Educational Research journal

Educational Research, the journal of the NFER, was established in 1958. Drawing upon projects in universities and research centres worldwide, it is a leading forum for informed thinking on issues of contemporary concern in education.

The journal is of interest to academics, researchers and those people concerned with mediating research findings to policy makers and practitioners.

Educational Research has a broad scope and contains research studies, reviews of research, discussion pieces, short reports and book reviews in all areas of the education field.

What’s New?

  • Changing times, changing assessments: international perspectives - Forthcoming Special Issue
    • Guest Edited by Liz Twist, National Foundation For Educational Research
    • For more information, click here.


Previous Special Issues

  • Special Issue of Educational Research: September 2018 (Volume 60 Issue 3) - Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in education research – methodological debates, questions, challenges
  • Special Issue of Educational Research: June 2017 (Volume 59 Issue 2) - Evidence-informed practice in education: meanings and applications
  • Special Issue of Educational Research: June 2016 (Volume 58 Issue 2) - International policy borrowing and evidence-based educational policy making: relationships and tensions


Journal Information


  • Frances Brill, National Foundation for Educational Research, UK
  • Felicity Fletcher-Campbell, The Open University, UK

Journal Administrator

  • Janine Stevens, National Foundation for Educational Research, UK

Editorial Assistant

  • Catherine Higginson, National Foundation for Educational Research, UK

Peer Review Policy

All research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymised refereeing by at least two anonymous referees.

Educational Research is edited at NFER and published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.

Article submission

You can find further information about how to submit an article on the journal publisher’s website here.

You can view the table of contents for all volumes here.

Publication Details

Frequency: 4 issues per year
Print ISSN: 0013-1881
Online ISSN: 1469-5847