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Submission Guidelines

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Propuesta Educativa (Educational Proposal) is a publication from the Education, Knowledge and Society Program of the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) - Argentina. The journal is published twice a year, in June and November, and since November 2012 it is only available online on our website: It is a scholarly publication indexed in the Basic Core of Argentine Scientific Journals. It is also included in the Latindex directory, and in the Central Library of the Cité Universitaire de Paris, France, which is part of the SUDOC catalog.

Propuesta Educativa has been involved in the discussion and analysis of educational topics both in Argentina and in Latin America since 1989. It promotes the publication of must-read reports, reviews, and critical studies on local and foreign educational realities. The journal features research papers and articles contributing to current educational debates, and seeks to provide a wide variety of theoretical perspectives, focuses, and methodologies, and to offer a multi-faceted overview of topics and disciplines. It is likely to be of interest to researchers, school administrators, supervisors, teachers, professors, undergraduate and graduate students, and policy-makers.

Each issue of Propuesta Educativa includes a thematic dossier; the dossier's theme, which revolves around current educational issues, is chosen by the journal's Editorial Staff. An expert on the chosen issue is designated to collect and sort the contributions that will give shape to the dossier. Dossier articles are reviewed by referees and go through the same evaluation process as manuscripts received for other sections. Also, each journal issue includes two sections featuring research work and academic reports: Articles and Young Researchers. Both sections are open to contributions all year round, and their goals are to report on: a) the results of on-going or completed research; b) state of the art reviews; c) theoretical and methodological commentaries. The Articles section presents contributions from Senior and Semi Senior researchers, while Young Researchers features articles and findings from Junior researchers.

Lastly, the Reviews section offers two sorts of contributions: a) Book Reviews, and b) Thesis (Graduate Papers) Reviews. This section welcomes articles from outside authors focusing on books and theses on current education-related topics, provided manuscript submission guidelines are met.

  • Submissions to Propuesta Educativa

  1. Articles submitted for publication should be original contributions and should not be published elsewhere, or should have not been submitted to any other publication at the same time. Sending the materials implies acceptance of this requirement by their author/s as to the materials being original and unpublished/unsubmitted.

  2. Articles must present an elaboration on the results of ongoing or completed research work, or they can be reviews offering a new proposed treatment or discussion concerning a given topic/issue; essay articles can also be submitted. We welcome academic studies original as to subject-matter or approach; articles discussing a methodological approach relevant to the topic or issue at hand, which follow academic rules of art, in particular regarding academic rigor. State of the art studies must provide a thorough review of the academic treatment given to a topic relevant for social research.

In addition, Propuesta Educativa also welcomes:
Book Reviews/Master's and PhD Theses Reviews

  1. Submissions for Articles and Young Researchers follow a two-phase review process as described in part II of these guidelines, while submissions for the Reviews section must meet the guidelines described in part VII.

  2. All journal sections, i.e. Articles, Young Researchers, and Reviews, have the same requirements as to titles, citations, bibliographic references, endnotes, and author biographies (see part VI).

  • Review Process:

  1. Manuscripts for Articles and Young Researchers go through a two-phase evaluation process: a) the material is first read by the Editorial Team to check whether it meets journal requirements and formal editorial guidelines, and b) if accepted, the Editorial Team suggests the appointment of two external referees who are experts in the field covered by the manuscript, to referee on the quality of the submission. Throughout the entire process, the names of referees and authors shall be kept in anonymity, and referees and authors must be from different departments. Once the referees have issued their review reports, they shall be sent to the author, without identifying the referees, to help improve the quality of submissions.
    A manuscript may be:

1. Accepted with or without minor alterations.
2. Sent back for the authors to revise the manuscript to address specific concerns.
3. Rejected.
If the submission is sent back for revision and re-submission, the revised version must be re-submitted within three weeks from the date when the decision was first reported to the author. 

In case one referee accepts and the other referee rejects the manuscript, the manuscript shall be sent out to a third referee for review, whose decision shall be final as to whether the manuscript will or will not be published; in this case, the author shall be sent, together with the decision letter, copies of the two review reports. 

  1. The final decision is subject to no appeal.

  • Copyright:

  1. The author gives permission for his/her material to be published on Propuesta Educativa. Any and all copyright on published items is assigned to FLACSO, once the manuscript has been academically and editorially accepted for electronic publication and distribution. The copyright assignment letter form may be downloaded from the journal's website: and shall be submitted by the author as soon as he/she receives confirmation from the Writing Committee that his/her article has been accepted for publication on Propuesta Educativa.

