Educare is a peer-reviewed journal published regularly at the Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden since 2005. Educare publishes a wide range of research in education and educational sciences with particular interest in the Nordic and Baltic region. The journal constitutes a research forum for faculty, practitioners and policy makers. Educare accepts original submissions in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and English. All articles are first reviewed by the editor-in-chief or the editorial board. In the next step, articles are subjected to a double-blind review by external reviewers. All submissions are judged on the basis of their relevance from a professional and educational perspective, theoretical and methodological contribution, critical insights and rhetorical quality. The journal is currently registered in The Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers as a national peer-reviewed journal within the field of education and educational research with scientific level 1.

Editorial Policies

Educare invites manuscript submissions within the broad field of education and educational sciences. We particularly welcome manuscripts exploring multidisciplinary approaches, manuscripts testing innovative research methodology and manuscripts focused on theory developments. Colleagues are invited to submit ideas for thematic issues and, upon approval of the editorial board, act as guest editors for these issues. Colleagues interested in acting as guest editors are encouraged to contact the editor-in-chief in advance to identify research directions and ensure alignment with the journal’s multidisciplinary, applied and theoretical foci.

Educare publishes original articles and systematic literature reviews in English, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. Original articles and systematic literature review features are intended to promote empirical research, hypothesis-driven research, and explorations into the state-of-the-art within particular areas of the relevant field. Complete manuscripts in article form up to 10,000 words (including the references) are invited and published continuously.

Published also are position papers and book reviews. These features are intended to allow access to newest research, methods, and ideas and are limited to 2,000 words (excluding the references).

Submissions will follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (latest edition) in manuscript structure, reporting of results, and crediting sources.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Peer Review Process

Manuscripts will undergo a double-blind review by external reviewers. Manuscripts will be matched with reviewers who are experts in the relevant area. Manuscripts accepted for publication are typically published within 6 to 9 months of submission.

The review process occurs in five phases:

Phase 1: Desk Check. Upon submission, the editor-in-chief will ensure that the manuscript is aligned with the journal’s areas of interest and follows the Author Guidelines.

Phase 2. Board of Reviewers. Once approved by the editor-in-chief, the manuscript will be assigned to two external reviewers who are specialists in the submitted area of research. For the review criteria, see the Research Article Review Guidelines (link) and Position Paper Review Guidelines (link). Manuscripts will be returned with one of four recommendations: publish as submitted, publish with minor changes, revise and resubmit for consideration, and reject.

Phase 3: Appropriate Placement. Upon recommendation of the reviewers, the editor-in-chief will suggest the next appropriate steps.

Phase 4: Publication. Educare adopts article-based publishing, by which articles are published as soon as they are ready, without waiting for the issue's completion. The article is assigned a unique URL identification and is made available for early view till the issue it is scheduled to appear in is complete. This to ensure expedient exposure for all accepted publications. Once the issue is complete, all the articles and other features, while keeping their unique URL identifications, are published as part of the current issue.