ISSN-L 1516-7313 printed version
ISSN 1980-850X online version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Aims and scope

Ciência & Educação aims to publish original articles drawn on the results of empirical or theoretical investigationsand  essays on topics related to Science and Mathematics Education. Research on Science Education and Mathematics Education is understood here as investigations that generate knowledge about teaching and learning of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geosciences, Astronomy, Health and Environment Education, as well as related areas. The journal also has the responsibility to spread among researchers, professors, teachers and students, as well as the general public, the national and international production in these areas of knowledge. Ciência & Educação was created and has been edited since 1995 under the auspicious of an Editorial Board composed of professors from the Postgraduate Program for Science Education at State University of São Paulo (UNESP). It has become one of the most important  journal in the area of Science and Mathematics Education. The participation of leading researchers from several national and international institutions in its Advisory Council and Board of Evaluators (composed of around 650 researchers), allowed the journal to reach the classification  A1, the most important level in the system QUALIS of journals Evaluation, managed by Coordination for the Improvement of High Education Personnel (CAPES) in Brazil. Published before in quarterly basis, from the year 2020 the journal is released in a continuous publication model. This means that as soon as an article is ready to be published, it will immediately released online to the public.

Editorial policy and ethics

Ciência & Educação follows strict procedures in order to guarantee ethical behavior in scientific communication. Such procedures are based on recommendations from national and international organizations, especially the guidelines of the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), with regard to the principles on how to deal with misconduct in order to guarantee research integrity.

COPE defines plagiarism as “When somebody presents the work of others (data, words or theories) as if they were his/her own and without proper acknowledgment”. Ciência & Educação uses plagiarism detection software to examine all submissions before forwarding them to the double blind review process.

Author responsibility

  • Contribute to the submitted work, whether in the idealization, conception, data compilation/analysis, and/or interpretation of findings.
  • Agree and comply with the ethical and editorial policies established by Ciência & Educação.
  • Take responsibility for the content of the submitted manuscript and for resolving any issues raised about the accuracy and integrity of the published work.
  • Ensure that all submissions are original with regard to ideas and content. If third-party content or other sources of information are used, they should be mentioned in the references.
  • Authors are expected to submit original research papers for peer review and accept global access to their work.
  • Avoid excessive and inappropriate self-citations, or previous arrangements with groups of authors to cite each other's work, which may otherwise be considered a form of misconduct.
  • For ethical reasons, authors are not allowed to publish the same study in several journals simultaneously.
  • Authors must acknowledge and correct errors, and consider reviewers' suggestions.
  • Conflicts of interest can be of a financial nature or not. To ensure transparency, it is necessary to declare any associations that may be perceived by others as a conflict of interest.
  • Plagiarism is unacceptable. All references to other works must be properly cited.
  • All sources of financial support for the project must be disclosed.
  • Collaborators, agencies and institutions that funded the study or who participated in substantive aspects of the research project should be acknowledged.
  • If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, authors must ensure that the manuscript includes a statement that all procedures have been carried out in compliance with the relevant institutional laws and guidelines, and have been approved by the appropriate institutional committee(s). In research involving human beings, a formal statement of approval by the Research Ethics Committee (REC) is required, based on, for example, the registration at Plataforma Brasil.
  • The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.
  • If authors find a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is their obligation immediately to notify the editor of the journal and cooperate to correct the article.

Editors’ code of conduct

  • The editors of Ciência & Educação evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, nationality or political philosophy of any author.
  • The editor of a peer-reviewed journal is responsible for deciding which of the submitted articles should be published, working together with researchers and readers from the community to which they are addressed.
  • The editors are responsible for maintaining and improving the quality of the works published by Ciência & Educação and for the integrity of the independent and anonymous double peer review process (also known as "double-blind peer review").
  • In accordance with COPE's recommendations on ethical editing, the editors will assign any submissions that they cannot handle (for example, in the event of participation in an article submitted to the journal) to a member of the Editorial Board or a guest editor.
  • The editor or any member of the editorial team must not disclose any information about a manuscript submitted to anyone other than the corresponding author, the reviewers, or other editorial consultants.
  • Unpublished materials appearing in a submitted manuscript must not be used in the editors’ own research without the express written consent of the authors.
  • Intellectual property rights must be observed and protected.
  • Evaluation and review of manuscripts must be based solely on scientific merit and remain free of personal bias.
  • If errors should be found in any material published in the journal, the Editors must take appropriate measures to acknowledge and correct them.

