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). Contributions are accepted in both languages. 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.
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 between 5 and 8 Keywords are listed (10 point). 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 with the second line indented, and will be written as follows:
|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 The date of retrieval can be in parentheses.|
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 footnotes. 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 2 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.
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.
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 in paper and triplicate to the Editor of the revista española de pedagogía, Almansa, 101, 28040 Madrid. Two copies shall not contain the details of the author's identity. Self-references that might reveal the author's name are to be be avoided. The third copy will also include a biography of the author of about four lines. This biography will always include: the highest academic qualification obtained and the university that awarded it, the current academic level, and the institution where he/she works, and any other information he/she considers very relevant, as well as the email and contact phone number for the journal. The submission will be sent to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org one week after sending the hard copy. A Word file will be attached to this e-mail with the text that was sent on paper, without any authorship data. Along with the file, a document of statement of authorship and rights assignment agreement will be sent, which can be downloaded here. We will answer this e-mail within a period of about fifteen days. Sending a contibution by email only, is not allowed.
The evaluation system seeks objectivity and neutrality. Thus the 'double blind' principle is used, so the reviewers do not know the identity of the author of the article they are reviewing and the author does not know the name of the reviewers. In the evaluation process, external reviewers will be consulted, to ensure an expert judgment.
Owing to the high number of originals received, and in order to avoid unnecessary delays that could impede the publication in other journals of non-accepted papers, an initial assessment will be made, based on how appropriate the works received are for the purposes of the revista española de pedagogía as stated before. If their appropriateness is not of the required level, authors will be notified, within a period of approximately one month so that their work is available for them to use. If this notification is not received, this will mean that the article has started the evaluation process according to the procedure described above. The journal will not normally publish articles by the same author within a period of two years, nor will it publish topics that have been addressed in a monographic number.
The deadline established for the completion of this evaluation process is three months after the email confirming receipt of the article is sent. If, after this deadline, notification of acceptance of the article has not been given, the author may submit the paper elsewhere. It should be noted that the experts do not evaluate authors, whose identity they are unaware of, but specific articles. This means that an author, whose article has not been selected, may re-submit other papers later. Articles received will not be returned.
When an article is accepted, the author must send in a paper copy of the final text of the article, enclosing an explanation of how he/she has incorporated the observations that, if appropriate, have been sent to him/her from the Editor, along with the transfer of copyright. The author must also send an editable Word file containing the text sent to the email address email@example.com.
The publication of articles does not create any right to remuneration. The journal's permission is required for any reproduction. The authors will receive 20 copies of their article and a copy of the issue. Authors of book reviews will receive three copies and one copy of the issue. These extracts can be sent to other specialists in the field, as an effective means of disseminating and advancing pedagogical knowledge.
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, May 2017)
Revista española de pedagogía is present in the main Spanish and international databases, as the Journal Citation Reports (JCR), Scopus, ERIH Plus, etc. Concretely it was the first journal in Spanish included in the JCR, where the 95 percent of the journals in the section of Education and Educational Research are only in English. Since 2017 (issue number 266), all the articles are published also in English and are available in this website.