Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

RPD. Ricerche di Pedagogia e Didattica. Journal of Theories and Research in Education is an online open access international scientific journal dedicated to studies and research on education. It uses a double-blind peer review process and publishes articles in Italian and English. A print copy of journal is also available.

RPD takes an interdisciplinary and pluri-methodological approach. It offers a place of dialogue for researchers and professionals coming from diverse theoretical and empirical backgrounds, involved in the study of educational phenomena. It is an intellectual forum of excellence for the circulation of scientific knowledge regarding education. It welcomes critical papers, research reports, historical and literary research inspired by diverse theoretical frameworks and empirical approaches. It is committed to facilitating international dialogue between researchers and professionals in education and ensuring that scientific knowledge can make a contribution to educational policies and everyday educational practices.

Senior Editor: Franco Frabboni, Editors-in-chief: Letizia Caronia, Antonio Genovese and Luigi Guerra.

 

Section Policies

Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Focus

Checked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

When RPD editorial board receives a new article, the double blind peer review process will be developed as follows:

  1. The editorial board communicates to the author that the article has been received.
  2. The editors make an initial assessment of the article according to the following criteria: relevance of the topic; overall quality of the contribution according to the standard of the magazine; compliance with the editorial standards. Editors may refuse the article and communicate their decision to the author. The author will be informed no later than 15 days from the date of submission of the article.
  3. After passing successfully the first evaluation, the article will be sent to two anonymous reviewers, experts on the subject and/or of the methodological approach. No later than 3 months, the reviewers will evaluate the article with the following possible outcomes:
    • Article accepted
    • Article accepted with minor changes or additions
    • Article accepted with substantial changes/additions (the new version of the article will be submitted again to the peer-review process)
    • Article refused
  4. No later than 15 days, according to the referees' evaluation, the editors will communicate to the author the final decision on the article. In case of request for minor changes, the author will have 1 month to change the article in accordance with the demands of the referee and provide the final version.
  5. Publication

The editorial board decide in which issue of RPD the article that passed all the evaluation stages will be published.

Referees until December 2012 are: Salvatore Abbruzzese, Mara Westling Allodi, Miguel A. Zabalza Beraza, Carmen Betti, Lysette Boyer, Giuseppe Burgio, Antonella Cagnolati, Antonio Calvani, Silvano Calvetto, Franco Cambi, Roberta Cardarello, Ursula Carle, Letizia Caronia, Enzo Catarsi, Barbara Caprara, Alessandro Colombi, Asher Daniel Colombo, Marco Dallari, Duccio Demetrio, Martin Dodman, Gaetano Domenici, Liliana Dozza, Alison Duguid, Ursula Carle Angel Garcia del Dujo, Rita Fadda, Floriana Falcinelli, Ettore Felisatti, Graziella Favaro, Davide Ferrari, Otto Filtzinger, Stefano Gheno, Angela Giallongo, Epifania (Fanny) Giambalvo, Enrico Giliberti, Mariangela Giusti, Lucio Guasti, Hubert Houben, Teresa Longo, Silvia Kanizsa, Walter Lorenz, Pietro Lucisano, Elena Luppi, Emiliano Macinai, Giovanni Marchetti, Luca Marconi, Alessandro Mariani, Fabio Paglieri, Gabriele Pallotti, Francesco Panarelli, Carlo Pancera, Agostino Portera, Salvatore Saltarelli, Vega Scalera, Clara Silva, Maura Striano, Gianfranco Staccioli, Stefania Ulivieri Stiozzi, Maria Teresa Tagliaventi, Alessandro Tolomelli, Miriam Traversi, Marica Triola, Alessandro Vaccarelli, Ira Vannini, François Vedelago, Paola Villano, Gerwald Wallnoefer, Dario Janes, Enzo Zecchi, Davide Zoletto.

RPD/JOTRE is profoundly grateful to those who give up their time and expertise to review submissions. Without their work, the journal couldn’t attain and maintain its quality standards nor it could be recognized as an excellent journal in its domain.  We wish to thank those above, who took part in the reviewing process.

