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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Submission Procedure

  • Papers submitted to the Multidisciplinary Journal of School Education should not have been published or submitted for publication before, e.g. to the editorial offices of other periodicals or in the Internet.
  • Papers presented for publication should be submitted in electronic form as Word documents at the Multidisciplinary Journal of School Education. The submission procedure requires:
    • Registering for an account
    • Logging in to your account
    • Selecting your role as an Author
    • Selecting "Start a new submission"
    • Completing 5-step submission process
  • Papers should be submitted in English or in Spanish. All papers will be read by a native speaker of English and reviewed in terms of linguistic quality. The Editorial Board reserves the right to return papers to authors in the case of a low standard of English.
  • Papers should be written in accordance with the APA 7th style or 
  • In order to send the text for publication, prepare a file with text according to the structure described below. In the text sent for review, all data about the Author should be deleted in accordance with the "blank review" rules. Data about the Author/ Authors should be entered in the metadata: Name and Surname, Affiliation - Faculty (University), e-mail address and a link with the personal ORCID number (required for each author): example:
  • If the article contains an illustration it should be sent in the following file types (.tif; .eps; .jpg) at a resolution of 300 dpi; and graphs (only shades of gray) prepared using Microsoft Office Excel must be accompanied by the source files (.xls).
  • The preferred length of the article is between 20.000 and 30.000 characters.
  • Abstract (up to 1000 characters in length) should include the following: objectives (aims) of the research, research issues or problems, research methods, a short description of the context of the presented issue, process of argumentation, findings (research results), conclusions and recommendations.
  • Direct quotations: If a quotation consists of fewer than 40 words, treat it as a short quotation: Incorporate it into the text and enclose it within double quotation marks. For a direct quotation, always include a full citation (parenthetical or narrative) in the same sentence as the quotation. If a quotation contains 40 words or more, treat it as a block quotation. Do not use quotation marks to enclose a block quotation.
  • Footnotes: Use footnotes sparingly (or not at all) and place them at the bottom of the column on the page on which they are referenced. Use 8-point Times, single-spaced. To help your readers, avoid using footnotes altogether and include necessary peripheral observations in the text (within parentheses, if you prefer, as in this sentence).
  • References: Begin the reference list on a new page after the text. Apply a hanging indent of 0.5 in. to each reference list entry, meaning that the first line of the reference is flush left and subsequent lines are indented 0.5 in. from the left margin. Use the paragraph-formatting function of your word-processing program to apply the hanging indent. References for works with DOIs also include the DOI in the source element, and references for most online works without DOIs include the work’s URL. When a book is in a different language than your paper, include a translation of the book title in square brackets. If the other language uses a different alphabet from the one you are writing in, transliterate the alphabet into the Roman alphabet.
  • Submission of the article to the editorial office entails the author's permission for printing as well as making the full electronic version of the article available on the Internet.
  • Papers submitted in accordance with the editorial criteria will be reviewed by two reviewers, according to the double-blind review procedure. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject papers in the case of a negative review.
  • The final decision to print a text is made by the Chief Editor or the Deputy Editor.
  • The Editorial Board does not return submitted materials.
  • Papers are published free of charge.


Structure of a Paper



  • Author’s first name and surname
  • Author's ORCID ID
  • Author’s affiliation (university, faculty, department)
  • Contact e-mail address
  • Title of paper/title of article
  • Abstract (approx. 1000 characters)
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Main body, divided into sections/subsections with headings
  • Conclusion
  • References


Report (conference, events, etc.):

  • Author’s first name and surname
  • Author's ORCID ID
  • Author’s affiliation (university, faculty, department)
  • Contact e-mail address
  • Title of report
  • Main body



  • Reviewer’s first name and surname
  • Reviewer’s ORCID ID
  • Reviewer’s affiliation (university, faculty, department)
  • Contact e-mail address
  • Review of monograph/publication (author's name or names, publication date, title of the work, place of publication, publishing house, ISBN, total number of pages)
  • Main body



 General Rules Related to Reference Lists and In Text Citations


Below you can find examples of in text citations and reference listings. They are related to various types of printed and internet sources.

Item Reference list In text citation
Book: 1 author Harris, P.L. (1989). Children and Emotion. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Harris (1989) or (Harris, 1989)
Book: 2 authors Turner, J.S., Helms, D.B. (1983). Lifespan Development (2nd ed.). Chicago: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. Turner, Helms (1983) or (Turner, Helms, 1983)
Book: 3-5 authors Vasta, R., Haith, M.M., Miller, S.A. (1992). Child psychology: The modern science. New York: Wiley. First citation: Vasta, Haith, Miller (1992) or (Vasta, Haith, Miller, 1992) Subsequent citations: Vasta et al. (1992) or (Vasta et al., 1992)
Book: more than 5 authors Gazda, G.M., Balzer, F.J., Childers, W.C., Nealy, A.U., Phelps, R.E., Walters, R.P. (2005). Human relations development: A manual for educators (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Educational. Gazda et al. (2005) or (Gazda et al., 2005)
Book chapter Flavell, J.H. (1992). Perspectives on Perspective Taking. In H. Beilin, P. Pufall (Eds.) Piaget’s Theory. Prospects and Possibilities (pp. 107–140). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Flavell (1992) or (Flavell, 1992)
Book: corporate author United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and HelpAge International (2012). Ageing in the Twenty-first Century: A Celebration and a Challenge. New York, London: UNFPA and HelpAge International. United Nations Population Fund (UNCPA), HelpAge International (2012) or (United Nations Population Fund (UNCPA), HelpAge International, 2012)
Journal article Bartsch, K., Wellman, H.M. (1989). Young Children’s Attribution of Action to Beliefs and Desires. Child Development, 60, 946–964. (DOI: if available) Bartsch, Wellman (1989) or (Bartsch, Wellman, 1989)
Online article Read, E. (2007, November 1). Myth-busting gen Y. New Zealand Management, 54 (10), 63-64. Retrieved from Read (2007) or (Read, 2007)
Online article with no date Flesch, R. (n.d.). How to write plain English. Retrieved April 12, 2009, from Flesch (n.d) or (Flesch, n.d.)
An entry in an Encyclopedia Baker, J.S. (2006). Psychoanalysis. In Encyclopedia Americana. (Vol.15, pp.26-3284). New York, NY: Encyclopedia Americana. Baker (2006) or Baker (2006)
Conference Proceedings Jones, A.M., Graham, O.T. (Eds.). (1998). Proceedings from SEE ’98: Synergy of Educational Environments. Buffalo, NY: Erlbaum. Jones, A.M., Graham, O.T. (1998) or (Jones, A.M., Graham, O.T., 1998)
Dissertation, published Salt, J.B. (2007). New directions in cognitive therapy. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from [Name of database]. [Order or accession number] Salt, J.B. (2007)
Dissertation, unpublished Salt, J.B. (2007). New directions in cognitive therapy. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). [Name of institution, Location]. Salt, J.B. (2007)

For non-English or translated sources, a reference follows the basic APA Style templates, but you may need to include some additional information.

If you refer to a non-English source you need to add the English translation of the source's title (article or book, not the journal) put in square brackets.

Here's an example:

Piaget, J. (1966).La psychologie de l’enfant [The psychology of the child]. Paris, France: Presses Universitaires de France.

The reference for a translated source includes the translator’s name in parenthesis right after its title.

Here's another example:

Piaget, J. (1969).The psychology of the child (H. Weaver, Trans.). New York, NY: Basic Books.

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