The reviewers

  • The articles are reviewed using the Double Blind Review system.
  • Reviewers must meet the deadlines set for the evaluation.
  • Evaluations must remain confidential, and the disclosing information about a manuscript or an article is not allowed.
  • Reviewers must carry out an objective and impartial assessment, based solely on academic merit, regardless of the authors' race, ethnic origin, sex, religion or nationality.
  • Reviewers must provide, when necessary, references to literature that they consider relevant to the work, thus contributing to its improvement.
  • If similarities are found to exist between the reviewed article and other works, the reviewers must inform the editors.
  • If there is a conflict of interest of any kind, the reviewer must reject the request for review.

 

Acknowledgement / correction

In the event of confirmed misconduct, due to error, plagiarism or data fabrication, the journal will issue a notice of acknowledgement and correction to fix the scientific record based on the guidelines of COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics).

Form and preparation of manuscripts

Author Guidelines

Presentation of the original article

The journal accepts contributions in Portuguese, Spanish and English languages. The originals must be submitted in typed text in Word for Windows or compatible software, font Times New Roman, size 12, single space, up to 15 pages. The paper size is A4 and the margins should be set at: 3 cm to the left and the top and 2 cm to the bottom and the right.

 

All originals submitted to publication should have abstract in English and vernacular language and five key words relating to the subject, in Portuguese or Spanish, and in English.
The standards of references and of citations follow the most current standards of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT), NBR6023 and NBR10520, respectively.

 

 

Institutional affiliation

 

The front page should contain the title of the article (in Spanish or Portuguese and English) and complete affiliation of all authors in the following order, where applicable: university name, with the acronym in brackets, name of the unit (college, institute, center or similar), name of the department, name of the city of the institution, acronym of the state to which the city belongs, country, and e-mail of the first author, for correspondence. The use of institutional e-mail is strongly recommended.

 

Title, abstract, keywords

 

The first page of text should include the title of the article in Spanish or Portuguese and English, abstract in Portuguese or Spanish, and English, up to 150 words, in both cases. Also must be assigned up to five keywords in Portuguese or Spanish, and in English, separated by a semicolon. These  keywords must describe as accurately as possible the content covered in the article, so as to facilitate users’ subject research. We recommend that the keywords are not the same as those already used in the title of the article.

 

Table

Tables should be represented according to the standards of tabular presentation of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The identification of the table should appear on top of it, in Arabic numerals, next to the word Table, followed by the title (mandatory), all in a smaller font than the text. Every table must cite the source, written in the first line of its footer, to identify those responsible for numerical data. The identification must be preceded by the word source or sources.

Every table must have a header to indicate the content of the columns. The frame of a table should not have vertical lines bounding the left and right sides. It is recommended that a table is presented on a single page and having graphic uniformity in the bodies, types and sizes of fonts and numbers, in the use of capital letters and graphic signs.
Illustration
Illustration of any kind (drawing, picture, diagram, flowchart, graph, map,layout, etc.) must have the .jpeg extension, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. We recommend the use of color graphics and images.
The illustration should be placed as close as possible to the text to which it refers to and its identification must appear at the top, in Arabic numerals, followed by the title. At the bottom of the illustration, the source must be cited, required item which identifies the authorship. The identification should be preceded by the word Source or Sources. These data should be typed in smaller font than the text.
ootnote
Numbered in Arabic numerals, footnotes must be brief and used only to clarify information when strictly necessary. Furthermore, they should be in smaller font and left aligned in the bottom of the page. The use of citations and/or references in footnotes is not allowed.
Transcript
Should be placed between quotation marks and in italics (eg transcription of a interview, speech etc.) when they are shorter than three lines. When they exceed the three lines, they must be in italics, aligned at 1.25 cm from the left margin and in a smaller font, to differentiate them from direct citation.
Citation
Citations should follow the order of author surname and date in uppercase and lowercase letters and, when in brackets, should be capitalized. Up to three authors should me mentioned, with their last names separated by semicolons. For more than three authors, use the surname of the first one and the expression et al.
1. Direct or literal citation: must be in the form: author's last name, date and page. Up to three lines, the citation should be between quotation marks and without italic. If over three lines, citation should follow the standard: recoil of 4 cm the left margin, smaller font, without quotation marks and/or italics.
2. Indirect citation: when the author is cited in the text, place the author's surname and year (in brackets). If the author's last name is in brackets, use capital letters.
Examples:

  • Seu caráter interdisciplinar compreende "[...] uma área de estudos onde a preocupação maior é tratar a ciência e a tecnologia, tendo em vista suas relações, conseqüências e respostas sociais" (BAZZO; COLOMBO, 2001, p. 93).
  • Na mesma perspectiva, Peixoto e Marcondes (2003) discutem visões equivocadas da ciência presentes nas interpretações de alunos inscritos em um programa especial de formação de professores de química para o Ensino Médio.

