(Updated: 2022/07/11)

About the journal


Basic information


BOLEMA – Mathematics Education Bulletin is one of the most important publications in the field of mathematics education in Brazil. Mathematics Education can be seen as a field of inquiry that seeks to provide responses to educational phenomena related to mathematics, in a broad sense. Thus, the periodical deals with articles that report on research on topics such as mathematical learning in the classroom or the role of mathematics in society. Although it originated and is based at the State University of São Paulo (UNESP), Rio Claro, BOLEMA has become a national journal with an editorial body and consultants from throughout Brazil and the world. It received a high score in an evaluation done by CAPES, the national body that guides the policies of the Ministry of Education regarding graduate study and research.

Published under this title for the first time in 1985, the BOLEMA journal was born of the initiative of a group of graduate students in the Graduate Program in Mathematics Education at UNESP, Rio Claro, associated with the Institute of Geosciences and Exact Sciences and the Department of Mathematics at the same university. The first two issues were circulated in 1985. From the year 2000 onwards, it maintained a semiannual periodicity, and from 2008 onwards, meeting the demand of the community, it became a quarterly issue.

BOLEMA: is a quarterly journal.

Its abbreviated title is BOLEMA, which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references and strips.



Indexed in

  • Database de periódicos da Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal do Ensino Superior – CAPES-PERIÓDICOS
  • Diadorim
  • RedALyC
  • Scholar Google
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online - SciELO
  • Sistema Regional de Información em Línea para Latino América – LATINDEX
  • Social Sciences Citation Index – SSCI


Intellectual property

  • All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.
  • The Bolema: Boletim de Educação Matemática adopted until Aug/2015 the Creative Commons license  attribution-type BY-NC-ND. Actually, the license  is the attribution-type BY.




The journal receives support from:

  • The National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil – CNPq
  • Pro-Rectory of Research of UNESP – PROPe/UNESP
  • Post-Graduate Program in Mathematics Education at Unesp in Rio Claro



Editorial board


Chief editors



Associated editors



Editorial board



Editorial production


Executive Director

  • Andrei Luís Berres Hartmann
  • Íria Bonfim Gaviolli
  • Lais Cristina Pereira da Silva


  • Andrei Luís Berres Hartmann
  • Danubia Fernanda Zevoli Peres
  • Íria Bonfim Gaviolli
  • Lais Cristina Pereira da Silva
  • Mariana Teixeira da Silva Gray
  • Sandra Baldessin
  • Vanessa C. Benites Bonetti


Instructions to authors


Scope and policy


a) BOLEMA is composed of original scientific articles of Mathematics Education. Mathematical Education is a region of inquiry that seeks to provide answers to educational phenomena related to Mathematics. The content of the signed articles is the exclusive responsibility of the author(s).

b) BOLEMA accepts articles in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

c) The manuscripts received are submitted for analysis to members of the journal's Advisory Board. The members of this Board are the reviewers of BOLEMA and act as advisors to the editor, recommending (with or without changes) or not the publication. Articles submitted to the editor are forwarded to two reviewers for review. In case of divergence between opinions, the article is sent to a third evaluator. The choice of editor and the advisers is always based on consideration of the specific competencies of the reviewers, as well as the absence of conflict of interest. In specific cases, at the publisher's discretion, they may be invited to give professional advice outside the Advisory Board. The April edition of each year brings the nominata of adhoc consultants who acted as collaborators in the previous year.

d) BOLEMA follows the procedure of evaluation by peers, in double-blind, which can result in four situations: i) approval (publication as received), ii) approval with few modifications, iii) re-submission after considerable modifications, iv) rejection (not approved for publication). The 'approval with few modifications' involves the review of the modified material (final version) by the publisher and/or, if deemed necessary, by the reviewers responsible for the initial review. The indication of 're-submission after considerable modifications' implies, if the article is resubmitted, the beginning of a new evaluation process.

