Instructions for Authors

Author Responsibilities

For the European Journal of Educational Research (EU-JER), papers should attempt to present research, innovations, theoretical and/or practical insights in relevant current literature and debates. Papers should include a full title, a short title for use as a running head, author name(s), affiliated institution name(s) and email address of the corresponding author. Submitted manuscripts should only be in English. All submissions should be sent via EU-JER Manuscript Submission System  as a Word file with extension doc or docx.

A manuscript should be no more than 10000 words; this limit includes figures, references, and tables. This does not impose an absolute page limit on manuscripts; longer manuscripts of merit can be published in the journal. Abstract should be less than 250 words.

Authors should be aware that they are addressing an international audience. Articles should present original work, and, where appropriate, should acknowledge any significant contribution by others. Manuscripts submitted to EU-JER for review  should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Corresponding author should always be willing to participate in peer review process and obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes. A list of references should be included in the submitted paper. Grant/financial support should be stated in the paper if available. All authors are expected to contribute significantly to the research.

Page style: Articles should be typed in 12-point font on A4 page, paginated and double-spaced. Margins should be set as top & bottom: 2,5 cm and left & right 2,5 cm. The title should be followed by an abstract of 150-250 words and 3 to 5 keywords. Footnotes should be avoided and endnotes kept to a minimum. All pages should be numbered. Paper format including references should follow American Psychological Association (APA) (6th Edition) style. 

Paper template: Author(s) may use this template for their paper(s) (click the icon to download, and edit the template). 

Tables and captions to illustrations: Tables must be typed out on the same document. Tables and figures should be numbered. The approximate position of tables and figures should be indicated in the paper. Captions should include keys to symbols.

Figures: All diagrams and photographs are termed "Figures" and should be numbered consecutively. Figures should be given short descriptive captions.

Article Processing Fee (Cancellation / Refund Conditions): There is no fee for manuscript submission to this journal. However, if the manuscript is accepted for publication, the author(s) will be asked to pay an Article Processing Fee (USD 300) to cover publications costs. Because the journal editors do not want rigorous work to be prevented from publication, in case of lack of funds to pay such fees, the requested fees could be waived. The submission cannot be withdrawn by the author after the manuscript is accepted for publication. Payment might be made via Western Union, wire transfer, or  online payment system via credit card. If the manuscript is not accepted, the author does not pay any fee and may send the manuscript any other journals.

Publication Ethics and Plagiarism Policy

Publication Ethics Statement: For all parties involved in the process of publishing (authors, Editorial Board, and reviewers), it is necessary to agree upon standards of expected ethical behavior. To guarantee high ethical standards, European Journal of Educational Research (EU-JER) has developed international standards for all the parties. EU-JER expects all the parties to commit to these standards.

International Standards for Authors:

EU-JER does not require all authors of a research paper to sign a letter of submission, nor does it impose an order on the list of authors. All authors who submit to EU-JER are supposed to observe the international standards for authors voluntarily.

●  Authors must certify that their manuscripts are their original work. Plagiarism, Duplicate, Data Fabrication and Falsification, and Redundant Publications are forbidden. 
●  Authors must certify that the manuscript has not previously been published and is not currently being considered for publication elsewhere. 
●  If the authors have used the work and/or words of others, the authors must ensure that the work and/or words of others are appropriately cited or quoted and identify all sources used in the creation of their manuscripts. 
●  When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the Journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. 
●  Authors must notify EU-JER of any conflicts of interest.

International Standards for Editorial Board:

Editors and Editorial Board are required to follow the international standards for Editorial Board:

●  The Editorial Board must keep information pertaining to all submitted manuscripts confidential. 
●  The Editorial Board is responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts. 
●  The Editorial Board must strive to meet the needs of readers and authors. 
●  The Editorial Board must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content. 
●  The Editorial Board must strive to constantly improve EU-JER’s quality. 
●  The Editorial Board must maintain the integrity of the academic record. 
●  The Editorial Board must disclose any conflicts of interest and preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards. 
●  The Editorial Board must always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

International Standards for Reviewers:

Reviewers of EU-JER are also expected to meet the international standards for reviewers when they accept review invitations.

