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 or Spanish 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 or Spanish.
  • In-text citations  and  the reference list should follow the APA 7th style (see below).
  • Each work used in a paper has two parts: an in-text citation and a corresponding reference list entry. Consequently, there are no in-text citations without a corresponding reference list entry and there are no reference list entries without a corresponding in-text citation.
  • In order to send the text for publication, prepare a file with text according to the structure described below. The submitted file with the content of the article should contain all parts of the article, including the article title, abstract, keywords, main body, references and all graphs, figures and tables (if they belong to the content). Metadata (title, abstract, keywords, references) should also be entered in the appropriate cells of the OJS system during the submission process. Also as indicated below, tables, figures and graphs should be uploaded separately, in addition, in the appropriate formats.
  • 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 format ORCID:
  • 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 length of the article must be between 25.000 and 35.000 characters (including metadata such as abstract, keywords, references).
  • The file enclosed in the submission is to be anonymous and must contain: title of the article, abstract, body of the article, references list.
  • The Abstract (up to 2000 characters in length) must have the following structure:
    • research objectives (aims) and problem(s)
    • research methods
    • structure of the article
    • research findings and their impact on the development of educational sciences
    • conclusions and/or recommendations
  • The Author should attach in a separate file the names, institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses of three (or more) suggested potential reviewers to their manuscript.
  • 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.
  • Manuscript procedure time:
    • Average time for initial manuscript assessment: 45 days
    • Average time for manuscript review: 150 days
    • Average time before an article is published: 200-300 days


General Rules Related to In-Text Citations

In-text citations are usually presented in two ways:

Parenthetical citation

The author and date appear within parentheses:

(Patuck, 2020)

(Sánchez, 2015, p. 51)

(Slančová, 1999, pp. 29–30)

(Berg, 1968; Capitani, 2000; Dalli, 1978) - if you want to include several different citations in one set of brackets, they should be in alphabetical order, separated by a semi-colon; not chronologically

Narrative citation

The author appears in the text with the date in parentheses:

Cohen, has shown that children’s  ……… (2015, pp. 448–449)

Hussey (2017) argue that the positive ………

If you are paraphrasing (restating an idea from a text in your own words) you are not required to provide a page or paragraph number in the in-text citation, but you may include one when it would help the readers locate the relevant passage. 

One author

Parenthetical citation: (Hussey, 2017)

Narrative citation: Smith (2014)

Two authors

Parenthetical citation: (Hussey & Smith, 2010)

Narrative citation: Hussey and Smith (2010) argue that the positive …………

Three or more authors

Parenthetical citation: (Buote  et  al., 2007)

Narrative citation: Buote  et  al. (2007)


Parenthetical citation: (Ministry of Education of Spain, 2018)

Narrative citation: Ministry of Education of Spain (2019)

Direct Quotation

A direct quotation reproduces word-for-word material taken directly from another author’s work, or from your own previously published work.

Short Quotations

If the quotation is fewer than 40 words, incorporate it into your paragraph and enclose it in double quotation marks. Place the in-text reference before the full stop.

Kelly highlighted the risks of the opposite stating that educational theorists "having set out their educational principles, have immediately translated these into prescriptions for subject content, and have thus failed to recognize that education consists of learning through subjects rather than the learning of subjects" (Kelly, 2004, p. 201).

Long Quotations

If the quotation comprises 40 or more words, include it in an indented, freestanding block of text, without quotation marks. At the end of a block quotation, cite the quoted source and the page number in parentheses, after the final punctuation mark.

The Capitoline Wolf is a sculpture which is a symbol of Rome. It takes its name from the Capitoline, one of the hills that Rome spread over. It is in the museum located there that one can admire this famous sculpture. The work presents a wolf feeding the twins, Romulus and Remus, who would later become the founders of the city. (Wojciechowski, 2018, p. 77)

A page number is included for a direct quote. Place a comma after the year and use p. for single page, pp. for multiple pages eg. (Harris, 2012, p. 164) or (Lewis, 2016, pp. 56-58).

Include the author, year, and specific page number for that quotation (p. 231 – single page; pp. 45-51 - many pages)

Secondary Sources

In text, name the primary source first, and then give the in-text citation for the secondary source: (“as cited in…, year”).

(Primary Author/s, Original publication date, as cited in Secondary Author/s, Publication date of current source)

Primary Author/s (Original publication date, as cited in Secondary Author/s, Publication date of current source)

(Smith's 2008 as cited in Queenan et al., 2016) found that...

It was found (Smith, 1998, as cited in Jones, 2020, p. 34)

You will need to reference the secondary source (whether that is a book, journal article, web sources etc.) in which you found the original author.

Queenan, H. R., Johnson, F. W., Yili, T. S., Sannefort, M. R, & Langman, R. C. (2017). Cyberbullying in American youth. Oxford University Press.

