ISSN 0103-7307 printed version
ISSN 1980-6248 online version

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and policy

The Pro-Posições journal is a forum for the presentation of research results and scientific, artistic, and philosophical discussions which, independently from their field of knowledge, contribute to the critical reflection of the various dimensions of Education. The journal is hospitable to original productions in the area and accepts articles, bibliographic essays, and reviews as contributions.

The submitted manuscripts must be previously unpublished (either in print or in electronic means) and must not be simultaneously presented to any other publication or editor.

Texts originally published in the proceedings of meetings and symposia can be accepted, provided that the manuscripts submitted to the journal have been substantially altered to offer a sizable proportion of unpublished elements justifying a new publication. Authors are recommended to refer to the documents “Text-recycling: acceptable or misconduct?” and “How to deal with text recycling?”, which can be retrieved from the journal’s executive editor’s office and are available online, respectively, at:

The decision over the publication of the manuscripts belongs to the Editorial Committee, based on the evaluation of the reviewers.

Authors must respect an interval of at least two years between publishing a text as an author or coauthor in the journal and the beginning of a new submission process.

Aiming to contribute to an eventual urgent debate in the area, the Editorial Committee might publish articles written on invitation. These articles will be submitted to the evaluation of only the Editorial Committee. In these cases, this special treatment will be clearly indicated in the publication.

Pro-Posições follows the scientific conduct codes of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)i, as well as the directives of the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)ii, and the best practices manual of the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP)iii.

 

Manuscripts submission

1. Sections

The journal is organized in four sections:

  • Thematic dossier: containing sets of articles and/or essays regarding a specific theme, defined either from a proposal submitted by the academic community or after a call for papers proposed by the editors. This section aims to offer authors and readers the possibility of addressing a theme or a problem in greater depth, from different, original, and relevant analytical perspectives.
  • Articles: containing articles and bibliographic essays presenting results and reflections which are original and relevant to the area.
  • Reviews: containing reviews of books which were published, either in Brazil or in other countries, in the last two years, at most.
  • Additional submissions and Prose: containing other types of manuscripts which might contribute to the area. This section is authored by the Editorial Committee.

 

2. Types of manuscripts

Articles must present significant, original, and relevant research results based on the analysis of data and evidences not yet explored.

Bibliographic essays must promote theoretical and/or methodological reflections over a specific field of Education.

Either in articles or in bibliographic essays, the proposed discussion must consider the current state of the national and international debate regarding the matter at hand. The journal requires manuscripts to be original and values their relevance for researchers in the field of Education and in other areas. Manuscripts are also evaluated for their methodological accuracy and for the quality and the relevance of the evidences supporting the argument and the reflections developed in the text.

Articles and bibliographic essays must be submitted either to the section Articles or to the collection composing the section Dossier.

Reviews are critical studies of recently published work. They are required to present the complete bibliographic reference and include commentaries and appreciations on the ideas presented in the work being reviewed, on the methodology employed, and on the relevance of the theme and of the adopted perspective. They must also situate the author in the area’s pertinent debate.

In all cases, the journal is interested in collaborations which offer an original and relevant contribution to the field. The double-blind review, which every submitted manuscript undergoes in the first step of evaluation, allows the journal to function as a space for interlocution and debate, contributing to the advancement of the field’s research.

Authors must verify the conformity of their manuscripts to the journal’s style guidelines. Documents not following these guidelines will be automatically rejected.

 

3. Preparation of manuscripts

Files must be submitted in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .rtf.
Manuscripts must contain the following items, both in their original languages and in English:

a. title: short and clearly specifying the subject-matter of the text;

b. abstract;

c. keywords: to facilitate the use and the search of the keywords, the journal requires the use of a Controlled Vocabulary. Pro-Posições adopts the “BRASED”— Thesauro Brasileiro de Educação [Brazilian Thesaurus of Education]iv.