3. Citations of several documents by the same author published in the same year are distinguished by adding lower-case letters, in alphabetical order, after date and without space.

  • Reside (1927a)
  • Reside (1927b)

4. Sources/authors cited must be listed in the references at the end of the text, in alphabetical order, according to ABNT standards.
References
Book
SILVA, F.  Como estabelecer os parâmetros da globalização. 2. ed. São Paulo: Macuco, 1999.
MINAYO, M. C. S.  O desafio de conhecimento: pesquisa qualitativa em saúde. 7. ed. São Paulo; Rio de Janeiro: Hucitec-Abrasco, 2000.

Book Chapter
Rule 1: Author of the book is the same author of the chapter

  • SANTOS, J. R.  Avaliação econômica de empresas. In: SANTOS, J. R. Técnicas de análise financeira. 6. ed. São Paulo: Macuco, 2001. p. 58-88. (first and last page of the chapter are mandatory)

Rule 2: Author of the book is not the author of the chapter

  • ROSA, C. Solução para a desigualdade. In: SILVA, F. (org.). Como estabelecer os parâmetros da globalização. 2. ed. São Paulo: Macuco, 1999. p. 2-15. (first and last page of the chapter are mandatory)

Rule 3: When the author is an entity
BRASIL. Ministério da Educação e do Desporto. Secretaria de Educação Fundamental.  Parâmetros curriculares nacionais: meio ambiente e saúde. 3. ed. Brasília: SEF, 2001. v. 9.
Rule 4: For a work by two or three authors, separate them with semicolons

  • MERGULHÃO, M. C.; VASAKI, B. N. G. Educando para a conservação da natureza: sugestão de atividades em educação ambiental. São Paulo: EDUC, 1998.

When there are four or more authors, it is advisable to indicate all of them. It is allowed to indicate only the first, followed by the expression et al.

Rule 5: Electronic book

  • GODINHO, T. Vida organizada: como definir prioridades e transformar seus sonhos em objetivos. São Paulo: Gente, 2000. Ebook. Disponível em: http://... Acesso em: 4 mar. 2004. (dia, mês abreviado, ano).

Periodicals
The rule used for author's entries is the same used for books.
Rule 1: Journals articles

  • VILLANI, A.; SANTANA, D. A. Analisando as interações dos participantes numa disciplina de física. , Ciência & Educação, Bauru, v. 10, n. 2, p. 197-217, 2004.

In electronic media:

  • HAUER, T.; HAYDN, M.; ABELE, E. Influence of a diagonal pre-drilled hole on hole quality during the reaming process using multiblade tools. Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, v. 34, p. 569-573, 2012. Special issue 2. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1678-58782012000600005. Disponível em: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1678-58782012000600005. Acesso em: 4 mar. 2019. (dia, mês abreviado, ano).

 

Theses and Dissertations

  • BOZELLI, F. C.  Analogias e metáforas no ensino de física: o discurso do professor e o discurso do aluno. 2005. 234 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em Educação para a Ciência)-Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bauru, 2005.
  • Note: when the work is acessed on-line, mention the electronic address and access date. Eg. Available in: http://... Access on: day, month abrev., and year.

 

Conference paper (proceedings, proceedings abstracts etc.)

 

  • ZYLBERSZTAJN, A. Resolução de problemas: uma perspectiva Kuhniana. In: ENCONTRO DE PESQUISA EM ENSINO DE FÍSICA, 6., 1998, Florianópolis. Anais [...]. Florianópolis: SBF, 1998. 1 CD-ROM.

 

  • Note: when the work is accessed through printed material, insert initial and final pages. If the event is published in electronic media, specify the physical description (CD-ROM, diskette, etc). For on-line access, mention the electronic address and access date: Available in: http://......... Access on: day, month abrev., and year.

 

Ordination of references
All documents cited in the text must be included in the reference list, which must be ordered according to the alphabetic system and aligned to the left of the page.
Example :

  • RUBBA, P. A.; HARKNESS, W. L. Examination of preservice and in-service secondary science teachers' beliefs about science technology-society interactions.  Science Education, New York, v. 77, n. 4, p. 407-431, 1993.
  • RUBBA, P. A.; SCHONEWEG, C.; HARKNESS, W. L. A new scoring procedure for the views on science-technology-society instrument. International Journal of Science Education, London, v. 18, n. 4, p. 387-400, 1996.

Note: The author(s) must verify that the electronic addresses (URL) cited in the text are right and active.

 

Submitting an article

Use the https://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/ciedu-scielo site for submitting articles to Science & Education. Create login and password via the Create an Account option. Data access is required to enter items for evaluation as well as to track the status of items already submitted. Articles should follow the requirements recommended in the  Instructions & Forms resource.

 

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