(Updated: 2022/01/31)

About the journal

 

Basic information

 

Ensaio: Research in Science Education

Editors in chief: Luiz Gustavo Franco e Paula Cristina Cardoso Mendonça

Areas evaluated by Qualis Capes (Brazil): Teaching (A1), Education (A2), Interdisciplinary (A2)

Focus areas: Science Teaching and Learning; Science Education; Health Education; Environmental Education; Education.

e-ISSN: 1983-2117

Frequency: Single Issue per year (Continuous submission)

Summary:

We are a continuous flow journal, peer reviewed, that publishes national and international articles that are unpublished, of empirical or theoretical nature, with topics of interest to the field of research in science education and its interlocutions with the social and human sciences. The journal seeks to keep criteria of academic rigor and social and educational relevance.

The publishing of the journal Ensaio Research in Science Education is the responsibility of the Center for Science and Mathematics Teaching - CECIMIG (www.fae.ufmg/cecimig), a research and extension agency in the area of science education of the Faculty of Education of UFMG. The journal also has the support of the Graduate Program in Education at UFMG (Level 7 at Capes) and inter-institutional partnerships in the composition of our editorial board (UFOP, UFJF, UFES, CEFET, UNESP, UFSC, UFABC, USP).

The journal was first published in 1999. Later, it was available online three times a year (April, August and December). In 2017, it became available in a single annual volume, accepting articles in continuous flow.

Over the last twenty years, we have sought to consolidate ourselves as a reference journal in the field of science education. We always seek to improve our process of receiving, evaluating and publishing articles, relying on a qualified editorial team, with the support of collaborators from different institutions.

Its abbreviated title is Ens. Pesqui. Educ. Ciênc. (Belo Horizonte), which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes and bibliographical references, and strips.

 

 

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Indexed in

 
  • Sistema de Editoração Eletrônica [Desktop Publishing System] (SEER/IBICT), Brasilia, DF, Brazil
  • Latindex (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico
  • Geodados Indexador [Geodata Indexing] - Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná [Federal Technological University of Parana] (UTFPR), Ponta Grossa, PR, Brazil
  • Pergamum - Sistema Integrado de Bibliotecas da UFMG [Pergamum – UFMG Integrated Libraries System], Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  • Redalyc Clacso - Facultad de Ciencias Políticas Y Administración Pública [Redalyc Clacso - College of Political Science and Public Administration] – Universidad Autônoma del Estado de México [Independent State University of Mexico], Mexico City, Mexico
  • Sumários.Org - Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil
  • Edubase (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP, Brazil
  • Diadorim (IBICT), Brasilia, DF, Brazil
  • DOAJ
  • Educ@ (Fundação Carlos Chagas)
 

 

Intellectual Property

 

All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.

 

 

Sponsors

 

The publication receives funding from:

  • Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Ministério da Educação (MEC), Brasil.
  • Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPq), Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações (MCTIC), Brasil
  • Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa de Minas Gerais [Foundation for Research Support of Minas Gerais] (FAPEMIG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  • Centro de Ensino de Ciências e Matemática [Center for Science and Mathematics Education] – CECIMIG da Faculdade de Educação da Universidade Federal de Minas [CECIMIG, College of Education at the Federal University of Minas Gerais] (CECIMIG/FAE/UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  • Programa de Pós-Graduação da Faculdade de Educação [College of Education Graduate Program] da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais [Federal University of Minas Gerais] (PPGFAE/UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

 

 

 


 

Editorial Board

 

Editors

   

 

Associated Editors

   

 

Assistant Editors

   

 

Editorial Commitee

   

 

Editorial Production

   

 


 

Instructions to authors

 

Scope and policy

 

The Center for Science and Mathematics Education - CECIMIG (www.scielo.br/revistas/epec/www.fae.ufmg/cecimig), a center for science education research and outreach at the College of Education at UFMG, is responsible for the publication of Ensaio Research in Science Education (e-ISSN 1983-2117). The journal relies on the support of the Post-Graduate Education Program at UFMG and interinstitutional partnerships with other universities (UFOP, UFJF, UFES, CEFET, UNESP, UFSC, UFABC).

The Journal publishes original research articles (empirical research reports or theoretical essays), and articles of literature review or of state of the art addressing themes of interest for the field of science education research. The journal aims to attend to criteria of academic excelence and social and educational relevance.

