Forskning om undervisning och lärande is an online scientific journal for research on issues of teaching and learning, relevant to teachers’ professional practices. The aim of this journal is to enhance educational research by, and aimed for, teachers – rather than studies about and on their practice.
The articles in Forskning om undervisning och lärande are peer reviewed studies presenting research closely related to the teacher’s practice and profession, in the Swedish educational system. The areas covered include school and preschool issues for all parts of the curriculum and ages.
The Swedish school law states that the developmental process of the educational system should be supported by scientific knowledge and current research. The objective of this journal is to spread knowledge from clinical educational research that can contribute to teachers’ work and the understanding and improvement of student learning.
The journal is published by the Swedish teacher foundation, Lärarstiftelsen, in cooperation with the teacher union, Lärarförbundet, and Lärarförlaget.
All articles published in Forskning om undervisning och lärande have undergone a dubble blind peer review, to ensure that articles published are of good scientific quality.
Before a manuscript is sent to be reviewed it’s evaluated by ForskULs’ editor-in-chief. A manuscript can at this stage be refused if the research isn’t considered in accordance to the aim of the journal, i.e. contributing to the scientific fields of education and learning, of poor quality or the manuscript is insufficient in regard to formalities or language.
The manuscripts are reviewed by at least two independent reviewers. All communication is electronical, through e-mail and electronical documents. The communicative process is hereby faster and more efficient, yet traditional criteria for high quality peer reviewing are applied.
The peer review process is dubble blinded. Neither the authors nor the reviewers are identifiable. ForskUL never reveals the identity of the reviewers, although the reviewers are free to contact the authors after the article has been published.
Reviewers are requested to evaluate the scientific and formal quality of the manuscript from various aspects. Assessments of quality include validating the contribution of new knowledge, practical relevans, the results’ applicability, theoretical and methodological quality, readability, structure and linguistic presentation.
The reviewer marks one out of four alternative assessments:
- Can be published in present form
- Can be published after minor revision
- New review round after major revision
- Can not be published
The final decision to accept and publish a manuscript, and to give recommendations to the authors, is taken by the journal.