e) When submitting articles, the authors are informed by the editor about the receipt of the original. The authors are again contacted when the editor has their opinion, based on the opinions issued by the reviewers, in hand. In the case of articles approved with minor modifications, the contact between publisher and authors continues until the article is re-elaborated according to the requirements of the opinions issued. All authors are informed of the final decision regarding the submitted text. Finally, in due time, the authors of approved articles are communicated about the edition in which the text will actually come to the public. Articles accepted for publication become the property of the journal.

f) The version of the approved articles, generated in the instances of composition, layout and specialized revision of Portuguese and foreign languages, is sent back to the authors for approval.

g) The authors, after final approval of the article, must sign a compromise and assignment agreement, stating: (a) that the article refers to an original unpublished research (only articles already presented in congresses or similar events will be accepted if the version submitted to BOLEMA is significant and proven to be theoretically and/or methodologically extended in relation to the version already available, and such situation should be properly recorded in a footnote in the original submitted, and cases of submission in these terms must be explicitly communicated , in advance, to the editor), (b) that allow the publication of the original in a specific edition of BOLEMA (assignment of rights).

h) There is no fixed deadline for sending articles for regular editions, whose flow of receipt and processing is continuous. For thematic editions there are specific (Call for Papers) widely disseminated to the research community in Mathematics Education.



Form and preparation of manuscripts



Template: click here to download.

1 Article Formatting/Composition

The text should be written in Word for Windows (.doc or .docx extension), in Portuguese, Spanish, or English, with a maximum of 20 pages, according to the following formatting and composition specifications:

1.1 Page layout: A4 size paper, with top and left margins measuring 3 cm and lower and right margins measuring 2 cm.

The original article submitted must follow the structure specified below, including the order of this presentation:

1.2 Title in English (main language): font Times New Roman, size 16, bold, 1.5 line spacing, centered. The first letter of the title words should be written in capital letters (except prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, etc.), and words after the use of a colon (:) should be initialed with a lowercase letter (except for proper names).

1.3 Title in Portuguese/Spanish (secondary language): font Times New Roman, size 14, bold, 1.5 line spacing, centered. The first letter of the title words should be in capital letters (except prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, etc.), and the words after the use of a colon (:) should be initialed with a lowercase letter (except for proper names).

1.4 Authors’ Names: font Times New Roman, size 12, spacing 1.5 line, right aligned, not in bold. It is necessary to use uppercase/lowercase letters and insert footnotes (use obligatorily, *, **, ***, ..., and so on), for each author, with the following data (in this order):

  • Title and name of the institution (ABBREVIATION) in which the degree was obtained.
  • Role playing and Institution to which he/she is linked (ABBREVIATION), city, state and country.
  • Email address for contact, that will be made publicly available.

1.5 Abstract (main language): the word Abstract should be written in font Times New Roman, size 12, in bold, using uppercase/lowercase letters (as written in this sentence), with double spacing and centering. The abstract of the article should be written in font Times New Roman, size 10, simple spacing, justified, no paragraph indentation, containing 100 to 250 words. The abstract should state clearly but briefly, the research problem, the methodological approach undertaken, the results, and conclusions.

1.6 Keywords (main language): the word Keywords should be written in Times New Roman, font size 10, in bold, using uppercase/lowercase letters (as written in this sentence), with single spacing and justified. A maximum of five keywords can be used, which, according to the authors, clearly synthesize the theme, content, and methodology of the article. Keywords should be presented in font Times New Roman, size 10, single spacing and justified. The first letter of the words must be written in capital letters (except prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, etc.) and separated by a period.

1.7 Resumo/Resumen (secondary language): the word Resumo/Resumen should be written in font Times New Roman, size 12, in bold, using upper/lower case letters (as written in this sentence), with double spacing and centralized spacing. The resumo/resumen of the article should be prepared in Portuguese/Spanish, following as much as possible the wording used in the Abstract, and should be prepared in font Times New Roman, size 10, simple spacing, justified, without paragraph indentation.