●  Reviewers must keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential. 
●  Reviewers must bring to the attention of the Editor Board any information that may be a reason to reject publication of a manuscript. 
●  Reviewers must evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content. 
●  Reviewers must objectively evaluate the manuscripts based only on their originality, significance and relevance to the domains of the journal. 
●  Reviewers must notify EU-JER about any conflicts of interest.

EU-JER do not require all authors to sign the letter of submission. The corresponding author is responsible ensure that all authors have agreed to be listed and approved the paper submission to the journal, and for approved managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors, before and after publication. All manuscripts are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate tool by EU-JER. Authors should strictly avoid plagiarism, including self-plagiarism. Manuscripts with over 15% overlapping from the similarity report results exceeding 15% would not be considered for publication by EU-JER. Papers submitted to EU-JER must be original and not be published or submitted for publication elsewhere. 

The editorial board will thoroughly checks submitted manuscripts in order to identify and prevent from possible research misconduct regarding the publication of papers with EU-JER. If a research misconduct is identified, according to Editor’s and reviewers’ feedback, corresponding author is responsible for retracting or correcting articles.
EU-JER is a member of CrossCheck, an initiative to help editors verify the originality of submitted manuscripts.
EU-JER refers the ethical principles set out by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Peer Review Policy: All content of EU-JER is subject to peer-review. All articles published in EU-JER have undergone rigorous peer review (double blind peer review), by members of the editorial board and the review panel. The EU-JER Editor first checks and evaluates the submitted manuscripts, examining its fit and quality regarding its significance, manuscript format and research quality. If it is suitable for potential EU-JER publication, editor directs the manuscript to two reviewers, with both of them being experts in the field. After both reviewers' feedback, the editorial board decides if the manuscript will be rejected,  accepted with revisions needed, or accepted for publication. A diagram which illustrates the review and publishing process could be seen below.

Reviewers are objective for all judgments in the peer-review process. Reviewers are assigned in order to have no conflict of interest. Reviewers might point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. Submitted manuscripts are treated confidentially prior to their publication.

Peer reviewed feedback and results will be sent to the corresponding author for corrections (if necessary). Edits will be made available to corresponding authors before publishing. Edited/ Revised papers should be returned to the publisher within three days.

The practice of peer review is to ensure that only good science is published. All manuscripts sunmitted to EU-JER are peer reviewed following the procedure outlined below.

Initial manuscript evaluation: The Editors first evaluate all manuscripts. It is rare, but it is possible for an exceptional manuscript to be accepted at this stage. Manuscripts rejected at this stage are insufficiently original, have serious scientific flaws, have poor grammar or English language, or are outside the aims and scope of the journal. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will be informed within 2-3 weeks of receipt.

Type of peer review: This journal employs double blind review, where the author and referee remain anonymous throughout the process.

How the referee is selected: Whenever possible, referees are matched to the paper according to their expertise. Our database is constantly being updated. We welcome suggestions for referees from the author though these recommendations are not necessarily used.

Referee reports: Referees are asked to evaluate whether the manuscript:

– Is original

– Makes a theoretical contribution to the study of educational sciences

– Is methodologically sound

– Follows appropriate ethical guidelines

– Has results which are clearly presented and support the conclusions

– Correctly references previous relevant work

Language correction is not part of the peer review process, but referees may, if so wish, suggest corrections to the manuscript.

How long does the review process take? The time required for the review process is dependent on the response of the referees. However, the typical time for EU-JER is approximately 4-6 weeks. Should the referees' reports contradict one another or a report is unnecessarily delayed, a further expert opinion will be sought. In rare cases for which it is extremely difficult to find a second referee to review the manuscript, or when the one referee's report has thoroughly convinced the Editor, decisions at this stage to accept, reject or ask the author for a revision are made on the basis of only one referee's report. The Editor's decision will be sent to the author with recommendations made by the referees, which usually includes verbatim comments by the referees. Revised manuscripts might be returned to the initial referees who may then request another revision of a manuscript.

