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Call for Papers: Special Issue on investigating the effect of COVID-19 disruption in education using REDS data

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Guest Editors:

Alice Bertoletti, European Commission Joint Research Centre

Zbigniew KarpińskiEuropean Commission Joint Research Centre

LSAE is launching a Special Issue on the educational disruption due to the COVID-19 crisis in different areas of the world, as well as on the responses of national governments, schools, teachers, students and their families. Papers should empirically analyse data available in the REDS database, providing new evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on students, teachers or schools. 

 Eligible contributions would cover topics such as:

•    Educational inequality;
•    Students’ self-assessments of their academic progress;
•    Teaching modes and methods;
•    Learning continuity through remote learning;
•    Digital skills and skill development;
•    Students’ and teachers’ well-being;
•    Evaluation of educational policies.

Submission deadline:

April 15 2022 – for submission proposals

August 31 2022 – for full submissions

Submission instructions


Before submitting a proposal, please consider the following:

Proposals should take the form of an extended abstract (maximum of 700 words).Proposals should explain how you plan to use REDS data to answer a specific research question or a set of questions. Given the focus of REDS is on responses to educational disruption, all proposals should be related to how schools, teachers, or students coped with the disruption. For each research question or hypothesis, the proposals should show how that question or hypothesis will be answered or evaluated using the REDS data: with which variables, which groups of participants (e.g., students or teachers), with what statistical tools, using data from all countries participating in REDS or just a subset. Proposals must include an empirical component based on the original analysis of the REDS data.

Proposals should be submitted to


Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Large-scale Assessments in Education. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the journal submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select “Special Issue on investigating the effect of COVID-19 disruption in education using REDS data” in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on series title. All submissions will be subject to a double-blind peer review, and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection of papers.

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficientHigh visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your articleNo space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed. 

  1. This paper investigates how the COVID-19 school closure has affected the gender gap in grade-8 students' performance and what are the drivers behind this. By analysing four different countries (i.e., the Russi...

    Authors: Alice Bertoletti, Federico Biagi, Giorgio Di Pietro and Zbigniew Karpiński
    Citation: Large-scale Assessments in Education 2023 11:6
  2. Remote learning, or synchronous or asynchronous instruction provided to students outside the classroom, was a common strategy used by schools to ensure learning continuity for their students when many school b...

    Authors: Alec I. Kennedy, Ana María Mejía-Rodríguez and Andrés Strello
    Citation: Large-scale Assessments in Education 2022 10:29