Lists of Journals
To help researchers and practitioners publish their work, and more generally to point them in the direction of useful material they may want to read, we provide two resources on this website. First, we regularly post new calls for papers on specific topics. Second, we provide here lists of journals that may be considered for publications, or simply to keep aware of the literature.
Academic journals listed on this page are classified by category, starting with journals focusing on Catholic or Christian education, and those focusing on religious education more generally. We also include selected journals with a broader mandate by field. Many of these broader journals occasionally publish articles on Catholic education, and more importantly, the articles they publish touch on issues that matter in Catholic as well as other types of schools.
Finally, we include links to a few tools that can help researchers identify journals where they may want to submit papers. We will progressively add more resources as we develop this website. If you have suggestions on resources to add, please contact us.
You will find on this page (1) a few basic resources to help you find journals in your field and assess their level of "impact"; (2) a list of journals focusing on Catholic or Christian education; (3) a list of journals focusing more broadly on religious education; and (4) links to lists of journals that relate to education. The fact that a journal may be listed on this page does not represent in any way an endorsement of that journal. On purpose, some less well known journals are included as they may provide a good publication channel for some types of research, including by practitioners.
Resources to Find Journals and Assess Their Impact
For academics, where to publish is often as important as what to publish. The reputation of journals matters and it is often assessed through impact factors or other measures of influence based on citations. For practitioners, while impact factors may matter, whether publications reach their intended audiences and help make a difference "on the ground" may matter even more. Both approaches have their own logic and should be respected as different journals serve different purposes. In particular, some journals with relatively low impact factors (or even possibly no impact factor if they have not been included in key databases) may still provide a vital service to the profession, or a segment thereof.
To find an appropriate journal to submit a paper to, the best approach is often to talk to peers or mentors, and look at what types of papers journals have published. Still, finding quick information on impact factors is useful not only to conduct a rapid assessment of the (academic) level of journals, but also to assess the likelihood of being accepted when submitting an article. Indeed, journals with higher impact factors tend to be more selective and thus have higher rejection rates. Below are a few resources that can help conduct a quick assessment of the level of journals and implicitly their selectivity:
The most influential lists of journals based on impact factors are probably the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). University researchers often have access to data from the JCR through their institution. But even if you do not have such access, what is freely available is the list of journals included (see the 2019 list as an example). JCR is selective, hence just being included implies that a journal has a certain quality.
Scimago provides journal rankings by field with one of the fields being "education". Other fields include economics, e-learning, religious studies, etc. The main page also has a simple search tool whereby you can search for journals using keywords - all indexed journals with that keyword will be listed and ranked by impact factors.
Google Scholar also provides rankings of journals based on impact factors with the top 20 journals listed by subfield. Within social sciences, lists are available among others for early childhood education, education, educational administration, educational psychology and counseling, education technology, higher education, special education, and teaching and teacher education. In addition, within humanities, literature, and arts, lists are available for philosophy and religion. These lists can also be helpful. For example, in January 2021, based on its impact factor over the last five years, the Journal of Catholic Education was included in Google Scholar's list of the top 20 journals in religion, but not in the lists for the various education subfields. Finally, Google Scholar also lists the top 100 journals in 10 other languages than English.
Harzing's Journal Quality List is another useful tool that provides basic information on a wide range of journals by field, although the list is geared towards management and economics, so that education is therefore not a specific field of focus.