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Edited by Claire Cameron and Gabriel Eichsteller 

Format: Open Access journal

ISSN: 2051-5804

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About the journal

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy (IJSP) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing articles on social pedagogy in the broadest sense, which includes all aspects of social, philosophical, pedagogical and educational parameters. Relevant areas of practice explored in the journal from a social pedagogical perspective include: education, adult education, life-long learning, social work, social care, personal and social well-being and growth, social-pedagogical problems (for example neglect, intimidation, bullying, prejudices, social marginalisation, school exclusion etc.), teaching support in schools, family support, youth work, youth and criminal justice, learning disability and physical disability services, support for older people, community education, children’s participation, children’s and human rights.

The interdisciplinary field of social pedagogy is developing and evolving constantly, seeking strong connection between, and unity of, theory and practice. IJSP considers it critically important to provide a platform for dialogue between theory and practice. It therefore encourages both original contributions about theory and research in social pedagogy and articles that reflect social pedagogical perspectives in practice settings throughout the United Kingdom and globally.

IJSP welcomes articles that demonstrate innovative contributions which can show the dynamics and the potential of social pedagogy from researchers, scholars, educators, policy-makers, and practitioners in social pedagogy and related fields. Articles that show scholarly depth, breadth or richness of different aspects of social pedagogy are particularly welcome.

UCL Press journals do not at this time currently charge an Article-Processing Charge (APC). Authors of accepted papers will not be requested or required to make an APC payment before publication of their article.

About the editors

Professor Claire Cameron is Deputy Director of Thomas Coram Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education. Previously a social worker, her research contributes to the development of the children’s workforce and the quality of life of children and young people attending care and education services. She has edited several books, is on the editorial board of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care and is currently co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Early Years Policy due for publication in 2017.

Gabriel Eichsteller is a co-founder and director of ThemPra, a social enterprise supporting professionals and organisations in exploring social pedagogy. As a course facilitator, Gabriel has been involved in several pioneering projects with a number of practice organisations in the UK and co-ordinates the Social Pedagogy Development Network. He is a founding editor of IJSP and has written a series of book chapters and articles on social pedagogy and children’s risk competence.

Additional social pedagogy resources

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy is pleased to alert readers to other journals publishing in similar areas. We recommend consulting the following:

The Journal of Research in Social Pedagogy (Pedagogía Social. Revista Interuniversitaria) is a Spanish based journal established in 1986 and published by the Ibero-American Association of Social Pedagogy. It disseminates the results of original national and international research on Social Pedagogy and Social Education. It is now included in SCOPUS and is available at: www.pedagogiasocialrevista.es

Sociální pedagogika | Social Education (SocEd) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal embracing social education within the broad framework of the area of education and development of children, youths and adults. The journal welcomes submissions on various theoretical concepts and methodological preferences (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methodology design) if reporting new results and interesting views. SocEd also publishes book reviews and information on scientific activities in the field of social education. You can access SocEd> here: soced.cz, as well as on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter.

The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) aims to promote and facilitate reading, learning, information sharing, discussion, networking, support and accountable practice amongst all who work with children, youth and families in difficulty. It’s monthly online journal is found at www.cyc-net.org/cyc-online

Editorial Board Members

Dr Lieve Bradt, Ghent University, Belgium
Ms Mette Christiansen, State University of New York at New Paltz, USA
Dr Marta Eichsteller, University of Bangor, UK
Dr Lisbeth Eriksson, University West, Sweden
Mr Jameel Hadi, Salford University, UK
Prof Juha Hämäläinen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Dr Kieron Hatton, University of Portsmouth, UK
Ms Sylvia Holthoff, ThemPra Social Pedagogy, Germany
Ms Lotte Junker Harbo, VIA University College Aarhus, Denmark
Ms Robyn Kemp, Social Pedagogy Professional Association, UK
Prof Iro Mylonakou-Keke, University of Athens, Greece
Prof Sascha Neumann, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Prof Pat Petrie, UCL, UK
Ms Karen Prins, UCC Copenhagen, Denmark
Dr Niels Rosendal Jensen, Danish School of Education (DPU), Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof Philipp Sandermann, University of Lueneburg, Germany
Dr Adrian Schoone, Auckland University, New Zealand
Prof Daniel Schugurensky, Arizona State University, USA
Prof Mark Smith, Dundee University, UK
Ms Evelyn Vrouwenfelder, Independent researcher, UK
Prof Howard Williamson, Glamorgan University, UK
Dr Karen Winter, Queens University Belfast, UK
Dr Karla Villaseñor Palma, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP), Mexico

Special Issues

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field.

