This publication welcomes submissions in any of the following categories: research articles, book and article reviews, case reports, research commentary and opinions; communications, research notes and essays, intervention studies.
The journal is a periodical that welcomes submissions from researchers belonging to the Social Sciences field of study or any other interdisciplinary connected disciplines.
The manuscripts submitted to our journals must have not be subject of a concomitant submission, under review or previous publication in another journal. The following categories of previously published manuscripts will benefit by special analysis will be published with a descriptive mention on the footnote of the first page:
- articles which have been presented on conferences, seminaries, etc.;
- articles that have been previously published but have been updated, improved, actualized, parts of thesis can be submitted;
- articles that are parts, chapters of thesis, dissertations, book chapters, etc.
Authors are required to ensure that the submitted manuscripts or part of it a do not infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.
A. Accepted languages: manuscripts written in English (American or British usage is accepted, but not a mixture of these), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and French are accepted. Alternatively, articles written as two columns (different languages, English + another, etc..) are also accepted. A bilingual tittle is required. Bilingual abstracts and keywords are highly recommended.
B. Content: a full research paper should have (depending on its type and purpose) the following sections:
1. Title: the title must be a concise and informative description of the research paper that accurately reflect the main scope and content of the manuscript.
2. Name(s) of the author(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s): the complete name of the authors and information about their actual affiliation including: institution, address and country. Detailed information about the author(s), about their fields of interest and research activities can be provided on a separate “About the author(s)”section.
3. Abstract: this section should include a succinct, self-contained and powerful statement that describes the main objective of the study. The abstract must be approximately 300 words with no undefined abbreviations or unspecified references.
4. Key words (indexing terms): a list of 4 to 10 significant keywords as index terms, related to the main objectives and content of the study.
5. Introduction: this section should comprise a description of the general framework, definitions and principles, primary issues and controversies, background information and contexts, etc.
6. Literature Review: a section dedicated to the significant literature resources, consulted or employed, that contributed to the study. It surveys scholarly articles, books and other sources (e.g. dissertations, conference proceedings) relevant to a particular issue, area of research, or theory, providing a description, summary, and critical evaluation of each work. The purpose is to offer an overview of significant literature published on a topic.
7. Material and Methods: a section intended to contain a detailed description of all the methods, materials, collaborators and participants at the study. The protocols used for data acquisition, techniques and procedures, investigated parameters, methods of measurements and apparatus should described in sufficient detail to allow other scientists to understand, analyze and compare the results. The study subjects and participants should be described in terms of number, age and sex. The statistical methods should be described in detail to enable verification of the reported results. This section could contain a separate sub-section that comprises the explanation of the abbreviated terms used on the study.
8. Results and Discussion: a comparative or descriptive analysis of the study based on results, on previously studies, etc. The results should be presented in a logical sequence, given the most important findings first and addressing the stated objectives. The number of tables and figures should be limited to those absolutely needed to confirm or contest the premise of the study.The authors should deal only with new or important aspects of the results obtained. Material from the Results section should not be repeated, nor new material introduced. The relevance of the findings in the context of existing literature or contemporary practice should be addressed.
9. Recommendations: this section contains theoretical and practical recommendations, further research ideas, new approaches, suggestions and concerns regarding potential social and cultural impacts, etc.
10. Conclusion: in this final section, the main find outs are concisely reiterated. Only conclusions supported by the study findings should be included.
11. Acknowledgements: people who contributed towards the work in any way for the manuscript preparation, but do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in acknowledgements section mentioning their contributions. These also include funding source(s) of each author and describe the involvement of funding body or organization in the whole work. It is recommended to acknowledge the editor if any manuscript was revised for language corrections. Permissions should be obtained from all those who are acknowledged in this section.
12. About the Author(s): a section in which can be presented in a detailed way authors(s) activities, research interests, memberships and affiliations, published research, etc.
13. References: the references section should contain all the identification elements of the consulted sources. Some examples:
- Journal article
Smith A, White D, Hokanson C, Grant S, 2010. Situations of Pre-Competitive Stress of Young Italian´s Athletes. Journal of Sport Sciences 95: 633-637. doi: 10.1008/s00421-009-04965-7
- Article with DOI
Smith A, Jones B, 2006. The Relationship between Lateral Movement and Power in Young Hockey Players, doi: 10.1008/s0010000065
Sami K, 2005. Factors affecting the educational development in severe obese children. PhD Thesis, University of Padua
- Online document
Wright K, 2007. The role of social media networks on acquisition of second language technical terms and expressions. http://academyscience.org/articles/11/6/16/1. Accessed 14 April 2015
East H, Jackson B, 2001. The social and cultural impact of Short-Term Study-Abroad Strategies, Chicago, IL, USA
- Book chapter
White A, Kerim M, 2001 The social and cultural impact of Short-Term Study-Abroad Strategies, 3rd edn. Chicago, IL, USA, pp 3430-3457
1. Figures and Tables should have a numbered explanatory label posted below the graphic element. Each figure and table should have a descriptive caption that describes and defines all the abbreviations included. If the element contains data from external sources, an explanatory citation should be included. Photographic images can be submitted if they are saved in JPEG format at a resolution of 300 dpi. The tables are required to have, if appropriate or possible, the width and the height of the size of an entire page avoiding the splitting on more pages.
2. Formulas and Equations could be inserted as objects if created with another external program (Wolfram Mathematica, Mathlab, etc) or by using Microsoft Equation Editor included on the last editions of Microsoft Office.
3. Supplementary Files: appendixes, supplementary files or any other resource related to the research could be attached at original manuscript. The attachments will be placed on the “Supplementary files” section on right side of the screen. It is highly recommended, for a better and faster publication process, that all the files to be submitted together and in their final and definitive form.
D. Limitations: there are absolutely no limit and no extra charges on:
- how many pages are allowed for a research paper. It depends on many factors, the researcher should decide that. A 5-25 pages research article it is only a recommendation, not a limit.
- how many authors a research paper may have. Collaboration is the key.
- how many graphic elements, figures, pictures, photos, tables, appendixes a research paper may contain. We are strongly encouraging our authors on providing any possible method designated to ensure better and faster information exchange.
E. File Formats: the preferred file format for the manuscript is Microsoft Word 2003 (*.doc), 2010 (*.docx) or later version. For the supplementary files that do not need further editing formats as Adobe Acrobat Portable Document (*. pdf), Image files (*.bmp, *.jpg, *.gif, etc.) can be submitted.
F. Template: a model of the manuscript can be downloaded.