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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Cover letter signed by all authors which mentions:
    • Declaration of originality. Authors must provide references to similar contributions which have already been published, or which are currently under consideration by another journal, including published tables, illustrations or abstracts. Original work simultaneously presented to other journals will not be accepted.
    • Ownership and assignment of rights. Authors will grant non-exclusive exploitation rights (reproduction, distribution, public communication and transformation) of the work to SIPS, as publisher of the journal.
    • Also, authors will grant exploitation rights of the published material, even though they are authorized to freely distribute the published version (self-archiving) on open access institutional or thematic repositories.
  • The file is sent in .doc, .docx or .rtf format, and information about authors has been removed.
  • Title, abstract (max. 300 words) and keywords are in Spanish, Portuguese and English and follow the elaboration guidelines.
  • The text uses 1,5 spaced and 3 cm margins, Times New Roman font, 12-point type size. The text does not take breaks or page breaks. All illustrations, figures and tables are included in an independent file, and properly referenced in the text.
  • The text adheres to the bibliographic requirements stated in the Author Guidelines
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, all references to authors in the text have been removed, including metadata in the document properties.
  • Once the paper gets accepted, the authors will submit a translated version to the Secretariat: into Spanish or Portuguese (if the original is in English); or into English (if the original is in Spanish or Portuguese).
  • Authors have completed a short bio statement (5-8 lines) in the platform
  • Authors declare that they have actively contributed to the paper. There is not incomplete or undeserved authorship, nor authorship conflict
  • Authors declare that data presented in the paper are not false or manipulated.

Author Guidelines

Pedagogía Social. Revista Interuniversitaria, ISSN 1139-1723, e-ISSN: 1989-9742, is a peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Sociedad Iberoamericana de Pedagogía Social (SIPS). All submissions are peer-reviewed by external experts. It is a biannual journal; issues have been published in January and July since 1986.

The main goal of this journal is to contribute to dissemination of original research results in the fields of Social Pedagogy and Social Education.  

This publication does not apply or charge any fee to authors and contributors. 


Original papers are published in three different sections:

  • Monograph: This special section includes papers and studies focused on a specific topic related to Social Pedagogy and Education. A guest editor, who is responsible for getting contributions that will be reviewed before publication, coordinates it. Pedagogía Social. Revista Interuniversitaria Editorial Board evaluates monograph proposals received in the Secretariat, and schedules publication.
  • Research: This section includes papers presenting original and innovative research results, as well as papers that develop knowledge in an area related to Social Pedagogy and/or Education.
  • Information: This section includes thesis’ abstracts or recent book reviews. 

General submission guidelines (research papers)

  1. Papers must be in Spanish or Portuguese, and in English.
  2. Papers must be original, not previously published (totally or partially), nor submitted to another journal for consideration.
  3. All authors must sign a declaration stating that they have significantly contributed to the preparation of the paper and that it reports about an authentic research.
  4. Authors are obliged to properly identify all the sources used, to undertake the corrections they may receive from the editors or reviewers, and to notify to the journal editor any conflict of interests.
  5. Contributions are welcome throughout the year. The Editorial Board will schedule the publication of accepted papers at convenience.
  6. Papers must be submitted online using the Plataforma de Gestión de Revistas RECYT (Repositorio Español de Ciencia y Tecnología) http://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/PSRI/about/submissions 
  7. The Journal requests the ORCID code for authors' identification

