EXCERPTS: CERAPIE is a follow-up publication to the 5th European Conference on Research in Chemical Education (5th ECRICE), that took place with great success in the University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece, from 21 until 25 September 1999. In undertaking this publication, the following targets have been set:
With the exception of invited contributions,
the full papers were each sent to two reviewers
decision about acceptance/conditional acceptance after minor or major
revision or rejection of the manuscript was based entirely on the reviewers'
recommendations. The reasons for rejection of mainly research papers
was mainly poor methodology. As one distinguished reviewer commented
criticising a particular manuscript, 'We want to encourage people
to get interested in chemistry education research, but they must learn
the methodologies of the discipline.'
The future of CERAPIE. Certainly readers will wonder if there is going to be a future for CERAPIE. Its original aim has been to provide the best possible means for the participants of the 5th ECRICE to present internationally their work if they so wished, and if the work was of high or at least good quality. This aim is fulfilled with the publication of the first two issues. But the four targets, which we set, could not be fully satisfied by just doing that. In our opinion, CERAPIE must have a more permanent presence. Its continuation is a very hard job which cannot be undertaken by one person. We invite everyone interested in a dialogue about the most effective way to make the presence of CERAPIE permanent.
Acknowledgement: I have to thank (1) all authors who submitted papers; and (2) all reviewers for their hard work and professional comments.