IAFOR Journal of Education Special Issue: COVID-19: Education Responses to a Pandemic

Announcing the IAFOR Journal of Education Special Issue: Volume 9, Issue 2: COVID-19: Education Responses to a Pandemic

About the issue

When I started this blog, I was in what was originally meant to be a 6-day lockdown in South Australia, just one example of a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As this virus continues to wreak havoc around the world, we are preparing for a special issue on the educational responses to the pandemic. It is an issue which encourages exploration of significant themes, policies, and actions which emerged for education.

What might be included?

The journal is open to a variety of topics. Some topics of interest may include:

    • Education policy (either within or across nations/states/countries)
    • Government legislation (for example school closure, public exams, social distancing in classrooms, differences based on sector of education)
    • Changes to funding priorities
    • Home schooling (pressures on parents, aspects of delivery, teacher contact)
    • Inclusion and exclusion of access to education
    • Online learning for home study
    • Educational leadership
    • Assessment
    • Education and social justice
    • Educational professional development/education conferences
    • Public health education

Submissions for this issue could include opinion pieces, education policy reviews (possibly comparative), case studies of COVID-19 impact on education, and meta-analyses of educational responses to dealing with the impact of COVID-19 globally. There is also scope for small action research reports or narrative accounts.

What is not suitable?

Please note that the issue is about educational responses to COVID-19. There needs to be a grounding in the pandemic approaches rather than mentioning the virus and then writing about any aspect of education without critiquing it as a pandemic response. An example of this would be stating that the pandemic caused online learning and then writing about online learning generally rather than how the virus caused opportunities and challenges. It is also important that your paper is about education, not the health effects of the virus, or even lockdown responses except where they have impacted education.

Too many submissions are rejected for being out of scope, so please be careful that you adhere to the reason for this issue: coronavirus and its impact on education.

Maintaining the rigour of the journal

While the style of submission has wide scope for this issue, authors will still need to abide by the usual guidelines in terms of format, word length and referencing where needed (https://iafor.org/journal/iafor-journal-of-education/author-guidelines/). While your paper may not be in the structure of many papers (introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion), it is still an academic paper and should be written in academic language, and should not contain plagiarism. Please use the journal template available on the website.

Publication Timeline

IAFOR Journal of Education Special Issue – Volume 9 Issue 2 – COVID-19: Education Responses to a Pandemic

Submission period: Monday November 30, 2020 – Friday January 29 (9am JST), 2021
Target publication date: April 2, 2021

We look forward to receiving many interesting and different submissions,



Dr Yvonne Masters
IAFOR Journal of Education

JoE is an internationally reviewed and editorially independent interdisciplinary journal associated with IAFOR’s international conferences on education. Like all IAFOR publications, it is freely available to read online, and is free of publication fees for authors. The first issue was published in May 2013, and the journal will publish four issues in 2020.

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