About Nigeria Education
Nigeria Education is an online resource for those interested in education in Nigeria, and provides access to information on education-related research, researchers, institutions, journals and Non-Governmental Organisations (such as funders, training and research organisations) in Nigeria.
This editorial policy aims to define the overall focus of Nigeria Education and to outline its subject coverage, approach and objectives. Specifically, this editorial policy describes the Nigeria Education website and the service it provides in terms of topic coverage, types of document included, and selection processes, and provides clear guidelines for those wishing to submit content to the Nigeria Education website.
Nigeria Education aims to serve as a credible source for research on basic education in Nigeria and to provide:
- access to a literature database containing a range of quality research on education in Nigeria, as well as databases of researchers, journals, and organisations focusing and working on education in Nigeria. Filtering is provided for all content so that users can select items by topic or geographic coverage, journal type or year of publication.
- state-focused pages, which show research about the state, as well as researchers, journals and organisations based in the state.
- a platform for sharing of research and information on education in Nigeria.
The Nigeria Education website is aimed at the following primary audiences, although it may be of interest to others working on education issues more broadly:
- Policy-makers working on basic education in Nigeria
- Academics and researchers working on basic education in Nigeria
- Development partners and project staff working on basic education in Nigeria
- Civil Society Organisations working on basic education in Nigeria
- Media in Nigeria.
Nigeria Education aims to provide access to research and other information on the topic area of education in Nigeria. More specifically, it includes resources on the following issues:
- Access to education
- Gender and education
- Governance and education
- Non-state and private education, including religious education
- Educational outcomes
- Quality of education
These topic areas are the current topic areas (as of July 2014), but these are subject to change as and when it is deemed appropriate by the Nigeria Education editorial team.
For a document to be included in the Nigeria Education database, it must meet the following criteria. The document must:
- be written in English.
- be relevant to the topic areas covered by Nigeria Education, listed above.
- be relevant to the primary audiences for Nigeria Education, listed above.
In order to be adjudged as meeting the required quality for selection, a document must also satisfy at least two of the following criteria. The document must:
- address a pertinent issue in Nigeria education
- have strong policy lessons, implications and or recommendations
- originate from or be published by a reputable organisation
- be written by authors or sponsors who have a record of research on basic education in Nigeria.
Types of document we will consider:
- Journal articles, research papers, research reports
- Policy documents, policy briefs etc.
- Government publications
- Manuals, tool kits, practical guides
- Workshop, seminar or conference papers
- Evaluation reports, reviews, essays in journals
- Books (or chapters from)
- Development agency reports (e.g. DFID, UNESCO) focusing on basic education in Nigeria
The following types of documents will not be considered:
- Annual reports
- Brochures, publicity material or campaigning materials
- Opinion pieces not based on review of evidence
- Project reports, thesis or dissertations that are submitted for academic degrees or qualifications
- Research that is more than 10 years old, except adjudged as having an enduring quality
- Mission statements or similar.
For a journal to be included in the database, it must meet the following criteria. The journal must:
- be published in English
- not appear on the predatory journals list. A (not comprehensive) list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers is available at: http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/.
- be relevant to the topic areas covered by Nigeria Education
- be relevant to the primary audiences of Nigeria Education.
For a Researcher profile to be added to the Nigeria Education website, the following criteria must be met. The Researcher must:
- provide their name, rank, email address (the Researcher will have the option to decide whether this is displayed on the website or not), and a short resume
- undertake research on topic areas which are relevant to the topic areas covered by Nigeria Education.
For an organisation to be included in the Nigeria Education database, it must meet the following criteria. The organisation must:
- be a non-governmental organisation
- be located in Nigeria
- undertake work on topic areas relevant to the topic areas covered by Nigeria Education
- be relevant to Nigeria Education’s primary audiences.
We will consider the following types of organisations:
- funding organisations
- training organisations
- research organisations
- think tanks.
We will not consider the following types of organisations:
- political organisations
- for-profit organisations
- ideological fundamentalist organisations.
In any case where there is uncertainty as to whether to include or exclude any material, the EDOREN Country Director will take the responsibility for making a final decision.
Submission process and timeline
Once a submission is made, it will be assessed according to the Editorial Policy outlined above to determine whether it is suitable for inclusion on the Nigeria Education website. If the submission is deemed suitable, then it will be "approved" and added to the Nigeria Education website. If it is unsuitable, then it will not be approved or added to the website. In either case, we aim to contact the person who made the submission within two weeks of the submission (if contact details were provided) to let them know the outcome of the submission, and, if rejected, why it did not meet the criteria.