Dear Readers and Authors,
(1) Since 2018 we have normally published two issues per year (the first in May, the second in November). This year, however, we had several reasons to include an additional Special Issue with contributions to a symposium on “Schools, Education and the Pandemic of 2020” held at Seattle Pacific University (USA).
Today we can also refer to the regular issue 2-2020. In the Editorial for this new issue, Arthur K. Ellis rightly points out:
Despite the seemingly broad range of arguments and discussions, one recurring theme is to be found here, namely the strategic importance of education in the lives of young people and those entrusted with their upbringing. One could say that it is about ‘education as hope, all over the world’. (…) The authors offer theoretical, empirical and practical ideas for improving the second oldest profession in the world, teaching.
We have already pointed out the following elsewhere in our journal, which I want to emphasize here again:
- We will continue to maintain a broad thematic focus on educational developments from historical, international, intercultural and comparative perspectives. Furthermore, not only educational scientists and practitioners can exchange information about their research results, but also representatives of related fields in the human and social sciences.
- We publish articles that are scientifically verifiable, permeated by humanistic, democratic values, social responsibility, respect for autonomy, diversity and the dignity of individuals, groups and communities.
- We stand for liberal, independent educational research and publication activity and against the unrestrained commercialization of access to scientific publications.
- We will continue to publish two issues per year, the first at the end of May and the second at the end of November. This means for the next issue (1-2021):
- For editorial planning reasons, it is recommended that the provisional titles of the intended contributions be submitted to the Editorial Board as early as possible.
- The deadline for sending the complete articles is 15th April, 2021.
- As always authors are requested to strictly adhere to our editorial standards and requirements in the Instructions to Contributors.
Please contact the Senior Editors of the Editorial Bord if and whenever you have any questions, for example, with regard to the first issue of the year 2021.
Dear Readers and Authors,
(2) Allow me to add a few personal remarks at this point. In a way, this part of the NEWS is also a kind of farewell letter. I founded the Journal in 2014, and I’ve been working for it since then as Editor-in-Chief, with the help of Olaf Beuchling (Germany), Erika Hasebe-Ludt (Canada), Arthur K. Ellis (USA), Robin Jung-Cheng Chen (Taiwan), Alexander Golz (Germany), David Whybra (Great Britain and Germany), Roman Beliutin (Russia), Chong Jiong Wang (China), Oleg R. Zayakin (Russia), Madelaine Saalmann (Germany), Elizabeth Ebersole (USA) and many other members of the Editorial Board. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my editorial work through understanding, responsibility and reliability.
Special thanks also go to the previous sponsoring universities, the Society of Friends and Supporters of the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany), the National Chengchi University (Taiwan) and its College of Education (in cooperation with the Institute of Guanxiology), the Seattle Pacific University (USA) as well as private supporters from Germany, the educationalists Hein Retter, Olga Graumann, Dietmar Waterkamp and others.
With all this support we were able to keep the contributions for IDE free of charge for the authors.
I am now preparing to hand over the management to younger colleagues by the end of this year 2020. The main reason for this change has little to do with my age; its the need to have more time available for my own research projects.
My work as Editor-in-Chief was, of course, often full of (mostly positive …) stress, time-consuming etc.; how could it have been any different!? However, at the same time, it always went hand in hand with enriching experiences in the editing of international scientific articles. Through this work I had the opportunity to enter upon many inspiring co-operation projects and form friendships with people from all over the world, and these I will continue to maintain, also because I will continue to serve on the editorial board, but in a position that better suits my current situation.
Of course, my work for the IDE-Journal has also confirmed the universal truth that nothing is so good that it cannot be improved. A certain tension between what is worth continuing or improving will remain part of our work. My successors will accomplish this task in their own way, maintaining what is tried and tested and combining it with useful and interesting innovations.
Right after the turn of the year 2020/21, we will report in more detail on structural and personnel changes in our Editorial Board. Until further notice, prospective authors can as before contact myself but also the other Senior Editors of our journal, Arthur K. Ellis, Robin Jung-Cheng Chen and also our Technical Editor-at-Large, Elizabeth Ebersole, if they have questions regarding the next issues, or if they have suggestions for further improving our editorial work.
As always the members of the Editorial Board look forward to further high-quality contributions: articles, essays, book reviews, conference reports and information on research and teaching projects.
I wish you all the best!
Editor-in-Chief (from 2014 to December 2020)