The International Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS) publishes three types of contributions. These most be written according to the APA 6th edition standards and will be submitted to an imparcial evaluation by expert peers, based on an evaluation criteria adequately described. The contributions are:
- Articles: refers to original and non-published researches aimed at educational improvement (improving education).
- Texts reviews: refers to critical revisions of books, articles or any other type of contribution related to the topics of RIEJS.
- Published-contributions Reviews: refers to critical reflections about the RIEJS publications.
Contributions should be sent by e-mail, enclosed to the message with the extensions .doc, .docx, .rtf to the editor in chief: firstname.lastname@example.org
In case that the author or authors do not have access to e-mail, contributions could be sent by postal mail. In this case, the author(s) have to send two copies (paper and CD -MSWord format-) to the following address:
F. Javier Murillo Torrecilla
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Facultad de Formación de Profesorado y Educación
C/ Fco. Tomás y Valiente, 3
1. It only be accepted unpublished papers or of scarce diffusion. In this last case, the original publication should be explicit indicated as the permission or license of publication from the publishing institution publication.
2. The originals may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese or, exceptionally in English.
3. There is not a definite length for articles, but it is recommended contributions of no more than 8.000 words and no less from 6000.
4. In a separate sheet must include the article title, together with the name of the author(s), address, institution, job position and phone number, fax and e-mail. Clearly indicate to whose author should refer the correspondence.
5. It will be also included a ten line résumé of the authors, in order to be published with the article.
6. Articles will be submitted as the following order and structure
A. Title page. First page of manuscript.
Like a cover of the manuscript this first page will contain:
Title of the article, as clear and concise as possible, written first in Spanish and then in English, containing between 8 or 9 key words based on ERIC Thesaurus (Education Resources Information Center), which is accessible in Thesaurus - http://www.eric.ed.gov/.
Name and two surnames of each of the authors, taking into account the form of signature for indexing in international databases.
Full name of the institution of each author, with the reference on side of the name of the author with Arabic numbers in parentheses.
Complete name and address of the responsible of the paper or first author, including the e-mail address, if have one, or phone.
Scholarships, subventions or financial supports for research projects and other specifications, when it is appropriate.
B. Abstract and key words pages (second page of the manuscript, and third if is necessary)
A second independent page must contain the names and surnames of the authors, the title of the article and the abbreviate title of the academic journal, a summary of the article contents in Spanish and the list of the key words. Both the abstract and the key words will have an English version.
The abstract of the paper will have an extension between 150 and 250 words. In the case of the original articles, the content will be divided in four sections (structured abstract): introduction, methods, results and discussion. In each one of them it will describe briefly, respectively, the reason and objective of the research, the methodology, the most relevant results and main conclusions. It will emphasize the new and relevant aspects of the contribution. In the case of special contributions it will synthesize the paper without dividing in these four sections.
Key words: Below of the abstract it will specify 5-10 key words or short phrases that identify the content of the paper for its inclusion in the national and international repertories, databases and repositories. It will endeavor to put the more key words as possible till a maximum of ten. It will use key words or terms internationally accepted in the educational field to express the concepts and contents (see ERIC Thesaurus)
C. The manuscript text (starting from the fourth page)
The third or fourth page and following will be dedicated to the manuscript text. The articles should be adjusted to the following structure (also considering the scientific discourse of the different areas): introduction, theoretical justification, objectives, methods, results, discussion and conclusions.
Introduction: Is the general presentation of the article. There, it will justify the significance of the research problem that was tackled.
Theoretical justification: It should gather a review of the specialized literature on the study, using the strictly necessary bibliographic citations. It will not include data or conclusions of the presented paper. Not carry out a detailed literature review.
Methods: It will be presented with the convenient precision for the reader to understand and confirm the development of the research. Methods previously published as indexes or techniques should describe only briefly and only when necessarily, provide the appropriate citations unless a modification has been made. It will describe the calculation of the sample size and sampling type used in the case. It will reference to the type of statistical analysis used. If it is an original methodology, it is necessary to present the reasons which have led to its use and describe their possible limitations.
Results: They will appear in a logical sequence in the text, tables or figures, the same data should not be repeated in all of them. It will attempt to highlight the important observations. Without interpreting or making value judgments’, it will describe the observations made with the material and method.
Discussion and conclusions: It will summarize the findings, linking the own observations with other studies of interest and pointing the contribution and limitations of ones and others. Should not repeat in detail data or other material already discussed in other sections. Mention the inferences from findings and their limitations, including deductions for a future research. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study, avoiding free affirmations and the conclusions not completed supported by the data from the work.
Bibliography: The standards of the last edition of APA must be strictly followed.
The bibliographic citation will have to be extracted of the original documents, always indicating the initial and final page of the work from which proceed. In order to assure the coherence, at any time of the publishing process, the direction of the academic journal will be able to require from the authors the shipment of the first page (photocopy) of each one of the articles cited in the bibliography.
All authors will be mentioned till six of them. In case that there are more than 7, it would be taken the first 6 …
D. Format of tables, figures and abbreviations
Tables: should be numbered in order of appearance in the text with Arabic numbers.
It will be used to clarify important point not accepting the double documentation in the form of tables and figures. The titles or footnotes that accompany them should explain completely the contents of it.
Figures: Should be numbered in order of appearance in the text with Arabic numeral. It will be considered figures all kind of photography, graphics or draws. It will be assigned an Arabic numeral in order of appearance in the text being identified by the abbreviated term fig.(s). Footnotes or legends of each one must be typed with the correspondent number in a separated sheet.
Abbreviations: Only internationally accepted standard abbreviation should be used. When it is pretended to shorten a frequently used term in the text, the correspondent abbreviation, in parenthesis, the first time it appear should be accompanied. Roman numerals will not be used in the text, using for the decimal the point to the right of the zero and not a comma. The commercial names will not be used unless is necessary, in which case the first time will be accompanied by the symbol.
The articles submitted for consideration by the RIEJS will be assessed independently by two judges. These judges will assess each article based on:
- The quality and solidness of the theoretical framework
- The methodological appropriateness of work.
- The implication of the results in academic terms and for the development of educational polices.
- The quality of written and appropriateness of the article structure.
- The contribution of new ideas, points of views, perspectives or thematic innovative.
Finally, judges will recommend terms of publication such as:
- Publishable as it is.
- Review by the authors according to the comments made; in this case, the author or authors should review their contribution to conform to the comments of the judges.
- Rejected for its publication in RIEJS.
In case of discrepancy between the two judges, the article will be submitted to a third assessment.
The academic journal will inform through an annual memory, the number and percentage of accepted and rejected articles.