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Author Guidelines

General requirements

The Journal of Neuroeducation is a scientific and educational journal that accepts articles written in English, Spanish and Catalan. It is freely accessible, published twice a year and indexed in the University of Barcelona's Scientific Journals (RCUB) repository. In order to send articles, it is necessary to register on the journal's website.

 

Article types

Original Research. Articles of empirical research carried out in laboratories, research or education centres. This section also includes assessed educational practices that contribute development and models to the field of neuroeducation. It also integrates short research reports. It contains: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and Limitations. The Results and Discussion sections can be presented combined -Results and Discussion-.

Review. Articles covering topics that mean a significant development for neuroeducation, with depth, contrasted sources and balanced perspectives. The vision and message is clearly stated. It includes: Introduction, Sections of the review, Discussion and Conclusions.

Case Study. Articles of specific and detailed observations of cases linked to neuroeducation. Its structure contains: Introduction, Methods, Evolution and Conclusions. 

Hypothesis-Theory. Articles which present an innovative argument, interpretation or model in order to raise an incipient hypothesis or theory in the field. They contain the sections Introduction, Subsections relevant to the topic, Discussion and Conclusions. 

Pedagogy and Curricular Innovation. Articles describing innovative curricula and educational training programs within pedagogical frameworks such as science of learning, competency and neuroeducation. They contain Abstract, Introduction: background/reasons, pedagogical framework/principles, Learning environment: environment, students, school/faculty and learning objectives, Results and assessment: planned or already gathered, and Discussion: on objectives, practical implications and lessons learned.

Didactic Experience. Educational practices and original methodologies based on concepts of neuroeducation but whose impact has not been evaluated. They must contribute considerably to the field and have been put into practice. They contain: Introduction, Method where the description of the practice is included, Discussion, Conclusions and Limitations. 

Perspective. Texts of especially brief format, of 3000 words as limit, which transmit an idea, point of view or proposal of development of the field. In this case they can include a maximum of 3 figures or tables and contain the sections Introduction, Relevant Sections, Discussion and Conclusions. 

Final Postgraduate or Master's Work. The journal publishes papers of this type that are of exceptional quality. These are articles which contribute innovative ideas to the field of educational practice and which are supported by evidence from neuroscience, cognitive psychology and education. The types of articles proposed in this section have a specific Word model, with didactic indications to develop the sections. They are proposed directly by the editorial board.

Educational Policies. Articles that seek to contribute ideas for the description of educational policies -applicable or already applied-, and their diffusion and incorporation to new local and global policies, under the perspective of neuroeducation. It includes: Introduction, sections on the evaluation or projections of those of the policies, feasible Recommendations and Discussion.

Editorial. Articles by the editorial team whose purpose is to publicize the objectives and goals or other interests related to the journal.

Opinion. Creative texts open to the public, which contribute with new, critical and well-informed points of view regarding the interpretation of advances - specifically or generally - in the field of neuroeducation. 

Book Review. Succinct and objective literary reviews that analyze the content, style and achievements of a recently published book in the area of neuroscience, cognitive psychology or neuroscience and education. Open to the public.

Abstracts for 'Neuromads'. Abstracts that accompany submissions to the 'Neuroeducational Research' and 'Experiences and Perspectives' sections. They are limited to 1000 words and may contain one figure, image or table. We recommend the use of close but rigorous language aimed at an audience of 12 years and older.

Before submitting a paper to any of our sections, the following requirements should be taken into consideration:

  1. Abstracts for the 'Neuromads' section. With the idea of generating content that integrates the entire educational community, each article must be accompanied by an abstract -with a limit of 1000 words- aimed at an audience of 12 years and older, which is published in the Neuromads section.

     

  2. References and focus. Accepted articles should contain a minimum of 5 bibliographic references on neuroscience or cognitive psychology, including books on neuroeducation. Articles on neuroeducational research conducted in laboratories and research centres must have a clear focus on educational practice that is explicit in the text.

     

  3. Language review. The articles must be reviewed by a native person in the language chosen for the article - Catalan, Spanish or English - included in the authorship or acknowledgements, according to their contribution. If, at the time of submission, language legibility defects are detected, authors will be invited to resubmit the manuscript for review by a native person with a high command of the language. In addition, texts in Catalan or Spanish must be accompanied by a translation of the abstract into English.

