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Journal of Education

Journal of Education

Published in Association with School of Education Boston University
Official Journal of the Trustees of Boston University

eISSN: 25155741 | ISSN: 00220574 | Current volume: 203 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly
Welcome to the Journal of Education. As the oldest educational publication in the country, the Journal has served many purposes in its long history. Our current mission is to disseminate knowledge that informs practice in PK-12, higher, and professional education. The Journal publishes original peer-reviewed manuscripts in three issues each calendar year. Issue include original data-based research reports, explications of theory, and reflections from the field. The journal prioritizes innovative, relevant, and multidisciplinary research. Every article describes implications for practice

The mission of the Journal of Education is to disseminate knowledge in the service of practice and to expedite the integration of research, theory, and practice in education. Researchers, scholars, teachers, administrators, specialists, and advanced doctoral students are invited to submit manuscripts that inform the education of PreK-12 learners or pre-service and in-service teachers and other professionals in the field. The Journal prioritizes publication of manuscripts related to PreK-12 education, and manuscripts that focus on topics connected to equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Consistent with the Journal's mission, every manuscript accepted for review must include a discussion of implications for practice. 

Jennifer G. Green Boston University, USA
Associate Editor
Zachary Rossetti Boston University
Editorial Board Members
Karyn Allee Mercer University
Donna Alvermann University of Georgia
Bob Bain University of Michigan
Janine Bempechat Boston University
Tina Durand Boston University
Elena Forzani Boston University
Kimberly Howard Boston University
Katelyn Kurkul Merrimack College, USA
Kathryn Leech University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
Weng M. Lim Swinburne University, Australia
Catherine Ritz Boston University
Paul Yovanoff Southern Methodist University
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  • Submit your manuscript to the Journal of Education here: Manuscripts will not be accepted by email.

    Guidelines for Authors

    The Journal of Education is published three times during the calendar year: winter, spring, and fall. Please carefully read the guidelines below. For specific questions or inquiries, please email:


    The mission of the Journal of Education is to disseminate knowledge in the service of practice and to expedite the integration of research, theory, and practice in education. Researchers, scholars, teachers, administrators, specialists, and advanced doctoral students are invited to submit manuscripts that inform the education of PK–12 learners or pre-service and in-service teachers and other professionals in the field. Consistent with the Journal’s mission, every manuscript accepted for review must include a discussion of implications for practice. 

    Types of Manuscripts

    Three types of manuscripts will be considered: reports of original research, explications of theory, and reflections on education.(Please note, the Journal is no longer accepting unsolicited book reviews).

    Reports of Original Research should include the following:

    • Abstract – offering a brief overview of the study purpose or aims, methods, results, and implications (the abstract should be unstructured and a maximum of 100 words)
    • Introduction – providing brief but relevant background information for the current study, including a clear statement of purpose, a review of relevant literature, a description of the contribution of the study to the research literature, and research aims or questions;
    • Methods – presenting specific details about the methods employed, including details about any sampling procedures, participants, measurement, and analysis methods;
    • Results – describing the major findings (i.e., data and analyses) in relation to the research questions or aims, referencing tables or figures (if appropriate); and
    • Discussion – articulating key findings related to the identified research questions or aims, important implications in relation to the existing literature, study limitations, and implications for practice.

    Explications of Theory focus on conceptual or theoretical work. Manuscripts should include a clear explanation of a theoretical perspective that informs practice, a description of the historical context, a justification based on the literature, and a critical discussion of implications for practice in the broader field of education. Comprehensive literature reviews are welcome. While there is no required structure for Explications of Theory, authors may consider using the same structure as Reports of Original Research, described above.

    Reflections (by invitation only) are from experienced researchers, theorists, and teachers and should provide informed analysis and insights regarding effective practice. Reflections should be innovative and have broad relevance to the field. Experienced scholars may offer an analysis of a significant topic in the educative process, the effects on the field, and implications for practice in the broader field of education. Reflections are designed to reflect the Journal’s aims of disseminating knowledge in the service of practice.

    Manuscript Submission

    Submit your manuscript to the Journal of Education here:

    The manuscript should represent original work, not published previously in print or electronic form. The text should be double spaced, in 12 pt. Times New Roman typeface, and introduced with a 100-word unstructured abstract. The page limit for text is approximately 25 pages for Reports of Original Research and Explications of Theory, and 10 pages for Reflections (please note that the page limit does not include the title page, abstract, references, tables, figures, or other supplemental materials). There should be a one-inch margin on all sides of an 8 ½ x 11-inch page. The manuscript should conform to the style specifications of the American Psychological Association as described in the Concise Rules of APA Style, Seventh Edition, published by the Association in 2019. A reasonable number of clear tables and/or figures may be included at the end of the text.

    Consistent with the policy of anonymous review, the author(s)’ name(s), role(s), and institutional affiliation(s) should be listed only on a cover page that will be removed before the manuscript is sent to the reviewers. That cover page should include the name of the corresponding author, e-mail and postal addresses, and telephone number. References to the author(s)’ previous work should be listed as Author(s) in the citations and references. Acknowledgment of cooperating scholars or professionals and funding sources should be added to the end of the cover page.

    Manuscript Review and Selection

    The corresponding author will receive a notice of receipt of the manuscript within two weeks. Once your manuscript is received, it will be read by the editors to determine whether it will be sent for peer review. If accepted for peer review, authors will receive the reviewers’ decision within three months. Four types of decisions are made: Accept as submitted, Accept with revisions, Revise and resubmit, or Not accepted. All manuscripts will be judged on adherence to the Guidelines for Authors, the quality and significance of the content, the inclusion of a valid discussion of implications for practice in the broader field of education, and the clarity and cohesion of the text.

    Reports of Original Research will be judged, as well, on the significance of the inquiry, the rigor of the methods, and the validity of the findings and implications.

    Explications of Theory will be judged, as well, on the significance of the theory, the clarity of the explication, the quality of the justification, and the validity of the implications.

    Reflections (by invitation only) will be judged, as well, on the quality of the critical analysis and reflection, and the validity of the implications.

    Upon acceptance of a manuscript, the author(s) will be expected to agree to assign the rights to the copyright to the Journal of Education, with the authors retaining broad duplication and distribution rights for teaching and related educational uses.


    Editorial policies:

    Authorship: All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis

    Acknowledgements: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    Funding: Journal of Education requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the Sage Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors

    Declaration of conflicting interests: JoE encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and
    recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.

    Please include any declaration in file separate from the main text, after any acknowledgements, under the heading 'Conflicts of Interest.' When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the forprofit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Publishing policies

    Publication ethics: Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway. Journal policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for consideration by another journal and does not allow publication of a manuscript that has been published in whole or in part by another journal.

    Plagiarism: JoE and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    Prior publication: If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.


    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.


    For additional information, please contact:

    Jennifer Greif Green, Editor
    Boston University 
    Wheelock College of Education & Human Development
    Two Silber Way
    Boston, MA 02215
    Phone: 617-358-1366
    Fax: 617-353-7777



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