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Author Guidelines

The publication of articles in the different Sections of the Journal (Monographic, Analysis and Researches, Documents and Book Reviews) must comply with the formal norms below. Those works submitted to the REEC that do not adjust to those norms, will be directly dismissed. The REEC publishes currently articles in Spanish and English, although other languages are also admitted.


Presentation: originals must be submitted for their publication by means of the OJS platform of the UNED: Any further doubt or request can be submitted to the following email address:

All work submitted to the REEC must be sent in a ´blind´form, that is, without any reference to the authors. The complete version will be sent once the author has been informed about the acceptance of the article.


Extension of collaborations:

The articles submitted to the monographic section will have an extension between 7.000 and 10.000 words (summary, abstract, notes and bibliography included). The Analysis and Researches Section, and also that of Documents, will have an extension between 3.000 and 7.000 words (summary, abstract, notes and bibliography included). Book reviews will have an extension between 500 and 1.000 words.


Structure of articles:

Both in the Monographic Section and in that of Analysis and Researches, each article must adjust to the following structure:

  • Title of article in Spanish language (and between brackets and in font size 10, title in English language must appear)
  • Author/s and place of work
  • Summary in Spanish
  • Abstract
  • Key words (in Spanish and English)
  • Notes (if any)
  • Bibliographic references conform to APA standards (6th edition)
  • Academic and professional profile of the author/s
  • Address of the author/s
  • Date of submission-revision-acceptance of the article



Each article will be preceded of a summary in Spanish and English, which must follow the IMRYD format (Introduction, Method, Results and Discussion). The extension of each one of these two versions will be of 300 words.


Key words

After the abstract, key words must be included, in Spanish and in English language, up to a maximum of six. These key words must be extracted, as long as possible, from the European Thesaurus of Education, or from the ERIC Thesaurus,

These descriptors will serve for the inclusion of the work –once published- in the suitable international data bases.



The academic and professional profile of the author/s must be brief (between 75 and 100 words) and it will include his/her main research lines and topics. The address for the postal mail must be complete, and must include the electronic mail.



The articles must be submitted in Word for Windows document, size DIN-A4, in Times New Roman, size 12, with interlineal space of 1,5.

The epigraphs of the article will be numbered as follows:




The text must be written without any word being cut, without tabulations and without any page break.



In case of existence of footnotes, they must be informed in the text with correlative numeration in superindex. They will be reserved for the case of explanatory notes, but they must not hold bibliographical references, which will appear at the end of the text. Footnotes will appear in font Times New Roman, size 10, with simple interlineal space.


Exact quotations

When inside the body of the article there are quotations of exact sentences, they will appear in the following way:

  • If the exact sentence occupies less than two lines, it will be written inside the text and placed in inverted commas
  • If the exact sentence occupies more than two lines, it will be written separately, preceded by colon, placed in inverted commas and indented in the left margin, with font Times New Roman, size 10, and with simple interlineal space.

In order to indicate the bibliographical references to which the quotation belongs, or even to call the attention within the text on any bibliographical reference, the formal quotation will appear as follows: the surname of the author in capital letters will be inserted between brackets, and after a comma, the publication date of the book will be written, and after colon the page/s in respect which the quotation refers. Example: (SCHNEIDER, 1993: 38). The full bibliographical reference will appear at the end of the text.

Bibliographical referencesThey will be placed at the end of the article. The veracity of the bibliographic citations will be the responsibility of the author or authors of the article. They will be presented in alphabetical order and must conform to APA standards (6th edition). All the bibliographical citations that are made in the text of the article must have their correspondence in the "bibliographical references".


They will be presented with total clarity and detail and will be inserted in the text in their respective place.



There will be accepted book reviews only of those published in the same year of the edition of the volume of the Journal or in the year immediately preceding.


Assessment of articles

The articles sent to the Journal will be submitted by the Editorial Staff (acting in coordination with the Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board) to the external reviewers, who will assess the work by means of the blind peer review method. The external evaluations will elaborate the corresponding report for the acceptance or rejection of the article, based in the formal and content quality criteria typical of this Journal.

Every author will be able to propose external evaluators. In order to do so, they will have to bring the fullname, professional category, professional institution and a brief justification of the teaching and research merits of the professional he/she is proposing.

The Editorial Staff, in coordination with the Editorial Board and the International Advisory Board, will assess the pertinence of this proposal as external reviewer.

Once these articles have been assessed by the reviewers, the author will receive a notification on the acceptance or rejection of the article. The assessment reports of the reviewers can ask for particular modifications in the text of the article. In this last case, once the author has reworded the original text, it will again be assessed by the same reviewers which have proposed the modifications, according to the undertaken initial assessment.


Proof correction

The correction of proofs concerning the final electronic format of the article, will be undertaken by the authors in the deadline pointed by the Editorial Staff.



The REEC will not be responsible for the ideas and opinions expressed in the published works. The full responsibility will be held by the authors of the works. The authors of the written collaborations will receive acknowledgement of receipt in relation to the reception of the work by the Secretary of the Journal.

The Editorial Staff of the REEC express their gratitude to the authors in relation to the observation of these norms, for it will allow the speeding-up of the process of assessment and edition.

For further information on the journal, interested persons can write to


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The written contribution has never been previously published, neither partially, nor totally, in no format, and has never been presented to other journal (or an explanation has been given in ‘Comments to the editor’.
  2. The file sent complies with the formal criteria demanded by the journal (see 3.1. Indications for authors), being imperative the following:

    - Title in accordance with the content

    - Summary in IMRYD format and within a maximum extension of 300 words

    - Key words collected from Eurydice or ERIC

    - The bibliographical references of the article comply with the guidelines established by the APA norms (see 3.1. instructions for authors).

  3. The text format adjusts to the instructions stated in 3.1. Instructions for authors
  4. The text sent for peer assessment is anonymous, guaranteeing a blind peer review by experts

    a)      The author/s of the document have eliminated their names of the text, using ‘Author’ and year in the references and footnotes, instead of the names of the authors/s, the title of article, etc.

    b)      In the case of the documents created with Microsoft Office, the identification of the author must also been eliminated of the properties of the file, making click in file in the main menu of the application of Microsoft: File>Save As>Tools (or Options in the case of Mac)>Security Options>When saving, eliminate the personal information of the file properties>Save.

    c)       In the case of PDF documents, the name of authors must be removed from the properties of the document inside the file menu or the main menu of Acrobat.

    d)      Authors have the compromise of transferring the authors and publishing rights to the journal.


Copyright Notice

Acknowledgement – Non Commercial (by-nc): Generation of derivated Works is allowed as long as a commercial use is not developed. The original work cannot be used with commercial aims.

This journal does not apply any fee to the authors by the filing or processing of articles.


Privacy Statement

The REEC is jointly edited by the Sociedad Española de Educación Comparada (SEEC) and by the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).