Instructions for authors
Revista española de pedagogía was created in 1943 and its search for excellence has always distinguished itself. In fact, it has been the first journal of pedagogical research in Spanish that has been included in the most relevant international databases. It accepts only original, high quality submissions from anywhere in the world that help advance pedagogical knowledge, avoid mere opinion polls, and are of general interest. Articles must follow commonly accepted ethical criteria; in particular, in cases of plagiarism and falsification of data, the author will be penalized by the rejection of their submissions. Articles with more than three authors will only be accepted if a reasoned explanation is provided, and in any case, the intellectual collaboration of all the signatories must be certified, not just data collection. Three issues a year are published.
The original language of the journal is Spanish, the language used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. However, meeting the demands of a globalized world requires the use of not only Spanish but also English to make the articles we publish available to the international academic community, just as we have traditionally done by publishing some articles in English. Therefore, the policy of the journal is for it to be printed wholly in Spanish and for articles to be published in Spanish and English on its website (revistadepedagogia.org). The articles need to be written in the native language of the first signatory; If this language isn´t Spanish or English, it should be sent in English. If an article is accepted, an economic agreement will be reached with the authors to implement the procedure that guarantees the use of appropriate academic language in them, with the translation being done by native expert professionals in each of the languages who must translate all the contents of the original article, including tables and graphs.
C.1. The publication of research articles must be in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (www.apastyle.org), from which we list some basic points authors must follow.
1) The length of the contributions, including all sections, will be between 6000 and 7500 words. They must be written double spaced, on numbered pages, in Times New Roman typeface.
2) The first page must include: the title of the article (in lower case, except the first letter) in English (not in italics, 24 point, bold) and Spanish (in italics, 18 point, bold); the name of the author or authors (bold, name in lower case and surname in capital letters), 11 point and also bold, followed by the abbreviation Ph.D. if you are a doctor, and followed by your professional category and place of work (Full Professor, University of Valencia, not in italics) as well as your email (in italics); an Abstract (10 point bold) followed by the body of the abstract of between 200 and 300 words (10 point, without bold, first line indented) in English,in accordance, where possible, with the IMRAD format (introduction, objective, method, results, discussion and conclusions). Then, the Keywords (10 point bold) are listed, between 5 and 8 (10 point, lowercase and not in bold). Authors are adviced to check international thesauri such as UNESCO or ERIC. Following the abstract and keywords, the article should include the translation of both into Spanish (Resumen and Descriptores) or English, depending on the original language of the article.
It is important to remember the value of reflecting carefully on the choice of title and the wording of the abstract of the articles. The text of the article then follows in 12 point.
3) The start of each paragraph will be intended in 0.5 cm. The text will not be justified. Headings should be in lowercase 14 point bold and in line, not intended. Subheadings will be in lowercase 12 point bold and in line, not intended. Finally, lower-level subheadings will be in lowercase 12 point normal text, and in-line, not indented.
4) Following the APA model, the References list will be at the end of the article, in alphabetical order by surname, naming all the authors up to a maximum of seven, with the second line indented, and will be written as follows:
|Taylor, C. (1994). La ética de la autenticidad. Barcelona: Paidós.
Taylor, C., & Pérez, J. (Eds.) (2001). Multiculturalism. Montreal: Delachaux.
• Journal articles:
|Siegel, H. (2002). Philosophy of Education and the Deweyan Legacy. Educational Theory, 52 (3), 273-280.|
• Chapters in multiauthor books:
|Mendley, D. M. (2005). The Research Context and the Goals of Teacher Education. In M. Mohan, & R. E. Hull (Eds.), Teaching Effectiveness (pp. 42-76). New Jersey: Educational Technology Publications.
• References to web page
|OCDE (2000). Methodology for Case Studies of Organizational Change. Retrieved from http://bert.eds.udel.edu/oecd/cases/CASES11.html (Consulted on 2018-12-31).|
If the number of authors exceeds seven, the first six authors will be written in the reference, followed by an ellipsis and the name of the last author.
5) References in the body of the article are written in an abbreviated way that differs from what is used in the Reference list. Specifically, if the reference is a direct quotation, the text must be enclosed in quotation marks and, usually at the end, the author's last name, year and page number are placed in parentheses: (Taylor, 1994, p. 93). If it is not a direct quotation, and so is not enclosed in quotation marks, the page number will be omitted: (Taylor, 1994). When the author's name is given in the text he/she will not be included in the parenthesis: According to Taylor (1994, p. 93), culture ... When an idea is supported by several authors, they will be separated by semicolons: (Taylor, 1994; Nussbaum, 2012).
To quote several works by one author, only the years will be added after the author, with letters added if it is necessary to distinguish between publications from the same year: (Taylor, 1994, 1996a, 1996b).
With works by 3 to 5 authors, all of them will be mentioned on the first occasion, and the first occasion only. On subsquent occasion, add: et al. When there are more than 6 authors, the first author will always be stated, followed by: et al.
Textual quotes will be written in-line if they have fewer than 40 words. If the quotation has 40 words or more, it will be placed in a separate paragraph, without quotation marks, indented by 0.5 cm and in the body text style in a typeface one point smaller. Following the quotation, the author, the year and the page are added in parentheses. The material quoted is reproduced textually, including spelling and punctuation.
Other authors’ texts will be quoted following the criterion of consulting the originals that are written in those languages and using their official translation when such text has also been edited in the other language. If this official translation is not available, the quoted text will be offered to the readers translated by the author of the article (noting that the translation belongs to the author of the article), or by the sworn translator hired by the journal.
The use of endnotes will be limited. They must have correlative numbering, using the automatic system in Word and they will be placed after the article and before the References that list everything cited in the text; exceptionally could be a Bibliography instead of References.
