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About Educational Research: Theory and Practice

An Open Access Journal*

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).

Editor: Bob Ives, University of Nevada, Reno

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.

*Statement of Open Access:

This is an open access journal, which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Users are required to give appropriate credit, and indicate if changes are made. Users may not suggest or claim that use of these materials implies any endorsement on the part of the publisher or authors. Terms of this agreement are in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) declaration (2002) definition of open access. More specifically, users are granted a Creative Commons “CC BY” license. For more information about this license, see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Abstracting and Indexing:

  • ERTP was assigned an International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) number as of 2018. ISBN: 2637-8965
  • ERTP was listed in Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory as of 2019
  • ERTP was listed with Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) as of 2020
  • ERTP has submitted an application to be included in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

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 editor@nrmera.org.

  • 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.
  • 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 editor@nrmera.org.  Thank you!


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