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EdWorkingPapers Scope and Frequently Asked Questions

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, in partnership with the SCALE Initiative at Stanford University, offers EdWorkingPapers, a national working paper series, to provide open access to high-quality papers from multiple disciplines and from multiple universities and research organizations on a wide variety of topics related to education. 

EdWorkingPapers Scope

EdWorkingPapers primarily focuses on new research that holds significant implications for education policy and is oriented toward eventual publication in academic journals.

We encourage the submission of research that sheds light on substantive education policy issues, including the following types of papers:

  • Original empirical research 
  • Conceptual and theoretical papers
  • Literature reviews that synthesize relevant research to formulate a novel thesis
  • Research methodology papers that are relevant to education research 
  • International and comparative research
  • Scholarly essays demonstrating systematic inquiry 

We do not accept:

  • Literature reviews that solely summarize and do not make an original point
  • Reports and research briefs
  • Perspective, opinion, op-ed, and commentary pieces
  • Book or software reviews

Working papers posted on other repositories are accepted, with the condition that external branding is removed to align with the standard EdWorkingPapers format. 

All submissions must be eligible for a DOI. 

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The opinions and perspectives presented in the submitted papers are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of EdWorkingPapers or its affiliated institutions.

EdWorkingPapers Frequently Asked Questions

Are EdWorkingPapers free?
EdWorkingPapers are available to read online for free with no login required. We do not charge a publication fee. 

Are EdWorkingPapers peer-reviewed?
EdWorkingPapers circulates papers prior to publication for comment and discussion; these papers have not gone through a rigorous peer review process. 

Can I cite EdWorkingPapers?
Yes, EdWorkingPapers can be cited. A suggested citation with a DOI is provided for every paper on the paper’s associated landing page. When citing EdWorkingPapers in the media, we recommend acknowledging that they are work-in-progress publications. 

How can I submit my work to EdWorkingPapers?
You can submit your manuscript via the submission form on our website. 

What is the timeframe from manuscript submission to decision or publication? 
On average, the reviewers typically reach a decision within about one week, with some exceptions during busy periods. Once approved, the manuscript is typically published on the website within a week.

Is pre-registration mandatory for studies submitted to EdWorkingPapers?
While pre-registration is not obligatory, we highly recommend authors engage in pre-registration for their studies, promoting and upholding scholarly rigor in the research process.

Can I submit a paper that I intend to post or have posted on another platform? 
EdWorkingPapers accepts working papers that have recently been posted on other repositories, provided that any external branding is removed to conform to the standard EdWorkingPapers format.

Is it possible to share an updated version of my EdWorkingPaper? Will the new version automatically replace the old one? 
Authors are encouraged to submit revised manuscripts and have the option to replace the old version with the newer one or keep both versions available on EdWorkingPapers.