Policy & Standards
Manuscripts submitted to publication should be original and cannot be under consideration by another publication vehicle (book or journal). Papers presented in conferences can be submitted if rewritten and expanded, thus avoiding publication of papers already published in conference proceedings or of papers with great similarity.

Ensaio publishes articles in Portuguese; Spanish or English, and manuscripts can be published in two or three of these languages too.
Authors are responsible for the originality and veracity of the content presented in their manuscript. Linguistic review must be completed prior to submission of the manuscript.

The journal provides open access to the content of publications. All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.

Currently, the journal adopts the double-blind peer review policy. Reviewers are unaware of the authors 'identity and authors are unaware of the reviewers' identity. The referees are researchers with a doctorate and experience in publishing in indexed journals.

From 2020, in line with open science communication practices. When submitting an article, authors must inform: (i) if the manuscript is a preprint and, if so, its location; (ii) whether data, software codes and other materials underlying the manuscript text are properly cited and referenced; and, (iii) whether opening options are accepted in the peer review process. These new practices will be implemented gradually between 2020 and 2023. In this way, the journal maximizes the transparency of knowledge production processes, as well as to provide the sharing and reuse of data and other research content underlying the articles. Details on this process can be found on this page, in the section “Open peer review guidelines”.

* Preprinted articles will undergo blind peer review or open peer review (and not double blind).

The evaluation of a manuscript goes through a pre-analysis process that involves: i) analysis in software that identifies plagiarism; ii) analysis of the adequacy of the text as to the journal's form and content norms.

If the corresponding editor identifies problems in the pre-analysis process, the manuscript is sent to the editor-in-chief who makes a decision on the rejection or processing of the work. In cases where an article is rejected, but the editors notice potential for future publication, authors are encouraged to resubmit the manuscript. The editor-in-chief explains the elements necessary for the manuscript to become eligible for a new evaluation process.
If problems are identified in the pre-analysis, the manuscript is rejected.

If there are no problems found in the pre-analysis, the manuscript is sent to an assistant editor who selects two referees for the evaluation. After the evaluation, the editorial board sends the authors a final opinion with the decision.

* If the opinions are inconsistent, a third reviewer may be invited to evaluate the manuscript.

Target audience

Ensaio Research in Science Education publishes original research articles (empirical research reports or theoretical trials) of interest to the field of science education, serving the needs of researchers and post-graduate students in the areas of Science Education, Natural Sciences Education (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geosciences and Astronomy), and Health and Environmental Education. Its audience also includes undergraduate students and graduate students in the area of Natural Sciences, and related fields, as well as prospective teachers and teachers, and other education professionals who are involved with science education.

Policy of obedience and promotion of ethics in the journal's scientific communication

Ensaio Research in Science Education follows recommendations for standards of ethics, transparency and responsibility in scientific communication shared by Brazilian and international institutions (e.g. Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors, Center for Open Science, Committee on Publication Ethics, Council of Science Editors, Equator Network, Scientific Electronic Library Online).

The policy adopted by the journal aims to promote responsibility and integrity in the publication of scientific articles considering all agents involved in the process.
We indicate the actions implemented by the journal, considering the ethical principles that guide scientific research.

  1. Compliance with all formal aspects related to the submission, designation and processing of manuscripts.
  2. The editor-in-chief follows this entire editorial process, with special attention to the following aspects:
    1. The relationship between the journal and the agents involved in scientific communication (authors, reviewers, readers, publishers, funding agencies, the scientific community and the general public).
    2. Guarantee of the quality of the peer review process, considering the parameters: impartiality, transparency, deadline, effectiveness and civility.
    3. a) Orientation of the journal's practices based on guidelines and documents of the Publishers, without prejudice to editorial independence.
  3. The editors are guided by impartiality, integrity and confidentiality in conducting evaluation and decision processes. The priorities are: a constructive criticism and compliance with deadlines.
    1. The editor-in-chief supervises all doubts and questions from the authors regarding ethical aspects through contact with the corresponding editor and/or with the referees.
    2. Authors can contest editorial decisions, by means of a replica letter in which they explain why the manuscript should undergo a new evaluation.
    3. In such cases, the editor-in-chief analyzes the author's arguments and assesses whether the decision was made clear to the author in a well-justified manner, in order to verify that the evaluations were not based on questionable information.
    4. The editor-in-chief can reconsider rejected manuscripts by identifying good reasons provided by the author and problems in evaluation process.
    5. In cases where an article is rejected, without objection from the authors, but the editor notice potentiality for future publication, the authors are encouraged to resubmit the manuscript. The editor-in-chief explains the elements necessary for the manuscript to become eligible for a new evaluation process.
    6. Decisions about manuscripts include due diligence related to scientific misconduct. The journal understands misconduct as “intention to cause others to regard as true that which is not true” (The COPE Report, 1999, p. 46)*.
    “Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.
    1. Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
    2. Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
    3. Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.
    4. Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion”**.

