Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education publishes original articles on all aspects of education which are informed by the idea of complexity in the broad sense (that is, in its technical, applied, philosophical, theoretical, or narrative manifestations).

We publish a range of articles in five different sections of the journal, including:

  1. Research articles: (peer reviewed) In this section of the journal we publish original research articles of between 4,000 to 10,000 words which address educational issues from a "complex" perspective. For this section we promote "conversation" about the ideas presented in any particular article through publishing responses to each article, by selected academics in that field of inquiry.
  2. Responses to research articles: (not peer reviewed) Selected respondents are invited to elaborate on each of the peer-reviewed research articles published, showing how the insights presenterd therein link to other bodies of knowledge.
  3. Vignettes: (not peer reviewed) These are short descriptions (2,000-4,000 words) of evocative episodes via either prose, poetry, photograph, or drawing.
  4. Semantic play and possibility: (not peer reviewed) For this section, contributors are asked to select a term or concept that is prominent in the educational literature and to give it a complexivist spin. These articles are generally between 1,000 to 2,500 words in length.
  5. Book reviews: Book reviews are normally short, approximately 1,000-1,500 words and designed to provide a quick, informative, and insightful service to Complicity readers. Complicity also publishes essay reviews, in which one or more books, journal articles or other publications are analyzed together.
We also have an Open Forum section which provides a space in which people may exchange any information and ideas that may be of relevance to Complicity readers. Please contact the editor-in-chief if there is a matter that you believe should be broadcast to our readers in this way.


Section Policies

Research Articles

  • Bernard Ricca
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Responses

  • Bernard Ricca
Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Semantic Play and Possibility

  • Bernard Ricca
  • Donna Trueit
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


  • William Doll
  • Laura Jewett
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

  • Sarah Pratt
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All articles that are submitted to the journal are reviewed initially by the editors. At this stage editors will consider the scope and focus of the article and at this point a decision will be made whether to:

  1. send it out for peer review as a Research article, or
  2. invite the author to rework the article for the Vignette or Semantic Play section of the journal, in which case the journal editors will liaise with the author on style, formatting and content of the article (we are open to publishing a range of formats but we do need to work within the constraints of the journal's overall layout), or
  3. suggest the paper be sent elsewhere.

If the article has a sufficient and appropriate research focus, it will then enter our peer review process. We have a double blind review policy.

Articles sent out for peer review are reviewed by at least two members of Complicity's review panel and occasionally (where necessary) by one or two selected reviewers who are not members of Complicy's review panel.

Typically, reviewers in Complicity's review panel will "self-select" by responding to a call sent out to the entire panel. The call reveals only the title and abstract of the article. Reviewers who volunteer are subsequently sent the full paper to review.

Submissions are judged largely on originality, relevance to the field, and rigour, although writing style, accessibility, and word length are also taken into account. Based on their professional judgement of these criteria, reviewers then recommend whether the article should be:

  1. Accepted for publication in the Research Articles section of the journal.
  2. Accepted for publication in the Research Articles section of the journal conditional to minor revisions.
  3. Substantially revised and resubmitted for a new round of peer reviewing.
  4. Considered for the Vignette or Semantic Play section of the journal (in which case the author may be invited by the editors to rework the article for one of these two sections).
  5. Submitted to a different journal.

Typically, each round of peer reviewing takes between 1-3 months, depending on the availability of appropriate reviewers.


Publication Frequency

The journal currently publishes twice a year.

Towards the end of January, we publish a "regular" issue, which contains a peer-reviewd research section as well as other non-peer reviewed sections  (i.e., responses to research articles, vignettes section, semantic play section, book review section).

When possible, we also publish a “special” issue at the end of July. These special issues may be edited by ourselves or by members of the "complexity and education" community.

The inaugural issue of Complicity was published in December of 2004. ISSN 1710-5668


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Complicity is indexed and available in full text in EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases, as well as The Philosopher's Index and GoogleScholar.  ISSN:  17105668.