1.8 Palavras-chave/Palabras clave (secondary language): the word Palavras-chave/Palabras clave should be written in font Times New Roman, size 10, in bold, using upper/lower case letters (as written in this sentence), with simple and justified spacing. The palavras-chave/palabras clave are the Portuguese/Spanish language versions that are most appropriate and close to the keywords and should be presented in font Times New Roman, size 10, simple spacing and justified. The first letter of the words must be written in capital letters (except prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, etc.) and separated by a period.

2 Body of Text Details

The article body font should be Times New Roman, size 12, line spacing 1.5, with a 1,25 cm indentation in the paragraphs first line. For the highlighting of words/phrases in the text, use the italic feature.

We emphasize that for dialogues, interviews, conversations, examples of exercises, and other instruments from the collected data, Bolema magazine uses the following formatting: font Times New Roman, size 11, italics, spacing between single lines and 1.25. In parentheses, the font should be size 11. Example:

Teacher: And how did you come up with this solution? Why did you think about that?

Student: I multiplied both numbers and added them to the initial value. However, Pedro told me to do that. I am still not convinced that it is right.

(Dialogue between teacher and student, 2017)

2.1 Section and subsection indicative: must follow current ABNT standards (NBR 6024: 2012).

The section or subsection code is justified and without indentation, preceding the title, separated only by a space. Arabic numeral numbers are used. Examples: 1,  1.1, ...,  2,  2.1, ... up to fifth section level -

Section and subsections titles should come in font Times New Roman, size 12, in bold, indent, left aligned, and numbered as indicated above. The spacing between subtitles and text should be 1.5 line, and separated by double spacing. Only the subtitle first letter should be written in capital letters (except for proper names).

2.2 Citations: must follow current ABNT standards (NBR 10520/2002)

2.2.1 Indirect citation: in indirect citations, calls by the author's last name must be in uppercase and lowercase letters and, when in parentheses, must be in uppercase letters. Examples: 1) Regarding the technique of ontossynotic analysis, in Godino, Batanero and Roa (2005) we can verify ...; 2) ... (GODINO, BATANERO, FONT, 2007).

2.2.2 Direct citations with more than three lines: should be highlighted with 4 cm of indentation of the left margin, space between single lines and without quotation marks, in font Times New Roman, size 10. Example:

Quem produz uma enunciação é o autor. O autor fala sempre na direção de um leitor, que é constituído (produzido, instaurado, instalado, introduzido) pelo o autor. Quem produz significado para um resíduo de enunciação é o leitor. O leitor sempre fala na direção de um autor, que é constituído (produzido, instaurado, instalado, introduzido) pelo o leitor [...]. (LINS, 2012, p.14, author's highlight).

2.2.3 Direct citations of up to three lines: must be contained between double quotation marks (“ ”) and incorporated into the text. Example: “A radical different interpretation of language can be referred to as a discursive interpretation of language” (SKOVSMOSE, 2015, p.21).

Note: In direct citations, specify in the text the year of publication and the page (s) of the source consulted, following examples 2.2.2 and 2.2.3.

2.3 Footnotes: They should be synthetic and reduced to the maximum. From the second page, they should come to the end of the page, numbered sequentially, Times New Roman font size 10, justified alignment, and spacing between single lines. On the first page, asterisks (*) should be used for footnotes.

2.4 Illustrations and Frames: They must follow the standards of the current ABNT (NBR 6022/2003).

2.4.1 Illustrations: use the designation Figure for pictures, slides, plants, photographs, charts, org charts, flowcharts, diagrams, drawings, maps, pictures and others illustrations. Your identification should come in the lower part, centralized, preceded by the designative word, followed by your Number of order of occurrence in the text, in Arabic numerals. The title of the figures should be clear in relation to the image, so that it is not necessary to consult the body of the text. Only the designation word and the order number must be in bold. For identification use Times New Roman font, size 10, spacing between single lines. Example:


Figure 1 - Legend of the figure

Source: SMITH (2017, p. 56)

2.4.2 Frames: contain descriptive information, written in the form of text. The entire contents of the frame should follow the instruction: Times New Roman font, size 10 and spacing between single lines. Example:


Event presented in task

Probability estimated by Humberto

An even number?


An odd number?


The number 1?