https://publicationethics.org/files/u7141/1999pdf13.pdf
** Office of Research Integrity (ORI)
https://ori.hhs.gov/definition-misconduct

* “Conflicts of interest comprise those which may not be fully apparent and which may influence the judgment of author, reviewers, and editors. They have been described as those which, when revealed later, would make a reasonable reader feel misled or deceived. They may be personal, commercial, political, academic or financial” (The COPE Report, 1999, p. 44).
https://publicationethics.org/files/u7141/1999pdf13.pdf

  1. Monitoring research misconduct includes the following practices:
    1. The process of submitting manuscripts demands from the authors: i) a statement that they accept responsibility for the content of the manuscript; ii) the registration of the contribution of each author in the production of the manuscript, including if there are conflicts of interest*; iii) evidence that the research was approved by the corresponding Research Ethics Committee and iv) the Open Science Form.
    1. Regarding the statement of author’s contribution, the journal indicates as criteria for authorship:
      1. Participation in the design or analysis/interpretation of data, or both;
      2. Writing of the manuscript or its revision, when it includes important intellectual criticism of its content;
      3. Final approval of the version to be published.
      4. Elements (i, ii and iii) must be attributable to at least one author.
      5. Participation in data collection does not justify authorship.
      6. Each author must have participated sufficiently in the research so that he can publicly assume responsibility for the content of the article.
      7. In a group work, the authorship must specify: key persons responsible for the article; contributors must be recognized separately.
      8. Anyone can contact the journal claiming authorship of a submitted manuscript. In this case, the editor-in-chief consults the corresponding author regarding the claim. The journal can forward the claim to the institution (s) where the work was carried out in order to obtain information to make a judgment on the allegation.
      9. CRediT (The Contributor Roles Taxonomy) considers 14 different roles of authorship or contribution: Project administration, Formal Analysis, Conceptualization, Data Curation, Writing – original draft, Writing - review and editing, Investigation, Methodology, Funding acquisition, Resources, Software, Supervision, Validation and Visualization. The corresponding author may use these roles in the statement to define the contributions of each author. Details on each of these roles can be found at: https://casrai.org/credit/
         
    2. Regarding conflicts of interest:
      1. They must be communicated not only by the authors, but by all those involved in the editorial process of a manuscript.
      2. Editors should avoid making decisions about manuscripts that conflict with their own interests, such as those submitted by authors in their institutions or research collaborators.
      3. Considering the possibility of conflicts of interest, Ensaio does not publish articles authored by their editors.
      4. If assistant editors have a conflict of interest, they must delegate decision-making to other editors.
      5. Referees must consider conflicts of interest before evaluating the manuscript. Working relationships with the author should be considered (e.g. participating or having participated in a research project; scientific collaboration with research groups; advisor relationship with the author; having financial interest with the project involved in the manuscript).
         
    3. Regarding the Open Science Form, authors must provide data on:
      1. if the manuscript is a preprint and, if so, its location;
      2. whether data, software codes and other materials underlying the manuscript text are properly cited and referenced; and,
      3. whether opening options are accepted in the peer review process.
    4. The journal adopts a pre-analysis process, which, among other aspects, verifies: i) evidence of plagiarism and ii) evidence inappropriate manipulation of references.
      1. Identification of plagiarism occurs in two stages: first, using anti-plagiarism software, followed by a qualitative analysis of the manuscript regarding the form and content of the text. In case of doubt or questioning about plagiarism, the editor-in-chief contacts the corresponding author and, if necessary, all authors. Once plagiarism is proven, the authors' institutions or funding agencies involved in the development of the research are communicated.
      2. The editors also observe evidence of manipulation of references. Authors may misuse references to increase the number of some citations in the manuscript. If excessive self-citation by authors and/or the journal is identified, the editors contact the corresponding author and, when necessary, all authors for clarifications to support decision making.
      3. Ensaio rejects practices such as exchange of citations between colleagues in research groups and suggestions from reviewers for authors to cite their articles (coercion).
      4. In case of doubt regarding the inclusion references, the editor-in-chief should contact the corresponding author and, if necessary, all authors.
         