All general enquiries should be made to the Editors at admin@internationaljournalofsocialpedagogy.com

How to submit

All submissions to the journal should be made via the journals submission system, at ucl.jams.pub

Authors should follow the journal’s author guidelines:

IJSP Author guidelines
IJSP author guidelines for Research articles

Please see below article types IJSP accept for submission.

Pre-submission enquiries should be sent to the Editors at editors@internationaljournalofsocialpedagogy.com. Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review. All submissions should be addressed to the Editors. The journal runs a continuous publication model – articles are published in the journal as and when they are ready.

Publication ethics

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy is committed to upholding the integrity of the work published. Submitting authors are required to follow best ethical practice for research as outlined in the British Sociological Association Guidelines on Ethical Research, available online at www.britsoc.co.uk/ethics. Authors are also encouraged to read the UCL Press publication policy on ethical publication.

Preparing your manuscript

Authors should format submission in accordance to the journal’s author guidelines, as well as the following specific instructions outlined here.

The journal operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit the manuscript as:

  1. The complete manuscript not blinded, as a word file (.doc/.docx, etc.) and;
  2. An anonymous PDF version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review (anonymisation includes references to authors, acknowledgements, self references, and any electronic author identification., etc.) Manuscripts may be returned before peer review if manuscripts are not sufficiently blinded.

Papers must be submitted in English and should not exceed 8,000 words in total. Where the paper includes Tables and Figures, the word total should be commensurately reduced to allow space for them.

The anonymised submission must include a short but informative title on the second page of the manuscript, together with an abstract of maximum 250 words, indicating the paper's argument, approach and findings, along with five keywords.

Tables, line diagrams, data
Should be incorporated into the text at their final position, or deposited into a third party repository (such as an institutional repository) with full citation and DOI (Digital Object Identification) included in the paper.

A short list of any acknowledgements should be included at the end of the text, provided in the covering letter.

IJSP uses the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, as a referencing style guide. Please ensure that references follow this format which cites authors in the text as (author, year, p. no), and the full reference at the end of the main text in the following format:

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), pages.

Further details can be found on the American Psychological Association general formatting pages.

Declarations and conflict of interests
Clearly state the following in the article:

  • Consent from all authors for publication and their contributions
  • Clearly declare any possible conflicts of interest, including but not limited to financial and non-financial competing interests. Where there are no conflicts of interests or competing interests, authors must clearly declare this under the same heading. For further information, please refer to the journal’s Editorial Policy
  • Ethics or institutional review board approval of research statement (where applicable)
  • Consent for publication (where applicable)

By submitting to the journal, you acknowledge agreement to the UCL Press Journals Editorial Policy. All decisions by the peer-review/editorial team are final.

Article types

Original research article
Original research articles are detailed studies reporting original research classified as primary literature.

Review article
Reviews provide critical and systematic appraisal of the current research to provide authoritative judgement to its particular context, topic, and field.

Conceptual critique
Conceptual critique articles seek to develop concepts and ideas in formats that are more direct and summary in nature than a standard article. They are intended to present a well thought out critique of the field, topic, or research, and to stimulate further discussion and debate.

Practice paper
Practice papers are short articles highlighting aspects of social pedagogical practice in order to provide relevant insights into how social pedagogy can be embedded in practice settings. These should explicitly draw on social pedagogical theories and principles to show the theory-practice connection.

Photo essay
Photo essays offer a visual account of a given theme and should be complemented by a short explanatory description.

Perspective and opinion article
Perspective and opinion articles are shorter scholarly articles that cover key specific concepts and ideas, aimed to present a well thought out personal critique of the field, topic, or research, to stimulate further discussion and debate. These articles are normally by invitation only, however unsolicited articles are welcome and prospective authors should firstly contact the Editors with their contribution before formal submission.

Commentary article
Commentary articles provide further explanation on a new or existing topic as well as an article published in the journal, aimed to specifically address the key topic or subject to provide further clarification to the journals audience and literature. Commentaries are usually shorter articles with concise and narrow narratives.

Book review
Book reviews are brief concise articles that provide an evaluation of a published scholarly book.

Book reviews are generally invited only, however suggestions are welcome and should be sent to the Editors of the journal. A book review might assess the importance of a book's contribution to a particular field covered by the journal’s aims and scope and should aim to objectively review the strengths and weaknesses that concern the journal’s audience. Please refer to the journal's aims and scope.

Special issues

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field.

All general enquiries should be made to the Editors at: editors@internationaljournalofsocialpedagogy.com.