In cases of serious errors that affect the article in a material way (but do not fully invalidate its results) or significantly impair the reader’s understanding or evaluation of the article, Journal of Learning and Instructional Studies will publish a correction note(s) that is linked to the published article. The published article will be left unchanged.

If Journal of Learning and Instructional Studies receives a complaint that any contribution to the Journal infringes copyright or other intellectual property rights or contains material inaccuracies, libelous materials or otherwise unlawful materials, Journal of Learning and Instructional Studies and the Publishers (SAMHCA) will investigate the complaint. Investigation may include a request that the parties involved substantiate their claims.

Journal of Learning and Instructional Studies will make any effort to clearly identify a retracted article as such. If an investigation is underway that might result in the retraction of an article Journal of Learning and Instructional Studies may choose to alert readers by publishing an expression of concern.


In accordance with the "Retraction Guidelines" by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), Journal of Learning and Instructional Studies will retract a published article if:

  1. there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation); 
  2. the findings have previously been published elsewhere without proper cross-referencing, permission or justification (i.e. cases of redundant publication);
  3. it constitutes plagiarism;
  4. it reports unethical research, and;
  5. An article is retracted by publishing a retraction notice that is linked to or replaces the retracted article.