  2. Research misconduct diligences include the following practices:
    1. Editors report possible legal or ethical issues identified throughout the processing of a manuscript.
    2. Reports of suspected research misconduct can be made via the journal's official email by different actors (editors, reviewers, authors, co-authors, funding agency, readers or others).
    3. Suspects of misconduct reported in a manuscript are followed by the editor-in-chief, who reports the actors involved in the case, in order to make a decision.
    4. In cases of manuscripts under evaluation, the editor-in-chief suspends the evaluation process and notifies participants of the suspension. The accusations are reviewed internally by the editorial board to decide whether the allegation should proceed.
    5. If the claim is not considered valid, the editor-in-chief notifies the author (s), as well as other participants involved (e.g., corresponding editors, referees) and retake the evaluation process.
    6. If the claim is considered valid, the editor-in-chief notifies the author (s) and requests clarification.
    7. This process is careful, and the editor-in-chief uses non-accusatory language, but clearly, considering the consequences in an author's career.
    8. The clarifications from the authors can occur through the presentation of supporting data on methodology/results or relevant documentation (e.g., for fabrication/falsification), or an argumentative text in response to the accusation (e.g., for plagiarism). Other types of clarification may exist, depending on the nature of the accusation.
    9. If the clarifications from the author (s) are not satisfactory, the editor-in-chief notifies the author (s) and decides on the manuscript evaluation process.
    10. The editor-in-chief consults the editorial board to make a decision on the rejection of the manuscript and the notification of the author (s) affiliation institution and funding agencies. This process is careful, considering possible impacts on the author’s career.
    11. In cases of contestation of the journal's decision related to misconduct, both by the accused and by the whistleblower, a committee of editorial board members and external members to the journal is constituted for analysis.
    12. In the case of misconduct identified in a published article, the text is kept on the journal website and indexed in the journal bases under the condition of retracted.
    13. A retraction indicates the reason for the retraction, based on a communication from the authors or editor or another authorized agent. This communication is published by the journal.
    14. The retraction can be partial in case of the misconduct applied to a specific part of the article.
    15. Errors, regardless of nature or origin, which do not constitute misconduct, are corrected through errata.
    16. The journal publishes errata or retractions as quickly as possible

