About the Journal

Focus and Scope

Encyclopaideia is an international peer reviewed journal, founded in 1996 at the University of Bologna by Piero Bertolini. It publishes 3 issues per year. According the phenomenological tradition of openness Encyclopaideia welcomes articles that come from a wide range of areas of education research and related disciplines.
Encyclopaideia publishes original empirical and theoretical studies and analyses in a broad significance to education research to solicit a critical debate from a multidisciplinary point of view.

We seek significant contributions that advance the theoretical understandings of the social and institutional contexts of education, the critical analysis of ethical and political issues in education, or the methodological reflection on educational research. Brief reports of studies to address a narrow question are not appropriate for submission.

We welcome manuscripts in the following areas: theory of education, educational policy, qualitative research reports. We also welcome critical reviews and commentaries addressing conceptual, theoretical, methodological, issues pertaining to qualitative research.
While the philosophical tradition of European phenomenology remains the broad theoretical framework of this journal, no specific methodology or philosophical orientation is required in submissions.

Keywords: phenomenological education; phenomenology; education theory; research methods in education; education policy

Peer Review Process

Each article, anonymous, will be submitted to double-blind peer-review process, which will involve the examination of at least two anonymous evaluators, specialists in the filed or method, whose reasoned written opinion will be communicated by the Editor to the corresponding author.

Listed below are the main criteria that drive the peer review process:

  • relevance of the themes;
  • coherence with the aims of the journal;
  • accurate and complete theoretical analysis;
  • quality of references and sources.
For empirical research report:
  • explicit generative research question;
  • appropriate method and design;
  • adequate sample;
  • saturation of data
  • relevant theoretical analysis and data discussion;
  • clear and accessible style.

Publication timeline

EnCP respects the publication timeline shown below in managing editorial workflow:

  • First editorial review, by an editor at least, with consequent rejection or peer reviiew assignement (within 3 weeks after submission);
  • First round of peer review (within 6 weeks after the assignement to the reviewers);
  • Communication to the author (within 9 weeks after the first editorial approval);
  • Last editorial decision (within 2 weeks after modifications received).

Publication Frequency

The journal will be published three times per year.

Open Access Policy

Encyclopaideia provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence 4.0 (CC-BY).

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the final version of the papers. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal board for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

Indexing and abstracting

The Journal has been indexed in the following databases:

  • Scopus
  • Philosopher's Index
  • DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
  • ERIH PLUS - European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • Francis
  • Google Scholar
  • Article@INIST
  • Articlesciences (AS)
  • EIO – Editoria Italiana On line
  • AIDA online – Articoli Italiani di Periodici Accademici
  • RIVI – Banca dati riviste educative (INDIRE)
  • ACNP
  • FUNZDOC – Segnalazione di articoli di riviste di scienze dell'educazione riguardanti la funzione docente
  • JournalTOCs - International Aggregator of Scientific Articles TOCs
  • Ulrich's Web – Global Serials Directory
  • Base - Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • CNKI Scholar - China National Knowledge Infrastructure

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.

Journal History

The journal was founded in 1996 by Piero Bertolini at the University of Bologna, department of Education. It rounded up the group of people that for ten years coordinated the book series for the “La Nuova Italia” editor. 

The group was characterized by the sharing of the same theoretical perspective on the phenomenological pedagogy. After a couple of years spent with the Editor “Il Segnalibro”, the journal moved to Bologna where it became a journal supported by the University of Bologna. This entailed a first substantial change in the editorial structure that called for an international scientific committee.

Since 1999, Encyclopaideia published two issues a year with the CLUEB Editor, which was linked to the University of Bologna. In 2006, when its founder and director passed away, Massimiliano Tarozzi becomes the new director of the journal and he gave a clear international cut and adapted the journal to high quality standards by introducing rigorous procedures of peer review.

The scientific commitee enlarged in order to gather numerous International researcher.

The journal started to publish more and more articles edited in English, thus becoming an International journal. It also started to be indexed in many scientific database.

Since 2010 Encyclopaideia is published by the Bononia University Press and since 2011 it publishes three issues per year.

Since 2014 the journal moved its publications online with the University of Bologna being the editor and sponsor, thus choosing the Open Access administration.


Dipartimento di Scienze per la Qualità della vita – QUVI
Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

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