Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Revista Española de Educación Comparada, (Spanish Journal of Comparative Education, REEC), is an international periodical publication whose contributions are regularly subjected to a double-blind peer review process. As a joint publication of the Sociedad Española de Educación Comparada (Spanish society of Comparative Education, SEEC), and by the la Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, the REEC came into being in the year 1995, representing the realization of one of the primary scientific objectives expressed in articles 3 and 4 of the SEEC statutes, ratified in November of 1994. Its declared mission was to serve as the scientific mouthpiece for the research and work carried out by the educational comparativists integrated in the SEEC. Notwithstanding the primarily national scope of its origins, the journal has, naturally, always been open to contributions from all those comparativists, Spanish or foreign, wishing to publish the results of their recent research. The objective of the publication is to contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary scientific field of Comparative Education, contributing to the analysis of comparative perspectives on education in national, international and global contexts, at all levels and in all sectors of education.

The REEC is committed to exploring and furthering the theoretical, conceptual and methodological debates taking place in the field of International and Comparative Education. The journal publishes rigorous analyses of educational phenomena, policies and developments that have theoretical and practical interest and relevance for  scholars, politicians and other professionals whose work bears a relation to this discipline. Of particular interest to our journal are those in-depth studies focusing on domestic, international and global relationships and on the configuration and consolidation of ideologies and educational systems, as well as models of teaching and learning in our current era of globalization, postmodernism and post-colonialism.  

The Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, welcomes academic contributions that divulge high level comparative research in all realms of the discipline and is particularly open to work of an interdisciplinary scope that focuses on global educational phenomena from myriad perspectives - philosophical, historical, sociological or political – as well as from all paradigmatic viewpoints, including modernism, postmodernism and the social and human sciences.  

Ethical guidelines and practices make up an essential part of the REEC’s editorial culture, and the detection and eradication of editorial misconduct is a key objective of the journal’s editorial board, one that is also supported by the SEEC and the UNED.


Section Policies


This section features articles relating to a specific subject considered to be of special interest in the discipline of Comparative and International Education (see Proposals for Monographics).

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This section brings together articles dealing with a variety of topics within the comparative field. These are works that, while they do not fit in with the monographic section of the issue, are considered to be of sufficient relevance and quality to merit publication (see the REEC’s Guidelines for authors).

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This section devoted to Documents, offers primary material that is either normative (i.e., declarations, international conventions, national laws, legal dispositions, etc.) or doctrinal (technical reports, reflections by international organisms or private institutions, etc.), allowing readers to keep informed of emerging tendencies in education in the international realm of law and doctrine. The comparatist academic in charge of this Section of Documents is the Ph-D holder Ms. Encarnación Sánchez-Lissen, of the University of Sevilla (eslissen@us.es).

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This is the section where the more notable recent work in our scientific field is discussed, including material published both in printed and electronic formats. The comparatist academic in charge of this Section of Bibliographical reviews is the Ph-D holder Mrs. Luján Lázaro Herrero, of the University of Salamanca (lujan@usal.es).

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Peer Review Process

The Revista Española de Educación Comparada (Spanish Journal of Comparative Education, REEC), has always employed the most rigorous and systematic peer review process. Our double-blind review system of evaluation ensures that external reviewers cannot know the authorship of the works they are evaluating, nor can the authors know the identity of the reviewers of their work. Upon reception, each article is first reviewed by the Chief Editors and the Editorial Board, who assess it based on criteria for the formal appraisal of originals. This includes subjecting each article to the anti-plagiarism program Turnitín, the first step in guaranteeing the originality of the text and in complying to guidelines of proper editorial conduct that will continue throughout the entire editorial process. After successfully passing this initial revision, the Chief Editors and the Editorial Board assign each article to two external reviewers with expertise in the specific comparative and epistemological area dealt with in the study. These external reviewers evaluate these original articles in accordance with criteria for the evaluation by reviewers, and in strict adherence to the ethical guidelines and regulations for reviewers. The maximum length of time of the editorial process, from the presentation of an article to its publication, shall not exceed seven months. 


Criteria for the formal evaluation of originals (Download)

Evaluation criteria for external reviewers (Download)

Ethical guidelines and regulations for reviewers  (Download)

List of external reviewers (link)


Publication Frequency

The Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, publishes two numbers per year, corresponding with the end of each semester, that is, with the months of January and July of each natural year.


Open Access Policy

The editors of the Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, are firmly committed to following the Open Access (OA) policies, which emerged in the 1990s and were ratified in documents such as the Budapest Declaration (2001), the Bethesda Declaration (2003), the Berlin Declaration (2003), the San Salvador de Bahía Declaration (2005), the San Francisco Declaration (2012), and the Leiden Manifesto (2014). The REEC, in keeping with the spirit of the OA movement, wishes to contribute to achieving a greater democratization of knowledge and to realizing paradigms that the modern-day society of knowledge is calling for, such as Life-Long Learning.