Peer review process

1. Receipt of submission
a) Assistant editors verify the formal aspects of the text (summary and abstract; sections; quotes and references; tables, graphs and images, etc.). In the case of double-blind peer review, they also verify if the text does not include any data and/or metadata that make it possible to identify authors like: name or institution; names of projects; references or citations from authors, acknowledgments, information about finantial support etc. They also verify if the text has significant similarity with other publications. In addition to checking these textual aspects, the editors also check the following documents: i) approval of the corresponding Research Ethics Committee; ii) statement about the contribution of each author in the production of the manuscript, including whether there are conflicts of interest. If any errors or problems are identified, the authors are contacted and a new version of the text is submitted.
b) the manuscripts go through a preliminary format analysis and texts with the following characteristics are rejected:
i) texts that do not have been revised in relation to language use and orthography, presenting writing errors;
ii) texts that were not written in a clear, well-structures and coherent manner;
iii) texts that do not present the structure of a scientific article in the field of Human Sciences;
iv) texts that do not follow standards of style and of bibliography described in the section “Manuscript Format”;
v) one of the authors have published an article in the journal in a period of less than a year;
c) The manuscripts go through a preliminary analyses of content and texts with the following characteristics are rejected:
i) have been published before/ that are not original;
ii) do not address a theme that is central to the area of science education (or areas in the scope of the journal);
iii) are predominantly descriptive, and do not include a theoretical discussion of the issue(s) that is(are) addressed;
iv) do not have relevant contributions to the study of the issue that is addressed;
v) empirical elements or arguments do not support conclusions appropriately;
vi) theoretical-methodological aspects or methodological aspect are not detailed and/or are not developed in depth
vii) are reports of teaching experiences/interventions;
viii) are merely a bibliographic review;
ix) is part of another text (e.g., dissertation or thesis), that was taken without contextualization, and do not have the format of an academic article;
x) are part of a research project or research report, without a clear research question.
d) Moreover, the article is submitted to a plagiarism analysis. Plagiarism analysis is developed in two stages. In the first stage, editors used a software verify the level of similarity with other publications. In the second stage, a qualitative analysis is developed. The software report is interpreted by the corresponding editor. The editor looks for possible textual elements or data from previous publications by the author (s) or other authors. In cases of suspicion, a new search is carried out to identify previous publications by the author (s) or authors of other articles that may have been used inappropriately in the manuscript. The editors also observe evidence of inappropriate manipulation of references. This process aims to identify excessive self-citation by authors and/or the journal, or excessive citations by the same research group. In cases of suspected plagiarism and/or manipulation of references, corresponding editor forwards the manuscript to the editor-in-chief. The editors-in-chief analyze the case and make a decision, notifying those involved.
e) After these preliminary analyses, one of the chief editors will designate one of the adjunct editors that will be responsible for the double-blinded process of evaluation of the manuscript. Two researchers that have expertise in the field will evaluate the manuscript, without knowing the identity of the authors. In case the editorial team cannot reach a decision based on these two reviews, a third reviewer might be consulted. The authors will receive a message informing the editorial decision, including a copy of the two reviewers’ comments.

The editors are committed to monitoring the process to guarantee that editorial decisions are supported by high quality review reports, provided in a timely manner. If a manuscript publication is conditioned to modifications on the text, the author(s) will have 21 days make revisions; otherwise the manuscript will be archived. The average time between submission and approval has been six months.The final version of the text goes through a process of lay out and revision (language, spelling and technical standards). Finally, the document is submitted to the author(s) for final verification prior to eletronic publication on the journal´s site.

2. Selection of reviewers
a) The adjunct editor chooses two reviewers for each submitted text according to the following criteria: 1. Researchers who have recognized expertise in the area of the study; 2. Researchers who do not have any institutional affiliation or closer relationships with the author, or research groups/ projects of the authors.

3. Evaluation Monitoring
a) If the reviewers do not respond regarding their availability to evaluate the manuscript in 10 days, or if they are unavailable, another reviewer will be invited to work on the submission.

b) At the end of the assigned deadline (4 weeks), the editor will send a reminder to the reviewer(s) about their commitment. If the reviewer does not send the review report until the deadline, the reviewer is contacted. If there is no commitment to meet the deadline for the completion of the report, the request is cancelled and another reviewer is immediately invited to participate in the submission process.

c) In the new evaluation round, the same procedures are followed

4. Editorial decision
a) If the reports received are convergent, the editor sends a letter to the lead author of the submission, communicating the editorial decision - accepted, rejected, corrections required, resubmit or send to another journal.

b) If the reports received are divergent, the problem will be taken to the editorial team, which can make a decision as intermediary, or whenever possible, will send to a third reviewer. In this case, the selection of the third reviewer is made by the Editorial Team.

c) The editors should take care that any rejections be justified. If the reports indicate rejection of a work without providing justified reasons for such a decision, the editor should request justification from the reviewer or solicit a new revision.

d) Works accepted with necessary corrections should be evaluated by the editor. They should be sent to the editors with a letter that indicates the points revisited and justifying the recommendations of the reviewers that had not been addressed. Based on the analysis of these documents, the editor will prepare the final report for the submission.

5. Editing and publication
a) Accepted and approved works are entered into a spreadsheet. The Editorial Team will choose the articles to be published in upcoming editions of the journal. The following criteria is considered: Submission and acceptance dates of the works (with priority given to older articles); Regional distribution for the authors of works to be published in each number of the Journal; 3. Distribution of works by foreign authors; 4. Possibility of a dossier with similar topics among published works.

