About the Journal

Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Research (IJER) is a double-blind peer-reviewed "open access" journal established in early 2019 under the name "Journal of Education Research and Rural Community Development" with the publication of articles in education, rural and community studies. In January 2021, during the annual report of ERRCDF, the journal was considered too encompassing and needed to be re-constructed into two separate journals. The rural and community development aspect was made an independent journal under the name Interdisciplinary Journal of Rural and Community Studies (IJRCS). This was how the "Journal of Education Research and Rural Community Development" was changed to "Interdisciplinary Journal of Education Research (IJER)" in January 2021. Click IJRCS to access the rural and community-related journal. However, the purpose of IJER is to disseminate high-level interdisciplinary research results and content beyond learning, teaching and research. 

Hosting & Publishing Information

 IJER is hosted, archived and maintained by the University of the Free State Library and Information Services.

IJER is published by ERRCD Forum. ERRCD Forum is based in South Africa and publishes open access academic and peer-review journals in education, rural and community studies and social sciences. For more information, CONTACT US.

Publication Frequency

Prior to 2022, IJER published two issues on a continuous publishing model per year. From 2022, IJER publishes one issue per year, and a continuous publishing model applies. Therefore, articles ready for publication at any time of the year are immediately made available online on an article-by-article basis.

Copyright and Licensing

IJER is an open-access journal that provides immediate access to its published contents. Authors retain unrestricted copyright and publishing rights for all articles published from August 2023 onwards. The authors also grant the publisher permission to publish the articles and be recognised as the original and the first publisher. Articles published are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0) which permits commercial re-use (download, copy, redistribute, translate, remix, adapt, and build upon materials published, etc.) of open access articles, as long as the original author and source are properly attributed. The authors grant the publisher permission to apply a DOI to their articles and to archive them in databases and indexes such as DOAJ, SABINET, J-Gate, Scopus, EBSCO, ERIC, among others.  Authors also grant other third-party users the right to use the article freely as long as its original authors and citation details are acknowledged without prior permission from the publisher or the author.   

Note: All articles published prior to August 2023 are licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.

Open Access Policy 

IJER provides immediate open access to readers and other users. This means that the readers and other users pay nothing to download, copy, read, print, distribute, link to the texts or use them for other lawful purposes. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. However, an Article Processing Charge (APC) is required by the authors for the life maintenance of their articles.

Self-archiving Policy

IJER permits and encourages authors to post items submitted to the journal on personal websites, institutional repositories, social-networking sites, ResearchGate, and academia.edu, among others, both prior to and after publication while providing bibliographic details that credit, if applicable, its publication in this journal. 

Publication Statistics

  • 2022: 51 articles submitted, 8 (16%) accepted and published, 43 (84%) rejected
  • 2021: 63 articles submitted, 17 (27%) accepted and published, 46 (73%) rejected
  • 2020: 23 articles submitted, 9 (39%) accepted and published, 19 (61%) rejected 
  • 2019: 37 articles submitted, 13 (35%) accepted and published, 24 (65%) rejected