Languages: Pro-Posições accepts collaborations in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Format: The text must be written in the Word for Windows word processor. The font must be Times New Roman, size 12; 1.5 line spacing; page size A4 (297 x 210 mm), with 2.5 cm top and bottom margins and 3 cm left and right.

Highlights in general must be indicated with quotation marks or in italics, avoiding the use of bold and underlined characters. Before being submitted to Pro-Posições, manuscripts must be copyedited and formatted according to the APAv (American Psychological Association) guidelines. Authors are responsible for the correct use of the written modality of all accepted languages.

Length: Manuscripts must follow these instructions:

  • Articles: between 40,000 and 60,000 character with spaces, including the abstract (in all languages), charts, tables, figures, images, legends, captions, footnotes, and the reference list. Abstracts in any language must each contain between 700 and 800 characters with spaces.
  • Reviews: between 8,000 and 15,000 characters with spaces.

Tables and figures (charts, flowcharts, photographs, graphs, maps, organizational charts, blueprints, drawings, portraits, figures, images, etc.)

Tables must be sequentially numbered, inserted, and mentioned in the text; characters must be readable; the number and the title must be placed above the image; legends, captions, and the indication of the source must be placed below, aligned to the left. They must follow the standards set by The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics – IBGE.

Figures (charts, flowcharts, photographs, graphs, maps, organizational charts, blueprints, drawings, portraits, figures, images, etc.) must be presented in the text and also sent in separate files through the online submission system, in JPG, PNG, or TIFF format, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, numbered, and accompanied by their respective titles and legends.

In the text, their identification must be placed at the bottom, preceded by the designating word, followed by a number indicating the order of their appearance in the text in Arabic numerals, the respective title and/or explaining legend in a brief and clear manner to make the figures understandable on their own. Figures must be inserted as close as possible to the part of the text mentioning them, according to the visual design of the publication.

Author must separately sendvi, during the online submission process, the usage permissionvii of every figure included in the manuscript, except those which were produced by the authors (photographs, tables, charts, drawings, etc.).

Explanatory notes: must be exclusively of an explanatory nature and be presented as sequentially numbered footnotes in the text.

Citations and references: Pro-Posições adopts the American Psychological Association (APA) style (available at http://www.apastyle.org/) for the publication of the manuscripts. The accuracy of the references included in the list and their correct citation in the text are the responsibility of the manuscript’s author.

 

4. Manuscript submission

4. (a) Submitting articles, bibliographic essays, and reviews:
Articles (in .doc, .docx or .rtf formats) must be submitted exclusively through the online Scielo / ScholarOne system (http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/pp-scielo). This is valid both for situations in which articles and essays are being submitted separately or as part of a dossier with a previously approved proposal.


Authorship: Before submitting a manuscript for evaluations, authors must verify if every person who contributed to its production have authorized its publication. The person who submits the manuscript is responsible for guaranteeing that everyone who contributed to its production is credited as a coauthor. The list of authors must include every person who might legally claim authorship. Authors are the people who fully fulfill all the following requirements:

(i) Someone who has substantially contributed to the definition of the topic and of the structure of the manuscript, and to the acquisition and the production of data, as well as to its analysis and interpretation;

(ii) Someone who has participated in the first versions of the manuscript or has critically reviewed it, adding relevant intellectual content;

(iii) Someone who has approved the version to be published.

Each author must have sufficiently participated in the work process to be able to undertake public responsibility for the manuscript’s content or for a substantial part of it. When the work was performed by a group, especially one formed by representatives of different institutions, the group must identify the individuals who take direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals must fulfill all the requirements for authorship. Financial support, data collection, or general supervision of the group do not constitute authorship per se. Every person who contributed to the production of the manuscript without fulfilling the necessary requirements for authorship must be listed in the ‘”acknowledgements” section. Among these cases are those who provided exclusively technical assistance to the treatment of the data or to the writing.

All authors of a manuscript must be named and linked to the file in the indicated field of the submission system. This guarantees that the manuscript will be associated to the authors only by the submission system. A note must be included in this file, indicating each author’s contribution to the final product.

