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ERSC provides a forum for the critical discussion of education from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and for the dissemination of current research to a broad, cross–disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers and practitioners in the field of education. The journal is committed to educational research drawing on approaches which have a strong focus on social change in the communities which education serves.


Editorial Policy

The journal favours research articles and conceptual papers which draw on participatory and emancipatory paradigms and methodologies in engaging communities in research towards social change.


Manuscript Preparation

Guidelines to authors regarding articles

Template for preparing an article can be downloaded from the ERSC website.
Follow the above link, click on Submit an Article and then Submission Template.

Guidelines to authors regarding book reviews

Reviews should be no longer than 1500 words in length, including references.

Please cite book details at the start of your review, including: author(s)/editor(s), title, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, number of pages, ISBN number.

The review should offer readers a brief overview of the book, including the focus and purpose of the book, basic content and organisation, and how the book is situated in the larger context of scholarship. The review should comment on the book's contribution to relevant scholarly conversations, as well as the potential value and usefulness of the book for educational researchers, students and practitioners. The review should be written in a language and style that is accessible to readers internationally and across disciplines.

Guidelines for authors regarding project and conference reports


  • Full reports should not exceed 2000 words, including references, tables and figures.

  • The referencing is APA 6th style.

  • The submission file is in Microsoft word. Please do not submit in pdf format.

  • Template for a project report:

    • Why this study?
    • What theory did I use to explain my findings?
    • How was this study conducted?
    • What did I find out?
    • Significance for social change
    • Conclusion
    • References

  • Template for a conference report:

    • Title (name of conference, date, place)
    • Author's name
    • Background of the conference (including the number of delegates and conference papers presented)
    • Theme of the conference and how it relates to educational research for social change
    • Overview of keynote speeches, papers, posters and how they relate to educational research for social change (including the key note speakers)
    • List of themes during the poster presentations
    • Reflection on how the conference promoted educational research for social change
    • Conclusion
NB: Submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.


Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts submitted should be original, unpublished, and not under review for publication elsewhere.
Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically, by attachment, to the editors at the following email address:

Use the Submission Template and send manuscript to the above address.


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Educational Research for Social Change
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Faculty of Education,
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