A final decision to accept or reject the manuscript will be sent to the author along with any recommendations made by the referees, and may include verbatim comments by the referees.

The Editor's decision is final. Referees advise the Editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article.

Becoming a referee for EU-JER: If you are not currently a referee of EU-JER but would like to be considered as a referee, please contact the editorial office at: editor@EU-JER.com. The benefits of refereeing for EU-JER include the opportunity to read, see and evaluate the latest work in your research area at an early stage, and to contribute to the overall integrity of academic research and its published documentation. You may also be able to cite your work for EU-JER as part of your professional development requirements for various professional societies and organizations.

Complaints Policy

We aim to respond to and resolve all complaints quickly and constructively. The procedures to investigate and resolve complaints followed by EU-JER aims to be fair and balanced for those making complaints and for those being complained about.

For Appeal against editorial decisions: If the authors disagree with the editorial decision on their manuscripts they have a right to appeal.

Authors who wish to appeal an editorial decision should contact the Editor-in-Chief of EU-JER. In such cases the Editor-in-Chief will review the manuscript, editorial and peer reviewers' comments and give his/her decision for accepting or rejecting a manuscript. Editor-in-Chief may, if so required, send the manuscript to a new handling editor for a fresh editorial review and to new referees for peer review. Decision of the Editor-in-Chief in such case will be final.

Complaints related to policies, procedures, editorial content and actions of the editorial staff:

The procedure to make a complaint is easy. The complaint can be made by writing an email. Ideally the complaint should be made to the person with whom the complainant is in regular contact for the matter being complained about. If due to any reason it is not appropriate or possible to complain to the contact person, please email to: editor@EU-JER.com to send complaints.

All complaints will be acknowledged within three working days.

 

For all matters related to the policies, procedures, editorial content and actions of the editorial staff, the decision of the Editor-in-Chief will be final. If the Editor-in-Chief is unavailable for any reason, the complaint will be referred to the executive Editor of EU-JER.

Complaint Resolution: All efforts will be made to resolve the complaint as quickly as possible. In some cases, delay in complaint resolution may occur if a response from any third person or organization is required. Until the complaint is resolved, a complaint resolution update will be provided to the complainant, every two weeks, until the complaint is finally resolved.

Conflicts of Interest Policy: Transparency and objectivity in research are essential for EU-JER. These principles are strictly followed in our peer review process and decision for publication. Manuscript submissions are assigned to reviewers in an effort to minimize potential conflicts of interest. The following relationships between reviewers and authors are considered conflicts and are avoided: Current colleagues, recent colleagues, recent co-authors, and doctoral students for which editor served as their committee chair. After papers are assigned, individual reviewers are required to inform the editor-in-chief of any conflicts mentioned in the list above and any other conflicts that may exist.

Copyright and Access: EU-JER is an Open Access journal, all articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, provided the original work is properly cited and states its license.  This licence allows authors and readers to use all articles, data sets, graphics and appendices in data mining applications, search engines, web sites, blogs and other platforms by providing appropriate reference (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

All individual articles are available to readers without any subscription/fees.

Archiving: The publisher of EU-JER ensures electronic backup of the published articles and website content regularly. All published articles are also being archived in ERIC database and available for access.

Publishing Schedule: EU-JER is published online quarterly in every January, April, June and October in a year.

Informed Consent Policy: Author(s) should comply with the following conditions in order to meet ethical and legal standards for work with human subjects:

Participants in your research should be informed that

- you will be conducting research in which they will be the participants or that you would like to write about them for publication.

- participation is voluntary, that there is no penalty for refusing to participate, and that the participants may withdraw at any time without penalty.

Participants in your research should be informed about

- the purpose of your research and the procedure you will follow in the research.

- contact information that they can reach you for answers to questions regarding the research.

- any foreseeable risks and discomforts involved in agreeing to cooperate.

- any possible direct benefits of participating (e.g., receiving a copy of the article or chapter).

Participants in your research should be informed if and how their confidentiality will be protected.

If you have any questions please contact us at: editor@eu-jer.com