All authors and coauthors must be registered at ORCID (http://orcid.org/), and their identifiers must be included in the submission form. 

Funding: The funding’s origin must be clearly indicated in the appropriate field of the electronic form.

Anonymity: To ensure an anonymous evaluation, all indications of authorship must be removed from the manuscript, including the word processor username and references and citations to the original research. Manuscripts extracted from dissertations and theses must not contain any indication of these sources’ titles, of their supervisors, or of the institutions in which they were produced. Acknowledgements must also be removed from the submitted version. Once the manuscript is approved for publication, pertinent and required information will be reinserted.

Originality: During the submission process, authors must declare in the submission form that the manuscript is previously unpublished in any other means—be it in print, digitally, or any in any other form— and is not under concurrent review elsewhere.

Cover letter: To streamline the evaluation process, we suggest attaching a cover letter in the appropriate field. It must contain brief answers to the following questions (within a total limit of 600 words):

For articles:          

i. What is the scientific question your article seeks to answer?

ii. What research have you develop to answer this question?

iii. What are the main results found?

iv. Which three recently published papers are the most relevant to this question?

v. What is the importance of your findings to the article’s specific field?

vi. What is the importance of your results to the Education field in general and to the broader public?

For bibliographic essays:

i. What is the objective of your paper? What is its intended audience?

ii. Which three recently published papers deal with the same subject? How is your submitted essay different from them?

iii. What is your main argument?

iv. What is this argument’s importance to the essay’s specific field?

v. What is this argument’s importance to the Education field in general and to the broader public?

For reviews:

i. What is the author’s academic and research history and in what ways does it make the reviewed book more relevant?

ii. What is the question structuring the reviewed work?

iii. What are the reviewed work’s main arguments?

iv. What research structures these arguments?

v. What is the importance of these arguments to the reviewed work’s specific field?

vi. What is the importance of these arguments to the Education field in general and to the broader public?

 

4. (b) Submitting a dossier proposal:
Dossier organizers must submit their proposals by email to the journal’s editor (propedit@unicamp.br). Proposals must contain the following information:

i. The title and the summary of the proposed dossier; the responsible researcher’s name, summarized curriculum, and institutional affiliation information.

ii. A cover letter, answering the questions posed in item “4. (a) - Submitting articles, bibliographic essays, and reviews”, above.

iii. A list of the manuscripts composing the dossier, including: titles and abstracts (within a 200-word limit), authors’ names, institutional affiliation information, and summarized curriculums.

General guidance

i. Dossiers must have an interinstitutional nature, including authors affiliated to at least three different institutions and with the participation of at least three authors affiliated to international institutions. The journal values proposals coming from different regions. Proposed dossiers cannot include two authors affiliated to the same institution, except as coauthors of a manuscript.

ii. Each dossier must be composed of an introduction followed by a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 articles. The introductory text is the responsibility of the dossier organizers, and it must take the form of an article containing a reflection which situates the debate on the topic at hand.

iii. All the guidance and the demands made to manuscripts submitted to the Articles section is valid for manuscripts submitted as part of a dossier

Deadlines, procedures, specific guidance

i. The deadline for the analysis of a dossier proposal is of approximately three months, at the end of which time the results will be communicated to the proponent.

ii. If a proposal is approved, the organizer will be informed of the deadlines for the submission of the complete manuscripts. It is the organizer’s responsibility to ensure manuscripts are presented to the journal within the indicated deadline. The date of publication depends on the progression of the evaluation of the submitted texts.

iii. It is important to notice that a dossier’s approval does not imply the automatic approval of the manuscripts it contains. Each manuscript will be submitted to a specific evaluation, according to the procedures indicated in section 5 of this guide, below. At the end of the evaluation, the journal can suggest changes or the exclusion of a manuscript from the dossier. The excluded article can be substituted by another, but the substitution can only occur if the indicated deadlines can still be respected.

iv. It is the organizer’s responsibility to follow the editorial production of the dossier during all the steps, acting, when solicited, as a mediator between the Editorial Committee and the manuscripts’ authors to, if necessary, solve questions related to the text, to the copy-editing, to the image editing, etc.

v. The organizer is responsible for preparing the dossier’s introduction.

