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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 www.soced.cz/en. 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.


Publisher: Tomas Bata University in Zlín
Publication frequency: 2 issues per year
ISSN: 1805-8825


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, Academia.edu, 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.


“The history of the Social Education journal dates back to 2013 and, despite the fact that it has not been in existence for even ten years yet, it has advanced development of social education as a science on the national and international level. This journal enables international exchange of findings not only in the field of social education, but also in the fields of sociology of education, special pedagogy, social work and other sciences, which also allows inter-disciplinary collaboration. I positively rate the fact that the journal presents the history and the current situation of social education and the problems of social education, not just in the Central European region, but also in other parts of the world. The orientation and development of social education has been significantly different in individual regions throughout its history and this remains true today, which is also proven by the focus of the articles. Presentation of profiles and important figures in the sphere of social education contributes to awareness of the specifics and differences in the development of social education in individual regions. Information about social education associations and their focus, and also about the publication activities of social educators in the field of social education theory and practice, also enables the international exchange of findings and experience and mutual acquaintance. Our great thanks must be expressed to the Editor-in-Chief and the entire editorial team members and also the office, where this journal is published, for creating the Social Education journal and the constant effort expended on creating each issue.” Prof. Jolana Hroncová, Association of Social Pedagogues in SR

“Since 2013, when the first issue of the Social Education journal came out, 14 issues have been published. Over this time, the journal has undergone significant progress from an international perspective, both in terms of the composition of the editorial board, and also in the authors published. The most recent issue contained only the work of foreign authors. The journal’s international success is promoted by the fact that some issues are published entirely in English. A number of single-topic issues have also been published. The journal also includes fascinating profiles and interviews with leading experts in social education. In terms of its content, the journal has a broad scope and the topics it presents also cover areas of sociology, social pathology and in particular social work. The journal has thus become an indispensable source not just for a wide circle of people in academia, but also for specialist practitioners.” Prof. Blahoslav Kraus, University of Hradec Králové

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) >>
  • Soňa Kalenda (University of Ostrava) >>
  • 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) >>

Co-workers

Public list of reviewers collaborating with the journal.

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.

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Publishing policies

Publication ethics and 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.

Contributor’s publishing agreement

Based on the publication of the study the author concludes a Licence Agreement requiring the written signature of the publisher and author of a study published in the SocEd. Licence agreement is a bilateral legal act between the parties with a certain degree of confidentiality with regard to its content (including the identities of the contracting parties).

Publication and CC BY license

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.

Editorial board members´ responsibilities

• Advise on journal policy and scope.
• Provide expert advice on content.
• Identify topics for special issues, which they may guest edit.
• Attract new authors and submissions.
• Promote the journal to their colleagues and peers.
• Assist the editor(s) in decision making over issues such as plagiarism claims and submissions where reviewers can’t agree on a decision.

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).