journal’s website in order to submit an article. Once registered, enter the username and password you receive during the registration process to begin the submission procedure. In Step 1, select the Special Section, and accept the submission and copyright terms and conditions. In Step 2, enter the metadata (title, abstract, keywords). In Step 3, attach the original article. You can skip Step 4 if there are no additional files, but you need to go on to Step 5 to complete the procedure.

    Please, remember to specify that it is for the SPECIAL SECTION.

    We strongly recommend checking the journal’s author guidelines before submitting an article.