Tips on Thursdays – Promoting your research online

From the following list of tips from Altmetric, we’d flag:

“Work with the press office at your publisher or institution to announce the publication of your research.”

We’d also encourage authors to contribute video abstracts, and respond to posts about their articles on the journal’s social media pages. Go on, we know you want to 😉

#eerjournal Environmental Education Research

Start the week with Vol 1 of Environmental Education, and an extract from the first contribution

Start the week with Vol 1 of Environmental Education, and an extract from the first contribution

James Swan ends his (1969) essay for Phi Delta Kappan on ‘the challenge of environmental education’ with:

Environmental education has been offered as a challenge because it is a new and developing educational concept. As yet little research has been devoted to exploring the multitude of ways of involving citizens in environmental problem solving, and even less research has dealt with developing measures to assess environmental attitudes accurately. I hope, however, that educators across the country will realize the need for developing a better informed, more effective citizenry willing to meet the challenge of our degraded environment.

While research is in much better shape to address these shortcomings, Swan started his essay detailing problems in the USA in those times – concerns that, perhaps unsurprisingly, continue to resonate to this day: “No other society in history has been so materially rich and so environmentally degraded” … “a “policy by crisis” pattern” … “many of our environmental problems are actually problems of human behavior rather than problems of technology” … just some of the nuggets from the first page.

Swan’s penultimate paragraph argues environmental education is relevant to the needs and interests – and lives – of citizens as much as students. If you’ve read the article and would like to share your thoughts on it and such themes, either here or on the journal’s blog, please do so – standard netiquette rules apply.

PS Over the coming year, we will be tweeting and sharing extracts from various entries in the Major Works collection for Routledge on environmental education via @eerjournal / Environmental Education Research.

We encourage you to order a copy for your library should you be interested in using this reference collection for research, reference or teaching needs – further details on the flyer and link:

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, and

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

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 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 and

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.” {}

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, while for general notes about SIs, see

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.


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, 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

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 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 In general, Claire Drake is the primary point of contact for the editorial office, via

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 (, 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 and

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

Environmental education: critical concepts in the environment

Alan Reid and Justin Dillon, editor and associate editor respectively of the journal, Environmental Education Research, are delighted to announce that Environmental Education, a Major Works collection in the Critical Concepts in the Environment series, is now available (and just in time for Christmas!).

Addressing the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of this rapidly growing subject and its multidisciplinary corpus of scholarly literature, ‘Environmental Education’ is a new title from the acclaimed Routledge series, Critical Concepts in the Environment. Edited by two of the field’s leading scholars, this Major Works collection embraces a wide variety of methodological traditions to bring together in four volumes the foundational and the very best cutting-edge scholarship. The collection enables users to access—and to make sense of—the most important findings and theories that have been developed by environmental education research. It provides a synoptic view of all the key issues, current debates, and controversies.

‘Environmental Education’ is fully indexed and includes comprehensive introductions, newly written by the editors, which place the collected materials in their historical and intellectual context. It is an essential reference collection and is destined to be valued by scholars and students—as well as policy-makers and practitioners—as a vital one-stop research and pedagogic resource.

1,931 pages – © 2017 – Routledge – 9780415520256, pub: 2016-12-16

Source: Environmental Education (Hardback) – Routledge

Gentle reminder that “a social networking site is not an open access repository”

Authors with this journal are strongly encouraged to use and share their work in line with their particular publishing agreement, e.g. standard (such as via eprints and institutional repositories) or open access routes.

However, using some of the widely available commercial enterprises will often violate copyright automatically, particularly if a full text pdf of one of our journal articles [“Version of Record”, VoR] is posted. Such “services” or networks are not always operating with an author’s or this journal’s best interests to the fore; for one of the many discussions on that, see:

For existing and potential authors, you might want to check the terms and conditions and wider points made at:

While should you fancy tidying up after yourself, removing or updating what has perhaps been inadvertently made available on Researchgate or from this journal before, the universe is sure to smile at you – if not the Editor and publishers of Environmental Education Research.

Start the week by considering the convergence between science and environmental education

This new Routledge collection on the above theme is based on the selected works from one of the Journal’s Associate Editors, Professor Justin Dillon.

Justin writes:

“The invitation to put together this collection arrived while I was working at King’s College London where I expected to see out my academic career. However, some months later, during the extended period when I was gathering the permissions to reproduce the various chapters and papers in this volume, I moved to take up a new post at the University of Bristol. While for some people, moving institutions is normal if not the norm, for me it was very unusual. I started working at King’s in 1989 and left in 2014 – almost 25 years in one institution, and my standard response to questions about ‘moving on’ was ‘But where would I go?’ I have since wondered whether the process of going through my academic life’s work, deciding what stories I wanted to highlight and what I thought I had to say that’s worth reading now, made me more susceptible when Bristol approached me.

“The move from King’s to Bristol has impacted on my research and writing time. Leading a university department is immensely challenging and the learning curve is steep. At this stage in my career I am more likely to be asked to edit individual books or book series, handbooks and encyclopedia. I also find myself being asked to write forewords and editorials. The temptation to say ‘yes’ to opportunities is almost irresistible and I find myself working on a new project – the Routledge Science Education Series, with two good friends, Steve Alsop from York University in Canada and Marianne Achiam from Copenhagen University. While this series is embryonic, another series, with Peter Lang, [Re]thinking Environmental Education is going from strength to strength with contributions from new scholars as well as experienced ones.

“I feel very privileged to have worked with some of the brightest and best science and environmental educators over a number of years. I could not have written most of the contributions in this volume without their influence and ideas. And for that I am truly thankful.”

Find out more at: or