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 2,000-5,000 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.
Peer Review Process
All published research articles and position papers in Educare are subjected to a two-step peer review process of selection based on 1) an initial editorial screening and 2) a double-blind review process by at least two anonymous external reviewers who are experts in the relevant area. Manuscripts accepted for publication are typically published within 12 months of submission.
- The initial editorial screening starts when a manuscript is submitted for publication. The editor-in-chief ensures that the manuscript is aligned with the journal’s areas of interest and follows the Author Guidelines to allow a proper blind review. In addition to being read by the editor-in-chief, the manuscript is read by the member of the editorial board with most relevant expertise, who recommends 3-5 experts in the area to be approached as reviewers. Both the editor-in-chief and the board member ensure that the quality of the manuscript is enough for a review process. For special issues, the guest editors are conducting the initial editorial screening, but the editor-in-chief supervises and is responsible for the process, and ensures the quality of the issue.
- The double-blind review process starts when the manuscript is deemed within the scope of the journal and potentially possessing the qualities for publication. The manuscript will be sent to two external reviewers who are specialists in the submitted area of research. The review process is fully digitalized within the OJS platform. The reviewers are provided with guidelines and criteria. Manuscripts are returned with one of four recommendations: publish as submitted, revisions required, resubmit for review, and reject. Upon recommendation of the reviewers, the editor-in-chief will suggest the next appropriate steps. If the recommendation is revisions required, the editor-in-chief and the editorial board member with the most relevant expertise will look at the revised version and come to a decision on whether further revisions are required or whether it is ready for publication. If the recommendation is resubmit for review, the re-submitted manuscript will be subjected to a new round of initial editorial screening and a double-blind review process.
The double-blind review process is the same whether the manuscript is a research article or a position paper as well as whether it will be published in the regular issue or a special issue.