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About the journal



The Brazilian Journal of Special Education (Revista Brasileira de Educação Especial) is a quarterly publication maintained by the Brazilian Association of Researchers in Special Education (Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores em Educação Especial - ABPEE), which was created in 1993 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, during the 3rd Education Seminar.

ABPEE’s Headquarters is mobile, accompanies the elected Executive Board and will have as temporary residence the same professional address as the President, during his/her management.

The purpose of the Journal is the dissemination of knowledge in Special Education and related areas with continuous flow.

It publishes original papers, mainly of research, but it opens space for essays, review papers and reviews.

The abbreviation of its title is Rev. bras. educ. espec., which should be used in bibliographies, footnotes, references and bibliographical details.



Indexing sources

  • BBE/INEP (Brasil);
  • CLASE - Citas Latinoamericanas en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (México);
  • PSICODOC - Colégio Oficial de Psicólogos de Madri (Espanha)
  • educ@


Propriedade intelectual


All the content of the journal, except where it is identified, is licensed under a Licença Creative Commons CC-BY

Brazilian Journal of Special Education adopted until June 2015 the Creative Commons license of type BY-NC. As of July 2015, the license in use is of the BY type.





The publication receives funding from the following institutions:

  • Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores em Educação Especial (ABPEE).
  • Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).



Editorial Board







Associated editors



Editorial board


National Editorial Board 

  • Alexandra Anache Ayache (UFMS)
  • Adriana Araújo Pereira Borges (UFMG)
  • Andressa Santos Rebelo (UFMS)
  • Claudio Roberto Baptista (UFRGS/FACED)
  • Claudia Rodrigues de Freitas (UFRGS)
  • Denise Meyrelles de Jesus (UFES)
  • Eduardo José Manzini (UNESP)
  • Enicéia Gonçalves Mendes (UFSCar)
  • Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes (UDESC)
  • Gilberta M. Jannuzzi (Unicamp)
  • Ivanilde Apoluceno de Oliveira (UEPA)
  • Leila R. O. P. Nunes (UERJ)
  • Lúcia de Araújo Ramos Martins (UFRN)
  • Luciana Pacheco Marques (UFJF)
  • Maria Amélia Almeida (UFSCar)
  • Maria Piedade Resende da Costa (UFSCar)
  • Miguel Cláudio M. Chacon (Unesp - Marília)
  • Mônica Magalhães Kassar (UFMS, Corumbá)
  • Mônica Pereira dos Santos (UFRJ)
  • Rosana Glat (UERJ)
  • Sadao Omote (Unesp - Marília)
  • Soraia Napoleão Freitas (UFSM)
  • Theresinha Guimarães Miranda (UFBA)
  • Valdelúcia Alves da Costa (UFF)

 International Editorial Board

  • David Rodrigues (Faculdade de Motricidade Humana/Portugal)
  • Gustavo Enrique Fischman (Arizona State University/Estados Unidos) 
  • James M. Kauffman (Prof. Emérito da Virgínia University/Estados Unidos)
  • Pilar Lacasa (Universidad de Alcalá - UAH - Espanha)
  • Roger Slee (School of Education/University of South Australia)
  • Serge Ebersold (Université de Strasbourg/França)
  • Antonello Mura (Uni Casino/Itália)
  • Isabel Pizarro Madureira (Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa/Portugal)
  • Elisabete Mendes (Escola Superior de Educação e Ciências Sociais/Porto/Portugal)
  • Ignacio Calderón Almendros (Faculty of Sciences of Education. University of
  • Malaga/Espanha).
  • Liesel Ebersohn (University of Pretoria/África do Sul)
  • Dieter Katzenbach (Instituto de Educação Especial/ Universidade Goethe/Alemanha)
  • Corina Borri-Anadon (Universidade de Quebec/Canadá)
  • Dario Ianes (Universidade de Bozen-Bolzano/Itália)
  • David G. Rúbio (Universidad Pedagógica Nacional/Bogotá – Colômbia


