Environmental Education Research in 2017

Dear Colleagues

In this start of year message, we provide a few further updates on the journal from 2016, and going into 2017:

About the Journal

Over the last few years, the journal has made good use of social media to keep readers and contributors abreast of the work in this field. If this is your thing too, you can find us via #eerjournal, @eerjournal, bit.do/eerjournal and fb.com/eerjournal.

Please note we also invite authors to submit social media ready material with their manuscripts, e.g. to share via the publisher’s social media and other media tools. Other innovations in this online space include the possibility of video abstracts. Details via the above links, and at bit.do/eermedia.

To find out more about the journal’s board structure, reviewer guidance, and the various purposes and formats for manuscripts that can be submitted to the journal, please visit bit.do/abouteer. These are reviewed every 3 years; if you have any feedback on the latest versions, please direct that to the editorial office in the first instance.

Journal measures

The Journal’s Impact Factor rose again in 2016, to 1.374, as did the SNIP, to 1.692. This keeps the journal firmly in the top quarter (Q1) of ISI journals in Education and Education Research, and actually, near to the top 10% of the CiteScore ranking in Education. Information about which articles are being read, and those which are cited that lead to such outcomes, can be found at bit.do/eermostread and bit.do/eermostcited.

As we’ve noted before, perhaps it is little surprise that the highest impacts and rankings in education and education research continue to come from publishing “critical, integrative reviews of research literature bearing on education, including conceptualizations, interpretations, and syntheses of literature and scholarly work in a field broadly relevant to education and educational research.” {http://rer.sagepub.com/}

Issues, special issues, and virtual special issues

2017 will see the journal grow again to 10 issues a year. While online publication following acceptance, copy editing and formatting is usually very rapid, this ‘growth’ will again help us clear the considerable backlog of articles waiting to print in hard copy as well as create more space for special issues. (For the latest standard articles, see bit.do/eerlatest, while for general notes about SIs, see bit.do/eersi)

2017 brings the publication of a special issue on examples, trends and challenges for environmental education and its research in Brazil, and we hope, some of those from recent calls for papers, e.g. related to botanic gardens, early childhood education, and studies in the Benelux region. As usual, our thanks go to the guest editors of these special issues for their work and leadership in pulling together these contributions to the field, and those working on the next clutch of SIs.

Refereeing

The editorial office now receives a submission equating to at least one paper every day of the working week. Time from submission to first decision has also dropped, last year it was to around 33 days (i.e. 5-6 weeks) – our particular thanks go to the editorial board and referees for enabling this to happen, as well as to those authors who have responded to the requests for feedback on the ‘quality of experience’ with the journal, which also shows marked improvement.

Regarding submissions, please note we continue to screen submissions so as not to bog down board members and referees with unnecessary or unsatisfying work. At risk of repeating the usual nostrums, problems with (a) addressing the aims and scope of the journal, (b) showing familiarity with both the literature and the trends and issues of the field, and crucially how a paper advances on those (e.g. theoretically, empirically, methodologically, etc.), and (c) the manuscript’s readiness for review (including using journal templates and being carefully proof read prior to submission), are the most typical reasons papers have struggled in the refereeing process.

Please also note that most articles typically requiring 2-3 rounds of reviewing as a minimum, sometimes less if good use is made of feedback from colleagues before submission or re-review, and professional editing services (such as those provided by the publisher, https://www.tandfeditingservices.com/en/). As ever we remain indebted to referees and the editorial board for sustaining such a high level of professional service and collegiality in responding to the requests of the editorial office.

Preparing for 2017

Each year, mindful of the need to reduce the volume of work and service refereeing involves, we strongly encourage authors to submit the best paper they can, consulting the guidance on the website, recently published articles and their critical friends before submitting, while in relation to requests for revisions, we particularly welcome concise and collegial commentaries on changes made to articles when resubmitting. For further advice, see http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/category/writing-your-paper/

As 2017 gets underway, we are also always grateful if records are updated as to your usual and evolving areas of interest, alongside any changes in contact details, affiliations and emails, alongside availability to act as a reviewer during the coming twelve months. Please log in via http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ceer to make these changes. We invite particular attention to the accuracy and scope of keywords indicating your expertise and interests, as these are relied upon in the reviewer selection process.

Should you feel unable to continue as an active member of the refereeing pool, please delete your account or contact the editorial office via eer@monash.edu. In general, Claire Drake is the primary point of contact for the editorial office, via eer@monash.edu.

One final point for the first half of 2017, Alan will be on sabbatical, so some of the chief editing duties will be shared with one of our associate editors, Justin Dillon. Alan and Justin have recently completed editing the Major Works of Environmental Education (bit.do/eemajorworks), something else you might want to dip into in 2017 …

Finally, we always look forward to receiving submissions in line with the aims and scope of the journal, including in the newer formats. As a reminder, details can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/EER and bit.do/abouteer

On behalf of the editorial board, we thank you once again for your continuing support and contributions to the journal, and to end on a personal note, we wish you a very happy and productive New Year.

All good wishes,

Alan & Claire

Editorial Office, Environmental Education Research

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