About the Journal

Research in the Schools 

 We are excited to announce Research in the Schools in transitioning to an open-access journal. We are accepting submissions for the journal to be published in 2023 to commemorate our 50th anniversary. 

Our first open access issue is Fifty Years of Educational Research: Teaching and Learning seeks articles related to the research efforts focused on all aspects of teaching and learning over the past fifty years.

Articles should reflect a specific aspect of teaching and learning over the past 50 years. Additional consideration will be given to articles that build upon previous articles from Research in the Schools. 

Additionally, invited commentaries will also be considered. 

Due date is January 31, 2023. 

Our second open access issue is Fifty Years of Educational Research: Educational Policy, Reform, and Accountability seeks articles related to the research efforts focused on all aspects of creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive educational system over the past fifty years.

Articles should reflect a specific aspect of educational policy, reform, and accountability over the past 50 years. Additional consideration will be given to articles that build upon previous articles from Research in the Schools. 

Additionally, invited commentaries will also be considered. 

Due date is April 30, 2023. 

Our third open access issue is Fifty Years of Educational Research: Educational Leadership from Early Childhood to Higher Education seeks articles related to the research efforts focused on all aspects of educational leadership over the past fifty years. Articles may focus on, but are not limited to all types of leadership found in the realm of education. 

Articles should reflect a specific aspect of leadership over the past 50 years. Additional consideration will be given to articles that build upon previous articles from Research in the Schools. 

Additionally, invited commentaries will also be considered. 

Due date is August 31, 2023. 

Research in the Schools (RITS; ISSN 1085-5300) is a nationally/internationally refereed journal co-sponsored by the Mid-South Educational Research Association. The journal publishes original contributions in the following areas: 
 

  • Research in practice - empirical studies focusing on the results of applied educational research including cross-cultural studies 
  • Topical articles - scholarly reviews of research, perspectives on the use of research findings, theoretical articles, and related articles 
  • Methods and techniques - descriptions of technology applications in the classroom, descriptions of innovative teaching strategies in research/measurement/statistics, evaluations of teaching methods, and similar articles of interest to instructors of research-oriented courses 
  • Assessment - empirical studies of norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, and informal tests in the areas of cognitive ability, academic achievement, personality, vocational interests, neuropsychological functioning, and the like 
  • Educational policy, reform, and accountability - empirical studies or conceptual pieces focusing on educational policy, school and educator accountability, politics of education, or educational responses to reform mandates 
  • Other topics of interest to educational researchers 

RITS is devoted to research conducted in any educational setting from a conventional elementary school or high school to a training program conducted within an industry. Likewise, there are no age restrictions on the sample, since the educational settings may include preschools, continuing education classes for adults, or adaptive skills courses in nursing homes. Studies conducted in settings such as clinics, hospitals, or prisons are ordinarily inappropriate for RITS unless they involve an educational program within such a setting. One goal of RITS is to provide a training ground for graduate students to learn effective reviewing techniques. Consequently, the journal utilizes a Graduate Student Editorial Board composed mostly of students in educational psychology and educational research. Members of this Editorial Board, each sponsored by a professor, provide supplementary reviews for a selection of submitted articles, and receive both direct and indirect feedback of the quality of these reviews.  

For more information, please contact Eric Oslund, Editor at eric.oslund@mtsu.edu. 

Research in the Schools (RITS; ISSN 1085-5300) is a nationally/internationally refereed journal co-sponsored by the Mid-South Educational Research Association.