Editorial production



  • Kamila Lockmann
  • Maria Luiza Salzani Fiorini
  • Edevaldo Donizeti dos Santos

Composition and Final Artwork

  • Edevaldo Donizeti dos Santos

Technical assistance

  • Janete Bridon (Portuguese/English) and Amanda Demétrio (Portuguese)
  • Louise Potter (English)




Instructions to authors



1 The Brazilian Journal of Special Education publishes papers whose focus is Special Education. The receiving of the papers is in continuous flow according to order of arrival. The evaluation period of the manuscript may take from one to six months. The deadline for publication can take from 12 to 18 months. The online journal is open to the entire scientific community through SciELO. To ensure a democratic space in the journal, each author and/or coauthor may publish only one paper per year. However, authors and/or coauthors who own a paper in evaluation cannot submit another paper until they have the final opinion of the first submission.

2 The collaborations can be presented as:

2.1 Research report;
2.2 Theoretical essay;
2.3 Literature review;
2.4 Review.

3 The papers must be unpublished (preferably in Portuguese, English or Spanish), and the journal shall be solely responsible for its publication. The manuscripts must meet the following criteria:

3.1 Adequacy to the scope of the journal;
3.2 Scientific quality (originality, theoretical-methodological quality, dialogue with national and international literature)  attested by the Editorial Committee and after consulting the Advisory Board;
3.3 Compliance with these guidelines;
3.4 Once accepted, the papers may undergo non-substantial alterations (grammatical corrections and stylistic adjustments) in the text editing stage.
3.5 Reviews should contain no more than two pages and should be written by no more than two authors. Only those essays whose year of publication of the work is the year of publication of the journal or immediately prior to publication will be accepted. For example, if the journal is being published in 2012, the work must have been published in 2012 or 2011.

4 Acceptance and revision of the texts: The review of the papers occurs in two stages. In the first, two reviewers of the Editorial Committee will perform a screening of the manuscripts to verify the fulfillment of the publisher guidelines. In the second stage, the manuscripts received are sent (excluding the name of the authors) to two reviewers belonging to the ABPEE Advisory Board which indicate acceptance, refusal or the necessary reformulations. In case of discordant review, the paper will be analyzed by the editors that define or not its publication based on the indications of the opinions. The revision of technical standardization is carried out by the editors.

5 There is no remuneration for the works.

6 There is no submission or paper evaluation fee for the journal.

7 The authors who submit papers to the journal and have a doctoral degree should commit to making evaluative opinions for the journal during the editorial process of the submitted paper. This commitment should be declared in the Forwarding Letter which must be signed by all authors.

The Journal adopts the Turnitin software for identification of plagiarism and/or self-plagiarism.

8 RBEE is committed to complying with ethical issues related to papers based on the following documents: a) Resolution CNE No. 466/2012 (Ethics in research with human beings); b) Resolution CNS no.  510/2016; c) CNPq documents – Ethics and integrity in scientific practice.

9. RBEE follows the guidelines of APA 7th edition – American Psychological Association (APA, 2019).



Form and preparation of manuscripts



1 Abstract: The abstract should be informative, explaining the objective, methodology, results and conclusions, when it comes to research reporting. It should contain 250 words, no paragraphs and no quotes from authors and dates.

2 Keywords: must be presented after the abstract (minimum of three and maximum of five words). INEP’s  site  Thesaurus Brasileiro da Educação should be used:

3 Resumo and Palavras-chave:  The abstract in Portuguese should be presented right after the abstract in English, and follow the same guidelines mentioned above.

4 Text, theoretical essay and literature review must be organized in: Introduction, Development and Conclusion, being able to receive subdivisions. In the case of research reports, they should include the following sections: Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion and Conclusions and may use different titles for these sections. The manuscript must have a maximum of 20 pages.

Regarding book reviews and theses, the text must contain all the information for the identification of the work commented.

