Sociální pedagogika | Social Education (SocEd) is a peer-reviewed scientific journal. It was created on 27 March 2013 in order to promote the exchange of information between experts.

SocEd publishes two electronic issues per year, on 15 April and 15 November with free access to its website at The publisher represents the Tomas Bata University in Zlín and the partner of the journal is the Masaryk University in Brno. The publisher covers the costs incurred with the running of the journal.

SocEd is a platform for the development of social education as a scientific discipline. The journal publishes theoretical and empirical studies on ongoing and completed research, book reviews and information on scientific activities in the field of social education.

SocEd embraces social education within the broad framework of the area of education and development of children, youth and adults. Social education is an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with a wide range of other disciplines. Regarding the scientific article, the journal is open to various theoretical concepts and methodological preferences (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methodology design) if they bring new results and interesting views.

SocEd is placed on the List of non-impact peer-reviewed journals published in the Czech Republic and included in ERIH PLUS database, Educational Research Abstracts Online ERA (Taylor & Francis), EBSCO Education Source, CEJSH, ProQuest Education Journals, ProQuest Social Science Journals, Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory, Google Scholar, SSRN, DOAJ, ROAD, The Keepers Registry, SHERPA/RoMEO, ResearchGate,, Academic Resource Index, CEEOL, OAJI and SIS database. The medium-term goal is indexing in Scopus database and Thomson Reuters Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI). The journal provides DOI, Similarity Check and CrossMark (CrossRef) for the reviewed papers.

Current and previous released numbers can be found in the introductory web page or by clicking HERE.

Editorial team

  • Editor-in-Chief
    Jakub Hladík, Tomas Bata University in Zlín >>
  • Managing Editor
    Jitka Vaculíková, Tomas Bata University in Zlín >>
  • Editor – manuscript
    Radana Kroutilová Nováková, Tomas Bata University in Zlín >>
  • Editor – manuscript
    Karla Hrbáčková, Tomas Bata University in Zlín >>
  • Editor – manuscript
    Anna Petr Šafránková, Tomas Bata University in Zlín >>
  • Editor – manuscript
    Dušan Klapko, Masaryk University >>
  • Editor – reviews of books and information
    Milena Öbrink Hobzová, Palacký University Olomouc >>

Editorial board

  • Adele E. Clarke (University of California San Francisco) >>
  • Stanislav Bendl (Charles University) >>
  • Christian Brandmo (University of Oslo) >>
  • Denisa Denglerová (Masaryk University) >>
  • Miroslav Dopita (Palacký University Olomouc) >>
  • Lenka Gulová (Masaryk University) >>
  • Xuesong He (East China University of Science and Technology) >>
  • Lenka Haburajová Ilavská (Tomas Bata University in Zlín) >>
  • Eva Janebová (Masaryk University) >>
  • Jim Johnson (Point Loma Nazarene University) >>
  • Michal Kaplánek (Jabok – Higher School of Social Pedagogy and Theology) >>
  • Ewa Syrek (University of Silesia in Katowice) >>
  • Feifei Han (Griffith University) >>
  • Blahoslav Kraus (University of Hradec Králové) >>
  • Roman Leppert (Kazimierz Wielki University) >>
  • Jitka Lorenzová (Charles University) >>
  • Jiří Němec (Masaryk University) >>
  • Miriam Niklová (Matej Bel University) >>
  • Milan Pol (Masaryk University) >>
  • Danielle Tracey (Western Sydney University) >>
  • Dana Knotová (Masaryk University) >>
  • Miroslav Procházka (University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice) >>
  • Jana Straková (Charles University) >>
  • Radim Šíp (Masaryk University) >>
  • Petr Vašát (The Czech Academy of Sciences) >>
  • Soňa Vávrová (University of Ostrava) >>

Co-workers – Public list of reviewers collaborating with the journal.

Editorial Guidelines

Aims and scope

Sociální pedagogika | Social Education (SocEd) is a double blind peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal that provides the rapid publication of articles in the field of social education. The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of social education.

The journal embraces social education within the broad framework of the area of education and development of children, youth and adults. Social Education is an interdisciplinary science that collaborates with a wide range of other disciplines. Regarding the scientific article, the journal is open to various theoretical concepts and methodological preferences (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methodology design) if they bring new results and interesting views.

4 questions: Who are we? What do we offer? What do we look like? How to publish with us?

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

The publication of a double blind peer-reviewed journal requires continuous work, responsibility, liability and collaboration from all involved parties: authors, the managing editor, reviewers, editors – manuscript and editor – reviews of books and information and editorial board members. All editors have the responsibility of monitoring the publishing ethics and maintaining the academic record. The managing editor assumes the responsibility for verifying the articles as concerns fraudulent data or plagiarism. The editorial board member´s goal is to maintain the publication at the highest publication standards, implying: good quality, original, research based articles, but also corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies, if needed.