As an essential condition for OA, the REEC encourages authors, as well as those in charge of intellectual property rights, to provide free, equal, universal and irrevocable access to their work. This includes allowing other work derived from it and licensing it to be used in any digital format and for any responsible purpose. Naturally, proper acknowledgement of authorship is required. Works should also be deposited on an appropriate online platform with a standard technical format that facilitates open access, distribution, interoperability and capacity for long-term archival storage.    

As regards the Copyright and the author’s rights, the journal’s editors ensure that all of the REEC’s articles are protected by the Creative Commons License.

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Derived works are permitted as long as they are not used commercially. Nor may digital works be used for commercial ends. All REEC articles will be marked with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a digital identifier employed by the Internet for any element that may be subject to intellectual property concerns. The DOI consists of  a numerical code that identifies digital material on the Internet whose intellectual property rights are registered.


Internal Regulations REEC

The Spanish Journal of Comparative Education, REEC, is articulated and supported by an Internal Regulations Document approved by the Editorial Board of the REEC and by the Directive Board of the Spanish Society of Comparative Education, SEEC. This document gathers the mission and aims of the REEC, its editorial policy, and the model of management of the REEC, together with other particular issues relative to the functioning of the REEC in its different aspects. (Download PDF)


Monographic Convocation

The Revista Española de Educación Comparada (Spanish Journal of Comparative Education, REEC) encourages collaborations by monographic Coordinators (or thematic editors), who are invited to propose monographic subjects to the Editorial Board. Topics should be pertinent and focus on current-day issues of the greatest interest to the scientific community of comparative education scholars. In addition to offering original perspectives and fresh scientific debate, these monographics should provide meaningful advances in their particular topic and they should contribute to the maturing and consolidation of the epistemology of Comparative and International Education, as well as enhancing the international projection of the particular issue of the journal.   

The figure of monographic coordinator may consist of one, two, or a maximum of three individuals of renown and experience within the international scientific community of Comparative and International Education. In selecting from among the proposals submitted for topics, the Editorial Board will place special emphasis on the following criteria: its relevance and current interest, its impact on comparative epistemology and research through academic studies of pressing comparative issues, the academic Coordinator’s relevance in the subject matter and the international renown and prestige of the suggested authors.   

The monographic Coordinator’s functions may be consulted here. Chief among these are: a commitment to inviting at least five academics specialized in the subject of the monographic; designing a call for papers; proposing an agreed upon number of specific reviewers; participating in the editorial meetings at which the REEC Editorial Board decides upon the manuscripts to be published; writing up a presentation or editorial for the monographic; and participating in virtual meetings with the Editorial Board in order to supervise specific editorial processes and bring them to completion within stipulated deadlines, punctuality being of vital concern to the REEC. (Download stages of proposals)

The proposal for a monographic by a coordinator in no way implies a commitment to publishing previously agreed upon articles, as the REEC adheres strictly to a policy of external, double-blind peer review. This policy applies to the Coordinator as well; if he or she is to present an article for publication, it will be subject to the same editorial policy and processes as the rest of the manuscripts submitted. (Download proposal form)


Publication Code of Ethics

The REEC holds certain ethical praxis that constitutes part of its editorial culture. The Editorial Board of the REEC and the Directive Board of the SEEC have approved a Code of Ethics which regulates the action of our editorial team in the obliteration of the bad editorial praxis. The Code of Ethics of the REEC can be viewed here



Journals related to the Revista Española de Educación Comparada (REEC)

Comparative Education


Comparative Education Review






Societies related to the Sociedad Española de Educación Comparada (SEEC) and the REEC

Sociedad Española de Educación Comparada (SEEC)


Comparative Education Society of Europe (CESE)


Comparative and International Society (CIES)


World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES)


Otras instancias de interés

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)


European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH)


Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT)




Web of Science



This Journal is indexed in

Specific International Databases 


ERA (Educational Research Abstracts) 

Education Journals database. Proquest


Multidisciplinary International Databases  


ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index) 

Fuente Academica Premier 

IBZ online 

Periodicals Index Online 

REDIB (Ibero-American Network of Innovation and Scientific Knowledge

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) 


International Evaluation Systems: ERIH PLUS; Google Scholar Metrics: Index h5 (8) y median h5 (12); Journal Scholar Metrics (JSM) Q3; Latindex (33 covered requirements), SJR (pending).


International Catalogs: Ulrichs, British Library, Library of Congress, Worldcat, OEI, UNESDOC, IoE London, Kings College London etc.




Specific National Databases


Multidisciplinary National Databases 




National Evaluation Systems: CIRC: B; ANEP: A; DICE: 28,95; CARHUS PLUS+ 2018: D; RESH: 0,109; MIAR2018: ICDS=9,9; INRECS: Q2 0,103 (47/162); Seal of quality of the FECYT in the V convocation (2016) and extended in 2019 until 2020.

National Catalogs: Cisne, Rebiun, National Library of Spain etc.