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Starting from January 1st, 2024, Smart Learning Environments will no longer be fully sponsored.

How can authors cover the cost of the APC?

Smart Learning Environments is a 100% Gold Open Access journal. APCs are charged on article acceptance. For further details, see our article-processing charge webpage.

Publishing is not without costs (for the SMLE APC price, please visit the "Fees and funding" webpage). However, authors do not typically pay the fee themselves, and the way your APC is covered has no bearing on the editorial outcome of your submission.

Did you know that there are almost 200 open access article processing charge (APC) funds available to researchers worldwide? Many funding bodies require that research publications resulting from their grants are made freely available to all. By publishing your research with us you fully comply with open access mandates, and the publishing costs may be entirely covered by the research grant. This means that you won’t have to pay any publishing fee and you retain the copyright. Check here how to discover more.

You may also be eligible for a waiver/discount, based on unavailability of research funding and/or country of origin. Click here to discover more.

Are you still unable to find coverage for your article? SpringerOpen offers a free funding and support service to help authors discover and apply for article processing charge funding. Visit the OA funding and policy support page to learn more about our email support service.


From 2024 to 2028, The Beijing Normal University is fully sponsoring a number of articles. Authors with no Open Access funding can request the sponsorship by contacting the Deputy Editor in Chief Ahmed Tlili before submitting the manuscript.

Articles submitted until 31st December 2023

For authors who submitted their manuscript before January 2024: if you don’t have funds available to cover the cost of the APC of your manuscript, and you are not eligible for a waiver, the Beijing Normal University will sponsor your APC. Please, reach out to the publishing editor M. Marchesi to request this option. 

The Special Issue on 'Towards enhancing learning using open educational resources' is now open. For more details click here


NEWS! Smart Learning Environments received a 2-years Impact Factor 2022 of 4.8 in the Journal Citation Report released in 2023. The journal is now indexed by Clarivate in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) under the “Education & Educational Research” category.

Aims and scope

Smart Learning Environments seeks academic articles on the issues related to the reform of the ways of teaching and learning through advancing current learning environments towards smart learning environments. It provides opportunities for discussions and constructive dialogue among various stakeholders on the limitations of existing learning environments, need for reform, innovative uses of emerging pedagogical approaches and technologies, and sharing and promotion of best practices, leading to the evolution, design and implementation of smart learning environments. The aim of the journal is to help various stakeholders of smart learning environments better understand each other's role in the overall process of education and how they may support each other.


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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact 2023
    Journal Impact Factor: 6.7
    5-year Journal Impact Factor: N/A
    Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 3.160
    SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.573

    Speed 2023
    Submission to first editorial decision (median days): 19
    Submission to acceptance (median days): 111

    Usage 2023
    Downloads: 1,103,603
    Altmetric mentions: 274

This journal is indexed by

  • DOAJ
  • Google Scholar
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  • ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  • Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China
  • Naver
  • ProQuest Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Database
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) - GoOA
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection
  • ProQuest Technology Collection