  2. Propuesta Educativa is available on open access on the following website: All contents may be used free of charge for non- commercial purposes, as long as both the authors and the journal are credited.

  • About the Authors:

  1. All authors are responsible for the content of their submissions; the first author assumes the intellectual responsibility for the results of the editorial process; authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to reproduce graphics and images owned by third parties.

  2. Authors assume all responsibility if any falsification of data or lack of authenticity in research is found. Authors commit not to reuse work that has already been published, in full or in part, in their manuscripts proposed for publication.

  • Conflict of Interest Statement:

Individual Authors: Authors are responsible for disclosing any personal and financial relations that could bias their work.

Project Support: Authors must describe and disclose the role of the sponsor, if any, in the study.

Reviewers: Reviewers or Editorial Committee members involved in the editorial process must disclose any conflict of interest that could bias their opinion on the report. If that happens, such a disclosure must be made immediately, and reviewers must step out of the peer review process as mandated under the ethical standards applicable in the academic field.

  • Submission of Manuscripts:

  1. Manuscripts must be sent to the following e-mail address: The author will be sent an acknowledgment of receipt no later than 10 business days from the submission date.

  2. Contributions intended for publication in the Articles and Young Researchers sections must be from 35,000 to 40,000 characters long with maximum spacing, including graphics, tables, endnotes and bibliographical references.

  3. All documents must be Microsoft Word documents (.doc or .rtf formats).

  4. The first page must have the following data:

-The title, which should be preferably short (no more than 15 words), and should clearly refer to the content.

-Author/s, in the same order as listed in the table of contents.

-A short biographical note on the author/s, no more than three lines long, reporting on their academic background and the department where they currently work. In the case of students who are not working, the institution where they are studying to obtain their graduate degree must be noted. The e-mail addresses of the authors should also be included. Please follow this example when drafting your bio:

Dr. in Social Sciences, FLACSO Argentina; Master's Degree in the Sociology of Culture and Cultural Analysis, Universidad Nacional de San Martín; Undergraduate Degree in Social Communication, Universidad de Buenos Aires; Post-Doctoral Scholar, CONICET-FLACSO Argentina. E-mail Address:

The manuscript should not contain any identification information, except on the cover page. During the review process by the editorial team and the reviewers, contributions shall only include the word "author", and the year of publication when referring to any prior work of the author/s, both in the main body of the text and on bibliographical notes and other notes. Make sure that the author's name has been deleted from the Properties list of the Microsoft Word document (on the menu, go to "File", "Properties", and "Summary", and delete the author's name there; then press "OK" to save the changes).

  1. The main body of the text should start on the second page. An abstract of no more than 200 words and five (5) keywords should be included, both in Spanish and English. If the original language of the manuscript is not Spanish or English, an abstract and the keywords written in the other language should also be included. Note that contributions written originally in Portuguese will be published by Propuesta Educativa in Portuguese with no translation required.

  2. Tables and graphics should be both embedded in the Word document and sent separately (charts and tables as Excel files, and images as .jpg files).

  3. Notes should appear at the end of the text, after bibliographical references, numbered in Arabic numerals (NOT in Roman numerals); they should only serve clarification or explanatory purposes, i.e. they should further elaborate on or illustrate the contents in the main text. They should not be used to indicate bibliographical sources, which should be inserted in the text itself following this format example: (Giddens, 1997: 13-14).

  4. Citations: 

- Citations should include the following information: name of author, year of publication, and page/s number/s. They may have two different formats, depending on how the reference to the author is made: a) including all of the information in parenthesis, e.g.: (Simmel, 1985: 32), or b) leaving the name of the author outside the parenthesis, as it is already mentioned in the previous sentence, e.g.: Simmel has discussed this in his work on cultural change (1985: 32).

- Citations of works with two authors should include the names of both authors, e.g.: (Bourdieu and Passeron, 1976).

- Citations of works with more than two authors should include the name of the first author followed by et al. in italics, e.g.: (Bourdieu et al., 1995: 34-35). However, bibliographical references should have the names of all authors.

- Quotations must be enclosed in quotation marks and italicized. Whenever the quoted text is more than three lines long, it should be separated from the main body of text with a space, and should have wider left and right margins. Citation data may appear in the text introducing the citation or at the end of the quoted text.

