International Educational Review

Instructions for Authors

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to us. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal’s requirements.

About the Journal

International Educational Review is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research. Please see the journal's Aims & Scope for information about its focus and peer-review policy.

International Educational Review accepts the following types of submissions: Articles, Review Articles, Book Reviews. Special Issue Proposals are also accepted.


We recommend that authors consult previous issues of International Educational Review for examples of topics of interest to our readership, and to ensure that your article is situated within the existing literature.

Please make clear in both the abstract and article itself the relevance of the topic to the journal’s international, generalist education readership, how the article fits within the journal’s Aims and Scope, and how it offers an original contribution to the development of the field.

Review Articles

Review articles should go beyond simple description of the existing literature in relation to a given topic. Instead, they should critically analyse existing educational research in order to: a) evaluate the effectiveness of methodologies, philosophies, theories and the implications of findings of the original research; b) identify gaps in the literature and possible avenues for future research to address these in a boundary-pushing way; c) offer new perspectives/insights into the topic, for instance using the research synthesis to advance a new model or perspective that can be utilised in future studies.

Reviews should be understandable to non-expert readers and should make clear in both the abstract and the review itself in what ways they take the field forward. 

Book Reviews

The journal solicits book reviews of important new publications in the field and also considers book review proposals.

We will consider books for review that meet the following criteria:

  • Books must have a publication date within the past 12 months, or be forthcoming, with priority given to the newest publications.
  • Books must have a demonstrable relevance to the journal’s generalist education audience and international scope.
  • Only academic research books will be considered; textbooks, handbooks, practical guides etc. are not eligible for review.

If you would like to review a specific book for International Educational Review, please submit a proposal to the and include the following:

  • Details of the book you would like to review
  • Justification of the book’s relevance to the journal’s  Aims & Scope and why you think it makes an important contribution to the general field of education
  • Statement of your suitability as a reviewer
  • Contact postal address and telephone number for review copies

We also invite proposals of multiple books for longer, comparative book reviews. In addition to the above, the proposal to the reviews editor should include an explanation of why the particular books are appropriate for the comparative format.

If the reviews editor approves your proposal, we will liaise with the book publisher to secure a review copy for you and will provide further guidance on the required format and content of the review.

Special Issues

The editorial board will consider proposals for special issues on topics of the utmost relevance to the journal’s international, generalist readership. Special issues should include representation of research from diverse international contributors, including from the Global South. All papers within a special issue are subject to the journal’s standard peer review processes.

To submit a special issue proposal please email your proposal to

Peer Review and Ethics

International Educational Review is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be single anonymous peer reviewed by two anonymous expert referees, each delivering at least one report. If you have shared an earlier version of your Author’s Original Manuscript on a preprint server, please be aware that anonymity cannot be guaranteed. 

Preparing Your Paper

Please use the template or employ following instructions  


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).

Word Limits

Please include a word count for your paper. A typical paper for this journal should be between 6000 and 8000 words, inclusive of:

  • Tables
  • Figure or table captions
  • Endnotes

Style Guidelines

Font: Use Times New Roman font in size 12 with double-line spacing.

Margins: Margins should be at least 2.5cm (1 inch).

Title: Use bold for your article title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.

Abstract: Your abstract (about 300 words) should focus on what your research is about, what methods have been used, and what you found out.

Keywords: Keywords help readers find your article, so are vital for discoverability. Provide 3-6 keywords


1.          First-level headings (e.g. Introduction, Conclusion) should be in bold, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.

2.          Second-level headings should be in bold italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.

3.          Third-level headings should be in italics, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.

4.          Fourth-level headings should be in bold italics, at the beginning of a paragraph. The text follows immediately after a full stop (full point) or other punctuation mark.

5.          Fifth-level headings should be in italics, at the beginning of a paragraph. The text follows immediately after a full stop (full point) or other punctuation mark.

Tables and figures: Follow latest APA guidelines for Tables and figures

It’s very important that you have been given permission to use any tables or figures you are reproducing from another source before you submit.

Data availability statement: If you’re submitting a data availability statement for your article, include it within the text of your manuscript, before your ‘References’ section. Remember to give it the heading ‘Data availability statement’ so that readers can easily find it.

Running heads and received dates: These aren’t required when submitting a manuscript for review. They will be added during the production process if your article is accepted for publication.

Please use US spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation”.

Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

Template: Papers may be submitted in Word format. We allow template-free submission. 

Please note that articles should not be submitted in pdf format.


Please use this APA treference style when preparing your paper. 


Checklist: What to Include

  1. Author details. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. Where available, please also include ORCiDs. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted. 
  2. Should contain an abstract of 250-300 words. 
  3. No more than 6 keywords
  4. Funding details. Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
    For single agency grants
    This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
    For multiple agency grants
    This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].
  5. Disclosure statement. This is to acknowledge any financial or non-financial interest that has arisen from the direct applications of your research. If there are no relevant competing interests to declare please state this within the article, for example: The authors report there are no competing interests to declare
  6. Data availability statement. If there is a data set associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s). 
  7. Data deposition. If you choose to share or make the data underlying the study open, please deposit your data in a recognized data repository prior to or at the time of submission. You will be asked to provide the DOI, pre-reserved DOI, or other persistent identifier for the data set.
  8. Figures. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PS, JPEG, TIFF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX) files are acceptable for figures that have been drawn in Word.
  9. Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.
  10. Equations. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable
  11. Units. Please use SI units (non-italicized).

Using Third-Party Material

You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

Submitting Your Paper

This journal uses Editorialpark's Submission Portal to manage the submission process. The Submission Portal allows you to see your submissions across Editorialpark's journal portfolio in one place. To submit your manuscript please click here.

Please note that International Educational Review uses Ithenticate to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to International Educational Review you are agreeing to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.


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