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Publishing opportunity

British Educational Research Journal: Call for special issues (2024)

The incoming editors of the British Educational Research Journal (BERJ) intend to publish a number of special issues during their tenure, which commences in January 2024. They are therefore seeking proposals from people interested in guest-editing a special issue of the journal, to be published from 2025 onwards.

We are seeking expressions of interest, of up to 1,500 words, outlining:

  • the topic/theme for the special issue
  • a rationale explaining why that topic/theme is important and timely
  • why BERJ would be an appropriate journal for the special issue (please note 2025 will mark the 50th anniversary of BERJ. If you are able to indicate how your proposed special issue relates to this important milestone for the journal, it will be desirable)
  • an indication of possible contributors and contributions (e.g., shortened abstracts; or an indication that it will be an open call and your strategies for the call. We suggest five to 10 papers)
  • a timeline that would work for the guest editors
  • a short biography for each guest editor. We recommend at least two guest editors. Please consider the diversity of the guest editorial team and/or including early career researchers for their capacity building.

All contributions to special issues will go through the journal’s standard peer-review process, which means that acceptance of individual contributions is not guaranteed. The editors will work with the guest editors through the review process.

We particularly welcome proposals that are international in scope and involve contexts from both the Global North and South – with a view that the UK education system will learn from such international knowledge. We have identified the following themes as indicative of areas in which we would welcome contributions. However, we would also welcome other proposals, and all will be considered by the editors and editorial board:

  1. AI and education
  2. Climate and sustainability education
  3. Game culture in education
  4. Gender and intersectionality
  5. Special and inclusive education
  6. Teachers and teacher education
  7. Internationalisation of higher education

Proposals should be submitted to publications@bera.ac.uk by 31 January 2024.

Decisions will be made by the editors no later than May 2024, after consultation with the editorial board.

Please feel free to contact the editors, via publications@bera.ac.uk, if you have any further questions. This call for proposals is also available to download below.

Best wishes,

Ming Cheng, Kate Hoskins, Alison MacKenzie, Barbara Read, Billy Wong & Yuwei Xu

Incoming editors from January 2024, British Educational Research Journal (BERJ)