Aims and scope

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy (IJSP) is a fully peer reviewed, open access journal publishing articles on social pedagogy without any charge to authors or readers. Social pedagogy is a long-standing discipline, field of research, and practice area in various countries and becoming better known in others. It offers an integrative and coherent ethical framework for supporting learning, well-being, and social inclusion both through relationship-centred practice and critical perspectives on structural efforts to address social inequality and promote social justice. Social pedagogy engages with concepts such as ‘human flourishing’ and ‘meaningful belonging’ to achieve social change together with individuals and communities.

Through the journal we seek to make a substantial contribution to the international discourse on social pedagogy. Since its inception in 2012 to support the evolution of social pedagogy in the UK, the journal has proved to be an important platform for dialogue that contributes to social pedagogy as an evolving interdisciplinary field. Articles in IJSP reflect the cross-cultural perspectives of a wide range of social pedagogical traditions and provide a deepening disciplinary understanding of social pedagogy itself.

Our journal promotes a continuous rethinking of educational and human rights centred responses to complex social issues. We encourage rigorous original contributions about theory and research in social pedagogy as well as review and practice papers, along with opinion pieces that reflect social pedagogical perspectives and challenges (see here for the editorial). [link] We warmly welcome articles that highlight the dynamics and potential of social pedagogy from researchers, scholars, educators, policy-makers, and practitioners in social pedagogy and related fields. Relevant areas of practice explored in IJSP from a social pedagogical perspective include: child welfare and family support services; social work; health; social care; early childhood education and care; formal education and teaching support in schools; youth and community work; adult education; life-long learning; creative and expressive arts; employment support; criminal justice; learning and developmental disability, and physical disability services; community education; children’s rights, human rights and participation in everyday life, although this list is not exhaustive.

If you are an author interested in publishing with us but are unsure whether your research fits into our aims, please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss your prospective contribution with you.

Publication frequency: The International Journal of Social Pedagogy publishes articles continuously (as and when articles are ready for publication).


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Articles published in the International Journal of Social Pedagogy are indexed in:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Dimensions
  • EBSCOHost
  • OCLC
  • Google Scholar
  • Baidu
  • Portico preservation service
  • UCL Discovery

Article publication charges

UCL Press journals do not levy an Article-Processing Charge (APC) for submission or publication in the International Journal of Social Pedagogy. Contributors to the International Journal of Social Pedagogy will not be required to make an APC payment for submission or publication of their article.

Open access policy

All articles published in the International Journal of Social Pedagogy are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence (CC-BY) 4.0 international licence agreement and published open access, making them immediately and freely available to read and download. The CC-BY licence agreement allows authors to retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of the work. Further information regarding this can be found at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0 and licensing terms and conditions can be found in our Journals Editorial Policy https://journals.uclpress.co.uk/site/editorial_policy.

Peer review

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy operates double anonymised peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit an anonymous version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review. Reviewers cannot be from the same institution as the author, based at any funding bodies connected to the paper and cannot be recommended by authors or anyone else connected to the paper.

Further information regarding peer review can be found on the UCL Press editorial policy pages (https://journals.uclpress.co.uk/site/editorial_policy).

Journal information

ISSN: 2051-5804


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Contact the journal

All general enquiries should be sent to the Editors at admin [at] internationaljournalofsocialpedagogy.com.