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Author Guidelines

Thank you very much for choosing our publication for the divulgation of your academic work. These instructions will guarantee the smooth processing of all of those elements required during the editorial procedure and are meant to ensure that your article advances without delay through the stages of the double-blind review, production and publication.  

Please take the time to read these instructions with care, so as to be certain that your article meets the journal’s requirements.  

About the journal

The Revista Española de Educación Comparada (Spanish Journal of Comparative Education, REEC) is an international periodical publication which makes use of the double-blind review process and whose aim is to publish only the highest quality, original research of a domestic, international and global scope. Please see the journal’s focus and scope for more information about its academic orientation.

Double-blind review

The use of the double-blind peer review system by the REEC is meant to ensure the quality of the articles submitted for publication in the journal. Before approving an article for publication, it must be subjected to the double-blind review process, in which two experts in the field of Comparative and International Education evaluate the quality of the work. These two reviewers analyze various aspects of the work, in particular the validity of the methodology and the research procedures, as well as the possible presence of ethical issues or plagiarism.  

The editors of the Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, trust in their reviewers to orient them regarding the acceptance or rejection of an article. If the article meets established standards of quality, the reviewers may accept it or recommend further reviews. Of the different kinds of peer review systems that exist, the editors of the REEC have chosen to rely on the double-blind review system, whereby the reviewers do not know who the articles’ authors are, nor do the authors have any way of knowing who reviews their work. Please see our guidelines relating to publishing ethics

Preparation of the article

Below we offer several headings and sections that should help you ready your article in the different steps of its preparation for submission.

Structure of the article

Original articles sent to the Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, may be submitted for publication in one of the journal’s four sections: Monographics; Studies and Research; Documents; or Bibliographical Reviews. In all cases, the preparation of the article must conform to the formal rules laid out below. Submissions to the Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, that fail to meet these requirements will not be considered for publication.

All articles submitted to the Monographic section and the Studies and Research section must be structured and presented in the following manner: the title, in Spanish and in English; the author along with his/her place of work; a summary/abstract in English; key words (a maximum of six in each language); TEXT OF THE ARTICLE (Introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion);  appendixes, charts; notes and acknowledgements (if applicable); declaration of interests (if applicable); bibliographical references (in relation to the writting of the manuscript, the autor will have to comply with the ‘Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA)’, 6º ed. Washington: APA, 2011; Author’s professional and academic background; Date of the reception, review and acceptance of the article. Structure of the article.

Word limit

The REEC publishes articles in the journal’s four sections: Monographics; Studies and Research; Documents; and Editorial Developments. The articles submitted to the first section, Monographics, must have an extension of between 7,000 and 10,000 words (including the summary, abstract, notes and bibliography). Articles meant for inclusion in the section Studies and Research or in Documents should be between 3,000 and 7,000 words (also including the summary, abstract, notes and bibliography). The Editorial Developments section accepts articles with an extension of between 500 and 1000 words. The REEC has document templates at the authors’ disposal for drafting articles for all of the journal’s sections except Editorial Developments (template for Monographics; template for Studies and Research, template for Documents, template for Book Reviews). 


The Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, normally publishes articles in Spanish and in English, although it also accepts articles in French and Portuguese. 

Summary and abstract

Each article must be preceded by a summary, in Spanish and in English, that conforms to the IMRYD format (Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion). Each of the versions should have an extension of 300 words.

Key words

After the abstract, key words should be given, in Spanish and in English. There shall be a maximum of six of these, separated by a semicolon; wherever possible they should be taken from the European Thesaurus of Education, or from the ERIC Thesaurus, These descriptors will facilitate the work’s inclusion – once it has been published – in the corresponding international database.  

See more detailed information about the correct format to follow for these elements of the article: author/s; format and templates; notes; quotes; bibliographical references; diagrams, charts and graphs.

Editorial developments – Bibliographical reviews should follow the requirements specified here

Checklist for the preparation of submissions – Elements that should be included and verified. As part of the submission process authors are required to verify that their submission fulfils all of the requirements specified below. Articles not meeting these requisites will be returned to their authors. See here

Checklist for fulfilment of ethical requirements here 

Sending the article

Original articles being submitted for publication should be sent through the OJS platform of the UNED:

In exceptional cases, or when there are problems with the platform, originals may be sent directly to the office of the journal’s Content Secretary, Lourdes Belén Espejo Villar:

Please keep in mind that the Revista Española de Educación Comparada, REEC, uses the anti-plagiarism program Turnitín for detecting any non-original material in articles being considered for publication. In submitting an article to our journal, authors are authorizing the verifications of the originality of their work in the double-blind review and production processes.

Authors will receive an official acknowledgement of receipt when their work has been received by the journal’s Secretarial Office.

Costs of publication – The Revista Española de Educación Comparada does not charge a fee for publication in the journal nor for the processing of articles.

Copyright and authorship – Copyright helps to protect an author’s original work, preventing its unauthorized use by others. Both the UNED and the SEEC adhere to the Creative Commons licensing policies in their open access publication of the REEC. Particularly, it is through this licensing arrangement that scholars are authorized to produce derived works, as long as they are for non-commercial aims. Authors cede the use of their works to the REEC.






Evaluation of articles – Upon reception of an article, the REEC’s Editorial Board – with the concurrence of the International Advisory Board, when pertinent – sends it to the external reviewers who, in conformity with the double-blind review system, evaluate the text. These reviewers then write up a report advising for the acceptance or rejection (or the acceptance pending modifications) of the article based on the journal’s criteria concerning questions of both form and content.

Authors may themselves propose external reviewers, as may monographic coordinators. To do so they should give the proposed reviewers complete name, professional position and workplace, along with a brief justification of the reviewer’s credentials. The Editorial Board, and, when pertinent, the International Advisory Committee, will then assess the appropriateness of the proposed external reviewer.     

Once an article has been evaluated by the two reviewers, the author will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of the work or of its acceptance pending modifications suggested in the reviewers’ reports. In the latter case, when the author has finished making the suggested changes, the modified version will be sent again to its original reviewers.    

Proofreading– Proofreading of the article’s formal electronic format will be done by the authors themselves, within the time frame stipulated by the Editorial Board.

Responsibility – The REEC is not responsible for ideas and opinions expressed in works published in the journal, which are wholly the responsibility of their authors.


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).