Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
- The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently considered by another journal.
- The text adheres to the structure and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format, and has been prepared to ensure double-blind review.
- The text is formatted according to the journal template.
- All in-text citations and the references list are in APA format.
- Where available, URLs for the references are provided.
Colleagues are encouraged to contact the editor-in-cheif in advance of submission to identify research directions and ensure alignment with the journal’s multidisciplinary, applied and theoretical foci. The accepted manuscripts are typically published within 6 to 9 months of submission.
Educare accepts original research articles that use all forms of theoretically-oriented and empirical research within the broad field of educational sciences, in English, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. The journal does not favour any particular theoretical approach or research method. Position papers and book reviews are also invited. Research Article Guidelines are appropriate for quantitatively and qualitatively oriented manuscripts that include any form of empirical data, e.g. statistics, interview/oservation data, text analysis. Position Paper Guidelines are appropriate for manuscripts articulating the author’s informed position on a particular issue within the field of education and educational sciences. Examples of content for a position paper are arguments for a particular theoretical standpoint on an issue, response to a publication, suggestions for methodological choices, outlines of noteworthy areas for further research. While the format for book reviews is not specified, book reviews will contain correct publishing information of the book under review, a brief summary of its main points, and a discussion of the stregths and weaknesses of the book in relation to seminal work in the relevant area.
Publication with Educare is free of charge at any stage.
Authors are required to provide ORCIDs for all contributing authors in the published articles to ascertain the authors can be reached by their readership.
Formatting References and Text
References will be formatted according to APA style. For instructions on formatting references, see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (latest edition). There are plenty of free guides to APA style online, for instance Purdue Online Writing Lab from Purdue University.
The text will be formated according to the journal template.
Preparing for Double Blind Peer Review
Follow instructions to ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to a peer-reviewed section of the journal:
- Every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:
- The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
- With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.
- With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.
Research Article Guidelines
Research articles and systematic literature reviews promote empirical research, hypothesis-driven research, and explorations into the state-of-the-art within particular areas of the relevant field. The complete manuscripts should be no longer than 10000 words including the references. The authors are encouraged to organise content as suggested below and address the issues specified under each heading.
The abstract (up to 200 words, in English irrespective of the original language of the article) should include a clear rationale for the study, its aim and research questions, methodology, results, and conclusions. The abstract should present a comprehensive overview of the study.
Introduction and Literature Review
The introduction section should position the study within the educational research field. This section should include information on the following: the study’s focus, the study’s relevance to readers of Educare, and the research question or problem statement that the study addresses. The introduction section should conclude with a brief overview of the significance of the study. The literature review should position the reported research in the context of work by other researchers, identify needed advances, and establish justification for the present study.
Aim and Research Questions
The aim and research questions should be framed in terms of needed work identified in the literature review.
The method section should consist of a comprehensive description of how the study was executed and should also align with the study’s aim and research questions. The structure should typically include information on design, data collection, and analytic method. When describing the method, the authors should provide information about the following aspects, as appropriate for the study:
- Authors should provide a description of the general study design and position the study within known and developing research methodologies.
- Authors should identify the methods used in the study and the aims of these methods. They should describe the kind of information collected, with qualification established as necessary to aid later discussion.
- When applicable, authors should include a section indicating that the study has followed ethical research guidelines (e.g. those at vr.se), and was either approved by a Research Ethics Committee or exempted from approval by a Research Ethics Committee.
- Authors should describe how the data was analysed and provide justification for the analytic methods used.
The results section should provide evidence that the research questions have been addressed. Results should be reported accurately and comprehensively using appropriate graphics if needed. When applicable, categories of evidence related to fairness, validity and reliability and application should be addressed.
The discussion section should provide interpretation, use, and consequences of the results. Attention should also be given to claims, warrants, qualifications and applications for the results. Authors should conclude the section with directions for further research intended to advance the body of knowledge and research reported in the study.
The conclusion section should provide justification that the results have answered the research questions with necessary qualifications. Special attention should be paid to theoreical advances and future applications, especially to groups of diverse learners, policy and curricula development.
See the Research Article Review Guidelines for the review criteria used by reviewers.
Position Paper Guidelines
Position papers are short features (up to 5000 words excluding the references) concentrated on introducing the author’s novel research ideas, hypotheses, identification of significant knowledge gaps within the field, methodological breakthroughs, possible solutions to significant problems and other newsworthy issues within the field of education and educational sciences. Position papers will typically outline a position, validate it, and identify its consequences. Position papers can be organised into paragraphs with clear topic sentences instead of sections with headings.
The proposed structure is the following.
The abstract (up to 200 words, in English irrespective of the original language of the position paper) should include a clear position statement, a clear rationale for the position, and the consequences for the position. The abstract should present a comprehensive overview of the position paper.
The introduction section should provide a clear identification of the research area and issue, a brief description of the state-of-the-art, an argument for why the issue is problematic and significant, and the statement of the position.
The body section should provide informed and well-structured arguments for the position as well as address alternative views.
The conclusion section should provide a brief summary of the main points of the paper, and a clear description of its consequences, e.g. a solution to the problem, a call for action, a suggestion for future research.
See the Position Paper Review Guidelines for the review criteria used by reviewer.