 

Publication Frequency

The journal publishes two issues per year. Issue N.1 is published on 30th June and N.2 is scheduled on 30th December. Submissions deadline is on 31th March (N.1) and 30th September (N.2).

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

This journal is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Licence 3.0 (CC-BY-NC-ND).

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the final version of the papers, without commercial purposes. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). Any modified copy of the contributions and any work derived by the contributions cannot be distributed. It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal board for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.

 

Scientific Committee

Georgina María Esther Aguirre Lora (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México), Ursula Carle (Universitaet Bremen), François Cooren (Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada), Angel Garcia del Dujo (Universidad de Salamanca), Jerry Griswold (California State University, San Diego, CA. USA), Dafna Lemish (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. USA), Teresa Longo (Université De Picardie "Jules Verne", Amiens), James E. Katz (Boston University, Boston, Mass. USA), Michele Mainardi (Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, Locarno), Roberto Maragliano (Università degli Studi Roma Tre), Agostino Portera (Università di Verona), Gerwald Wallnoefer (Università di Bressanone), Mara Westling Allodi (Stockholm University), Kenneth Wong (Brown University, Providence, R.I. USA), Miguel A. Zabalza Beraza (Universitat de Santiago de Compostela).

 

Honor Committee

Franco Cambi (Università di Firenze), Mariagrazia Contini (Università di Bologna), Duccio Demetrio (Università di Milano), Otto Filzinger (Università di Bolzano), Milena Manini (Università di Bologna), Franca Pinto Minerva (Università di Bari).

 

Indexing and Abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases and libraries:

  • ACNP – Italian Catalogue of Serials
  • BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO – Education Source Database
  • ERIH PLUS - European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences
  • EZB – Electronic Journals Library, University of Regensburg
  • Google Scholar – Academic Search Engine
  • JournalTOCsInternational Aggregator of Scientific Articles TOCs
  • PLEIADI – Portale per la Letteratura Scientifica
  • ROAD – Directory of Open Access scholarly Resources
  • SUMMONS – Serial solutions
  • Ulrich's – Global Serials Directory
  • Worldcat – The world's largest library catalog
  • ZDB – German National Library
  • FRANCIS – Humanities and Social Science database

The Journal is currently under review for Scopus.

 

Quality Control, Publication Ethics and Publication malpractice

The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct.
http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf

The journal is under review for membership in COPE.

Journal Editors

Editors have a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers.

Editors have a system for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of the staff, authors, reviewers and editorial board members.

Editors have a process for handling submissions from the editors, employees or members of the editorial board to ensure unbiased review.

Editors encourage study and research into peer review and publishing and reassess the journal’s process in the light of new finding.

Editors guarantee that errors, inaccurate or misleading statements are corrected promptly and with due prominence.

Editors will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Editors will respond promptly to complaints and will ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. Complains and appeals could be sent to the rpd@unibo.it

Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency.

Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers as DOI guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.

Editorial Board

Editorial Board of RPD RICERCHE DI PEDAGOGIA E DIDATTICA. JOURNAL OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH IN EDUCATION are responsible for the selection and the publication of the articles submitted to the journal.

Editorial Board take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in RPD RICERCHE DI PEDAGOGIA E DIDATTICA. JOURNAL OF THEORIES AND RESEARCH IN EDUCATION.

The decision of the Editorial Board as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified reviewers.

Editorial Board will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions.

Editorial Board strive to ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely.

A description of peer review process is published, and members of the Editorial Board are ready to justify any important deviation from the described process.

Editorial Board evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Editorial Board’ decision may be constrained by such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Editorial Board provide guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists.

Editorial Board have a system to ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed.

Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct.

Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work.

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data.

Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.

Reviewers

Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.

Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert the Editorial Board regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.

 

The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE.

 

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.
http://www.depositolegale.it/editori-aderenti/

 

Publication Fees

The Journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.