 

5. Manuscript review process

Dossiers are reviewed in three steps. First, the Editorial Committee evaluates the dossier’s proposal, to verify if every article conforms to the journal’s editorial policy, scope, and interest area. The second and third steps are equivalent to those of article reviews, described below. The journal will only publish, as a dossier, a set of at least six articles approved by the referees, and if at least two of them are from authors affiliated to a foreign institution. In the case of a partial approval—if less than six articles are approved or if, among the approved manuscripts, there are not two articles from authors affiliated to foreign institutions—the approved articles might still be published separately in the Articles section.

The Editorial Committee is responsible for evaluating reviews.

The review process for articles and bibliographic essays which were not submitted as part of a dossier occurs in two steps. First, the Editorial Committee preliminarily examine manuscripts, to verify whether the manuscript conforms to the journal’s editorial policy, scope, and interest area. The manuscripts approved in this first step are sent to at least two reviewers whose area of expertise relates to the manuscript’s theme (ad hoc).

The journal uses double-blind review, in which the authors’ identities are not revealed to the reviewers and vice-versa. At the end of the process, reviewers might:

a. endorse the manuscript for publication;

b. endorse the manuscript for publication, provided some revision (major or minor) is made;

c. recommend a manuscript for rejection.

At the end of the process, authors gain access the reviews. If revisions are solicited, the reformulated article must be sent back to Editorial Committee and, later, to the reviewers, for a final evaluation. Publication requires the endorsement of two reviewers. If the indications from the two initial reviewers strongly diverge, the manuscript is sent to a third reviewer. If authors disagree with the final review, they can file an appeal to the Editorial Committee, which holds the authority over the final decision.

Small modifications to the writing/structure of the text might be performed at the discretion of this Committee. The constitution of the group of articles approved for publication by the journal seeks to guarantee thematic and authorship diversity considering the different regions and institutions of the country. Therefore, the approval of a manuscript does not imply its immediate publication.

Pro-Posições’ editors reserve the right to suggest modifications to the manuscript’s form, to adequate the text to the journal’s editorial and visual standards.

The Editorial Committee makes every effort to ensure manuscripts are reviewed as quickly as possible. A number of factors affect the duration of a review process, and the Editorial Committee does not have any control over several of them and cannot, thus, guarantee there will be a strict deadline for the procedures. Currently, the journal has been able to sustain an average time of six months between the initial submission and the communication of the final evaluation to the authors. This is, however, an average. Some articles might be subjected to longer procedures.

 

6. Editorial Production

After the review process, the approved manuscripts will enter the editorial production phase.

Authors must ensure manuscripts are fit for purpose, are copy-edited, and follow the APA style guidelines. These services must be providedviii by one of the professionals indicated by the journal. Pro-Posições attests to these professionals’ competence and accuracy.

After manuscripts are reviewed in their original language, the authors of texts originally written in Portuguese or Spanish commit to presenting the copy-edited version of their text in Englishix. The translation must be produced by one of the professionals indicated by the journal.

The indication of the attested editors and translators and the guidance related to the deadlines which must be followed for these procedures will be included in the acceptance letter.

The production flow for the publication of the manuscript will begin only after authors send in both final versions of the text, in its original language and in English, properly edited.

Articles with a clear indication of authorship represent the expression of their respective authors’ point of view and not the official positions of Pro-Posições or of the School of Education of the State University of Campinas.

The submission of any manuscripts implies the transfer of their copyrights to Pro-Posições.

 

vi Upload these files with the submission form identified as "Supplemental file NOT for review".

vii Refer to Law no. 9.610, 19 February 1998.

viiiAny incurred fees are the responsibility of the authors.

ixAny incurred fees are the responsibility of the authors

 

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