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A new serial, announced on Monday this week, called In Factis Pax: A Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, will focus on examining “issues central to the formation of a peaceful society.” The website for In Factis Pax (In Knowledge there is Peace), says that the journal will be published semi-annually by the Department of Foundations of Education, in association with the Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education, both of which are in the University of Toledo’s Judith Herb College of Education.

The journal, according to its mission statement, is “dedicated to the examination of the epistemological relationship between knowledge, peace, and social justice.” The issues it hopes to examine that are critical for establishing a peaceful society include “the prevention of violence, political challenges to peace and democratic societies.”

The founders of the journal suggest that three core human social concepts—democracy, justice, and “human flourishing”—are based on education, which is essential for forming just and peaceful societies. The journal intends to foster discussions of the ways that the search for knowledge helps promote peacefulness.

The stated theme of the first issue is “the relationship between knowledge and peace.” The editors believe that “knowledge liberates individuals from the impediments to the achievement of peaceful societies.” Education, which develops human dignity and potential, provides the path to a just and peaceful society, they write. The editors invite submissions to this inaugural issue.

The peer-reviewed journal, which will be published online, has set February 1, 2007, as the deadline for submissions for the first issue. The journal hopes to attract submissions from established scholars as well as new researchers, according to Dale T. Snauwaert, Chair of the Department of Foundations of Education and Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education at Toledo. The website provides detailed submission guidelines.