Is there any possibility

Frame 3 - Humberto's justifications in the sum of the results of two data

Source: SMITH (2017)



  • Figures and frames should be as close as possible to your call in the text body.
  • As the examples demonstrate, the figures and frames should have borders for ease of viewing.
  • The designation word should be separated from the title/legend of the illustration by a " - " (hyphen ). See examples (Figure 1 and Frame 3).
  • Use a good resolution for the images so that readers are readable in 100% zoom, always respecting the margins of the document.

2.5 Tables: They must follow the norms of tabular presentation of IBGE (1993)

Tables are graphical forms in which numerical data stand out as central information.

The identification of the tables should come at the top, preceded by the word Table (bold), followed by their occurrence number in the text, in Arabic numerals (bold) and the respective title. The table title must be written in Times New Roman font size 12, and should be separated from the table title by a " - " (hyphen). Example: Table 1 - title of table 1. Indicate sources cited in the construction of the table and other notes below the table.

Insert the table as close as possible to the section they refer to.

The contents of the table, as well as the fonts and notes, must be written in Times New Roman font, size 10, spacing between single lines.


Table 1 - Distribution of the heights of the 140 students of the school X



Number of students

[145, 150[


[150, 155[


[155, 160[


[160, 165[


[165, 170[


[170, 175[


[175, 180[


[180, 185[




Source: Prepared by the author

2.6 Note: Tables, frames and equations must be in an editable format. Images not will be accepted.

2.7 Acknowledgments: Must be indicated equal to Sections and Subsections, left-aligned, Times New Roman font, size 12, spacing 1.5, but not numbered.

3 References: Must follow current ABNT standards (NBR 6023/2018).

They should be left-aligned, Times New Roman font, size 11, single spacing and spaced apart by space. Use the bold feature to highlight the main element of each referenced publication.

If in doubt, access a summary of the ABNT standards for citations and references in: https://ib.rc.unesp.br/#!/biblioteca/aprenda-com-a-biblioteca/normas-abnt/

The following are some examples:

3.1 Book:

SURNAME, abbreviated name; SURNAME, abbreviated name. Book title: subtitle. Edition. City of publication: Publisher, year. [When necessary, add: Physical description. (Series or collection). Grades].


PALMER, R. E. Hermenêutica. Lisboa: Edições 70, 1969.

3.2 Book chapter:

SURNAME, Abbreviated name. Article Title. In: ORGANIZER'S NAME, Abbreviated Name (org.). Book title: subtitle. Edition. City of publication: Publisher, year. P. XX-XX (page: initial and final separated by hyphen).


PONTE, J. P.; CHAPMAN, O. Mathematics teachers' knowledge and practices. In: GUTIERREZ, A.; BOERO, P. (ed.). Handbook of research on the psychology of mathematics education: Past, present and future. Rotterdam: Sense Publisher, 2006. p. 461 - 494.

3.3 Article in Journal:

SURNAME, Abbreviated name. Title of the article. Title of the paper (abbreviated or not), City of publication, v. Followed by the volume number, n. Followed by the fascicle number, p. Followed by the start and end page numbers (separated by hyphen), abbreviated month (if any). Year.


NACARATO, A. M.; PASSOS, C. L. B. As licenciaturas em matemática no estado de São Paulo. Horizontes, Bragança Paulista, v. 25, n. 2, p. 169-179, jul./dez. 2007.

SHULMAN, L. Those who understand: the knowledge growth in teaching. Educational Researcher, Washington, v. 15, n. 2, p. 4-14, feb. 1986.

3. 4 Work published in events:

SURNAME, Abbreviated name. Title of the work. In: NAME OF THE EVENT, x. (Event number in Arabic numerals), year, City where the event was held. Proceedings [...]. City of publication: publisher, year of publication. P. xx-xx. Physical description. Grades.


VIALI, L. O Ensino de Estatística e Probabilidade nos Cursos de Licenciatura em Matemática. In: SIMPÓSIO NACIONAL DE PROBABILIDADE E ESTATÍSTICA , 18., 2008, Estância de São Pedro, SP. Anais [...] São Paulo: ABE, 2008. p.1-7.

