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Distances et savoirs

Call for papers and presentation of the theme

What is the role of distance education in the implementation of the right to education ?

Distances et savoirs is launching a call for research and "good practices" papers to be published in 2008 concerning distance education and the right to education (in particular reference to article 26 of the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights of December 10th, 2008) :

What is the role of distance education in the implementation of the right to education ? How is distance education involved when education is seen as a right ? What is its position in educational policy, as a factor of quality and an instrument for liberty.
This theme can be approached from multiple points of view, pedagogical, sociological, economical, political, legal, … as developed in the enclosed description.

Distances et savoirs is a scientific journal on distance education revue scientifique francophone, whose purpose is to promote research work and case studies on distance education, in the French speaking world. It is also open to other international articles.

Distances et savoirs is launching this call for papers in collaboration with five other scholarly journals with international influence and readership in Europe, North America, Asia, so as to promote reciprocal knowledge of research work and practices on the central theme of distance education and the right to education.

Scientific committee
Terry Anderson, Barbara Spronk (IRRODL), John Bourne, Janet Moore (JALN), Reidar Roll, Svein Haaland, Ana Perona (Open Praxis), Paul Kawachi, Sanjaya Mishra, Ramesh C Sharma (AsianJDE), Alan Tait (EURODL) and Martine Vidal, Monique Grandbastien, Pierre Moeglin (D&S).

Final texts selected by each participating journal (according to the usual scientific process of anonymous expertise) will be published in their original language on a common website, with free access ; they may also be published on the usual web sites of the journals, and in the printed versions of those journals, either in their original language or translated. Authors will benefit from a wide international dissemination, and their works will make up a common international reference regarding distance education and the universal question of the right to education.


  • October 2006 : call for papers ;
  • January 31st, 2007 : deadline for submitting summaries of propositions for articles (500 to 1000 maximum words) ;
  • April 1st, 2007 : Notification to authors of selected propositions ;
  • December 1st, 2007 : deadline for submitting the first version of full text ;
  • January 1st, 2008 : Final versions of texts ;
  • pring 2008 : All selected texts published on common website of participating journals.

For Distances et savoirs abstracts are to be sent to :


Articles will have to conform to usual scholarly requirements : research questions, methodology, references, contextualisation, results and implications.

Download a complete description of the theme.

French version.