12 September 2018

Social science journals are undergoing a process of change to reach the quality standards required by knowledge assessment agencies. This paper presents an overview of the main areas requiring improvement in order to attain a better position, visibility, and impact for these journals. Considering its remarkable trajectory that makes it a reference in the field of social sciences, the model of the journal Comunicar is analysed, pondering the relationship between articles received and accepted, authorship, methodologies, and quality criteria employed by the journal. This piece concludes with a reflection on the existence of a new academic culture, the potential quality parameters of the journals and their indicators, the importance of the author of academic texts and his or her training, the establishment of topics of interest beyond the local or individual, visibility and transference, and the incorporation of new ways of measuring the impact of work, in line with the resources of the digital society.


Cite this article as: Pérez-Rodríguez, A. M., García-Ruiz, R. and Aguaded, I. (2018). Comunicar: calidad, visibilización e impacto | Comunicar: quality, visibility and impact. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 76 (271), 481-498. doi:

21 December 2016

This article analyses the impact of the MOOC movement on the Twitter social network. To do so the lexical-semantic impact of 55,511 tweets by ten of the world’s leading platforms offering MOOC courses was analysed using a tf-idf calculation to represent documents in natural language processing.

The Twitter profiles, patterns of use, and geolocation of tweets by continent were also analysed using computational and statistical techniques. The results show that there is no correlation between use of Twitter accounts by MOOC platforms and their number of followers.

The tweets by participants are mainly grouped into two semantic blocks: alert/ excited and calm/relaxed and tweet traffic is often concentrated in the United States and Europe; South America’s percentage is moderate while Africa, Asia and Oceania have little impact. The most frequently occurring words in the tweets are: «learning», «skills», «course», «free» and «online».



Cite this article as: Vázquez-Cano, E., López Meneses, E., & Sevillano García, M. L. (2017).  La repercusión del movimiento MOOC en las redes sociales. Un estudio computacional y estadístico en Twitter | The impact of the MOOC movement on social networks. A computational and statistical study on Twitter. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 75 (266), 47-64. doi:

18 January 2013

The paper aims to justify and assess the importance of impact evaluation of plans or intervention programs in organizations in general and in the educational ones in particular, to know the changes taking place in people and organizations themselves, especially the long-lasting ones that lead to a sustainable change, the magnitude of those changes and the determinant factors of their achievements. It begins with a conceptual approach to the term impact considered as the effects of an intervention, highlighting the sense that makes reference to the footprint" left over time in an organization. It is also pointed out the relationship between impact evaluation and sustainable change, analyzing the meaning of impact evaluation in its temporary dimension, emphasising the difficulties it raises and studying in depth those of methodological character connected with design, indicators and measurement. The paper ends with the conclusions coming from the analysis carried out.