- Whenever an idea is referenced to several works, the citation should be separated by semicolons, e.g.: (Martuccelli, 2011; Svampa, 2012; Grimson, 2010).

- If a citation refers to several works by the same author published in the same year, they must be distinguished with letters, in alphabetical order, e.g.: (Bourdieu, 2012a; Bourdieu, 2012b).

  1. Bibliographical References:

    • They should not be unnecessarily lengthy. Therefore, only the references cited in the text will be included, using the Harvard system.

    • The author's name should never be replaced with a dash if there is more than one reference to the same author. Therefore, the final bibliographical references should repeat the name of the author as many times as different texts by that author are mentioned in the text. 


Wallerstein, E. (1995), "¿El fin de qué modernidad?", in Sociológica, Year 10, no. 27, January-April 1995, pp. 13-31.


Simmel, G. (2002), Cuestiones fundamentales de sociologíaBarcelona, Gedisa. 

Book Chapters:

Schutz, A. (1976), "Problemas de la sociología interpretativa", in Ryan, A. (comp.), La filosofía de la explicación socialMadrid, Fondo de Cultura Económica. 

Online Documents:

Rodríguez Pineda, D. and López, Á. (2006), "¿Cómo se articulan las concepciones epistemológicas y de aprendizaje con la práctica docente en el aula? Tres estudios de caso de profesores de secundaria", in Revista Mexicana de Investigación Educativa, vol. 11, no. 31 (online)/. Available at:

OCDE (2010), Evaluación y reconocimiento de la calidad de los docentes. Prácticas internacionalesParis, OECD Publishing. Available at: (accesed June 30 2010)

  1. Editors reserve the right to make style revisions as they may see best.

  2. By sending their works, authors accept these guidelines as well as the editorial standards of Propuesta Educativa.

  • Review Submissions:

- The publication of reviews shall be determined by the Writing Committee. The Writing Committee shall see that contributions meet the journal's academic standards and editorial guidelines in all formal respects.

- The Writing Committee shall issue a decision within two months from receipt of the proposed review, either accepting the publication or advising the author as to the need for revising his/her submission for the Reviews section.

- Contributions approved for publication in the journal shall be published in the same order as received. Therefore, the delay in publication in the journal will depend on the number of reviews received and approved for publication. 

  1. Book Reviews: Book reviews must provide a critical, reflexive discussion of a book on education or education-related topics. The book should provide a novel view, i.e., must be a recently published book (in the last two years from the review date). The review heading must contain full details of the book reviewed (Author/s, Title, Year of Publication, Publisher, Place of Publication, and Page Numbers). The author of the review should also send an image of the book cover as a .jpg file (the image must be 72 dpi if it is an actual size image, or 300 dpi if it is a reduced size image). Book reviews must be no less than 9,000 characters long including spaces and no more than 10,500 long including spaces.

  2. Thesis Reviews: They should elaborate on individually completed graduate (Master's and/or PhD.) research work; a thesis review should provide a brief account of the thesis's subject-matter, its theoretical framework and methodology used, as well as outcomes obtained and main conclusions arrived at. The heading of a thesis review should contain the following data:

- Education level attained with the thesis and Institution where the graduate program was completed

- Name of the thesis's Author

- Name/s of the thesis's Director and Co-director, including what institution they belong to

- Names of Jury members, including what institution they belong to

- Thesis defense date

The following is a thesis review heading example:

PhD. Thesis in Social Sciences, FLACSO Argentina 
Author: Verónica Tobeña
Director: Mag. Guillermina Tiramonti (FLACSO Argentina) 

Dr. Natalia Crespo (CONICET-USal)
Dr. Silvia Finocchio (UBA-FLACSO Argentina)
Dr. Carlos Skliar (CONICET-FLACSO Argentina)
Defense Date: April 12, 2013

Thesis reviews should be no less than 9,000 characters long including spaces and no more than 10,500 long including spaces.

Call for Submissions by Young Researchers

This section seeks to promote and facilitate the publication of works by junior researchers. Young researchers wishing to communicate the outcomes of their research or academic work are encouraged to submit their articles. Publication requirements are the same as for the other articles published in the journal (see Article and Review Submission Guidelines). Articles shall be submitted to referees who will review the novelty and rigor of their postulates.



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