Educational Technology Research and Development

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A bi-monthly publication of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology Editor-in-Chief: Tristan E. Johnson; Lin Lin

ISSN: 1042-1629 (print version) 
ISSN: 1556-6501 (electronic version) 
Journal no. 11423 
Springer US

Educational Technology Research and Development is the only scholarly journal in the field focusing entirely on research and development in educational technology. 

The Research Section assigns highest priority in reviewing manuscripts to rigorous original quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods studies on topics relating to applications of technology or instructional design in educational settings. Such contexts include K-12, higher education, and adult learning (e.g., in corporate training settings). Analytical papers that evaluate important research issues related to educational technology research and reviews of the literature on similar topics are also published. This section features well-documented articles on the practical aspects of research as well as applied theory in educational practice and provides a comprehensive source of current research information in instructional technology.

The Development Section publishes research on planning, implementation, evaluation and management of a variety of instructional technologies and learning environments. Empirically based formative evaluations and theoretically based instructional design research papers are welcome, as are papers that report outcomes of innovative approaches in applying technology to instructional development. Papers for the Development section may involve a variety of research methods and should focus on one aspect of the instructional development process or more; when relevant and possible, papers should discuss the implications of instructional design decisions and provide evidence linking outcomes to those decisions.

The Cultural and Regional Perspectives Section (formerly International Review) publishes innovative research about how technologies are used to enhance learning and instruction in a culture or region. Educational technology studies submitted to this section should be situated in cultural contexts that critically examine issues and ideologies prevalent in a culture or region or by individuals or groups in a culture or region. Theoretical perspectives can be broadly based and inclusive of research such as: cultural models, technology frameworks, critical theory, and cultural studies. Papers published in this section include quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods and reviews with a cultural focus.

Educational Technology Research and Development publishes special issues on timely topics of interest to the community, in addition to regular papers. There is an open call for the submission of special-issue proposals from potential Guest Editors. See the General Call for Special-Issue Proposals on the journal homepage (

Manuscripts undergo a blind review process involving a panel of three reviewers with initial outcomes usually provided within two months. Instructions for authors are available at

ETR&D News

Increased Impact Factor for ETR&D

Jul 13 2020

The Educational Technology Research and Development's (ETR&D) 2019 impact factor increased to 2.303 (2019) from 2.115 (2018). ETR&D’s five year impact factor increased to 2.752 (2019) from 2.672 (2018). ETR&D is one of the top Q1 and SSCI journals. On behalf of AECT and Springer Nature, we congratulate all who contribute to the journal on this positive development.

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