About Educational Research: Theory and Practice

The organization’s original title for the journal was The Researcher. During the Fall 2015 NRMERA voted to changed the journal title to Educational Research: Theory and Practice (ERTP).

Shanon Taylor, University of Nevada, Reno
Aaron S. Richmond, Metropolitan State University of Denver

ERTP is published online at least twice per year and is received by all members of NRMERA. It contains scholarly articles that come from a wide range of disciplines and that are of general significance to the educational research community. ERTP also publishes special issues in which the entire journal is devoted to a special topic, guest edited by a member of NRMERA with expertise in the topic area. ERTP may also serve as the publishing home to conference proceedings from the annual conference of the organization.

While there is no date on the first issue of ERTP (formerly known as The Researcher), Gary Render, NRMERA’s third president, remembers that the first issue came out in 1984 during his tenure. In interviews with NRMERA’s founding members, all agree that the organization and subsequent journal were formed to provide a safe, non-threatening forum for novice scholars to publish and present their research. “It’s a safe place to share ideas and give junior faculty and graduate students the opportunity to communicate about research and scholarship,” Joe Stepans stated.

Volume One, Number One was printed on an 11 x 17 sheet of paper, folded twice so the outside cover should be used for an address label. It was typeset with a dot-matrix printer and printed on a copy machine. A simple sketch of the Rocky Mountains was tucked in the upper left hand corner of the cover.

Starting as a newsletter, ERTP (The Researcher) has come a long way in both content and design. After many years as a print publication, it is now an online publication, making our published research more accessible to a wider audience. Content and quality have also greatly improved over the past 30 years according to Ace Cossairt, the first secretary-treasurer of NRMERA. He affirmed that “the focus has not changed in that the organization and journal represents a nurturing culture that helps people dive in and do research.” The commitment to mentor and provide a foundation for beginning researchers will continue.

Call for Reviewers

The editors of Educational Research: Theory and Practice need reviewers to provide in-depth analysis of educational research manuscripts submitted. If you are interested and feel that you will be able to respond in a timely manner, please provide the following information to Drs. Aaron S. Richmond (arichmo3@msudenver.edu) AND Shanon S. Taylor (shanon@unr.edu).

Name, Address, Telephone, E-mail
Education: Names of institutions and degrees obtained
Three to five areas of expertise: Be very specific; this will aid our editors in assigning manuscripts

If you have served as a reviewer for other journals, please list them.

Please indicate if you are a current member of NRMERA

Submission Guidelines

Click here to view the author guidelines for submitting to Educational Research: Theory and Practice

Please submit your manuscript to Drs. Aaron S. Richmond (arichmo3@msudenver.edu) AND Shanon S. Taylor (shanon@unr.edu).  Thank you!

Educational Research: Theory & Practice
800 W University Parkway, MS 126
Orem, UT 84058

Call for ERTP Editor

NRMERA is officially opening the Call for Editor for Educational Researcher:Theory and Practice (ERTP), our peer-reviewed publication journal. If you are interested in this position, please submit an email to Athena Kennedy (President) at akenned2@asu.edu. Please share briefly why you would like to serve in this position and describe your qualifications as related to the position description below:

ERTP Editor: The Editor (and any Co-Editors) of The Researcher serve unrestricted terms as appointed by the President and approved by two-thirds majority of the voting members of the Executive Board. The duties are:

  • Publish the Association’s refereed journal, Researcher (online).
  • Manage the solicitation, peer review process, and publication of all accepted manuscripts, including best paper from the annual conference.
  • Develop the peer review process, including selection and monitoring of the members of the Executive Board who serve on the review panel.
  • Oversee the design, style, typeset, and publication format of the journal.
  • Assure timely publication and dissemination of the journal to the entire membership.
  • Appoint, when appropriate, co-editors subjects to two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Executive Board.
  • Assist guest editors of the journal with all necessary specifications for a quality issue and provide the means to publish guest editions.

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