Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Concept of the Journal

The Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE) was founded in 2000 in order to offer the disciplines in the field of social science education a representative scholarly publication. The journal represents a sophisticated image that is characterised by its theory and research orientation, interdisciplinary approach, internationalism and originality as well as by a rigorous anonymous peer review.

Theory and research orientation: The Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE) is a theory and research oriented journal of social science education and related disciplines and field. Theoretical discussions on education, teaching and learning and related empirical research are its centre of interest. Of course, scholarly perspectives on practices of teaching and learning and the discussion of policies, empirical results, and research methods are included.

Interdisciplinary approach: The JSSE promotes the dialogue among the disciplines of social science education and between them and the social sciences. It is committed to the ideas of cooperation and interdisciplinary research. Therefore, the editors of the JSSE prefer topics which are rele-vant for more than one specialist discipline of social science education or social sciences.

Internationalism: The JSSE offers a forum for the dialogue across national borders and puts a particular stress on a European perspective and on research on and practices of European countries. That is why the journal prefers themes that are of multinational or supranational, especially European relevance and papers that deal with topics related to the diverse discourses in Europe.

Originality: In addition, the JSSE prefers contributions that stimulate and enrich the scholarly discourse through their originality and innova-tiveness, e.g. by developing new concepts, applying unconventional methods or exceeding the borders of conventional discourses.

Quality standards: The published discourse in the field of social science education is characterised by a certain fragmentation and considerable differences of quality. To overcome this, the Journal of Social Science Education presents survey articles about the main discourses in European countries. Furthermore, the JSSE commits itself to a consistent peer-review process, in which every contribution has to be evaluated by anonymous reviewers. Not re-quested reviews are principally not accepted for publication.

 

Section Policies

 

Peer Review Process

A submitted manuscript is made anonymous and presented to two reviewers by the editors of Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE). The reviewers remain anonymous, and come from two different disciplines. The publishers decide about approval or refusal of the contribution on the basis of the reviews.

There are four types of decision: unchanged approval and publication, approval on condition of revision and publication afterwards, refusal of the presented version and publication on condition of a thorough reworking, refusal. The largest part of the manuscripts taken in consideration for publication are handed back to the authors for reworking. Editors and editorial department seek to keep the period between submission and publication of a manuscript as short as possible.

 

Publication Frequency

The Journal of Social Science Education is published quarterly.

 

Open Access Policy

JSSE provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Topics

The European Journal of Social Science Education covers a broad range of topics in the field of civic and economic education. JSSE issues published or in preparation deal with main topics like

  • Civic and economic education in European countries
  • Lesson study (“Lehrkunstdidaktik”
  • Migration and globalization
  • Gender issues
  • Social constructivism
  • Sustainability
  • Aesthetics in social science education
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • Human rights education
  • Teacher education
  • Disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity
  • Europe as an educational framework
  • Citizenship education in transforming countries
  • Making politics visible
  • National and European standards of education and competencies
  • Empirical research
  • Sociology in civic education
  • Political legacies and critical education.

Authors are kindly invited to submit papers dealing with any subject of the field of social science education to info@jsse.org

 

Open and Permanent Call for Papers

The editorial team of the Journal of Social Science Education invites authors to submit articles. The JSSE welcomes contributions on a broad range of issues and themes regarding social science education as well as those relevant to the precise subject area chosen as main topic for a particular issue.

Authors may submit their papers at any time. The submissions should reflect the guidance provided under ‘Guidelines for Authors’ (please see http://www.jsse.org/info/authors-reviewers/author-instructions ).

The JSSE is an international peer-reviewed academic journal in the area of research on teaching and learning in the field of social science education. It is characterised by its orientation towards both theory and research, originality and innovativeness, a strong interdisciplinary approach and internationalism with special attention to the European academic discourse (cf. Concept of the JSSE http://www.jsse.org/info/concept ).

In addition to its focus on peer-reviewed research papers, the journal welcomes other contributions including essays, reports about developments in a country or countries, conference reports, case studies, lesson reports or commentaries.

The Journal of Social Science Education has been published since 2002.

Based on a thorough selection process regarding the significance of the topic for the academic discourse in the field of social science education, the JSSE ensures quality by a double-blind peer review. At least two reviews provide the basis for the final decision on publication by the Editors.

The Journal of Social Science Education covers a broad range of topics in the field of civic, citizenship, economic and social education. Thematic issues of the JSSE deal with a wide range of significant topics including

  • Different cultures in education for democracy and citizenship
  • Patriotism, Nationalism, Citizenship
  • Critical Civic and Citizenship Education
  • Political and economic literacy in the economic crisis
  • Heterogeneity and diversity in economic and civic education
  • Political, economic and civic literacy, social science literacy
  • Teacher education
  • Empirical research, qualitative research, comparative research in civic, citizenship and economic education
  • Lesson study (“Lehrkunstdidaktik”)
  • Standards of education and competencies
  • Political legacies and critical education
  • Citizenship education in transforming countries
  • Media and aesthetics in social science education
  • Migration and globalization
  • Gender issues
  • Sustainability
  • Sociology in civic education
  • Entrepreneurship education
  • Human rights education
  • Social constructivism
  • Disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity
  • Civic and economic education in European countries
The Journal of Social Science Education is supported with “Open Journal System” (OJS) – open source software for management and publication of open access journals.

 

Professional Standards

 The Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE) adheres to the OASPA Professional Code of Conduct and adopts the COPE guidelines on publication ethics to ensure a high standard in Open Access publishing. The most important rules are the following:

Authors of JSSE must confirm:

  • Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s).
  • Only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted.
  • It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
  • Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated.
  • Acknowledge the sources of data used in the development of the manuscript.
  • All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editor.

Reviewers of JSSE must confirm:

  • That all manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, political affiliation and values nor paradigmatic orientation of author(s).
  • That any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor.
  • That all information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential.
  • That any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor.

Editors of JSSE must confirm:

  • That all materials published are subjected to some form of peer-based review process.
  • That all manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, political affiliation and values nor paradigmatic orientation of author(s).
  • That information pertaining manuscripts are kept confidential.
  • That any observed conflict of interest pertaining manuscripts must be disclosed.
  • The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board and legal restrain acting against plagiarism, libel and copyright infringement.

 

Book Reviews

For book reviews please contact:

Prof. Dr. Tilman Grammes
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät Erziehungswissenschaft
Von-Melle-Park 8
20146 Hamburg
tilman.grammes@uni-hamburg.de