Education Thinking primarily publishes stand-alone literature reviews. All approaches to education research literature reviewing are welcome. Most preferably, articles are expected to provide the reader with a complete overview of the development of research literature on a given topic. An article should present the main inputs of the main authors who contributed to developing knowledge on the topic over time, and clarify how these inputs relate to each other (or not). The article should explain the concepts, theories and methods used in that literature, as well as the results obtained. The article should also take stock of the state-of-play of knowledge on the topic, providing a state-of-the-art overview not only of what is known, but also of knowledge gaps and pending research issues, especially those most in need of attention in the near future. The article should be clear and streamlined; precise, detailed, informative, but concise.

Language – Articles are to be written in English language, either American or British (but not a mixture of both). Unexplained jargon should be avoided. Word choice should be inclusive and bias-free. Before submission, manuscripts should be checked for spelling and grammar and, where necessary, undergo English language editing.

Format – The formatting of papers for Education Thinking is based on the lines set by the 7th edition (2020) of the APA publication manual. Please only use the pre-formatted “Education Thinking’s Templates”, which comprise a “Main Text Template” and a “Title Page Template“: download the templates to your hard drive, then open them and save them under new names as MS Word documents where to insert your manuscript. Keep the original templates for your ease of reference.

Anonymity of authors – Any details that could lead to identify the author(s) have to be removed from the abstract, keywords, main text (from the introduction to the references) and annexes. This also includes the possible links to repositories where non-anonymised supplementary materials (e.g. videos, data sets) intended for readers may have been deposited. Such links also have to be removed from the submitted manuscript and will be reinserted in the final draft. The Main Text Template indicates how to keep authors’ anonymity in the in-text and end-list references.

Structure of the submission – The submission will comprise up to 17 components organised as follows (see the Templates for more explanations):

  1. Title of paper
  2. Authors’ names and affiliations
  3. Declaration of interests
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Funding information
  6. Authors’ notes
  7. Copyright statement
  8. Journal’s area(s) of research
  9. Abstract (Additional abstracts in languages other than English are accepted)
  10. Keywords
  11. Introduction
  12. Method used for the literature review
  13. Results
  14. Discussion
  15. Conclusion
  16. References
  17. Annexes

Word limit – Submissions should not exceed 8,000 words, all 17 components included.

Authorship – In line with the ICMJE approach, Education Thinking recommends to only list as authors of a manuscript, those persons who:

– Have made substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work, or to the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work;

– And have taken part in the drafting of the work or in revising it critically for important intellectual content;

– And have also taken part in the process of final approval of the version to be published;

– And in addition, have taken part too in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved, thus being accountable for all aspects of the work.

The contributors who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged. However, in the end, it is the responsibility of the authors (not the journal) to agree on, decide and set up the list of the manuscript’s authors.

Compliance with laws, public order, morality and ethics – By submitting to Education Thinking a manuscript for publication, the authors warrant that the underlying research was carried out and the article was prepared in compliance with laws and standards of ethical conduct, and that the article contains no statement that is abusive or defamatory, nor is in any way contrary to public order or morality. This refers in particular to the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity and the Ethical standards 4, 13, 14, 15 and 16 of the Code of Ethics of the American Educational Research Association.

Using third-party materials and plagiarism – The authors warrant that the article does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity. They warrant that they have secured the necessary written permission from the appropriate copyright owners for the reproduction in the article and the journal of any text or other material. Permissions signed by the rights owners must be submitted along with the manuscript (see submission procedure below). The journal will check all manuscripts for plagiarism.

Copyright – While retaining all their moral and economic rights protected by copyright laws, the authors, by submitting to Education Thinking a manuscript for publication, (a) irrevocably grant Education Thinking the right to publish the accepted version of the article open access on its website, and the right to make any editorial changes to this accepted version, i.e. changes that do not affect the substantive meaning of the article; and (b) commit to mention Education Thinking in any reference to this article once published.

Open access publishing means that users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author, provided that authors’ copyrights are complied with and the authors and the journal are properly credited.

Users who need permissions for other uses will request them directly from the authors. Alternatively, authors may wish to grant general permissions, using one of the six Creative Commons (CC) licences. In that case, authors may provide a Copyright licence statement on the title page of their manuscript, where they specify the exact licence applicable to their article (the appropriate licence is to be selected from the Title Page Template). If the article includes rights held by others, authors must first make sure to get permission from the rights holders to sublicense those rights under the CC licence.

Evaluation process – Upon receipt of a submission, the editor checks its relevance to the scope of the journal, completeness, compliance to the Guidelines for Authors, and overall quality, originality and clarity. The manuscripts sent to the referees undergo a double-blind peer review based on criteria of scientific quality (see the Guidelines for Referees). No other consideration (e.g. of background, religion, gender, race, institutional affiliation, etc.) is taken into account at any stage. Based on the referees’ conclusions, the editor notifies the author(s) with a decision of:

– Acceptance (i.e. no revision is required. The paper enters the publication process); or

– Acceptance conditional to minor revision (the authors have to carry out the revision before the paper is sent to publication); or

– Major revision (the authors have to resubmit the paper after revision, along with a point by point response. The revised paper is then sent back to one or more of the original referees for re-evaluation before a final decision is made); or

– Rejection.

To appeal a reject decision, authors need to address to the editor a complaint (a) identifying which of the referees’ comments they are contesting; and (b) providing evidence that these particular comments were wrong. The editor, in collaboration with the referees as necessary, will consider the claim and the rejection decision in light of the evidence received, and will make a final decision. Only one appeal will be considered per article. Decisions on appeals are unappealable.

Duplicate submission – By submitting to Education Thinking a manuscript for publication, the authors warrant that this manuscript is original, is not under consideration for publication in another journal, and has not been published elsewhere.

To submit – Your manuscript must have been prepared using the Education Thinking’s Templates. When ready for submission, please rename the two files as follows, using the date of submission (“YYYY_MM_DD”) and the last name of the corresponding author (“Name” – For the sake of clarity and simplicity, the corresponding author should also be the submitting author), i.e.:

– “YYYY_MM_DD_Name_A” for the Main Text file (containing components 9 to 17 only); and

– “YYYY_MM_DD_Name_B” for the Title Page file (containing components 1 to 8 only).

Please make sure to fully anonymise the main text file: not only its content (see above paragraph Anonymity of authors) but also its properties and personal information: File / Info / Check for issues / Inspect document / Deselect all options except “Document properties and personal information” / Inspect / Remove all / Close / Save

If your article includes rights held by others, you must first make sure to get permission from the rights holders and then also upload a third file (“YYYY_MM_DD_Name_C”) containing the Permission Requests signed by the rights holders.

Then, proceed with submission from the journal home page, using the “Make A Submission” button.

The editor will check the appropriateness of the submission and will then contact you within days, over passing to the evaluation phase.

Publishing in Education Thinking is fee-free.

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