The International Journal of Educational Research publishes research manuscripts in the field of education. Work must be of a quality and context that the Editorial Board think would be of interest to an international readership. The aims and scope of the journals are to:
• Provide a journal that reports research on topics that are of international significance across educational contexts
• Publish high quality manuscripts that are of international significance in terms of design and/or findings
• Encourage collaboration by international teams of researchers to create special issues on these topics
What can papers/special issues be about?
Proposals for special issues and individual papers can be on any contemporary educational topic of international interest. Reports of high quality educational research involving any discipline and methodology will be welcome. However, the journal's aim and scope is to ensure it publishes high quality research that could potentially inform research, policy and practice beyond the context of that in which the original work is undertaken.
The research reported does not have to be comparative (in the sense of comparing aspects of education in different countries or cultures); a paper may report research carried out in just one location or cultural setting. Work can be drawn from any context or research paradigm. However, the Journal tends to publish empirical research studies that have clear significance to an international readership. Therefore, work must have the following features:
• A strong theoretical framework
• Clear understanding of how literature critically relates to the topic researched
• Strong design and analysis
• Critical analysis and recommendations for further research, policy and practice in an international context
• It must follow the 'Instructions for Authors' advice given
As well as papers, which report the findings of empirical research, papers, which provide critical literature reviews of research on specific educational topics of international interest, will also be welcome.
Types of publication
The International Journal of Educational Research publishes regular papers and special issues on specific topics of interest to international audiences of educational researchers. Regular issues have an open call for manuscripts. Strong manuscripts will be reviewed. There is an Editorial Board policy that weaker manuscripts or manuscripts that do not follow the Guidelines for Authors will be rejected before review.
Special issues are usually composed of individually invited manuscripts handled by a guest editor. Guest editors have responsibility for putting together the author team and handling the peer review process. Examples of recent Special Issues published in the journal illustrate the breadth of topics that have be included in the journal: 'Representing Diversity', 'Cross Curricularity', and 'Classroom Based Talk'. Please note that proposals for special issues must be in the format described in the Guide for Authors.
How are papers assessed?
Papers (including those in special issues) are subject to a peer review process, using an international panel of researchers who are expert in relevant fields. Referees are asked to judge the quality of research and also the relevance and accessibility of a paper for an international audience. The journal uses single blind review, meaning any reviewers are able to establish the author(s) of a manuscript. Authors must propose three reviewers for their manuscripts. These reviewers should be international in scope and at least one of them should be from an English language speaking country. Authors should not suggest reviewers from their own institution or reviewers where a conflict of interest may arise for the reviewer. For special issues, referees are asked first to judge the quality of a proposal, and then to judge the entire contents of a draft issue. [More detailed information on this process is provided under Guide for Authors: follow link from this page]
Work must be undertaken in an ethical manner. Research must have been undertaken in accordance with Elsevier's guidelines on ethical research available at: http://www.ethics.elsevier.com/Hide full Aims & Scope
February 27, 2014, by Graham Kendall
Is the journal an ISI journal?
This post comes under a short series articles, in the category of Research Tools, which we hope will help you as you carry out your research.
The most useful of these posts will also be linked from UNMC’s Research and Knowledge Transfer web site to give another way to access this information.
This post is tagged with Journal Rankings, so that we can combine similar posts together.
The post is also tagged with Web of Science, which gives you access to other posts in this area.
If you have other suggestions for what this mini-series might cover, please let us know and we’ll write a blog post for it.
Is your paper listed by Thomson Reuter’s ISI index?
We often need to know if the paper we are planning to submit is an ISI ranked journal. This is important in the Malaysian context as (at the time of writing) the MyRA instrument requires us to explictly state what papers are listed in Thomson Reuter’s ISI database.
There are many ways to access this information, two of which we describe below:
Is the journal an ISI journal?
This first method does not require you to be a subscriber to the service, so is a quick method if you just want to see if the journal is listed in the database.
- Navigate to http://ip-science.thomsonreuters.com/mjl/#journal_lists.
- You can now view various categories of journals. I tend to use the Science Citation Index Expanded link or the Social Sciences Citation Record.
- Once you are on the relevant page, you can search for the journal in various ways (e.g. by ISSN, title word, journal name). You are also able to look at various categories, which could be a good way to identify where you want to submit your next article.
What is the Impact Factor of your Journal?
The method above will only tell you if the journal is listed as an ISI journal. It does not tell you other important information such as the ISSN and the Impact Factor. To this you need to login in Web of Science.
- If you use this link, you will be asked you login (you may not need to from campus, as it may recognise our IP). You can do this using your usual login criteria via the institutional Shiboleth option.
- Once you have logged in (and you will be looking at the normal Web of Science search screen), there is an option at the top of the screen labelled Journal Citation Reports.
- Clicking on this will take you to this tool which enables you to search in a simialr way to the first option. But now you will have access to the impact factor for the journal, what quartile it is in etc.
If you know of other (simpler) ways to access which journals are ISI ranked, and their impact factor, please post a comments and we will update this post.
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