Note: Use bold only in titles or subtitles. If there is a need to emphasize expressions or words, use italic instead of underlined or bold. The use of quotation marks, according to the guidelines of the American Psychological Association [APA] 7th edition (2019), should be used only in bibliographical quotations in the text of up to 40 words.

5 Grant: mention of financial support received (at the beginning of the manuscript).

6 Acknowledgments: only if absolutely indispensable (at the beginning of the manuscript, after approval).

Access the RBEE Template here.



Submission of manuscripts


7 Presentation of manuscripts: (read all the items before sending the paper).

7.1 The manuscripts should only be submitted in the DOC. FORMAT to the following address:
Note: Do not use docx. Only doc.

7.2 Before entering the homepage to send the paper open a folder on your computer with the following files scanned:

a) File with the manuscript without identification of the authors (main document).
The non-identification of the authors assumes there is no mention of the names of the authors, the titles of theses or dissertations, the mentors involved in the research, the name of the institutional affiliation or the research group. In addition, the number of opinion in the Ethics Committee should not be cited. Such pieces of information may be included subsequently for the publication of the manuscript.

b) Cover sheet: containing the title of the manuscript (in English, Portuguese and/or Spanish); summarized title (in English); full name, degree title, institution/department. Orcid number and e-mail from all authors. 

c) Forwarding Letter signed by ALL authors (according to the example below).

Forwarding Letter example:
I/We hereby forward the paper "TITLE OF THE PAPER", authored by (indicate the order of authorship when there is more than one author) for appreciation of the Editorial Council of the Brazilian Journal of Special Education.
I inform/ We inform to be aware and agree with the editorial guidelines, including guideline number 1 of the scope and policy of this journal.

In addition, the authors of this paper with a doctoral degree are committed to carry out the evaluation of manuscripts, as well as the production of evaluative opinions for the journal, during the editorial process of the submitted paper

d) Letter of copyright transfer agreement signed by ALL authors (according to the example below).

Copyright Transfer Agreement example:
I /We hereby agree to the Copyright Transfer Agreement for the paper (title of the paper) to the Brazilian Journal of Special Education, to be published in electronic form, maintained by the Brazilian Association of Researchers in Special Education (ABPEE).
I/We declare that the aforementioned paper is unpublished as it appears in the publication guidelines of this Journal, and has not been published in any another journal or digital media, such as pages of Associations, websites or annals of events.
I/ We also point out that I/we do not have any other paper in evaluation in this Journal.
In case of manuscripts with co-authors, it should be explained in this letter how each of the authors collaborated in the construction of the text.
Name and Signature of ALL authors.

e) Copy of letter of approval from the Ethics Committee in the case of research report involving human beings (the journal does not publish research reports without this document, whether by national or international author).

7.3 Formatting: Formatting: according to RBEE template.

 When sending or re-sending the text check basic guidelines.

Rules for submission, checking list:

  • the Fowarding Letter is present according to rules;
  • letter of Copyright Transfer Agreement was prepared according to the proposed example;
  • all authors signed the Letter of Copyright Transfer Agreement and the Fowarding Letter;
  • the Ethics Committee letter was attached (for research reports only);
  • All authors e-mail address(es).

APA technical guidelines, check if:

  • meets the guidelinesfor bibliographic citation;
  • meets the guidelines on references;
  • authors cited in the text are not missing in the references;
  • references from authors that are cited in the text are not missing;
  • the printed text follows the formatting guidelinesof the journal.

Content rules, check if:

  • proofreading was carried out satisfactorily;
  • the keywords of  INEP’s  site  Thesaurus Brasileiro da Educação were used: (see Template);
  • the abstract meets the standards specified by the journal (see Template);
  • the abstract meets the standards specified by the journal (see Template).

Papers for guidance can be found on our homepage (on the Journal link or



Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores em Educação Especial - ABPEE Av. Eng. Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 14-01 Vargem Limpa, CEP: 17033-360 - Bauru, SP, Tel.: 14 - 3402-1366 - Bauru - SP - Brazil