Grading mathematics education research journals


  • Günter Törner Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Ferdinando Arzarello Università degli Studi di Torino


Nowadays, all researchers are aware of the increasing importance accorded to the ranking and grading of scientific journals; it is now difficult to escape their influence. The systems that currently exist are often based on crude statistical analyses that have little to do with scientific quality (see e.g. Arnold & Fowler 2011). For these reasons, the Education Committee of the European Mathematical Society (EMS), together with the Executive Committee of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME), and supported by the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), decided in 2011 to organize a consultation in order to propose a grading of research journals in mathematics education based on expert judgment. A similar project has already been carried out for Chemical education and Science education journals (Towns & Kraft, 2011).