Publication and authorship

All submitted papers are subject to a strict double blind peer-review process. The reviewers of the manuscript are members of the editorial board and external collaborators of the journal. Reviews of books and information are reviewed by the editor of this section. The papers are checked by anti-plagiarism software Crossref Similarity Check before publication of an article. Authors should provide all sources of data used in the research. The journal uses the CC BY license. This license authorizes others (general public) to share and adapt other works based on the author’s work, even commercially, under the condition of the attribution of the original work. This license is recommended for the maximum sharing and use of licensed materials (read more here). The principle of the journal is unrestricted online access to scientific information, which provides auto-archiving of articles in open journals (open access).

Authors´ responsibilities

• The author(s) claim that this is the original study and that the text in this form has never been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Plagiarism in all its forms is unethical and it is unacceptable.
• Authors must state that all data in the paper is real and authentic.
• Authors should provide a revised version of their article, according to the reviewers’ recommendations.
• Before publication of the article, the author is asked to sign a contract of transferring exclusive copyright to the publisher (FH TBU in Zlín). The author is not permitted to re-publish the article in another journal or other media without written consent from the publisher.
• After the review process is completed, the author is addressed to grant the permission for publishing the final version of the manuscript in the journal. No reply within 7 days from the author to the publisher is conceived as the author´s consent.

Reviewers´ responsibilities

• Any manuscript received for reviewing will be treated as a confidential document.
• Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.
• Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper.
• Reviewers should inform the editors on any substantial similarity between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper.
• Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors or institutions connected to the papers.

Editors´ responsibilities

• Editors decide which of the submitted articles will be published.
• Editors are responsible for the content of the journal and for the overall quality of academic merit.
• The editors make decisions on the basis of a double blind review process. Editors publish only those articles that have undergone this procedure.
• Editors cannot use unpublished texts for their own research needs without the written permission of the author.

Ethical misconduct and unethical behavior

Editors or the editorial board may be informed about unethical conduct at anytime. Investigations will be carried out with the particular person to whom it applies suspicion, and interested persons will be informed immediately. The final decision depends on the editors. Based on the awareness of the editor, or in the case of serious violations, the editorial board will also make the decision about the unethical case at an extraordinary or regular meeting. The Editorial Board discusses the documents from the case and decides on the case. During the next regular meeting the editorial board will explain its decision. In case of doubt, the vote of the editorial board can retroactively revoke decisions of the editors. People accused of unethical behaviour will be given space to express their opinions no later than 15 calendar days from the moment of reaching the editors.

• A method for solving ethical misconduct and unethical behaviour may take the following forms: the author and reviewers are (duplicated by mail and email) informed of a breach of ethical standards of the journal.
• The withdrawal of the contribution from the journal.
• To impose a time-limited ban on cooperation with a particular author / reviewer for 2 years.
• Placing the information about ethical misconduct and unethical conduct in the Editorial of the currently prepared issue of the journal (in general, without specific names and indicating affiliations of authors / reviewers).

Thus the estimated publication (copyright) ethics and ways of its solution is in line with the recommendations of the Commission for publication Ethics (COPE).


  • University of California San Francisco, UCSF, USA
  • University of Oslo, UIO, Norway
  • East China University of Science and Technology, ECUST, China
  • Point Loma Nazarene University, PLNU, USA
  • University of Silesia in Katowice, US, Poland
  • Griffith University, GU, Australia
  • Kazimierz Wielki University, UKW, Poland
  • Western Sydney University, WSU, Australia

University of California San Francisco, UCSF, USA

The leading university exclusively focused on health, UC San Francisco is driven by the idea that when the best research, the best education and the best patient care converge, great breakthroughs are achieved. UCSF is a collection of dedicated scientists, clinicians, students and staff who share a common drive to make the world a better place by advancing health and the human condition. Care and compassion are as critical as science and discovery in fulfilling our mission to drive change, and make a difference for individual patients and whole populations. UCSF is also San Francisco’s second-largest employer – attracting talented faculty and staff who mirror the energy and entrepreneurial spirit of the Bay Area. The most exciting part of being at UCSF is its diverse community of people who individually contribute to changing the status quo with their diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Ability to recruit top talent leads to a constant influx of new ideas and approaches across each of UCSF missions: research, patient care and education.

University of Oslo, UIO, Norway

The Department of Teacher Education and School Research aims through research to sustain and further develop its position as a leading academic milieu in Norway in the fields of teacher education, subject didactics, educational leadership and school relevant educational research. Research at ILS is mainly centred around main areas of research which are maintained by research groups. The research groups consist of senior researchers, Post. Doc. Research fellows, Ph.D research fellows and assistant Professors. In addition to research carried out in the research groups, the Department has a number of researches in the forefront of school relevant educational research.