6. Adopted Evaluation Criteria

6.1. Items to be considered for analysis of Empirical Works

1. Content/topic addressed
(Does the title of the article adequately represent the content/topic addressed? Is the content/topic addressed relevant in terms of research in the area and is it well justified? Are the research questions clearly formulated? Is the theoretical framework pertinent to the content/topic addressed and to the research questions?)

2. Design/Methods
(Are the methodology, procedures and organization appropriate? Are the figures, tables, and graphs relevant to the arguments presented? Is the presented methodology coherent with the theoretical framework and with the research questions?)

3. Results and data analysis
(Is the analysis based on the theoretical framework presented? In the analysis, is there sufficient evidence to support the results?)

4. Conclusions and implications
(Are the conclusions based solidly on the results presented? Do they adequately address the questions raised? Do they include recommendations for the area? Are the conclusions similar to those in other works of the same field and which are available in literature?)

5. Formatting
(Does the summary present clear, concise information? Does the article use adequate language? Are the figures, tables and graphs presented in a satisfactory manner for publication? Is the bibliography relevant? Can the article be significantly reduced in size, without losing clarity?)

6.2 Items to be considered for analysis of Theoretical Works

1. Content/topic addressed
(Is the title of the work appropriate? Is article's area of focus clearly defined and based on relevant works in literature?)

2. Theoretical benchmarks
(Is the theoretical problem in question relevant for science education research, and is it clearly formulated? Is the theoretical framework appropriate to address the problem?)

3. Discussion and argumentation
(Is the theoretical argument both clear and consistent?)

4. Conclusions and implications
(Are the conclusions solidly rooted in the discussion presented? Do the conclusions include recommendations for the area? Are the conclusions compared with those of other works in the same area, as available in literature?)

5. Formatting
(Does the summary present information clearly and concisely? Does the article use appropriate language? Are the figures, tables and graphs of quality format, as required by the publication? Is the bibliography pertinent? Can the article be significantly reduced in size without losing clarity?)

6.3 Items to be considered for analysis of Works of Literature Review (State of the Art)

1. Content/topic addressed
(Is the topic being investigated relevant to the field of science education?)

2. Scope
(Does the scope of the study allow for the identification of research trends in the area under investigation? Does the scope of the review include journals of diverse and different modalities of scientific communication, such as articles, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations, conference materials? Does it include dialog with the field at both national and international levels?)

3. Analysis benchmarks
(Is the study oriented by a critical and analytical perspective held by the author, supported by theoretical benchmarks that are relevant to the topic under investigation?)

4. Results
(Does the study allow for the identification of different theoretical-methodological approaches to the topic of research? Does it discuss the research agenda of the field under investigation? Does it highlight the results, implications and limitations of the different approaches to the topic? Does it include conflicting and/or contrasting perspectives?)

5. Conclusions and implications
(Are the conclusions solidly rooted in the discussion presented? Do the conclusions include recommendations for the area?)

6. Formatting
(Does the summary present information clearly and concisely? Does the article use appropriate language? Are the figures, tables and graphs of quality format, as required by the publication? Is the bibliography pertinent? Can the article be significantly reduced in size without losing clarity?)

6.4. Items to be considered for analysis of Reviews

1. Relevance of the work
(Is the reviewed work a research report or theoretical trial of interest and relevance to science education research? Was it published recently?)
2. Content of the review
(Does the review contribute to the work's comprehension? Does it provide a critical, well-founded analysis of the work? Does it communicate with other referenced materials of the area that are relevant to the work?)

The journal uses Plagius Professional software to identify plagiarism or self-plagiarism in all articles approved in pre-analysis, before submission to the evaluators.

7. Open peer review guidelines

  • Submission of the manuscript agreeing to the OPR process. The authors' names are revealed from the beginning of the process. When submitting the manuscript into the platform, authors agree to have their names revealed to the reviewers from the beginning of the process; 
  • Manuscript analysis by the assistant editors. Similar to the conventional process already in use in the journal, manuscripts will undergo a triage regarding their format and content relevance before being sent to the associate editors.
  • Specialists review according to the OPR process. When accepting the invitation to review the manuscript, the reviewers accept to reveal their names and sign their review and recommendation. In other words, double blind review no longer applies. Criteria of evaluation already in use follows, which means that Ensaio’s standard criteria still applies: Clear statement of paper's goals; Relevance of the theoretical framework; coherence between theoretical framework and research goals; coherence between data and conclusions; and general contribution to the field.
  • Review process in two steps. Because the reviews will be published, the text of the review will have to be adjusted. Still, in order to maintain the general quality of the reviewing process, it will happens in two steps:
    • Review following the standard report from the journal's system.