Jones, A. (2020). Title of the book or article. Publisher or Journal Name, volume number(issue number), pages. URL or DOI

General Rules Related to Reference List

General information:

  • Italicize titles of longer works (e.g., books, edited collections, names of newspapers, and so on).
  • Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as chapters in books, article in journal, essays in edited collections.
  • Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work
  • Reference list should include DOI or Web address - if available
  • Sources in a Foreign Language:
  • When you are referencing a work written in a foreign language (different from the language of the article), the title is written in its native language, followed by the translation of the title in brackets.
    • Amengual, G (2007, reprint 2016). Antropología filosófica [Philosophical Anthropology]. Harcourt Brace & Co.
  • When you are referencing translated book/work apply the following sequence:
    Author(s) of the book. (Year of publication). Title of the book (Translator(s) of the book, Trans.). Publisher. (Original work published Year of original publication) 
    • Example: Bauman, Z. (2008). Wspólnota. W poszukiwaniu bezpieczeństwa w niepewnym świecie [Community: Seeking safety in an insecure world] (J. Margański, Trans.). Wydawnictwo Literackie. (Original work published 2001)
  • Non-Latin alphabets are not used in the reference list in APA Style, so the title needs to be transliterated (that is, converted to the alphabet you are using to write a paper), and then followed by an English translation, in brackets.
    • Миролюбов, А. А. (2002). История отечественной методики обучения иностранным языкам. Ступени ИНФРА-М.
    should be written:
    • Mirljubow, А. А. (2002). Istoria oteciestweinnoj metodiki obycienia inostrannym jazykam [The History  of  the  Domestic  Methodology  of  Teaching  Foreign  Languages]. Stupeni INFRA-M.



General: Author(s) of book – family name and initials. (Year). Title of book - italicised. Publisher.

One Author

Faulks, S. (2013). A Possible Life. Vintage Books.

Two Authors

Author(s) of book – family name and initials, use & for multiple authors. (Year). Title of book - italicised. Publisher. DOI or Web address - if available

Barlett, D., Moddy, S., & Kindersley, K. (2010). Dyslexia in the Workplace: An Introductory Guide. John Wiley & Sons.

Three to twenty authors

Biber, D., Conrad, S. & Reppen, R. (1998). Corpus Linguistics: Investigating Language Structure and Use. Cambridge University Press.

More than twenty authors

List by last names and initials; commas separate author names. After the first 19 authors’ names, use an ellipsis in place of the remaining author names. Then, end with the final author's name (do not place an ampersand before it). There should be no more than twenty names in the citation in total.

Example reference for an article with more than 20 authors

Wiskunde, B., Arslan, M., Fischer, P., Nowak, L., Van den Berg, O., Coetzee, L., Juárez, U., Riyaziyyat, E., Wang, C., Zhang, I., Li, P., Yang, R., Kumar, B., Xu, A., Martinez, R., McIntosh, V., Ibáñez, L. M., Mäkinen, G., Virtanen, E., . . . Kovács, A. (2019). Indie pop rocks mathematics: Twenty One Pilots, Nicolas Bourbaki, and the empty set. Journal of Improbable Mathematics27(1), 1935–1968.

Two or more works by the same author

MacIntyre, A. (1998). Aquinas’s critique of education: Against his own age, against ours. In A. O. Rorty (Ed.), Philosophers on education: New historical perspectives (pp. 95–108). Routledge.

MacIntyre, A. (1999). Dependent rational animals: Why human beings need the virtues. Duckworth.

MacIntyre, A. (2001). Catholic universities: Dangers, hopes, choices. In R. E. Sullivan (Ed.), Higher learning and Catholic traditions (pp. 1–21). University of Notre Dame Press.

Two or more works by the same author in the same year

MacIntyre, A. (2006a). The tasks of philosophy: Selected essays. Cambridge University Press.

MacIntyre, A. (2006b). Ethics and Politics. Selected Essays. Cambridge University Press.

MacIntyre, A. (2006c). Edith Stein: A philosophical prologue (1913–1922). Rowman & Littlefield.

Article or chapter in an edited book


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (pp. pages of chapter). Publisher.

Chase, N. (1999). An overview of theory, research, and societal issues. In N. Chase (Ed.), Burdened children (pp. 3-33). Guilford Press.

Whole edited book

Biling, Sh., & Furco, A. (Eds.). (2002). Service-Learning Through a Multidisciplinary Lens, Information Age Publishing.

Translated book

Kant, I. (1984). Uzasadnienie metafizyki moralności [Groundwork of the metaphysics of morals] (M. Wartenberg, Trans.; 3rd ed.). Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe. (Original work published 1785)

Atienza, R. J.; & Go, J. C. (2023). Uczenie się przez refrakcję. Praktyczny przewodnik po pedagogice ignacjańskiej XXI wieku [Learning by refraction. A Practitioner’s guide to 21-st Century ignatian pedagogy] (K. Lewicka, Trans.). Wydawnictwo WAM. (Original work published 2019)

Article in journal


Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

Szymańska, M. (2020). Learning Reflective Practice Skills with the Use of Narrative Techniques. Multidisciplinary Journal of School Education, 09(17), 101-118.



Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL

Daniels, S. (2019, December 22). More than half of adults don’t feel confident talking to deaf people.

Federal or State Statue, Act of Law


Name of Act, Public Law No. (Year). URL

The Patient Protection Act, Publ. L. No. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 (2010).

An entry in an Encyclopedia

Baker, J. S. (2006). Psychoanalysis. In J. S. Baker (Ed.),  Encyclopedia Americana (Vol. 15, pp. 26-3284). Encyclopedia Americana.

Conference Proceedings

Jones, A. M., Graham, O. T. (Eds.). (1998). Proceedings from SEE ’98: Synergy of Educational Environments.  Erlbaum.

Dissertation, published

Salt, J. B. (2007). New directions in cognitive therapy. [Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University]. ProQuest Dissertations

Dissertation, unpublished

Salt, J. B. (2007). New directions in cognitive therapy. [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University