East China University of Science and Technology, ECUST, China

East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) is located in the southwest of Shanghai, a center of commerce, finance, trade and shipping of China. Founded in 1952 and previously named as East China Institute of Chemical Technology, ECUST is the first national key university featuring chemical engineering disciplines in China; State-run and full-time institutions of higher education; Research-oriented national key university directly under the Ministry of Education of China; One of the 13 Chinese key engineering universities; One of the National “211 Project” key construction universities; National “985 Project” Advantages Discipline Innovation Platform for high-level universities. ECUST devotes itself to develop international cooperation and has established long-term and extensive academic exchanges and joint training cooperation with more than 180 universities, colleges, enterprises and research institutions from all over the world, including the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Australia, etc.

Point Loma Nazarene University, PLNU, USA

PLNU exists to provide higher education in a vital Christian community where minds are engaged and challenged, character is modeled and formed, and service is an expression of faith. Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where grace is foundational, truth is pursued, and holiness is a way of life. In addition to more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, PLNU offers graduate and degree completion programs on several campuses in San Diego County and Bakersfield. PLNU serves more than 3,500 students. PLNU, established in 1902, is a Christian liberal arts institution. The university was founded by Phineas Bresee, primary founder of the Church of the Nazarene.

University of Silesia in Katowice, US, Poland

University of Silesia in Katowice is one of the largest and most dynamically developing public universities in Poland. Founded in 1968, the University of Silesia quickly established a reputation as a vibrant academic institution and an important interdisciplinary research hub. With a tradition of launching new programmes to best meet the needs of rapidly changing labor markets, the University of Silesia offers students a variety of programs and specialized fields of study. With outstanding research teams and well-equipped laboratories, we are an important player on the global research arena. We actively participate in European Commission initiatives focused both on educational and scientific development, and realize projects within the frame of programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020.

Griffith University, GU, Australia

Griffith University is a public research university in South East Queensland on the east coast of Australia. Formally founded in 1971, Griffith opened its doors in 1975, introducing Australia’s first degrees in environmental science and Asian studies. The university is named after Sir Samuel Walker Griffith, who was twice Premier of Queensland and the first Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. Sir Samuel Griffith played a major role in the Federation of Australia and was the principal author of the Australian constitution. Opening initially with the one campus at Nathan and 451 students, the University now has five physical campuses spanning three cities, the largest of which are the Gold Coast campus at Southport and the Nathan campus in Brisbane. The Mount Gravatt and South Bank campuses are also located in Brisbane, while the Logan campus is at Meadowbrook. In 2018, the University launched its Digital campus, now its sixth campus, which offers a range of online degrees.

Kazimierz Wielki University, UKW, Poland

Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz is a dynamically developing school of higher education, today the largest in the city and the second largest in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province, both as for number of professors, number of majors and educational forms offered and the number of students and graduates. Over 700 academic staff members share their knowledge, including about 150 professors. Today a rich educational range of studies covers 30 majors at three levels: bachelor and bachelor in engineering, master and doctoral studies. The university also provides over 30 postgraduate courses, developing qualifications and conferring new rights. Step by step new majors are approved by the Polish Accreditation Committee. Over the last few years our University has offered education to about 5 thousand newly admitted students annually. Only 1/3 of all students live in Bydgoszcz, with its population of about 400 thousand, and over 1/3of students come from outside the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province. Kazimierz Wielki University has a greater and greater impact on the region and the surrounding provinces.

Western Sydney University, WSU, Australia

Western Sydney University is one of Australia’s leading institutions. Ranked in the top 400 in the world, illustrating the University’s growing reputation for producing research of Australian and international importance. The university in its current form was founded in 1989 under the terms of the University of Western Sydney Act, 1988, which created a federated network university with an amalgamation between two trade schools – Nepean College of Advanced Education and Hawkesbury Agricultural College. The Macarthur Institute of Higher Education was incorporated into the university in 1989, and in 2001 the University of Western Sydney was restructured as a single multi-campus university rather than as a federation. In 2015, the university underwent a rebranding which resulted in a change in name from the University of Western Sydney to Western Sydney University.

Additional social pedagogy resources

The International Journal of Social Pedagogy (IJSP) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing articles on social pedagogy in the broadest sense, which includes all aspects of social, philosophical, pedagogical and educational parameters. IJSP considers it critically important to provide a platform for dialogue between theory and practice. It therefore encourages both original contributions about theory and research in social pedagogy and articles that reflect social pedagogical perspectives in practice settings throughout the United Kingdom and globally. You can access IJSP here.