3. 5 Dissertations and Theses:

SURNAME, Abbreviated name. Title: subtitle. Year of deposit. Thesis (Master degree in ...) or Thesis (Doctorate in ...) - Faculty of ... (or) Institute of ..., University, City of defense, year of defense.


PAMPLONA, A. S. A formação estatística e pedagógica do professor de matemática em comunidades de prática. 2009. 269f. Tese (Doutorado em Educação: Educação Matemática) - Faculdade de Educação, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, 2009.

VIEIRA, M. Análise Exploratória de Dados: uma abordagem com alunos do EnsinoMédio. 2008. Dissertação (Mestrado em Educação Matemática) - Programa de Estudos Pós-graduados em Educação Matemática. Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2008. Disponível em: http://www.pucsp.br/pos/edmat. Acesso em: 30 mar. 2010.

3. 6 Homepages:

SURNAME, Abbreviated name. Title: subtitle. Supplementary data (Responsible for production, coordination, development, presentation, etc., when applicable). Available at: e-mail address. Access in: day abbreviated month. Year.


NEUBAUER, R.; CRUZ, N. Formação de professores: novas diretrizes curriculares para o sistema de ensino de São Paulo. 2015. Disponível em: http://fncee.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/S%C3%83O-PAULO-Forma%C3%A7%C3%A3o-de-Professores_novas-Diretrizes-Curriculares-para-o-Sistema-de-Ensino-de-S%C3%A3o-1.pdf. Acesso em: 12 jan. 2017.

4 Attachments: They should come in a new page with the word Attachment indicated equal to the Sections and Subsections, aligned to the left, font Times New Roman, size 12, spacing 1.5, but not numbered.



To send manuscripts


Articles should be submitted in a BLIND VERSION by means of the ScholarOne ManuscriptsT Platform.

The six steps to submit articles include: STEP 1 - Type, Title & Abstract; STEP 2 - File Upload; STEP 3 – Attributes; STEP 4 - Authors & Institutions; STEP 5 - Details & Comments; STEP 6 - Review & Submit.

The version of the article must be "blind", that is, without identification of the authors, for the evaluation procedures (It should be appended in "Step 2 - File Upload" of the ScholarOne Manuscripts Platform).

Attention: To perform the submission it is important that all authors have an ORCID record.

The ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and maintaining a system where everyone participating in research, scholarship, and innovation is uniquely identified. This system provides an identification number for each researcher, avoiding ambiguities or similarities, and is integrated with other databases and indexers. To learn more about ORCID, visit: http://orcid.org/content/initiative.

If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail: bolema.contato@gmail.com.

Previous publication to 2012



Notice of Interruption of Submission and Publication Fee collection


Dear authors,

As you know, funding notices for Brazilian scientific journals have been discontinued for some time. Bolema editors and reviewers do not receive any kind of payment, however language revisions, formatting and XML markup are paid. For Bolema to maintain operations, we initially requested voluntary contributions and then, faced with the imminent financial gap, started to charge submission and publication fees.

Fortunately, Bolema managed to raise funds for a year from the Post-Graduate Program in Mathematics Education at Unesp in Rio Claro and from the Pro-Rectory of Research, also at Unesp. With this, we will be able to pay our expenses until 2022.

In this new scenario, we decided to suspend payment of these fees, which may, unfortunately, return next year, if there are no new financing notices. Pragmatically, fees already paid will not be refunded, but articles already submitted that have not yet paid publication fees will no longer have to do so.

We hope that this decision shows our commitment to a community of authors, who do not even receive financial incentives for their publications, and an appeal to funding agencies to become aware of the difficult situation that Brazilian journals are going through and to fund them again.

The Bolema Team



UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista, Pró-Reitoria de Pesquisa, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação Matemática Avenida 24-A, 1515, Caixa Postal 178, 13506-900 Rio Claro - SP Brasil, Tel. (55 19) 3526-9381 - Rio Claro - SP - Brazil
E-mail: bolema.contato@gmail.com