JECER, a Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, publishes early childhood scientific research.  Research articles in this international journal are peer reviewed and published either in Finnish or English. Its focus is on the research of early childhood education and the theoretical and historical analysis of these phenomena. Target audiences for this journal are the researchers, educators and students of early childhood education, parents, early childhood education professionals, decision makers, and people working on administration and educational planning. JECER is received level 1 rating (see more from Publication Forum site).

We welcome a wide range of articles on research or theory relating to growth, development, learning and wellbeing of young children up to 8 years of age.  Multiple approaches are welcomed (e.g. societal viewpoint to childhood, early childhood pedagogy, professional development and training, and leadership in ECEC organizations)

The aim of the journal is to contribute to scientific dialogue, to deliver information and to serve the field in the development of early childhood education. Journal forms an open learning environment and a network for early childhood education scholars and professionals. The journal aims to enhance the awareness and accessibility of early childhood education research, and to highlight the possibilities for research based decision making and quality improvement. It introduces new research and offers international perspectives on early childhood education.

Current issue of JECER

2017 – Volume 6, Issue 2 
Special Issue on Professionalism in Early Childhood Education and Care
Guest editors: Päivi Kupila and Zsuzsa Millei, University of Tampere, Finland

Forthcoming issues of JECER

2018 – Volume 7
Issue 1 with open themes according to the journal scope. Please email your manuscript submission latest by 30th January 2018 to managing editor Leena Turja, e-mail: leena.m.turja@jyu.fi
The accepted articles will be published online flexilbly scheduled, latest by 31th August 2018.

Issue 2 Special Issue: Children’s social-emotional development and its support
Guest Editors: Merja Koivula and Marja-Leena Laakso, University of Jyväskylä, and Kerttu Huttunen, University of Oulu, Finland, are serving as the Guest Editors of this issue.
Acceptance/rejection of the submitted article proposals will occur early in January 2018.
Manuscripts are due April 30, 2018. Please, email your manuscript to Merja Koivula, e-mail: merja.e.koivula@jyu.fi
The accepted articles will be published online in November–December 2018.

Johanna Heikka
PhD, Senior lecturer, University of Eastern Finland