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Proposed aim and scope

The International Journal for School Climate and Violence Prevention has two major aims: To publish original academic papers dealing with the study of K-12 school climate, social emotional and academic development, and related prosocial (e.g. character education and mental health promotion) improvement efforts that promote school safety, violence prevention, wellbeing and climates for learning that support K-12 school and life success as well as an engaged citizenry. Papers may include theoretical reflections, reports of quantitative and qualitative research, critical and integrative literature reviews and meta-analyses, discussion of methodological issues, reports of the development and validation of  relevant assessment instruments, and reviews of books and evaluation instruments. In addition to classroom-level and school-level environments, the Journal also recognizes that out-of-school learning environments (afterschool programs; the home, the neighborhood and larger community) all influence learning, development and effective and sustainable school improvement efforts. Secondly, the Journal will support research, policy and/or practice conversations that further inter-disciplinary learning and practical actions that support children’s ability to learn and develop in healthy ways.

The Journal is a peer reviewed and open source. Over the next handful of years, we expect that the Observatory will become “impact rated”.

Flinders University (South Australia) is the home of the Journal. The Journal has an affiliation with the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group on School Community, Climate and Culture (SC3) as well as School Effectiveness and Improvement. And the Student wellbeing and Prevention of Violence (SWAPv) Research Center, South Australia.

Past publications

IJSCVP – Volume 4 – N ° 1 – 2019

IJSCVP – Volume 3 – N ° 1 – 20181 – School Environment and Gender-based Violence: What type of mobilization…

IJSCVP – Volume 3 – N ° 1 – 2018

IJSCVP – Volume 3 – N ° 1 – 2018 1 – School Environment and Gender-based Violence: What type of…

Professor Eric Debarbieux

Eric Debarbieux, cofondateur avec Catherine Blaya de l’Observatoire International de la Violence à l’école a d’abord un parcours d’éducateur et…

IJSCVP – Volume 2 – N ° 1 – 2017

IJSCVP – Volume 2 – N ° 1 – 20171 – The behaviour change checklist: assessing behaviour recognition and motivation for…


Grace Skrzypiec, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Jonathan Cohen, Teachers College, Columbia University

Regional editors

Latin America: Professor Verónica L. López

Middle East: Professor Ruth Berkowitz (University of Haifa, Israel)

European Union: Catherine Blaya (University in Lausanne, Switzerland)

European Union: Prof. Dr. Rosario Ortega-Ruiz (University of Cordoba, Spain)

European Union: Annalisa Guarini (University of Bologna)

India: Prof. Damanjit Sandhu (Punjabi University, India)

Asia: Soon-Won Kang (Seoul National University and Gyeongin National University of Education South Korea)

Editorial Board

Pr. Ron Avi Astor – University of Southern California, U.S.A.

Pr. Claire Beaumont – Université Laval, Quebec Canada

Pr. Rami Benbenishty – Bar Ilan University, Israel

Pr. Eric Debarbieux – University Paris Est Créteil – UPEC, France

Dr. Benjamin Moignard – University Paris Est Créteil – UPEC, France

David Osher, Ph.D. American Institute for Research, USA

Pr. Azucena Ramos Herrera – University of Guadalajara, Mexico

Pr. Egide Royer – Université Laval, Quebec

Pr. Phillip Slee – Flinders University of South Australia

Dr. Terry Carol Spitzer – Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo, Mexico

Pr. Georges Steffgen – University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Dr. Mitsuru Taki – National Institute of Educational Policy Research, Japan

Amrit Thapa, Ph.D., International Education Development Program,

Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Pr. Mao Yaqing – Beijing Normal University, China

Pr. Marvin W. Berkowitz – University of Missouri-St-Louis, USA

About this journal

The journal is committed to maintaining the highest level of integrity in the content published. This journal has a Conflict of Interest policy in place.

Journal submissions are assigned to editors in an effort to minimize potential conflicts of interest. The following relationships between editors and authors are considered conflicts and are avoided: Current colleagues, recent colleagues, recent co-authors, and doctoral students for which editor served as committee chair. After papers are assigned, individual editors are required to inform the managing editor of any conflicts not included in the list above. In the event that none of the editors satisfy all of the conflict screens, co-editors who are least conflicted will be assigned to the manuscript. In addition, co-editors who are least conflicted are assigned for all paper submissions by sitting editors. Journal submissions are also assigned to referees to minimize conflicts of interest. After papers are assigned, referees are asked to inform the editor of any conflicts that may exist.

The journal will become a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and subscribes to its principles on how to deal with acts of misconduct thereby committing to investigate allegations of misconduct in order to ensure the integrity of research.

Content published in this journal is peer reviewed.

The journal will periodically report and transparently showcase relevant metrics:

  • SPEED: Days from submission to first decision
  • Days from acceptance to online publication
  • USAGE: Downloads