6) To highlight a word, italics will be used. Underlining or bold should not be used.
7) The number of lists, diagrams, tables and graphs in the text should be limited. These will be called Tables or Graphs. In any case, they must be where they should be in the article and always in black and white. In tables, columns should be aligned using tabs (only one tab per column). When quoted in the text (e.g. "as we see in Figure 1 on core subjects"), only the first letter will be capitalized, while at the top of the Table or Figure the whole word will be in small caps, in 12 point capital with Arabic numerals, followed by a point, writing the title in normal text.
The text within the table will be written in the same typeface as the normal text, not in italics or bold, and in 9 point. The source of the table or figure will be placed below it, without a space of separation, stating the Source, colon, surnames, comma and year, or saying Own elaboration.
Graphs and tables, in addition to appearing where they should in the article, have to be sent in their original editable format whenever possible. The images sent must be of high quality (300 dpi).
Equations will be centered, separated from the main text by two lines. They should be referenced in the text, stating the number of the equation; therefore, they will be accompanied by Arabic numerals, aligned to the right and in parentheses in the same line.
C.2. In addition to research articles, the revista española de pedagogía wishes to keep up to date by publishing, in various formats, other works and relevant information in pedagogical science. For this reason, it publishes reviews of books, current news, brief commentaries on educational problems, readers' comments on articles published in the last year, etc. These must all be sent to the journal using the procedure described in the next section. The reviews, always on recent books from relevant publishers, will be between 1200 and 1700 words and must be submitted along with a copy of the book reviewed. They will be headed by the book's details as follows:
Villardón-Gallego, L. (Coord.) (2015). Competencias genéricas en educación superior. Madrid: Narcea. 190 pp.
Commentaries will be between 600 and 1500 words, with a maximum bibliography of five references. Comments on articles published will have a maximum of 600 words, and the journal will send them to the author of the article analyzed so he/she can prepare a response, which will be of no more than 500 words.
Papers must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Authors must send two Word files: one that does not disclose the identity of the author or any self-references that reveal his or her name. The other file must include this information, along with a biography of the author consisting of around four lines. This biography must always include: the highest academic qualification obtained and the university where it is from, the current academic level and institution where the author is conducting research, together with the ORCID identifier and any other information considered highly relevant, as well as the email and contact number for the journal. Along with these files, authors must send a document containing a declaration of authorship, transfer of copyright, etc., which can be downloaded HERE.
Due to the high number of papers sent to the journal, papers may only be submitted within the 4 following time frames:
- 10th to 30th January
- 1st to 30th April
- 10th June to 10th July
- 1st to 30th October
Special deadlines may be set for public calls for papers for monographic issues. Articles will not be accepted outside of these time frames and anyone who does send one will not receive a reply. Reviews, news, etc. may be submitted all year round.
The assessment process is objective and impartial. To this end, the "double-blind" principle is applied, ensuring that reviewers are unaware of the identity of authors whose articles they are reviewing, and authors, likewise, are unaware of who is reviewing their papers. External reviewers will work in the assessment process to guarantee expert opinions.
Authors will receive confirmation of receipt of their article within 15 days of emailing their work to email@example.com. Approximately three weeks after this notification, they will be sent the results of the initial evaluation. The time frame established for completing the review process is four months from the date the article was confirmed as received. After this deadline, the author will ordinarily be informed of the final outcome of the assessment. If the outcome is positive, it is important to bear in mind that the journal will not normally publish papers by the same author within a period of two years following the publication of his or her paper, nor will topics that have been addressed in special issues be accepted within the same period. If the outcome is negative, please be reminded that the experts do not review authors, whose identities are unknown, but rather the specific papers. This allows authors whose papers have not been accepted to submit other papers at a later date. Any papers received will not be returned.
When a paper is accepted, the author will be required to send a printed copy of the final text, attaching an explanation of how he or she has incorporated the observations reached, as the case may be. The author will send an editable Word document with the final text to the aforementioned email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The publication of articles does not entitle authors to any form of remuneration. Authorisation from the journal is required for any type of reproduction/copy. Authors will receive one copy of the edition. Authors of book reviews will receive two copies of the edition. They will also receive a PDF version of their article in both English and Spanish. A one-year embargo will be applied to this PDF file, following the publication of the edition; however, it may be sent privately to cited authors, colleagues, etc. All authors are required to use the most effective methods to spread their articles, obtain citations and further pedagogical knowledge, in accordance with the different possibilities while their articles are under embargo, or when one year has already passed since they are published including them in repositories, etc.
Once the papers have been published in the revista española de pedagogía, authors can contribute to dissemination tasks, both by supporting the ones that the journal itself carries out and by their own initiative. Specifically:
1) The revista española de pedagogía has profiles on the main social networks (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn), where it disseminates the papers it publishes, consequently we recommend that authors follow the journal on these networks and share their publications.
2) In addition, our journal is part of the Aula Magna 2.0 academic blog (http://cuedespyd.hypotheses.org/), where entries on topics of interest for educational research, as well as reviews of articles are regularly published,, which contribute to their diffusion.
3) It is also advisable to use academic social networks (ResearchGate, Academia, university repositories, etc.), uploading the articles when the embargo period (one year) has elapsed.
4) Articles have an embargo period before becoming freely available on the web. These articles could be offered freely immediately, after an economic agreement with the journal.
(Version, January 2020)
The revista española de pedagogía is present in the leading Spanish and international databases, such as Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Scopus, JSTOR, etc. In fact, it was the first Spanish journal to appear in JCR, where 95 per cent of the journals in the Education and Educational Research category are only available in English. Consequently, since 2017, the revista española de pedagogía has also made all of its articles and book reviews available online in English.
All of the articles published in the journal since it was founded in 1943 are available on this website. Articles can be downloaded for free apart from ones from the previous year.