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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Peer Review Process
A submitted manuscript is made anonymous and presented to two reviewers by the editors of Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE). The reviewers remain anonymous, and come from two different disciplines. The publishers decide about approval or refusal of the contribution on the basis of the reviews.

There are four types of decision: unchanged approval and publication, approval on condition of revision and publication afterwards, refusal of the presented version and publication on condition of a thorough reworking, refusal. The largest part of the manuscripts taken in consideration for publication are handed back to the authors for reworking. Editors and editorial department seek to keep the period between submission and publication of a manuscript as short as possible.

Publication Frequency
The Journal of Social Science Education is published quarterly.

Open Access Policy
JSSE provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

The European Journal of Social Science Education covers a broad range of topics in the field of civic and economic education. Recent JSSE topics were:

National Holidays and Other Socio-Political Rituals in schools
Language and Citizenship Education: Discussion, Deliberation and Democracy
Pluralist Thinking in Economic and Socio-economic Education
European Identity and Citizenship in Textbooks and Educational Material
School Democracy and Increased Student Diversity
Constructing the Legitimate Knowledge
Character Education and Citizenship Education
Beyond Description: Civic and Political Education in Europe – Dialogue and Comparison
Art Education and Civic Education
Controversial Issues in the Political Classroom
Digital Tools and Social Science Education
Multiperspectivity, Values and Criticism in Economic and Civic Education
Education for National Belonging: Imposing Borders and Boundaries on Citizenship
Revolution and Memories
(Hidden) Normativity in Social Science Education and History Education
Civic Activism, Engagement and Education: Issues and Trends
Young Europeans in an Era of Crises: Citizenship Education in a New Perspective
Social Sciences in Higher Education
Insights into Citizenship Classrooms: The Art of Documentation & Description
Authors are kindly invited to submit papers dealing with any subject of the field of social science education to info@jsse.org.

Open and Permanent Call for Papers
The editorial team of the Journal of Social Science Education invites authors to submit articles. The JSSE welcomes contributions on a broad range of issues and themes regarding social science education as well as those relevant to the precise subject area chosen as main topic for a particular issue.

Authors may submit their papers at any time. The submissions should reflect the guidance provided unde Author Guidelines.

The JSSE is an international peer-reviewed academic journal in the area of research on teaching and learning in the field of social science education. It is characterised by its orientation towards both theory and research, originality and innovativeness, a strong interdisciplinary approach and internationalism with special attention to the European academic discourse (cf. Concept of the Journal).

In addition to its focus on peer-reviewed research papers, the journal welcomes other contributions including essays, reports about developments in a country or countries, conference reports, case studies, lesson reports or commentaries.

The Journal of Social Science Education has been published since 2002.

Based on a thorough selection process regarding the significance of the topic for the academic discourse in the field of social science education, the JSSE ensures quality by a double-blind peer review. At least two reviews provide the basis for the final decision on publication by the Editors.

The Journal of Social Science Education covers a broad range of topics in the field of civic, citizenship, economic and social education. For recent JSSE topics see above "Topics".

The Journal of Social Science Education is supported with “Open Journal System” (OJS) – open source software for management and publication of open access journals.

Professional Standards

The Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE) adheres to the OASPA Professional Code of Conduct and adopts the COPE guidelines on publication ethics to ensure a high standard in Open Access publishing. The most important rules are the following:

Authors of JSSE must confirm:

Submitted manuscripts must be the original work of the author(s).
Only unpublished manuscripts should be submitted.
It is unethical to submit a manuscript to more than one journal concurrently.
Any conflict of interest must be clearly stated.
Acknowledge the sources of data used in the development of the manuscript.
All errors discovered in the manuscript after submission must be swiftly communicated to the Editor.
Reviewers of JSSE must confirm:

That all manuscripts are reviewed in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, political affiliation and values nor paradigmatic orientation of author(s).
That any observed conflict of interest during the review process must be communicated to the Editor.
That all information pertaining to the manuscript is kept confidential.
That any information that may be the reason for the rejection of publication of a manuscript must be communicated to the Editor.
Editors of JSSE must confirm:

That all materials published are subjected to some form of peer-based review process.
That all manuscripts are evaluated in fairness based on the intellectual content of the paper regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, citizenry, political affiliation and values nor paradigmatic orientation of author(s).
That information pertaining manuscripts are kept confidential.
That any observed conflict of interest pertaining manuscripts must be disclosed.
The Editorial Board takes responsibility for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts based on the reviewer’s evaluation of the manuscript, policies of the journal editorial board and legal restrain acting against plagiarism, libel and copyright infringement.
Book Reviews
For book reviews please contact:

Prof. Dr. Tilman Grammes
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät Erziehungswissenschaft
Von-Melle-Park 8
20146 Hamburg

The Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE) is published by sowi-online e.V., a non-profit organisation and registered society at the Bielefeld Court of Record (Registergericht), Germany. Members of the JSSE team are the editors, the editorial assistant, the technical staff, and the editorial board.

The editors are very grateful for the support by the team of Bielefeld University Library, who are providing the journal management system and hosting the JSSE.