 

 

For all sections

Articles are submitted online in Word format through the 'Submit your manuscript' link in the journal, specifying section and type of article. Here you can download the Word templates that will be used for the submission. The format of the template must be kept: font, frames, simple spacing and line numbering. 

Submissions to the 'Neuroeducational Research' and 'Experiences and Perspectives' sections

These sections can be sent in short or long formats, depending on the author's criteria. Short articles are those with up to 5,000 words and a limit of 6 figures or tables; long articles are those with a maximum of 10,000 words and a limit of 10 figures or tables (the word limit and sections of Perspective-type articles are specified in their description). The abstract that accompanies these sections has a limit of 350 words and must be written in the language in which the text is submitted, including an English translation.

Final Master's Papers are written in a short format and sent using a Word template that can be downloaded here.

Submissions to the 'Editorial' and 'Neuromads' sections  

The articles in these sections are limited to 1000 words, and may also contain an image, figure or table.

 

General format of the sections of the manuscripts 

Title

It is limited to 100 characters.  Abbreviations or formulas should be avoided as much as possible.  

Running title

It is a reduced sentence in the title containing the most precise and remarkable terms, with a maximum of 30 characters.

Authors and affiliation

The full names of the authors are provided. Middle initials are optional. At least one author should be designated as an author for correspondence, to facilitate contact with the authors once the article is published. The e-mail addresses of all authors should be provided in the article. 

Each author's affiliation is organized in the style: University/Organization, City, State/Province, Country. More than one affiliation may be indicated for each author, identified by superscripts after each author's last name. It is also necessary to indicate an 'corresponding author' with an e-mail address.

The submitting author is responsible for the approval of the manuscript by all authors. To this end, a sentence of the type: 'The manuscript has been approved by all authors' must be indicated in the submission document immediately below the affiliations. Likewise, it must be indicated in this section that the images, figures and tables included are not subject to any type of copyright.

Keywords

Each article contains 5 to 8 keywords or syntagmas, relevant to the topic of the article.

Abstract 

It has a limit of 350 words, optionally structured in five points - introduction, topic of the article, methods, results and conclusions - developed in a single paragraph not separated by sections. It is recommended to minimize the use of abbreviations and avoid citations in the abstract. In the case of reviews, it is structured in four points also optionally structured in introduction, topic, sections of the review and conclusions/message to be transmitted.

Introduction

It describes the research background or theoretical framework of the relevant experience, the objectives and purposes and its relationship to other studies in the field. The working hypothesis should also be clearly stated.

Materials and Methods/Methods 

This section describes the methodology in detail, especially as they are pioneering or unusual methods, so that they can be replicated. Care should be taken to clearly explain the resources of all materials, data and protocols related to the publication, especially in the case of materials or information with restricted access.

This section, if applicable, also identifies the methods of statistical analysis, and cites the software programs used in the study analyses.

Results

It presents the experimental findings of the research or observations, and the quantitative and qualitative impact in relation to a teaching proposal. Tables and figures can be included in this section.

Discussion

The findings and their implications should be discussed and/or compared with those of other studies. It is recommended to include directions or perspectives for future research or practice.

Conclusions

It indicates the main conclusions reached after the research, teaching experience or other work. 

Limitations

This section indicates the various types of limitations of the paper submitted and open-ended questions that the paper has not been able to answer.

 

Format of the final sections

Ethical statement

All articles must be approved and covered by the Ethics Committees in force and be in line with the Helsinki Convention, in the case of research involving physiological measures. In this case, the name of the committee, code and date of approval and current legislation must be specified. In work that does not require approval by an Ethics Committee, or if there is no Ethics Committee in the institution, the name of a person representing the affiliated institution who will supervise ethical conduct and be responsible for this aspect should be included.

Identifying information about participants should not be shared or disclosed unless strictly necessary for the submission of the work. In that case, the written consent of the participants must be obtained for the use of that information, which must remain with the authors for possible further checks.

Access to materials

In this section you can specify the possibility of accessing materials and resources used in the submitted works, provided that they are allowed to be downloaded and distributed freely. You must specify the location of the materials (e.g. URL, library or centre) and the format in which they are found (e.g. URL, .ppt, .docx, .pdf, DVD...)

Acknowledgements

This section contains the names of those who have contributed to the work and are not among the authors, and the reason for their contribution. It includes contributions to language and/or editorial review, if they are not among the authors.

Authors' contributions

If the work involves more than one author, this section specifies the contribution of each. 