The reviews of this step will be forwarded to the authors so they can elaborate a new version of the manuscript and a letter to the reviewers. Reviewers will assess the new version of the manuscript and the letter. There can be more than one round of review.

  • Production of a "Perspectives" paper, shorter than a full paper, discussing the ideas presented in the full paper and dialoguing with trends and critiques from the field.

The review of this step will articulate content of the previous one and promote a dialogue with the authors' answers, enhancing the discussion with elements of other relevant publications in the field. We highlight that the "Perspectives" paper will be dialogic instead of punctual reviews or prescriptions. The final version of the forum paper will be submitted to the journal for editorial analysis.

The final versions of the paper and both "Perspectives" papers will constitute a trio of publications with independent DOI. The paper will be published as a full paper in the “Research report” section while the forum papers will be published in the “Perspectives” section.

 

 

Form and preparation of manuscripts

 

Information for the Authors

The works submitted for publication should be original and should not be under consideration by another publication vehicle (book or journal). Materials created for conferences can only be submitted if rewritten and expanded, thus avoiding repeat publication of identical works from event proceedings.

The manuscript text must not include outright or indirect suggestions from the authors, allowing for a double-blind peer review.

Ensaio primarily publishes articles in Portuguese; however, manuscripts written in Spanish or English may be published without translation if submitted by foreign authors.

Theoretical articles should introduce new concepts to their particular field of knowledge, while bringing conclusions and implications for research and educational practice in the area of science education. Empirical articles should present data that, from a theoretical perspective, result in new knowledge or new applications in different contexts.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of science education research, which is fed by theories from other fields of research - epistemology, psychology, linguistics, sociology of knowledge, sociology of education, philosophy and history of science, among others – and from the interface with education research as a whole, the Ensaio publishes works from these fields, provided they have a connection with what is being produced in the field of science education, as well as bringing relevant results to the field.

Authors are responsible for the originality and veracity of the content presented in each work. Linguistic and bibliographical reviews must be completed prior to submission of a manuscript. Authors should indicate if the research is financed and if there are any conflicts of interest. Prior to publication, in the case of ethical considerations, the editorial team may request a copy of the research acceptance. If the submission is accepted, the authors should forward the signed authorization, providing copyrights to Ensaio Research in Science Education, and agreeing with the publication of the article in both print and electronic formats.

Manuscript Format

The manuscript should include: (1) a clear and objective title without abbreviations, parentheses and formulas that complicate comprehension of the content of the article without the name of the author, (2) an abstract in the language of the respective article (100-150 words), (3) an abstract and summary (including title and summary in Portuguese and Spanish), (4) three keywords in the original language, as well as in Portuguese and in Spanish, (5) the text, and (6) bibliographical references.

If there is more than one author, the contributions of each should be outlined in body of the manuscript.

The manuscript must be, obligatorily, submitted in the format of the template indicated in the journal website (https://periodicos.ufmg.br/index.php/ensaio/about/submissions). To use the template, download the .dotx file and open it on your computer. The styles of each item are indicated on the Styles Panel. The article must be a maximum length of 20 pages, including
references.

Images should be named according to their reference within the text, insert figure 1, insert photo 1, insert table 1, and sent in the principal document in tif or jpg format, with a resolution of 300dpi. The use of images is the sole responsibility of the author(s).

We also ask that all presentation standards be observed as the American Psychology Association, APA, 6th Ed. norms for bibliographical references, quotes, tables, notes, summaries, graphs, etc.

 

 

Submission of the manuscripts

 

The article should be submitted via the journal portal at the following address: https://periodicos.ufmg.br/index.php/ensaio, after completing registration and creating a login and password, and agreeing with the terms of the electronic submission form.

According to the standards of the journal, we ask that only one copy of the article be sent without the names of the authors, including all images and graphs in the body of the text, if applicable. It is absolutely necessary that all authors involved in the article be registered. The manuscript text must not include outright or indirect suggestions from the authors, allowing for a double-blind peer review.

There are no fees for submission and evaluation of articles.

 

 


 

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