Format guidelines

  1. All contributions will be submitted in *.doc, *.docx or *.rtf format, preferably using the provided template.
  2. The text must use Times New Roman font, 12-point type size, 1,5 spaced and 3 cm margins. The text will not take breaks or page breaks. All illustrations, figures and tables must be included in an independent file, and properly referenced in the text.
  3. Submission must include:
  • Title: It must be concise and represent clearly the content of the paper. It will include, when possible, terms from ERIC Thesaurus.
  • Abstract: It is a relevant section and must be carefully prepared. As a summary of the paper, it should made reference only to its content.  It will include a brief summary of each section of the paper: introduction, methods, results, and discussion (IMRaD). It must be written in past tense, as a concluded work. In a general basis, the abstract will be one paragraph with no more than 300 words. Acronyms should be avoided.
  • Keywords: 4-5 keywords clearly reflecting the paper content, extracted from ERIC Thesaurus and separated by “;”.
  • Length: submissions must have a length of 7,000 words approximately, including title, abstract, tables, graphs, and references.
  • Structure: the usual structure of research papers is suggested, in particular the IMRaD format. Introduction will summarize the state of the art, including references to recent studies about the topic under discussion. It will clearly specify the goals of the research, defined in a concrete, clear and precise way. It is strongly recommended to devote a broad section to explain in detail the methodology used (methodological perspective, sample, research techniques and tools). A description of the results, presenting the more relevant findings of the research, should also be included. The discussion and interpretation of results should contrast the obtained results with other recent studies. Finally, it is suggested to add a conclusions and proposals section, highlighting difficulties and limitations of the study and further research topics.
  • Graphic material (including tables, data sets, diagrams…): it must be sent in a different file, and always in an editable format. Contents should be sequentially numbered, and titled with a descriptive title.
  • Regarding datasets, authors can self-archive them and make them available through any specific repository, like Zenodo, in order to replicate the study.
  • Bibliographic references: All quotations and references must follow the 6th edition of APA style (apastyle.org). Notes will be included as endnotes and must be limited to the strict minimum.
  • It is highly valued that the bibliographic review includes recent references about the topic of the paper, preferably from high-impact national and international journals. 

General submission guidelines (book reviews and thesis abstracts)

Reviews and doctoral thesis summaries are not monitored in this magazine. These articles will extend from 500 to 800 words, and abstracts and key words are not required.

Submission and editorial processes will be conducted as usual. 

Book reviews: must contain the following fields:

  • Title
  • Book author’s surname and name (director or coordinator if needed)
  • Year. City and Publisher
  • Number of pages
  • ISBN
  • Review author’s name and institution
  • Review in Spanish or Portuguese (from 500 to 800 words)
  • Review in English (from 500 to 800 words)

Doctoral thesis summaries: must contain the following fields:

  • Title of the thesis
  • Author’s surname and name
  • Year of the thesis defense
  • Department and / or University             
  • Thesis director’s full name
  • Summary in Spanish or Portuguese (from 500 to 800 words)
  • Summary in English (from 500 to 800 words)

Submission process

  1. Only papers submitted through RECYT http://recyt.fecyt.es/index.php/PSRI/about/submissions will be admitted.
  2. At least one of the authors must be registered as “author” and initiate the submission process. During this process, authors must accept all the terms and provide all the requested data.
  3. Authorship attribution: Submissions will remove all author identification information. All the data referring to authors (normalized signature, contact address, affiliation, etc.) will be included during the submission process, but never in the manuscripts. 

Editorial process

The Sociedad Iberoamericana de Pedagogía Social adopts the Code for Good Scientific Practices approved by the CSIC in March 2010 and the agreements and good practices adopted by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Articles published in Pedagogía Social. Revista Interuniversitaria and the whole editorial process must adjust to the previous principles and ethical criteria.

  1. All submissions will be first revised by the Editorial Board for an editorial and ethical evaluation, who will check:
    • The adequacy of the paper to the journal’s thematic lines
    • Originality, novelty and interest of the topic discussed
    • Adequacy to the formal requirements
    • Acceptance of the publication terms
    • Lack of any conflict of interest and compliance of copyright notice
  2. External evaluators will review all papers that meet those requirements. This does not involve the acceptance for publication. Each paper will be anonymously delivered to a minimum of two experts on the topic. In case the reviewers belong to the SIPS board of directors or to the journal editorial team, the paper will be reviewed by a minimum of four experts.
  3. Reviewers will complete the provided review form confidential and anonymously, and they will submit a report about the paper’s suitability.
  4. When the reports are not positive, authors will have access through the platform to a summary of the reviewers' reports, so they can undertake the suggested changes to the manuscript within a period of no more than 30 days.
  5. If the new submission delays, the manuscript will be archived and the editorial process will conclude.
  6. Once the new version is received, the paper will be reviewed again to check the incorporation of the proposed modifications. Authors can send the comments they consider relevant to the editor. This review will be performed by the editorial board and/or by external evaluators.
  7. This process will be repeated as many times as necessary.
  8. Accepted papers will finally be scheduled for publication at the discretion of the editor. Authors will have to translate the article into English; the abstract and keywords will be also translated into Portuguese. These are prerequisites for final publication.
  9. Authors will have to actively participate in the review of the galley proofs prior to publication, providing as many data and comments as requested in a deadline of 15 days upon reception of the proofs.
  10. Original submissions won't be returned to authors.
  11. The Editor keeps the right to make changes in order to adjust the paper to the editorial style 

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