About the Journal

Focus and scope

IARTEM e-journal is an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access electronic journal published by the International Association for Research on Textbooks and Educational Media. It is designed to provide a scholarly forum for research on textbooks and educational media and resources. The journal publishes theoretical, methodological and empirical contributions within the fields of textbooks, educational media and resources, usage, analysis, impact studies, history, design, production and publishing and their role in teaching, learning and educational achievement at all educational levels from kindergarten to lifelong learning.

The journal publishes mainly in English, but accepts contributions in Portuguese and Spanish, with titles, abstracts and keywords in English.

Publication frequency

The journal publishes two issues per year. Articles in regular issues of the journal are published consecutively as soon as they are ready for publication. In the case of special issues, articles are collected and published together.

Open access policy

IARTEM e-journal offers public access (Open Access) to all of its content, following the principle of making the access to research free, which produces a larger global interchange of knowledge. No fees are charged for publication or subscription. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. See also the Copyright notice.

Archiving policy

All articles are assigned a DOI and the articles and the metadata are uploaded to a repository at datacite.org.


IARTEM e-journal is indexed by Web of Science.

The journal is currently in the process of applying for being included in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

Peer review process

Submitted manuscripts are first evaluated internally by the editors to determine whether the submissions fall within the journal’s aims and scope and meet basic standards for academic publishing. Submissions judged to be suitable for publication will be reviewed by two external reviewers in a double-blind peer-review process: reviewers are anonymous to the authors and each other, and the authors are anonymous to reviewers. No reviewers may belong to the same institution, faculty or research group as the author(s) of the manuscript.

Reviewers write an evaluation of the manuscript, focusing on the following points (review guidelines):

  1. Relevance: Does the manuscript address central issues within the relevant field of research?
  2. Contextualization: Is the background description adequate?
  3. Originality: Does the manuscript contribute with new knowledge to the field?
  4. Validity: How reliable and valid are the results? Does the author make use of suitable theories and sound methodological choices?
  5. Argumentation: Does the text present a clear scientific argument?
  6. Is ethical clearance shown and have ethical guidelines been followed?
  7. Structure and clarity: Is the article well written and appropriately structured?
  8. Tables and figures: Are tables and figures easy to read and do the captions give sufficient information?
  9. References: Do the references follow the APA format?

Based on the review reports, the editors make a decision whether the manuscript should be accepted or rejected, or whether authors should be given the opportunity to revise the manuscript and submit a new version.

Re-submitted manuscripts following minor revisions are evaluated by the editors, together with the author’s responses to comments from the review round. Re-submitted manuscripts following major revisions go through a new review process, typically by the same reviewers as in the first round. In some cases new reviewers are invited. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s editor, who is supported by the advisory board.