British Educational Research Journal

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Edited By: Mark Connolly, Carina Girvan, Sally Power and Chris Taylor, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Impact Factor: 0.891

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 86/224 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1469-3518

Associated Title(s): British Journal of Educational Technology, Review of Education

Author Guidelines

All submissions should be made online at the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscript Site here. New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged on to the site submissions should be made via the Author Centre. Full submission instructions can be found on the site.

Peer Review
Articles submitted to the journal will usually be peer reviewed anonymously by at least two reviewers. The editors reserve the right to reject papers before peer review where the articles do not meet the scope or basic quality standards of the journal. The editors’ decision is final.

The editors aim to provide contributors with a first decision on their article within 12 weeks of submission.

Preparing your Paper
Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second all information identifying the author should be removed from files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees. When uploading files authors will then be able to define the non-anonymous version as "File not for review".

Articles should normally be between 5000 and 8000 words. When preparing their manuscript, authors should use British spellings throughout. Manuscripts should be double spaced, with ample margins, and should contain the title of the contribution, name(s) of the author(s) and the address where the work was carried out.

Each article should be accompanied by an abstract of 200-250 words and up to 4 keywords. Abstracts should be accurate summaries including the rationale for the article, methods employed (if relevant) and conclusions drawn.

The full postal and email address of the corresponding author who will check proofs should be included. Footnotes to the text should be avoided. Sponsorship of the research reported (e.g. by research councils, government departments and agencies, etc.) should be declared.

Please visit Wiley’s Author Services page for more information about writing an article, preparing your manuscript and general guidance for authors.

Tables and captions to illustrations
Tables must be in separate files and not included as part of the text. Captions to illustrations should also be sent in a separate file. Tables and figures should be numbered by Arabic numerals. The approximate position of tables and figures should be indicated in the manuscript. Captions should include keys to symbols.

Please supply one set of artwork in a finished form, suitable for reproduction. Figures will not normally be redrawn by the publisher. Please click here for more detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork.

As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

References should be indicated in the typescript by giving the author's name, with the year of publication in parentheses. If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited, a, b, c, etc. should be put after the year of publication. The references should be listed in full at the end of the paper in the following standard form:

Smyth, J. & Hattam, R. (2002) Early school leaving and the cultural geography of high schools, British Educational Research Journal , 28(3), 375-398.

Whitty, G. (2002) Making sense of education policy: studies in the sociology and politics of education (London, Paul Chapman).

Chapters in a book
Zukas, M. & Malcolm, J. (2002) Pedagogies for lifelong learning: building bridges or building walls?, in: R.Harrison, F. Reeve, A. Hanson & J. Clarke (Eds) Supporting lifelong learning. Vol. One: Perspectives on learning (London, Routledge).

For online documents: Standler, R. (2000) Plagiarism in colleges in the USA . Available online at: (accessed 6 August 2004).

For online articles with DOI: Smith, A. (2006) A paper on statistics, Statistics Journal doi:10.1111/j.1234-4321.2006.01234.x

Titles of journals should not be abbreviated.

Non-discriminatory writing
Please ensure that writing is free from gender or ethnic bias. Authors might wish to note the BERA Ethical Guidelines for Educational Research.

Authors should be listed in order of contribution to the paper. Only include those authors who have made a substantive contribution either to the writing and/or to the underpinning research; those who have made marginal contributions (for example, colleagues or supervisors who have reviewed drafts of the work) should be named in an Acknowledgments paragraph after the conclusions.

BERJis a member of CrossCheck by iThenticate. iThenticate is a plagiarism detection service that verifies the originality of submitted materials by screening against millions of published research papers, documents on the web, and other relevant sources. Authors, researchers and freelancers can also use the iThenticate system to screen their work before submission by visiting iThenticate. Papers submitted to BERJ may be screened using iThenticate at any stage between submission and publication.

Author Offprints
Authors will receive electronic offprints of their article through the Author Services system. Registration details will be provided to authors after acceptance. By registering for Author Services, you will be able to: track the progress of your article through the production process, receive publication status alerts, enable free access to your published article online for all co-authors and up to ten nominated colleagues, and enjoy a 25% discount on Wiley books. Future benefits will enable you to discover the number of times your article has been downloaded and which articles have cited yours.

It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright in their articles to the British Educational Research Association (BERA). This ensures full copyright protection and allows dissemination of the article, and the journal, to the widest possible readership.

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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