Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat is the Online Educational Research Journal(OERJ)?
OERJ is an entirely internet-based educational research journal. It is available to anyone who can access the web and all articles can be read and downloaded online. Anybody can submit articles as well as comment on and rate articles. Submissions are published immediately provided certain rules are followed. The language of the journal is English and some further details follow below.
The journal is distinct in a number of ways.
In summary the key distinguishing features are immediacy, openness and specificity. This journal has all of the elements of a traditional peer-reviewed journal but it also has the features of modern internet communication.
The procedure is straightforward and starts with an author registering him or herself on the website. He or she then submits their article either in the form of a word document or a pdf. The article is then checked by readers for its suitability and immediately goes online. By submitting the author agrees to conduct at least three reviews within a specified period. Once the article is online it is sent to reviewers who are then asked to conduct reviews and to rate it in a number of categories and overall. Once the three reviewers’ results are in, the author is informed of the results. The author then has three days to say if they want to withdraw their paper, otherwise it goes online together with the ratings. The author has the ability to respond to the reviewers’ comments and to engage in an online discussion.
Articles which are submitted must be to do with education research and must be written in English. The paper must aim to advance knowledge in education. The articles must not be defamatory in any way and must not use racist, sexist or any other abusive language.
Anyone. We would encourage contributions from everyone in the education community, students, practitioners, researchers and all others who can make a contribution to research in the field.
The journal does not require authors to sign over the copyright of their work and authors are free to do what they will with their articles, including submitting to other publications.
There are no charges for the use of this journal.
There are two ways in which one might comment on the research. One is as an individual who sees an article and wishes to say something about it. He or she can submit their comments using the online procedures. The other way is to become an author. Author become reviewers and they are asked to review and rate.
OERJ articles can be referenced in the usual way for online journals
For OERJ, each year is treated as a volume and each month is treated as an issue.
Hence the first article in this journal, published in February 2010 would be referenced as below
Tymms, P., McCusker, S., Remedios, R. & Anderson, C. (2010)Breaking the Mould and the Birth
of a New Journal:Online Educational Research Journal,Online Educational Research Journal, 1:2,
Retrieved from www.oerj.org
There is no strict word limit. One of the advantages of this format is that it is unbound by the rules of paper-based publishing. However we are still governed by the rules of courtesy and given thar other participants will have to read them, we would ask that you try to keep your papers to a maximum of 5,000 words. At the other end please do try to write at least 1,000 words. We would hope that any work you submit is worth at least that much attention.
The founders and co-ordinating committee for the journal are:
|Professor Peter Tymmsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr Sean McCuskeremail@example.com|
|Dr Richard Remediosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
OERJ is a free-open access journal developed by Peter Tymms, Sean McCusker, Richard Remedios and Carole Anderson through the school of Education at Durham University, UK.