Author Guidelines

Submission of English papers

The Contemporary Educational Research Quarterly (CERQ) aims to enhance the quality of educational research, encourage academic exchange, and disseminate findings of educational research. CERQ welcomes original academic  papers and book reviews in the following areas:

1.       Educational Philosophy & History: including educational philosophy, history of education, etc.

2.       Educational Administration, Policy & System: including educational administration, school administration, educational policy, educational system, educational law, economics of education, educational finance, comparative education, and educational development in all education levels.

3.       Curriculum, Instruction & Learning: including curriculum, teaching, teacher education, teaching technology, student learning, educational psychology, etc.

4.       Educational Evaluation & Assessment: including the theories, methods, and practice of educational evaluation and assessment. 

5.       Educational Sociology, Anthropology & Cultural Studies: including sociology of education, educational anthropology, cultural studies of education, etc.

CERQ won’t accept papers submitted to more than one journal at one time. Papers with different titles but similar content are also not acceptable. Authors who violate copyrights or plagiarize will take full legal responsibility for their actions. All papers must be submitted via the online system:

Article types

1.       Research Paper: Research papers focus on the original theory or empirical research. English manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (including abstract, tables, figures, footnotes, references, and appendices).

2.       Scholarly Commentary: Scholarly commentaries welcome in-depth, original commentaries, reflections or suggestions for educational theories, issues, research findings, policy and practice in Taiwan or other countries. The manuscript should not exceed 7,000 words.

3.       Research Note: Research notes cover recent important empirical findings, innovative theories, concepts, methods, or tools. The manuscript should not exceed 7,000 words.

4.       Book Review: Book review introducing and reviewing the latest published important books in education. The maximum of the full text is 3,000 words.


Manuscripts should be typewritten with single-spaced format, in 12-point font on A4 paper and submitted in Microsoft word .doc format. The referencing style for English manuscripts follows the APA Manual 6th Edition. CERQ follows a double-blind review process. The authors are requested to omit their names and affiliations from the manuscripts.  CERQ has the rights to ask for revision or reject the manuscripts directly if the format of the submitted manuscripts doesn’t follow the Guidelines completely.


1.       Research Paper: The title page should contain the title, abstract (maximum 600 words) and keywords (4 to 8). The abstract should contain the purpose, design/methodology /approach, findings, originality/value, and implications for policy/practice. Each item should be written in different paragraphs.

2.       Scholarly Commentary: The title page should contain the title, abstract (maximum 600 words) and keywords (4 to 8).

3.       Research Note: The title page should contain the title, abstract (maximum 400 words) and keywords (4 to 8).

4.       Book Review: The title page should contain the title and basic information of the book, followed by the text.   

Acknowledgements and Financial Support

After acceptance, authors are required to add acknowledgements of people, Sources of findings before References. If a paper accepted for publication was rewritten form the dissertation, it should indicate the author, year, title of dissertation, school, and degree for which it was granted.

After Acceptance

In the course of the production process, the corresponding author will be asked to transfer the copyright of the paper to CERQ. The PDF offprint will be sent to the corresponding author after the publication.  

Page Charges

1.       Administration fee: There will be no administration fees for authors from outside of Taiwan. However, authors from Taiwan will be charged TWD1000 for the administration work when the papers are sent for outside peer review.

2.       Publication fee: 

(1)    Research Papers: Authors from Taiwan will be charged TWD5000/paper; Authors from outside of Taiwan will be charged USD200/paper.

(2)    Scholarly Commentary: Authors from Taiwan will be charged TWD4000/paper; Authors from outside of Taiwan will be charged USD150/paper.

(3)    Research Note: Authors from Taiwan will be charged TWD4000/paper; Authors from outside of Taiwan will be charged USD150/paper.




Contemporary Educational Research Quarterly Academic Ethics Guidelines

Editorial team

1. Two-way anonymity is maintained for all submission reviews. The editor-in-chief or other members of the editorial team are prohibited from learning about or collecting the personal information of the contributor or other editors during or after submission review. Editorial administrators are obligated to safeguard the personal information of contributors and editors.

2. Reviewer panel recommendations shall be made based on known ideal candidates. In addition, administrators shall take into account contributor–reviewer conflict of interest (e.g., advisors, peers, and collaborators) to exclude unsuitable reviewers.

3. Contributors that serve as reviewers or editorial administrators shall refrain from having any involvement in the review process and are prohibited from handling their own submissions, collecting submission information, or participating in review discussions. Their duties shall be separately assigned by the editor-in- chief.


Review panel

1. The reviewers of this Journal shall review the originality, accuracy, and value of submissions with utmost stringency to ensure review quality and to enhance the academic standards of the Journal.

2. Reviewers shall pay careful attention to the handling and integrity of reference material cited in the submissions.

3. Reviewers shall aim to promote academic advancement and provide concrete and relevant review comments helpful to the contributor.

4. Reviewers are obligated to uphold academic ethics and voluntarily refrain from reviewing submissions that may lead to a conflict of interest. Reviewers are prohibited from disclosing their review tasks, information collected for the review, or review results.


1. Author(s) shall ensure that the content of their submissions has not been published in any form or media prior to submission.

2. Author(s) shall abide by the requirements ratified in the submission contract.

3. For co-authored papers, the author who signed the consent form is obligated to notify and gain written consent from all other authors prior to submission.

4. Prior to submission, author(s) shall ensure that all laws, regulations, and academic specifications are met. Approval must be acquired, or usage policies followed, for the citation of others’ text, graphs, or images. Submissions that falsely uses or plagiarizes others’ or the author’s own works, or violates other academic ethics shall not be published, and all liabilities shall be borne by the author(s).
Publications in violation of the above clause shall be publicly retracted.

5. Author(s) shall assume all legal responsibilities for multiple submissions. Author(s) involved in multiple submissions shall be banned from making submissions to the Journal for two years. Multiple submissions refer to the submission of previously published or unpublished papers with similar content repeatedly to one journal or simultaneously to multiple journals.

6. Out of respect for the Journal, author(s) wishing to copy, link, or translate their papers published in the Journal or engage in other forms of reproduction shall first obtain written approval by the Journal.


Editing and administrative regulations

1. The Journal is funded by the Research Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Research and Development Division and College of Education of the University. Publications with commercial intent shall be rejected.

2. Out of respect for the Journal, author(s) that wish to copy, link, or translate their papers published in the Journal or engage in other forms of reproduction shall first obtain written approval by the Journal.

3. Author(s) that retract their submissions during the external review or acceptance stages shall be banned from making further submissions to the Journal for two years.

4. The instance of a breach of academic ethics, the Journal shall convene a review panel meeting to determine the best course of action. The review panel shall handle academic ethics violations justly, professionally, and discretely, and protect the confidentiality of the informer.



During the review and publishing process, editorial director, editorial board, and publisher ought to comply with the guidelines of Committee on Publication Ethics, referring to Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and Code of Conduct for Journal Publisher to avoid any unethical and inappropriate conduct.