Early Childhood Education

European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ)


The European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) is the journal of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA). EECERA is an international organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research in early childhood education throughout Europe and beyond. Its principal aims are the following:

• to provide a rigorous academic forum at a European level for the development and dissemination of high-quality research on early childhood education;

• to facilitate collaboration and cooperation between European researchers working in this field;

• to encourage the clear articulation and communication of the links between research and practice in early childhood education;

• to give mutual support and offer peer group interaction to researchers in early childhood education;

• to raise the visibility and status of research on early childhood education throughout Europe and beyond.

The Journal of the Association was launched in 1993 and has published two volumes each year since its launch. It is based at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) at University of Worcester in Birmingham, UK, an internationally acknowledged centre of excellence in early childhood research and practice. The director of the Centre is the journal’s Coordinating Editor and manages the journal refereeing and editorial process. The journal is currently published as an independent enterprise on behalf of the Association, but from January 2007 will be published through Taylor and Francis (Routledge). The journal’s unique and distinguishing features include:

• an unbroken publication record since its launch twelve years ago;

• ownership and publication by a European based and focused early childhood research association;

• promotion of a European perspective on early childhood education and care within an international field;

• a multidisciplinary and multiprofessional focus in its remit which includes, but is not exclusively, sociological or psychological in its focus;

• an intention to establish a new discipline of early childhood educational research;

• the linking of research, policy and practice in early childhood;

• the promotion of new paradigms in early childhood research;

• a cross national and highly respected editorial board;

• a cross national and established readership;

• promotion at an annual conference of the Association;

• a rigorous cross national refereeing process;

• a cross national publishing policy;

• a rolling programme of editorial comment amongst senior European early childhood researchers;

• an increasing rate of paper submissions and a subsequent decreasing acceptance rate, indicating increasing quality in published papers;

• an increasing number of international library subscriptions;

• a profit-making margin in its publication.

Christine Pascal