Sources of funding

This section clarifies the funding resources and grant information that have supported the work.

Conflict of interest

It should be stated if any, or include a sentence such as "The author(s) declare(s) the absence of conflict of interest arising from this work.

Additional material

We encourage authors to publish additional material such as tools, explanatory tables or complementary analyses. They will be sent in a complementary Word template that can be downloaded here. 

Citations and references

Cites and references, throughout the text and including figures and tables, follow the Vancouver format, with the cites in the text followed with a number and a numbered reference list, ordered by cite appearance in the text.

1. Journal article:

Author 1 AB, Author 2 CD. (up to 6 authors before using "et al.") Title of the article Abbreviated name of the journal. Year; Volume: pages. (When the page is not available, a DOI or other identifier must be provided.)

2. Book and chapter of the book:

Author 1 AB, Author 2 CD. Title of the book. 2nd edition. Publisher's city: Publisher's name; Year of publication. (page p. or range of pages p. if exists).

Author 1 AB; Author 2 CD. Title of the chapter. In: Publisher 1 AB, Publisher 2 CD, editors. Title of the book. Publisher's city: Publisher's name; Year of publication. (page p. or page range p. if available).

3. Proceedings of the conference:

Author 1 BA, Author 2 CD. Title of the presentation. Conference Name Proceedings; Full Date of Conference (Year Month Day); Conference Location (City, State if US, Country). Location of Publisher (City): Name of Publisher

4. Technical Report:

Author 1 BA, Author 2 CD. Title of the report. Final report. Report agency city (state abbreviation if U.S.): Agency name; report year; report number.

5. Thesis:

Author AB. Thesis title. University city: Name of university; year of completion.

6. Web site: 

Author 1 AB, Author 2 CD. Title of the article [Internet]. 7. City of the press: name of the press; year of update [date cited (year month day)]. Available at: URL.

7. Unpublished work:

Author 1 AB, Author 2 CD. Title of the unpublished work. Abridged journal. Next year.

  

General style and format

Font

Calibri 16 for the title, 12 for the body of the text.

Abbreviations

These are explained when they are first mentioned in the text.

Units 

The units used in the Journal of Neuroeducation are in line with the

Figures

Figures are accepted in EPS, JPG, PNG, PDF formats, minimum 1000 pixels or 300 dpi. The minimum thickness of axis lines and tables must be 2 points.  The font size must be legible. We recommend that it be between 8 and 14 points at actual size, depending on its use. 

Tables

Tables in editable Word format are accepted, instead of inserted images or fragmented text. The choice of a readable font size is essential. 

Equations

Equations prepared by equation editors, such as Microsoft's equation editor integrated into Word, are accepted.

 

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 submission has not been previously published or submitted to any other journal (or an explanation has been sent to "Comments to the Editor").
  2. If the submission is for the Neuroeducational Research or Experiences and Perspectives sections, a summary is also provided for the Neuromads section, which is performes as a new submission.
  3. Figures, tables and images are not subjected to Copyright. Whenever possible, the URLs for references have been provided.
  4. The text uses single spacing, font size 12 Calibri, except in URLs. With respect to all illustrations, figures and tables, they are placed at the end of the template.
  5. The text complies with the bibliographical and style requirements described in the Author's instructions, which can be found in «About the Journal». References and cites are in Vancouver format (cites in the text with a number and numbered reference list in order of cite appearance). The files for submission are in the Microsoft Word format that can be downloaded in this section.

  6. If you submitted to a peer reviewed section of the journal, you must follow the instructions to Ensure an anonymous evaluation. 

     

 

Copyright Notice


The authors who publish in this journal agree to the following terms:

 

a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal the right of first publication

b. Texts will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work, provided they include an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship, its initial publication in this journal and the terms of the license.

 

Right of information - Basic information

Responsible

 Secretariat General of University of Barcelona

Purpose

If you register as an author or reviewer, the purpose will be to manage the performance of the corresponding functions in relation to the journal in which you are registered. If you register as a reader, the purpose will be to send you information about the journal in which you are registered

Legitimacy

Consent of the person concerned

Target audience

The university itself, and the treatment providers, if any. The transfer of data to third parties is not contemplated, unless it is a legal obligation

Rights

Access your data, rectify them, delete them, request the portability of the data or request the limitation of the processing

Additional information

Additional information can be found at the following link: http://diposit.ub.edu/dspace/handle/2445/122803

 


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