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Spotlight on Education: Celebrating International Day of Education with ScienceOpen 

Spotlight on Education: Celebrating International Day of Education with ScienceOpen 

January 24th marks the sixth International Day of Education, a day proclaimed by the United Nations to highlight and celebrate the role of education in peace and minimizing inequalities. The day recognizes access to education as a human right. Furthermore, it highlights the crucial role of education in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 and, more broadly, in promoting sustainable development worldwide. It encourages concentrated efforts to ensure everyone has access to inclusive, equitable, and quality education. 

“SDG4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” 

We believe that the principles of open and accessible science closely align with the goals of the International Day of Education. We would like to reaffirm the importance of open science, collaboration and the democratization of knowledge in breaking down barriers to information and fostering a culture of learning and discovery.  

Here, we would like to use this day to feature some of the journals and publishers from our platform that feature education-related research, advocating for inclusive and quality education worldwide. 

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Emerald: Quality Education for All

Emerald Publishing is a leading social science publisher that highlights research that aims to influence thinking, change policies, and positively make a difference to lives beyond the walls of academia. Emerald recognises that issues around inequality, sustainability and the digital divide resonate with audiences around the world, also outside of traditional academia.

We believe in quality education for everyone, everywhere and by highlighting the issue and speaking to experts in the field, we can start to find ways we can all be part of the solution. Our goal is to help researchers share their work, and partner to find ways to break down the divides,  so there is equal opportunity to access quality education and participate in higher education, training and work, with a voice that is heard.  We believe everyone should have a chance to be the best they can be regardless of where they started.

As a signatory of the SDG Publisher Compact, Emerald has carefully curated themed collections of research, each aligned to a key mission supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. As part of the mission Quality Education for All, Emerald publishes innovative interdisciplinary research bridging fields such as education, public policy, and library science promoting access to equitable and sustainable education.

Explore publications from the Emerald: Quality Education for All collection below:

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Hogrefe: SDG 4 Quality Education 

Hogrefe publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed journals in English and German languages that cover many areas of psychology and psychiatry and facilitate a better understanding of people as psychosocial individuals. The journals included in this collection cover many research topics, such as experimental and personnel psychology, media psychology, neuropsychology, addiction, and many more.   

As an SDG Publishers Compact member, Hogrefe strives to develop sustainable practices and act as champion of the Sustainable Development Goals by publishing books and journals that help inform, advance, and inspire action on issues related to sustainable development, including access to inclusive and equitable quality education. Hogrefe publishes research on education, educational psychology, and developmental psychology that promotes equality in access to education, literacy and numeracy, and increasing the number of qualified teachers. 

Below is a selection of highlighted articles from Hogrefe on education: 

UCL: UN SDG 04 Quality Education

ScienceOpen has worked with its partner, UCL Press, to create themed collections that bring together research by authors affiliated with University College London (UCL). These collections promote the University’s research output in a unique and interactive format. Most of the titles addressing topics related to SDG4 can be found in their collection dedicated to SDG4.

A selection of articles from the UCL SDG4 collection:

Collections highlighting issues in education 

Peter Lang Group Collection 

The Peter Lang Group collection represents over 50 years of expertise in publishing high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly books in the humanities and social sciences. This collection of educational books and book chapter titles represents a diverse range of perspectives, best practices, and high-quality research from around the world. 

With over 1,400 titles published each year in German, English, and French, as well as a variety of other languages, ranging from traditional print products to eBooks and Open Access publications, the Peter Lang Group remains committed to providing top-quality publishing services to Higher Education institutions and academics, with a total commitment to the global dissemination of academic research.  

Explore more titles on the topic of education in the lists below. 

Highlighted Books by Peter Lang: 

Highlighted book chapters: 

COOL Knowledge Series

This collection emerges from research conducted by the Cases on Open Learning (COOL) project, an initiative by the Department of Higher Education and Training in partnership with the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

The COOL Knowledge Series collection investigates the uptake of ‘open learning’ in South African Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and higher education institutions. The publications in the collection aim to promote a better understanding of open learning practices across the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) sector, including issues such as access for students with disabilities, professional development, leadership for open educational practices, institutional culture, student support, and blended and online learning. This collection contributes to understanding how South African PSET institutions and educators are interpreting ‘open learning’ as a means of advancing social justice.

Read some of the research from the collection below:

2022 Research and Innovation Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) Virtual Conference

Unisa Press is the largest university press in Africa, publishing books and journals. The Press supports Unisa’s Research and Innovation Strategy through the development and dissemination of knowledge and research outputs thus promoting accessibility as well as playing a role in supporting lifelong learning. Research and Innovation Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL) Virtual Conference is a conference collection that encourages discourse and discussion about research in open distance and e-learning in a globally connected digital era.

Browse highlighted titles from the collection there:

Scholarly journals with a focus on education 

Educational Challenges Journal 

The cover of Vol. 28 No. 2 of Educational Challenges

Educational Challenges Journal is an Open Access journal that publishes peer-reviewed original research and review articles across all aspects of contemporary education. This includes but is not limited to challenges in educational policies, teacher training, distance education and e-learning, and foreign language teaching. The journal was founded in 1996 at the H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University in Kharkiv, Ukraine.  

Explore some of the highlights from the journal: 

Buckingham Journal of Education 

Cover of Vol 4(1) of The Buckingham Journal of Education

The Buckingham Journal of Education publishes articles from an eclectic mix of thinkers on the future of education, including its history, design, development, impact and social implications. It works to showcase ideas and concepts that are in line with the University of Buckingham’s radical edge. Established in 2020, the journal is published twice a year in Open Access on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.   

Below is a selection of articles published by the Buckingham Journal of Education: 

Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction 

Cover of Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction

The Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction publishes original empirical research on the processes of meaningful teaching, learning, and better educational practice. Published by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Press, the journal aims to communicate research, stimulate discussion, and encourage scholarly writing on learning and instruction. The journal highlights novel perspectives and methodological approaches that appeal to an international readership. 

Discover the newest research published by the Malaysian Journal of Learning and Instruction: 

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