Start the week with climate change education and research

Education Day (16 November) at the 2017 UN climate change conference in Bonn (6 – 17 November 2017) sees the public launch of a Virtual Special Issue of the journal, Environmental Education Research, focused on climate change education research.

As a taster of the launch event and a stimulus for engaging with the papers in the Virtual Special Issue, Alan Reid has prepared a series of key questions about climate change education and research, hosted on https://tinyurl.com/ceer-vsi. Visit the link to read the Virtual Special Issue for free.

Running the gamut of why climate change education has emerged, where to look for critical analysis of practice, progress and new directions, and what research and researchers have to offer debates about capacity building, awareness, participation and action strategies discussed at COP23, the papers in the VSI and Alan’s questions are a timely and provocative call to reflection and action about climate change and education.

The launch at COP23 is led by Alan Reid (Editor) and Marcia McKenzie (Associate Editor) from the journal. Guest editors of the Virtual Special Issue, they are also editing a follow-on special collection of new research papers and analysis on climate change education, to be published in Environmental Education Research in 2018.

Join the conversation about the VSI and climate change education! Participate via:
facebook.com/eerjournal (link is external)
#COP23education
https://naaee.org/eepro/groups/climate-change-education

 

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Start the week with the research strand at the World Environmental Education Congress

This week sees the start of the World Environmental Education Congress in Vancouver.

The research strand is focused on “Perspectives, Challenges and Innovations in Research”, and is being coordinated by senior members of the editorial board, Alan Reid and Nicole Ardoin.

There’s a fine mix of paper sessions, roundtables, posters, a full day research symposium on Monday 11th, and 4 mini symposiums throughout the congress. Most of the sessions will take place in West Meeting Room 110, or close by. The schedule is available at: WEEC-2017-Program research strand events-final. [updated 9 September]

Please note this is subject to last minute changes, please check the Congress website for latest information.

We are delighted to also be supporting the first full day research symposium at WEEC. This is being convened by Alan Reid and Marcia McKenzie, as a joint initiative between the journal and the Sustainability and Education Policy Network, while there’s a reception invitation from SEPN for Saturday evening, Sept 10th in the download above – please note it is 2017 not 2016 on the invitation: you won’t be a year late! Registration is required for the full day symposium and the reception.

Access the pre-readings for the research symposium at http://weec2017.eco-learning.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WEEC2017-research-symposium-pre-readings.pdf

Find out more about the journal and SEPN at their booths at the congress.

We look forward to supporting the research community at these events, and interacting with you within and around the sessions!

Safe travels!

Alan, Nicole and Marcia

End the week by considering one step further … does your article suit a cartoon abstract?

Cartoon Abstracts are a fun new way of visualising academic research.

Each individual cartoon abstract summarises the original authors’ work through illustration, harnessing the overwhelming power of images over text. Illustrations can aid the understanding of difficult concepts, broaden the appeal of niche topics, and transcend language barriers. Elements of humour, intrigue, and parody can be found throughout many of the cartoons, which further increases audience engagement.

http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/est/cartoon-abstracts

If you’d like to try one with Environmental Education Research, see the tips and options at: http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/cartoon-abstracts/

To turn your abstract graphic, get in touch via authorqueries@tandf.co.uk.

  • We look forward to publishing our first in due course!

Good news Friday – the numbers are in, and now out!

We are delighted to report an increase on 2015’s Impact Factor for Environmental Education Research, a healthy rise from 1.374 to 1.709.
 
While the ranking is the same as last year (51/230), a glance over recent years will show the journal continues to hover around the top 50 mark in the JCR rankings for Education & Educational Research. That the IF has had to increase substantially to maintain a solid result in Q1 is fine testament to two things:
– the interest, support and citations of work in Environmental Education Research offered by the research community in Education & Educational Research, as well as our other subject category, Environmental Studies
– no loss of momentum in that, even though we are now publishing 2 more issues per year than for 2015.
On behalf of the editorial board and publishing team, I’d like to express our appreciation to the authors, referees, reviewers, copy editors and readers of the work in the journal that leads to such scores. We wouldn’t be there without you!
 
So perhaps we can all have a weekend off to celebrate! 😉

Starting the week with a “Thank you”

As the editor of Environmental Education Research, it is simply delightful to get to work with Alex Lazzari from our publishers, Taylor & Francis. In this instance, it was over one of those long lunches were we get to discuss all things “journal” – the ups and downs of the industry, trends and new horizons in the field, if not how to stay sane and smiling amid all the messiness that comes with the lives and livelihoods we seek to value …

Alex offers stellar support and wisdom to the editorial office, something we’ve been privileged to experience from day 1 with another of our champions at T&F, Ian White.

By the end of last Friday’s meeting, the notepad was full of wonderful ideas and initiatives addressing what we could do over the next few years with the journal. We’ll be sifting and sharpening those within the editorial board in the coming months, and announcing those on this page amongst other places – but a milestone we especially look forward is reaching 25 years with the volume after next.

And to have that in sight, I can but pass on Alex’s and my thanks to the editorial board, office, authors and referees who have made that so very possible!

We salute you, and look forward to raising another glass!

Tips on Thursdays – Search Engine Optimalisation

Behaviour, behavior? ESD, EfS, EESD? Ecopedagogy, eco-pedagogy, eco pedagogy?

How smart are search engines? And, how smart are the people who feed stuff into search engines to chew on?

If you want clues on how best to optimise / optimalize the discoverability of your work, read this handy guide from our publishers …

http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/a-researchers-guide-to-seo/

http://ow.ly/d/62ZM

“Critical Investigations of the Research-Policy Relationship in Environmental and Sustainability Education”

The latest call for proposals for the journal:

“Critical Investigations of the Research-Policy Relationship in Environmental and Sustainability Education”

Guest editors: Mark Rickinson, Monash University & Marcia McKenzie, University of Saskatchewan

The purpose of this Special Issue is to draw and build upon:

• the growing interest in policy and policy research within the environmental and sustainability education (ESE) research field;

• the increasing body of work on the research-policy relationship in fields beyond ESE;

• the need to bring these two developments into conversation and debate, against the backdrop of developments in monitoring and evaluation aims in international ESE policy.

Key date for CFP, Proposal Guidelines and Submission Timeline – May 15, 2017

Full details in the attachment.

http://ow.ly/d/5VMY